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Ecological context of human endometrial function

Kate Clancy, Doctoral Candidate, Yale University, Department of Anthropology

Grazyna Jasienska, Associate Professor, Jagiellonian University, Institute of Public Health, Collegium Medicum, (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellow 2005-6, Harvard University)

Variation in ovarian hormones in response to differences in energy intake and expenditure has been shown to contribute to differences in conception success. However the specific mechanistic action of hormone variation on fertility remains unclear. Clancy and Jasienska are investigating population variation in human endometrial function. Clancy hypothesizes that population fertility variation may, at least in part, be attributed to differences in implantation success due to endometrial thickness. She is assessing endometrial thicknesses in rural Polish and New Haven, CT women using transvaginal ultrasound as well as assessing reproductive hormones such as salivary estradiol and progesterone. Energetic status is being evaluated using anthropometrics and urinary c-peptide, a metabolite of insulin.

Behavioral correlates with hormone variation in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) of Ngogo, Uganda

Sholly Gunter, Doctoral Candidate, Yale University, Department of Anthropology

David Watts, Professor, Yale University, Department of Anthropology

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Reproductive History at the Mogielica Human Ecology Study Site, Poland

Ilona Nenko,Ph.D student
Department of Epidemiology and Population Studies
Jagiellonian University

Grazyna Jasienska, Associate Professor, Jagiellonian University, Institute of Public Health, Collegium Medicum, (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellow 2005-6, Harvard University)

Mission

The primary mission of CHaPRE is to provide laboratory and logistical support for research in evolutionary reproductive ecology, demography, or biology among humans and non-human primate populations.

Proposals are accepted at any time. Contact the Director, Richard G. Bribiescas for further information.
richard.bribiescas@yale.edu
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Resources

The core resource is the Reproductive Ecology Laboratory located in the Environmental Sciences Center at Yale University.



It is a BL2 rated endocrinology laboratory capable of handling infectious and non-infectious biological material. Assays are available to assess most steroid and peptide hormones in a variety of mediums including blood, urine, and saliva.