Nutrition in Reproductive Medicine: What You and Your Patients Should Know

Presented by: Jorge Chavarro, MD, ScD.

 

Jorge Chavarro, MD, ScD., from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, takes a comprehensive look at how nutrition and lifestyle impact fertility, from pre-conception throughout the life-span and what dietary guidance you can use to support patients.

 

At the end of this lecture participants should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe nutritional factors associated with better fertility in women and men.
  2. Identify and describe nutritional factors associated with better treatment outcomes in couples undergoing infertility treatment
  3. Identify current knowledge gaps regarding the role of nutrition in reproductive medicine and the implications for clinical practice.
Dr. Chavarro has over 200 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, most looking at how different dietary, lifestyle and environmental factors can impact human fertility. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the Nurses’ Health Study 3 – an ongoing prospective cohort of young professional women started in 2010 designed to investigate the role of diet, lifestyle and biological factors on various aspects of women’s health which includes a strong emphasis on reproductive outcomes. Dr. Chavarro also leads the nutritional component of the EARTH Study, an ongoing prospective cohort of couples undergoing infertility treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Jorge E Chavarro, MD., ScD.

 

 

Jorge E. Chavarro, M.D., Sc.D., is Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chavarro’s research is focused on understanding how nutrition and lifestyle impact human reproduction from pre-conception and throughout the life course. Currently, this effort is concentrated in two fronts. First, he conducts research aimed at understanding how different nutritional and metabolic factors influence fertility, in women and men, as well as treatment outcomes in couples undergoing assisted reproduction. In addition, he studies how nutrition and lifestyle impact health during pregnancy and how this impacts the health of mother and child after birth.  In addition to his work with the Nurses’ Health Study 3, Dr. Chavarro leads the nutritional component of the EARTH Study, an ongoing prospective cohort of couples undergoing infertility treatment at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

His work has resulted in over 200 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recognized Dr. Chavarro’s work in 2014 by awarding him the prestigious Ira and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award. He currently serves as Chair of the Environment and Reproduction Special Interest Group and has previously served as Chair of the Nutrition Special Interest Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Chavarro also served as a member of the research working group for the National Action Plan for the Prevention, Detection and Management of Infertility for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as peer-reviewer for multiple NIH panels, and is currently a member of the editorial board of Fertility and Sterility and an Associate Editor of Human Reproduction.

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