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Wednesday, 13 June 1984
Page: 2978

(Question No. 739)


Senator Elstob asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 27 March 1984:

(1) What Federal Government grants have been awarded to the in-vitro fertility research program.

(2) Do these projects include research into the prevention of infertility; if so, what proportion has been allocated to this area.

(3) What projects have been specifically funded to research the causes and treatment of infertility.


Senator Grimes —The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Federal Government provides a majority of its medical research funds through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH and MRC). These funds are allocated by NH and MRC on the basis of scientific merit as assessed by a peer review system. A project grant application which is proposing to conduct experiments on humans must be approved by an institutional ethics committee before NH and MRC will award a grant.

The NH and MRC has not earmarked specific funds to the in-vitro fertilization research program. Instead it has received applications from members of the research community who are pursuing research related to the in-vitro fertilization process.

Grants awarded for such research are listed below:

NH AND MRC SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH RELATED TO IN-VITRO FERTILISATION AND INFERTILITY

1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 1. Lopata Dr A. 10,502 5,180 2,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Monash University

The action of Luteinizing hormone on the onset of meiotic maturation in explanted rat oocytes.

2. Lopata Dr A. . . . . . . 14,931 13,914 15,154 . . . . . . Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Monash University

The ultrastructure and differentiation of pre-implantation human embryos.

3. Trounson Dr A. O. . . . . . . 18,090 20,242 22,889 . . . . . . Nayudu Dr P . L.

Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Monash University

Qualitative changes in protein synthesis in the mammalian ooccyte during maturation, fertilization and pre-implantation embryo development and differentiation

4. Trounson, Dr A. O. . . . . . . . . . . 17,484 18,861 24,270 . . Leeton A./ Professor J.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

A study of male infertility by in-vitro fertilization

5. Lopata, Dr A. . . . . . . . . . . . . 33,944 41,805 46,648 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University of Melbourne

Fertilization in the human: its regulation and outcome

6. Trounson, Dr A. O. . . . . . . . . . . . . 20,762 26,036 29,446 Mohr, Dr L . R.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Monash University

Cellular aspects of cryopreservation of mammalian embryos

7. Hyne, Dr R. V. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34,722 38,859 Lopata, Dr A.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University of Melbourne

The regulation of fertilising capacity in spermatozoa

8. Jansen, Dr R. P. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20,415 Fertility Laboratory

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Human fallopian tube secretory cell function in organ culture

9. Temple-Smith, Dr P. D. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29,922 Teichtahl, Dr H.

Department of Anatomy

Monash University

Ciliary function and its relationship to respiratory disease and infertility

10. Daunter, Dr B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27,208 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University of Queensland

Cervical mucus glyco-syltransferases in fertility and infertility

11. Quinn, Dr P. J. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23,174 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Adelaide University

Factors affecting the viability of human gametes and embryos

12. Brown, Professor J. B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40,209 Lopata, Dr A .

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University of Melbourne

FSH thresholds during follicular maturation in the human and rhesus monkey

(2) Research associated with most of the above projects bears either directly or indirectly on infertility problems. It is not possible to indicate a proportion of funds allocated to the prevention of infertility.

(3) As mentioned above, the NH and MRC has not earmarked specific funds to the in-vitro fertilization research program neither has it earmarked specific funds to research the causes and treatment of infertility. It is for members of the medical research community to initiate this research and seek funding from the NH and MRC in the normal way.

Of the projects listed above, those numbered 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 would be related to research on the causes and treatment of infertility.