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Ferring launches fertility research grant

4th February 2008

Ferring Pharmaceuticals has announced the launch of a new international biennial research grant scheme open to either research units and departments or individual researchers, with the first awarded projects to be completed by January 2010.

Dubbed the Ferring Research Infertility and Gynaecology Grant (Frigga), the grant is awarded to those involved in fundamental work in this field.

It has been named after Frigga, the goddess of home, family, love, motherhood and fertility from Scandinavian mythology.

The deadline for applications is the end of April 2008 and the scheme includes two grants to the value of 50,000 euros (37,170 pounds) each.

The first recipients of the award will be announced at the upcoming congress of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology to held in Barcelona this July.

Michel Pettigrew, chief operating officer at Ferring, said: “We are committed to taking the lead in the field of assisted reproductive technologies and the launch of Frigga reflects this commitment.”

He added that the company anticipated the novel research that would be conducted through the initiative that will boost understanding of infertility and aid infertile couples in their attempts to conceive.

In December 2007, figures released by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in the UK revealed that demand for IVF fertility treatment is continuing to rise.

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