Dr. Keith Jarvi: Improving Men’s Health

PSI Spotlights Dr. Keith Jarvi, PSI Grantee Posted: March 20, 2013

“The PSI funding was essential in allowing us to initiate our work on semen proteomics: this understanding of semen proteins was subsequently used as the basis for the work we have done to identify novel semen biomarkers for different types of infertility, prostate cancer and chronic pelvic pain in men. This resulting work has now been supported by CIHR, CCSRI, The Canadian Urology Association, bioMerieux Laboratory, LabCorp USA and MaRS Innovation. None of this would have been possible without that initial support from PSI.”

PSI Foundation funded Dr. Keith Jarvi of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto for his study Use of Seminal Fluid Protein Patterns as Biomarkers for Diseases in the Male Reproductive Tract: Prediction of Spermatogenesis in Men with Azoospermia. In 2007, PSI approved $158,000 for his 2 year study.

Dr. Jarvi is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is also the Director of the Murray Koffler Urologic Wellness Centre and Head of Urology at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Jarvi has had several papers resulting from this research, with the most recent being published in Science Translational Medicine. This study has also been featured in media including the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and BBC Health News.


Papers Published on Foundation Funded Projects:

Seminal plasma as a diagnostic fluid for male reproductive system disorders

Differential diagnosis of azoospermia with proteomic biomarkers ECM1 and TEX101 quantified in seminal plasma

Analysis of seminal plasma from patients with non-obstructive azoospermia and identification of candidate biomarkers of male infertility

  • J Proteome Res, 2012 Mar 2;11(3):1503-11

Characterization of the seminal plasma proteome in men with prostatitis by mass spectrometry

  • Clin Proteomics, 2012 Feb 6;9(1):2

Verification of male infertility biomarkers in seminal plasma by multiplex selected reaction monitoring assay

  • Mol Cell Proteomics, 2011 Dec; 10(12):M110.004127

Proteomic analysis of seminal plasma from normal volunteers and post-vasectomy patients identifies over 2000 proteins and candidate biomarkers of the urogenital system

  • J Proteome Res, 2011 Mar 4;10(3):941-53

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