George M Grunert MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, HFS IVF Program Director


  • IVF pioneer's work brought joy to millions

    The grandfather of IVF died last week after bringing bundles of joy to millions of mums and dads who feared they would never have children.

    Prof Sir Robert Edwards began working in the field of fertilisation in the 1950s and he and Dr Patrick Steptoe carried out their ground-breaking research in the face of opposition from church leaders, governments and sections of the media, and scepticism from scientific colleagues.

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  • Univfy PredictIVF Test Proven to Predict Future IVF Success Accurately Based on Past IVF Data

    Univfy Inc., a pioneer in predictive technology for health care and fertility, today announced the results of a new validation study that proves its Univfy PredictIVF online prediction test is 75 percent more powerful than age-based estimates at accurately predicting the probability of live birth in a patient's next in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle based on data from her previous IVF cycles.

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  • Mother's Ethnicity Can Significantly Influence Fertility Treatment Outcomes

    Maternal ethnicity is a significant determinant of successful outcomes after fertility treatment, suggests a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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  • Sticky Spermatozoa Could Hold Fertility Key

    Researchers from the University of Leeds think that sticky spermatozoa could hold the key to greater success for couples undergoing IVF treatment. The £1.3m trial, funded by the National Institute for Health Research Efficiency and Mechanism Evaluation (NIHR EME) Programme, will be piloting a new IVF method that relies on picking only mature and fertile spermatozoa that stick to a specially coated plate for injection into the egg.

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  • IVF Technique Increases Pregnancy rates by 20%, Study Shows

    It may not sound pleasant, but a procedure known as endometrial scratching has been shown to improve both pregnancy and birth rates when it is performed once in women who are undergoing reproductive treatment.

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  • Breakthrough Method gives Infertile Women Hope

    A study has detailed a new method of inducing egg growth in women suffering from infertility. Created by researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine, this technique has already resulted in one woman giving birth, while another is pregnant.

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  • Traffic Cop for Meiosis - With Implications for Fertility, Birth Defects

    Researchers at New York University and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research have identified the mechanism that plays "traffic cop" in meiosis - the process of cell division required in reproduction. Their findings, which appear in the journal eLife, shed new light on fertility and may lead to greater understanding of the factors that lead to birth defects.

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  • Endometriosis Risk Linked to Two Pesticides

    A Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center-led study has found that two organochlorine pesticides are associated with an increased risk of endometriosis, a condition that affects up to 10 percent of reproductive-age women.

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  • Exercise During Pregnancy Gives Newborn Brain Development Head Start

    As little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise three times per week during pregnancy enhances the newborn child's brain development, according to researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital. This head-start could have an impact on the child's entire life.

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  • Conflicting Criteria Clarified for Diagnosing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for the diagnosis and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome, the most common hormone disorder in women of reproductive age and a leading cause of infertility.

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