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ASRM Research Institute Grant Partner Highlight: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Association (RPLA)

By Tonya Carey posted 06-10-2022 09:59

The Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Association (RPLA) was founded in 2019 by Megan Hanson and Ben Burnham in the wake of their sixth miscarriage; hoping to transform their frustration and pain into something positive and help prevent other couples from enduring the heartache they experienced.

In 2020, RPLA approached ASRM to establish and help fund a research grant focused specifically on recurrent pregnancy loss. The first grant funded was recently awarded to Tsegaselassie Workalemahu PhD, MSc (University of Utah). Dr. Workalemahu’s research program is titled "Inherited Genetic Variants and Unexplained Recurrent Pregnancy Loss”.

A little more about RPLA:

  • What is RPLA’s mission and focus?
    • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Association (RPLA) is dedicated to eliminating recurrent pregnancy loss through the advancement of research into causes and treatments; to providing support and resources to those affected; and to increasing awareness of the impact of miscarriage and fertility challenges on women and families.
  • Why is supporting grant funding at ASRM important to RPLA?
    • As the premier professional society for reproductive medicine, we believe ASRM’s membership includes professionals who would be interested in funding for researcher aimed at understanding recurrent pregnancy loss. Moreover, we hope ASRM’s members will benefit from the findings related to funded RPL research.
  • What does RPLA hope to gain from the grant partnership with ASRM?
    • RPLA believes that working together as a patient and scientific community we can increase the focus and speed of meaningful research into recurrent miscarriage. We envision a future where unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is eliminated and individuals are empowered to make informed healthcare and family building decisions.