The Clinic opens its own laboratory in Parc Científic, Barcelona
Eugin is bent on achieving its objective of giving as many women as possible the chance to become pregnant, and for this reason the clinic opened its own research laboratory on 3 June in the prestigious ParcCientífic in Barcelona.
The new laboratory specialises in reproductive cellular and molecular biology and aims to focus its efforts on determining the reasons why some women are unable to conceive. Eugin will take a step beyond diagnosis and work towards finding a solution for cases that are currently impossible to solve or very difficult to treat.
Under the management of Eugin’s scientific director, Rita Vassena, the centre’s research team will dedicate one of its research lines to the study of human eggs. The challenge is to find new technologies that will permit the identification of eggs with a better chance of leading to pregnancy after fertilisation.
The Eugin laboratory will also study sperm alterations that can lead to different types of infertility in males and work on the development of more efficient procedures for preparing the embryo in order to improve its embedding in the uterus.
Montserrat Barragán, a reputed chemist with considerable research experience, will also take part in this new project.
Research that yields short-term results
“Working in this new laboratory poses a new challenge. It is a privilege as well as being highly motivating” said the researcher Rita Vassena. “The effects of our research can be applied in the short term, which means we can help more patients to fulfil their dream of becoming parents”, she added.
According to Rita, “the aim is to experiment with eggs and sperm in order to comprehend the underlying mechanisms of reproduction, in order to discover more causes for infertility than those that have been ignored or unknown until now”.
Vassena has solid experience as a researcher in Canada and the United States, with a track record of more than fifteen years behind her. She has had a passion for her calling since her youth; at the age of just nineteen, she had no second thoughts about spending her afternoons in the research laboratory in the university where she worked collecting samples and taking her first steps in the research field.