The Center for Reproductive Sciences (CRS), founded in 1977, is an organized research unit of the University of California at San Francisco. The mission of the Center is threefold:
- Promote high quality, cutting edge research in the field of reproductive sciences
- Facilitate the transfer of concepts developed in the laboratory to clinical applications
- Provide an integrated interdisciplinary training program for future leaders in the field of reproductive sciences
The Center faculty crosses departments, and currently comprises 12 basic science researchers and 18 physician scientists drawn from the departments of OBGYN/RS, Pediatrics, Urology, Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Surgery, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, the General Clinical Research Center, the Cancer Center, and the Center for Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research. The faculty uses state of the art techniques to expand our knowledge of reproductive processes. Molecular, cellular and genetic approaches are used to address fundamental aspects of reproductive sciences, and results are translated to our understanding and treatment of reproductive disorders in the clinic. Each CRS member is dedicated to ethical scientific discoveries.
Principal investigators (PIs) within the CRS act as mentors for scholars in several University-based training activities including the Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Developmental Biology and Stem Cell (DSCB) and Tetrad graduate programs, the Molecular Medicine Program, two national NIH training programs—the Medical Scientist Training Program and the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Career Development Center, and a CRS NIH T32 Training Grant for postdoctoral fellows.