A global initiative!

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the first joint collaboration between WES and the two Special Interest Groups on Endometriosis of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE):

the establishment of the World Endometriosis Research Foundation.


Professor Rodolphe Maheux
WES president

The World Endometriosis Research Foundation, which was officially launched at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the ASRM, is the first global charitable organisation with an aim to foster research into endometriosis to improve knowledge and treatment(s) of this enigmatic disease.

The Foundation will be providing a platform to attract sufficient funding from a variety of sources to:

  • Facilitate and carry out large scale internatinal multi-centre trials involving sufficient patient numbers to provide results of statistical significance;
  • Support specific research projects investigating disease mechanisms.

An early deliverable will be the establishment of a global epidemiological research registry.

The WES, the ASRM, and ESHRE have all recognised the lack of large scale international clinical trials in endometriosis, the lack of overall funding for research into the disease and, not least, the potential overlap of effort from country to country when centres work in isolation and can’t share data.

Following a series of meetings over the past year between our three organisations, we have entered into this collaboration, which will allow us to share vital resources within the endometriosis community and work towards improving our knowledge about prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. I am proud to be part of this global initiative – and encourage you all to get involved as well. Read more on the website

More and more countries are organising national and regional congresses on endometriosis. This will help doctors to be more alert when dealing with pelvic pain and allows an in-depth discussion on the management of infertility associated with this disease. The First Argentinean Congress on Endometriosis was held in Buenos Aires on 21 – 22 September. It was a great success and I would like to officially congratulate Dr Felipe Jofré for the excellence of his work in organising it. My heartfelt congratulations also to Professors Koumantakis and Matalliotakis for an excellent 2nd Hellenic Congress of Endometriosis on 24 -26 November held on the beautiful island of Crete!

These activities may greatly help better understanding the pathophysiology of this disease and improve the quality of care of women affected by endometriosis.

I look forward to many more progressive activities in 2007.

Seasons greetings to you all!


Professor Rodolphe Maheux




Professor Ali Akoum
Editor WES e-journal
Faculty of Medicine
Laval University Research Centre
St-Francis of Assisi Hospital
DO-708B, 10 Rue de L'Espinay
Québec, GIL 3L5, Canada


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