About the Centre for Research Excellence Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common, under recognised and increasingly prevalent condition with major and sometimes devastating health impacts, affecting one in five young Australian women and one in four Australian Indigenous women.

This multisystem condition has reproductive, metabolic and emotional implications including obesity, infertility (the primary cause of female infertility), pregnancy complications (miscarriage, fetal anomalies), diabetes (fourfold increase and younger onset), increased cardiovascular risk factors, psychological disturbance and poor quality of life.

Centre for Research Excellence Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (CREPCOS)

A compelling case for a Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in the evaluation, management and health care needs of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and related health implications was identified and presented to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). It was funded in 2014 for the duration of five years.

The decision to establish the CRE was influenced by:

  • evidence defining the need for urgent action and the opportunity for impact
  • unprecedented evidence synthesis including NHMRC approved guidelines yielding highly focused research and translation priorities
  • five years of extensive stakeholder engagement through the PCOS Australian Alliance
  • access to an internationally recognised team of collaborative research and translation experts and stakeholders

The CRE is uniquely positioned to build on the foundations of why, when, what and who with, addressing vital knowledge gaps to improve diagnosis, capture vital prevention opportunities, optimise management and improve quality of life. It will promote expertise and versatility in the next generation of research leaders, enhancing Australia’s global reputation in research excellence, translation, and training.

The Centre for Research Excellence Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is an NHMRC funded project led by Chief Investigtors Helena Teede, Monash University and Professor Robert Norman, The University of Adelaide.