Gonadal Sex Reversal [ 2003 - 2005 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers: Prof Marilyn Renfree (Principal investigator) ,  E/Pr Geoffrey Shaw Prof Richard Behringer

Brief description Disorders of sexual development are among the most common form of birth defects in humans (1 in 4,000 births) because failure of the gonads to develop does not affect the viability of the individual. Such disorders can have profound psychological and medical consequences upon the individual, family, and society. Some intersexual conditions are the result of inappropriate exposure to hormones during fetal life, and others are due to spontaneous or inherited gene mutation. About 5-10% of ovarian cancer cases, that affect 1 in 8000 Australian women, are due to the inheritance of a faulty gene. An understanding of the way gene expression and hence tissue differentiation is altered after sex reversal will inform us about the causes and consequences of normal and abnormal sexual development, gonadal malignancies and infertility. The gonad is unusual in that two completely different organs can arise from an essentially identical primordium, so that errors in development lead to intersexual phenotypes. We will use our new experimental animal model to clarify these processes.

Funding Amount $AUD 425,250.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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