Research priorities in endometriosis

Research priorities in endometriosis

Sixty investigators in endometriosis, from 19 countries, came together in May 2014 to collaborate on prioritising research in endometriosis.

The resulting publication in Reproductive Sciences [1] is open access in order that it may aid in focusing collaborative research an assist with grant applications.

The WES/WERF Consortium for Research Priorities in Endometriosis, chaired by Professor Peter Rogers, focused on five main areas:

  • pathogenesis/pathophysiology
  • symptoms
  • diagnosis/classification/prognosis
  • disease/symptom management
  • research policy.

This research priorities consensus statement builds on earlier efforts to develop research directions for endometriosis [2,3]. Of the 56 research recommendations from the 2011 meeting in Montpellier [3], a total of 41 remained unchanged, 13 were updated, and two were deemed to be completed.

Fifty-three new research recommendations were made at the 2014 meeting in Sao Paulo, which in addition to the 13 updated recommendations resulted in a total of 66 new recommendations for research.
Read the full set of recommendations…

The WES/WERF Consortium hard at work

The WES/WERF Consortium hard at work

2017 Research Priorities

The WES/WERF 2017 Research Priorities Workshop, which will be chaired by Professor Krina Zondervan, will take place in Vancouver, Canada, on 21 May 2017 from 09.00 – 16.30.

Places are limited to 60. Please register your interest in participating with, and indicate your two areas of research interests in endometriosis.


  1. Rogers PAW, et al. Research priorities for endometriosis: recommendations from a global consortium of investigators in endometriosis. Reprod Sci 2016 [epub ahead of print].
  2. Rogers PAW, et al. Priorities for endometriosis: recommendations from an international consensus workshop. Reprod Sci 2009;16(4):335-346.
  3. Rogers PAW, et al. Defining future directions for endometriosis research: workshop report from the 2011 World Congress of Endometriosis in Montpellier, France. Reprod Sci 2013;20(5):483–499.