Interdisciplinary Reproduction and Health Group (IRHG)
Goal: The Interdisciplinary Reproduction and Health Group (IRHG) was organized and established through a faculty driven, grass roots effort in 2016 to develop an integrative interdisciplinary program that transcends traditional departmental, college and system boundaries to foster excellence in reproduction, health research and education at Mizzou. The IRHG promotes communication and collegiality among scientists in the University of Missouri System and fosters the development and growth of research and training programs in Reproduction, Genomics and Health, strengthening our achievements in Food for the Future and One Health/One Medicine. Membership is inclusive and open to all interested faculty, trainees and staff in the Mizzou System. At present, IRHG members include 42 faculty, 32 staff and 56 trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) from 5 departments in 4 colleges at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The overarching theme of the IRHG is to address broad challenges to reproduction and health of humans and animals by conducting basic, clinical and translational research and training the next generation of scientists. Integrative and multidisciplinary approaches are employed to conduct cutting-edge research in reproduction, genomics and health, optimize opportunities for training in those fields, and facilitate transfer of knowledge from the laboratory to the classroom, clinic (human and veterinary), field (animal agriculture and wildlife management) and community (information, policy and education).