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This department was established in 1999 in Royan Institute. The aim of this department was to do extensive researches on epidemiological aspects of infertility and reproduction, in addition to reproductive and sexual health. In 2000, after establishment of  ethical committee in the Institute, ethics was added to the duties of this department. In 2003 the department was divided into three subgroups: Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Bioethics. Then, in 2008, the Bioethics subgroup was changed to “Bioethics and Law” because of so many legal issues in infertility treatment and reproduction and large number of researches ongoing in this field. Finally in 2010, the subgroups changed to: Biostatistics and Methodological subgroup; Reproductive Health, Epidemiological and Social subgroup; Bioethical, Legal and Religion subgroup and Psychological subgroup. 


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The mission of this department is the promotion of reproductive health in Iran. Reproductive health is an important aspect of general health and involves people of all ages within the society, from an embryo to the elderly. Focusing on sexual and reproductive health guarantees the future health of society by ensuring healthy children and healthy adults. Finally, its job involves research into all reproduction related areas including social, medical, psychological and ethical issues, and therefore its vision is to ensure the health of the society.
 
The Department Focuses on:
  • Social and occupational factors influencing reproduction and fertility
  • Attitudes, knowledge and practice of the society regarding reproductive issues
  • Quality of life, marital and sexual satisfaction and influential factors among infertile couples
  • Psychological issues of infertility and interventions to improve them
  • Statistical methods with intention to increase the accuracy of statistical analysis
  • Ethical, legal and religious aspects of reproduction
  • Designing Clinical trials
  • Sexual health education
  • Interpretation of statistical results in medical research
  • Evaluation of diagnostic test accuracy

The Department’s Main Activities and Researches:
  • Giving information to the Surrogate child: (What and When)
  • Ethical challenges of cell therapy and possible solutions
  • The role of stem cells in the burn
  • Patient Bill of Rights
  • Views in favor of commercialization Surrogacy
  • Mutual obligations of the contract in Surrogacy
  • Relationship between Surrogacy and Adoption
  • Review the draft bill for adding some points to the Act of Embryo Donation
  • Psychological and cultural problems of Surrogacy
  • Medical hegemony in the definition of ethics body in Iran
  • Nature of the relationship between physician and patient from Imamieh point of view
  • Doctor and patient relationship
  • Applying artificial neural network to predicting the outcome of ART cycles in the patients who refer to Royan institute
  • Attitude towards the child and the parent specially in HIV positives
  • Survey of sexual function in infertile women
  • Development and standardization of data collection tools to study knowledge and attitude towards Methods of gamete donation
  • Experience of infertility among embryo recipients
  • Using ART for addicted couples from legal and moral point of view
  • Review the necessity of obtaining permission of spouse for using the medical treatment for wife
  • Review of reproductive rights in local and international legal system
  • The relationship between chemical pregnancy, risk factors, clinical and cellular factors in infertile people using structural equation model
  • Using methods of correction of sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tests to estimate the accuracy of transvaginal ultrasonography in diagnostic endometrial polyps when verification bias is present
  • Ethical challenges of human transplantation using transgenic animals organ
  • The results of infertility treatment in older women
  • Vaginismus treatment after 20 years: Case report
  • Writing a book about assisted reproductive treatments History in Iran
  • Collecting ART patient records
  • Design of forecast models using decision trees to identify infertile women with endometriosis
  • Review of assisted reproductive therapy in postmenopausal women with advanced age from medical and ethical perspective
  • Professionals’ attitudes towards the welfare of children born after assisted reproductive techniques

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