Int. J. Dev. Biol. 58: 643 - 647 (2014)
doi: 10.1387/ijdb.140245sr
© UPV/EHU Press

Two decades of reproductive biomedicine and stem cell biology in Iran: the Royan Institute

Sophie Rousseaux*

INSERM, U823, Université Grenoble Alpes, Institut Albert Bonniot, Faculté de Médecine, La Tronche Cedex, France

ABSTRACT The Royan Institute in Tehran, Iran, has developed over the last 23 years and is today a leading institute in the Middle East dedicated to research and technological development programs coupled with clinical activities in the area of reproductive and stem cell biology. Here an insight into its history and future plans is given through a dialogue with one of its pioneer members and current Director, Prof. Hamid Gourabi. The Royan Institute is a remarkable example of a successful achievement in organizing basic and translational research under challenging environmental conditions.

Keywords:

reproductive biomedicine, stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, assisted reproductive technologies

*Corresponding author e-mail: sophie.rousseaux@ujf-grenoble.fr