Kinga Fic, a student from the Developmental Biology Group at MCB, was selected a Diamond Grantee in the 8th edition of the Diamond Grant competition announced annually by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW).
A prestigious grant for young scientists
This one of the most prestigious MNiSW programs founds research of young scientists at a very early stage of their scientific career, so they can become fully responsible for their own research project. This year MNiSW awarded 85 grants, of which 16 went to the Jagiellonian University (link). Only the uniform master students or graduates of 1st degree studies can apply for the grant.
The "Diamond" Project
The Laureate of the competition from MCB, Kinga Fic, works in a research group led by prof. Grażyna Ptak. The aim of the “diamond” project is to identify the risks associated with the use of invasive assisted fertilization (ICSI - Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) and to define whether the ICSI procedure itself has a negative impact on the development of offspring, or the dominant factor is advanced parenting age.
Kinga Fic, says about her research within the Diamond Grant:
Previous studies of the Developmental Biology Group, have proven an increased risk of neurodevelopmental disorders, mainly the autistic spectrum disorders when using invasive techniques of assisted reproduction, i.e. embryo biopsy (Sampino et al., Human Reprod 2014) and advanced father's age (Sampino et al., Transl Psychiatry. 2014). As part of the project, we will try to determine the impact of a widely used invasive assisted reproduction technique, using the sperm of male mice at advanced age. Due to the increased number of fathers in advanced parental age and the upward trend in the use of assisted reproduction techniques in society, evaluation of the risk of developmental disorders in the offspring is necessary.
The project was subsidized with a sum of PLN 219 999.
fot. Elżbieta Wątor