World Endometriosis Research Foundation

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The World Endometriosis Research Foundation (WERF) is a UK-based global charity supporting research into endometriosis.

Its vision is "a day when no woman is crippled by the pain of endometriosis nor prevented by the disease from having children".[1]

History and Activities[edit]

WERF was founded in 2006 after discussions between the endometriosis specialists within the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the World Endometriosis Society (WES).[2][3]

WERF is a global charity which fosters research in endometriosis to improve knowledge and treatments. WERF provides a platform where global collaborative research to investigate disease mechanisms is carried out between international centres, strict protocols are enforced and data-sets shared. WERF's mission is to involve sufficient patient numbers so that results of statistical significance will be achieved, with the goal of research results being translated into viable treatments and long-term solutions for those affected by endometriosis.[4][5]

WERF has supported two international workshops where the global research community in endometriosis has reached consensus on research goals; WERF prioritises the research projects it undertakes based on these recommendations.[6][7]

Three of the Foundation's sponsored epidemiological studies have so far, resulted in six scientific publications.


  1. ^ "WERF - Mission (". 
  2. ^ "World Endometriosis Research Foundation launches at ASRM opening ceremony in New Orleans". Retrieved 22 October 2006. 
  3. ^ "World Endometriosis Research Foundation (WERFTM)". 
  4. ^ Adamson, G. David; Stephen Kennedy; Lone Hummelshoj (January–March 2010). "Creating solutions in endometriosis: global collaboration through the World Endometriosis Research Foundation". Journal of Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Disorders 2 (1): 3–6. 
  5. ^ Linda C Giudice; Johannes L H Evers, David L Healy (2012). Endometriosis : Science and Practice (1. publ. ed.). Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. p. 461. ISBN 978-1-4443-3213-1. 
  6. ^ Rogers, Peter A. W.; Thomas M. D'Hooghe; Asgerally Fazleabas; Caroline E. Gargett; Linda C. Giudice; Grant W. Montgomery; Luk Rombauts; Lois A. Salamonsen; Krina T. Zondervan (April 2009). "Priorities for Endometriosis Research: Recommendations From an International Consensus Workshop". Reproductive Sciences 16 (4): 335–346. doi:10.1177/1933719108330568. 
  7. ^ Rogers, Peter A. W.; Thomas M. D’Hooghe, Asgerally Fazleabas, Linda C. Giudice, Grant W. Montgomery, Felice Petraglia, Robert N. Taylor (May 2013). "Defining Future Directions for Endometriosis Research Workshop Report From the 2011 World Congress of Endometriosis in Montpellier, France". Reproductive Sciences 20 (5): 483–499. doi:10.1177/1933719113477495. 

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