Helps us learn the intricate processes involved in the production of healthy eggs and sperm.
Deepening our understanding of maturation of human gametes (eggs and sperm) will allow us to help more women become pregnant and if assistance is required, help us develop optimum lab conditions to ensure the best treatment conditions.
For example: We are working on cell to cell communication and the optimization of laboratory culture media for assisted reproduction treatments.
Helps us better understand the process of fertilization
so that there will be a greater chance of success in assisting women to become pregnant.
For example: We have been successful in continuing to improve the pregnancy rate of each treatment cycle.
Helps us better understand the process of early pregnancy development
so that there will be improved chance of success of women bringing their pregnancy to term with healthy babies. This area is the least understood of the four areas of focus and requires a great deal more work.
For example: We have made considerable basic science advances in understanding the interactions between embryos and the uterine lining. It is now important to translate these scientific developments into better treatment results.
Examines the psychological effects of engaging in assisted reproduction
to ensure that we can support women and their families through the process emotionally not just through physical treatment.
For example: We believe preserving patient choice is important. A key choice is determining the number of embryos to transfer in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). We decided to provide more background information to patients and then studied whether the provision of this information affected their psychological satisfaction with their choices.
Looks at the regulatory and legislative implications
to ensure that regulations match the needs of patients while ensuring safety.
For example: University researchers participate in 3–4 public policy consultations a year and are in constant communication with regulatory officials.
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