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Foreign Projects

Epigenetic Risk Assessment of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ERAofART), period of realisation: 2016-2018

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 692185 .

·         Project Coordinator :

Prof. Grazyna Ewa Ptak - Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding PAS, Poland

 ·         Project Manager:

Cyprian Tomasik, MA, BSc - Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding PAS, Poland

 ·         Partners:

Prof. Thomas Haaf – University of Wuerzburg , Germany 

Prof. Pasqualino Loi – University of Teramo, Italy


Project Description

Assisted Reproduction Technologies (ART) are developing rapidly to provide response to infertility and to the cultural shift to postpone parenthood. Later childbearing and ART has been associated with an increased risk of the epigenetic disorders in offspring. Thus, in order to guarantee better and safer healthcare for EU citizens, risks and benefits of the use of various ART procedures needs to be thoughtfully tested. The project aims at overcoming the existing gaps and strengthening our capacity in Epigenetic Risk Assessment of Assisted Reproduction Technologies (ERA of ART). Long term GOAL of our project is to become the European Centre of Excellence and Innovation for Epigenetic Risk Assessment of ART. To do this, we will create link between IGAB PAS, providing high quality know-how in mouse embryology with University of Wuerzburg (leader in epigenetic assessment of ART embryos) and with University of Teramo (having long-standing expertise in wide range of ART procedures in large animals). This twinning project will provide technological platform and expertise for epigenetic analyses and ART in large and small animal models. The specific aims of our project based on SWOT analysis are: 1) to enhance the scientific and technical skills of our staff; 2) stimulate preparation of joint research projects; 3) produce high impact factor publications and; 4) establish the cooperation with infertility clinics. The expected impact of this project is the creation of European Reference Network for ART safety evaluation, which is within the priorities of The Third Health Programme 2014-2020 of EC as well as within thematic area: HEALTHY SOCIETY of National Smart Specializations. This will have positive impact on the research in reproductive medicine and ART sector in general and will create a unique opportunity for Polish institution to become the reference Centre for knowledge-based decision making while preparing ART legislation


AWARE - "Animal WelfAre Research in an enlarged Europe". The goal of AWARE is to promote integration and increase the impact of European research on farm animal welfare (FAW). It will do so through the development of European-wide networks of scientists, lecturers and students and by establishing a network of stakeholders active in FAW knowledge transfer and implementation.

Head of the Project: dr Marek Spinka, Institute of Animal Science in Prague, Czech Republic. Period of realisation: 2011-2014

FECUND - "Optimisation of early reproductive success in dairy cattle through the definition of new traits and improved reproductive biotechnology"

Head of the Project: dr John Lewis Williams, Fondazione Parco Tecnologico Padano, Italy. Period of realisation: 2013-2017


EIP-AGRI Focus Group: Robust & Resilient Dairy Production 2016-2017


TURKEY-LATOR: Turkey welfare indicators for improved animal welfare, health and sustainable food production


COST Action (CA15134): Synergy for preventing damaging behaviour in group housed pigs and chickens” (GroupHouseNet), Health and damaging behaviour


CORE Organic Plus: Towards preventive health management in native dual-purpose cattle adapted to organic pasture based production systems via novel breeding strategies based on novel trait recording