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Mission

The ultimate objective is to develop approaches and/or technologies to improve fertility in dairy cows but with implications for the treatment of infertility in other species, particularly humans.

Vision

Carry out high quality, hypothesis driven research that is focused on clearly identified-reproductive problems in cattle.

Generate new knowledge in an area that is of strategic importance to the Irish Economy. Be a centre of research and training excellence.

Commercialise disgnostic and therapeutic products to improve reproductive efficiency.

Our Current Research Projects

The RBRC actively sources & applies for new funding within its research brief. The  research projects listed below are funded by both national and international bodies, secured by RBRC researchers through the leveraging of the SFI SRC funding.

 

FP7 Projects

Project Title: GplusE- Genotype and Environment contributing to the sustainability of dairy cow production systems through the optimal integration of genomic selection and novel management protocols based on the development and exploitation of genomic data and supporting novel phenotyping approaches.

Coordinator: Prof Mark Crowe, UCD

RBRC Participants: Prof Pauline Rudd, Dr Erin Williams

Funding: €8,997,235

Project starts/ends: January 1st, 2014 – December 31st, 2018

Website: www.gpluse.eu

Information Leaflet: please click to download

 

Project Title: Fecund- FundamEntal Cattle ReprodUctioN StuDy: Optimisation of early reproductive success in dairy cattle through the definition of new trait and improved reproductive biotechnology

Coordinator: Dr. John L. Williams - Parco Tecnologico PadanoLodi, Italy

RBRC Partner: Prof Pat Lonergan

Funding: €2,999,393

Project starts/ends: February 1st, 2013 – January 31st, 2017

Website: http://www.fecund-project.eu

Information Leaflet: please click to download

 

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

 

Project Title: ENRICH- Early diagnosis of postpartum uterine disease for enhancement of reproduction and improved cow health

Coordinator:  Prof Alex Evans, UCD

RBRC Participants: Dr Erin Williams, Prof Stephen Carrington, Prof Pauline Rudd, Prof Wim Meijer

Funding: €1,250,000

Project starts/ends: December 1st, 2013 – November 30th, 2017

 

Project Title: An integrated multidisciplinary approach to improving the reproductive efficiency of seasonal calving beef cow herds in Ireland

Coordinator:  Dr David Kenny, Teagasc

RBRC Participant: Prof Pat Lonergan

Funding: € 1,177,210

Project starts/ends: December 1st, 2013 – November 30th, 2017

 

Project Title: Genetic, nutritional and management approaches to improve fertility in lactating dairy cows

Coordinator: Dr Stephen Butler, Teagasc

RBRC Participant: Prof Pat Lonergan

Funding: € 939,458

Project starts/ends: December 1st, 2013 – November 30th, 2017

 

Project Title: Maximising the Genetic Potential of Young Elite Bulls-A Multidisciplinary approach

Coordinator: Dr Sean Fair, University of Limerick

RBRC Participant: Prof Pat Lonergan

Funding: € 672,597

Project starts/ends: December 1st, 2012 – November 30th, 2016

 

Project Title: Molecular Biomarkers of Fertility-New Tools for the Cattle Industry -(Reproductive Defensins)

Coordinator: Dr Kieran Meade, Teagasc

RBRC Participant: Prof Pat Lonergan

Funding: € 1,197,447

Project starts/ends: December 1st, 2012 – November 30th, 2016

 

SFI

SFI Investigator Awards

Project Title: The development of early non-invasive and reliable molecular biomarkers of pregnancy in dairy cattle

RBRC Coordinators: Prof Mark Crowe, UCD and Prof Michael Diskin, Teagasc

Funding: € 894,550

Project starts/ends: September 1st, 2014 – August 31st, 2018

 

Project Title: Reducing embryo mortality through improved understanding of embryo maternal communication

RBRC Coordinators: Prof Pat Lonergan, UCD

Funding: € 666,916

Project starts/ends: September 1st, 2014 – August 31st, 2018

 

SFI TIDA Awards

 

Project Title: A predictive test for endometritis in cows for improved reproductive management in dairy herds

RBRC Coordinators: Prof Stephen Carrington, UCD

Funding: €95,892

Project starts/ends: January 1st, 2014 – December 1st, 2014

 

 

 

Infertility: The Problem

» RBRC research aims to help solve the problem of infertility.

»A model for poor fertility in dairy cows


Solving the Problem

» RBRC research aims to help solve the problem of infertility.

»A model for poor fertility in dairy cows