This month, our Austrian Node, BBMRI.at, presents an outstanding sample collection hosted by Biobank Graz.
The KIWI* cohort consists of body fluids and data that were prospectively collected from infertile couples while using assisted reproductive technology.
It is used to shed light on the mechanisms underlying infertility and, ultimately, to improve the success rate of fertility treatment using assisted reproductive technology.
Including samples from male and female patients between the age of 18 and 45 that were referred to the Kinderwunsch Institut fertility centre in Dobl, Austria, the cohort comprises blood serum, follicular fluid, cumulus cells, embryo culture supernatant and seminal plasma as well as associated data.
*KIWI is short for Kinderwunschinstitut (German for fertility centre)