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University Hospital Brussels- UZ Brussel

Centre for Reproductive Medicine

Information about the Centre

World Firsts

Largest and pioneering centre for reproductive medicine in Belgium: eight European and world firsts in 20 years.
In operation since 1983, in 2005 the Centre celebrated the birth of its 10,000th baby born from parents treated there. Performing over 4,000 IVF cycles each year, the Centre for Reproductive Medicine is by far the largest centre in Belgium, and the second largest in Europe.


  • Pioneer and primary practitioner of ICSI
  • In Vitro Fertilisation with or without Intracytoplasmic Injection (ICSI)
  • Fertility and related reproductive complications
  • Techniques to aid the conception of a healthy baby
  • Surgical sperm recovery

The Centre plays a pioneering role in the development of new reproductive techniques.
On 5 April 2005, ISO Norm 15189 accreditation was awarded to the Laboratory for Clinical Biology and to the Reproductive Medicine Care Programme at UZ-Brussel.


  • Treatment cycles for foreign patients: 1,200 per year.
  • 1,300 new pregnancies per year.
  • In Vitro Fertilisation with or without Intracytoplasmic Injection (ICSI): 4,600 cycles per year (also using epididymal or testicular sperm).
  • Intrauterine inseminations (partner or donor sperm): 3,500 cycles per year.
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis using PCR or FISH technologies: 500 cycles per year.

Procedures Performed

Female Interventions

  • Reproductive Surgery
  • In Vitro Fertilisation
  • In Vitro Fertilisation with Intracytoplasmic Injection (ICSI)
  • Transfer of Thawed Embryos


  • Use of donor sperm
  • Preimplatation Genetic Screening and for Diagnosis
  • Use of donor eggs

Male Interventions

  • MESA/ TESE under general or local anaesthesia
  • Electroejaculation
  • Vasectomy reversal

The Medical Team

The team counts more than 120 collaborators among them 12 medical doctors (MD) dedicated to reproductive medicine only.

Herman Tournaye, MD, PhD, Head of the Centre for Reproductive Medicine:
Together with professors emeritus André Van Steirteghem and Paul  Devroey, Prof. Tournaye experienced at first hand the fertility research that led to all the world firsts at the Brussels University Hospital over the past twenty years.

Besides infertility in general, he sub-specialised in male infertility. Prof. Tournaye has more than 250 peer-reviewed articles to his name. These include more than 45 as first author and 30 as last author. A study by Evers on the ‘100 most-cited papers’ in reproductive medicine ranked ‘Tournaye, H.’ in third place with five papers (Evers, H., Human Reproduction, 2010).

Today, CRM has an in-house team of specialists who concentrate on all subfields of fertility, i.e. assisted reproduction, reproductive surgery, reproductive endocrinology, reproductive andrology, oncofertility, reproductive immunology, reproductive genetics and reproductive infectiology.

Professor Dr Michel Camus, MD PhD
Professor Dr Human Fatemi, MD PhD
Dr Willem Verpoest
Dr Christophe Blockeel MD PhD
Dr Michel De Vos MD PhD
Dr. Domimic Stoop MD PhD
Dr. Veerle Vloeberghs MD
Dr. Roberto Corona MD
Dr. Carolina Ortega MD

Contact Details

Centre for Reproductive Medicine
Laarbeeklaan 101
1090 Brussels