UMass Amherst Will Host Seminar on Infertility Research April 7

AMHERST, Mass. - The Center for Research and Education in Women''s Health in the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences will hold a seminar on women''s sexual health on Wednesday April 7 from 4:30-6 p.m. in Room 102, Thompson Hall. The seminar will feature a panel of experts discussing infertility research. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel will be moderated by Helen A. Carcio, clinical associate professor in the UMass School of Nursing, assistant nurse practitioner at Pioneer Women''s Health Center in Greenfield, and health columnist for the Daily Hampshire Gazette newspaper.

Panel members are Daniel Grow, M.D., and Donald Maier, M.D. Grow is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is director of Baystate Medical Center''s in-vitro fertilization and donor oocyte programs. His research interests include progesterone antagonists, the prevention of post-operative pelvic adhesions, in-vitro fertilization, and contraception.

Maier is also a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he is director of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Maier''s research interests include recurrent pregnancy loss and psychological aspects of infertility.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the Five College Program in Culture, Health, and Science, CIGNA HealthCare of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and Serono Laboratories. Refreshments will be served after the event and campus parking garage tickets will be validated for off-campus visitors.