The white campion, a wildflower native to Europe, Asia, and Africa, is believed to be over 30,000 years old. The plants are dioecious: male and female flowers grow on separate plants and both must be present to propagate. Through the years, the scientific study of this plant’s ecology and evolution has led to a greater understanding of the reproductive system. For these reasons, the campion was chosen as our logo — a beautiful symbol of survival and hope.

Conception, pregnancy, birth. This is one of the most natural functions of our bodies. Yet, due to diseases of the reproductive system, for many it becomes a complicated, unattainable process.

The Campion Fund and Leppert Foundation want to change that. Through medical research and education, we are working to eradicate these diseases, restoring health and hope to women and men worldwide.

The Leppert Foundation has three main goals:

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To provide peer-reviewed grants to research universities and allocated to qualified scientists through the Campion Fund

Topics for each year will be selected jointly by the Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Board. The topic will be announced in April and grant proposals will be accepted through October. 

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To host an annual conference for the scientific community

Our most recent conference was held at the University of Utah and focused on how air pollution harms reproductive health.

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To provide education regarding fertility research to the public

In addition to the research and articles published here, information is available through our blog, VDRs, and through our Lunch and Learn series. For more information, please contact us.

Areas of Translational Research

  • uterine fibroids
  • endometriosis
  • adnenomyosis
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • varicocele
  • male and female infertility
  • inherited genetic disease

Areas of Basic Research

  • gene expression and epigenetics
  • organogenesis of the reproductive tracts
  • steroid hormone regulation
  • neuroendocrinology
  • gametogenesis
  • growth and apoptosis in reproductive tissue
  • ligands and receptors
  • mechanotransduction

The Phyllis and Mark Leppert Foundation for Fertility Research, a 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded to promote basic biomedical research on diseases that affect the human reproductive system. The Campion Fund is funded through tax-deductible donations to the Foundation.


  • Phyllis C. Leppert, MD, PhD, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Mark F. Leppert, PhD, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tami Leppert, Salt Lake City, Utah


  • Sarah Berga, MD, Buffalo, New York
  • Sarah England, PhD, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Nancy Kellett, RN, MPH, New Haven, Connecticut
  • James H. Segars, MD, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Hugh Taylor, MD, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Humphrey Yao, PhD, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina


  • Lisa Jones, Evansville, Indiana
  • William Kellett, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Gary Leppert, Columbus, Ohio