Prof. Mats Brännström, MD, Ph.D
Professor Brännström is a leading scientist and clinical doctor in gynecology and reproductive medicine. He is one of the most well-known gynecologists after his achievement of bringing uterus transplantation into clinical treatment. His research in this area started in 1999, and after systematic animal-based research for more than a decade the first clinical trial of uterus transplantation was launched in 2013, with the first live birth occurring in 2014. Professor Brännström´s clinical work is gyne-oncological surgery, involving robotic surgery, as well as reproductive medicine. Since 2001 he is a full professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and since 2009 also the chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has been visiting a professor at Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic, USA.
Professor Brännström received his MD in 1985 and Ph.D. (Physiology) in 1988, the latter focusing on mechanisms of ovulation. During a three-year postdoc period at the University of Adelaide, Australia his research is focused on intra-ovarian immune-regulation of ovulation and corpus luteum function. Since 1993 Brännström has had research funding from the Swedish Research Council, researching ovarian function, PCOS and gynecological cancer. From 1999 the research has been expanded to include uterus transplantation. Brännström has published 200 scientific papers and 100 review articles. He has been the primary supervisor of 20 Ph.D. students.
The significant clinical contribution of professor Brännström, uterus transplantation, is a milestone in both transplantation surgery and gynecology/reproductive medicine. The research followed the IDEAL concept for surgical innovations and involved a step-by-step procedure to investigate all facets of uterus transplantation in five different animal models (mouse, rat, pig, sheep, and baboon) before exploring this in the human. The first eight babies after this combined UTX-IVF procedure was born in Sweden in the period 2014-2017, and this followed by additional births in the USA, Brazil, India, and Italy.
Professor Brännström is presently specializing in uterus transplantation surgery with the living donor concept. After completion of the first uterus transplantation trial with the laparotomic approach in both donor and recipient, robotic-assisted laparoscopy is developed for surgery of donor as well. Additionally, Professor Brännström is conducting clinical work in IVF at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, as well as at Stockholm IVF.