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Current Research

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IVFAustralia currently has a leading clinical research programme involving a wide range of research projects. Our priority is to take some of the extraordinary advances in the basic science and understanding of reproduction and turn these into real developments that will help our patients to achieve that much-wanted pregnancy.

Our work falls into a number of current areas:

Ovarian cells & egg development

IVF Australia and UNSW are trying to improve IVF outcomes by investigating the cells that nourish the egg.

Interactions between the egg and its surrounding cells will be studied to help determine what makes the best quality eggs.

This includes investigating what signals ovarian cells provide to eggs to support egg development. All biological samples for this project are otherwise discarded and at NO time will this research involve fertilising eggs or affect your clinical treatment or outcome.

This research will be kept anonymous and strictly confidential.

If you would like to help by donating your left over cells during egg collection speak to your nurse during your monitoring appointments.

For more information contact Pru Sweeten, IVF Research Nurse on 02 8372 3200

Refining the treatments that we give our patients


Studying the role of a hormone supplement, recombinant Luteinising Hormone (LH), in patients who have been shown to have a deficiency in LH during their IVF/ICSI treatment.

  • Studying the effect of an elevated progesterone concentration at the time of egg collection on the success rate from IVF.

  • Studying the effects of acupuncture on IVF.  In a randomised controlled trial, in collaboration with Professor Smith of the University of NSW, the effects of acupuncture on both the immune processes associated with successful implantation as well as the success rate itself are being studied.

  • Assessing the novel possibility that disrupting the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) in the cycle before IVF may increase the success rate of IVF.

  • Assessment of the acceptability of a new improved form of pen for administration of FSH during IVF.

  • Studying the significance of the egg number test (AMH) in predicting the response to IVF.

Developing new technologies to assist our patients

  • Further development of the technology for digital high magnification of sperm.  Our initial research has found that this is a very effective technique for identifying the healthiest sperm for injection during the IVF process. Our ongoing work will focus on identifying which men will benefit most from this technology.

  • Development of sophisticated technology to study the genetic health of an oocyte prior to injection of the sperm.  Using the latest “Oosight” technology, we can study the genetic material inside the egg using polarised light and gain many useful insights into why some eggs work and others do not.

  • Genetic study of the embryo.  In association with our partners at Melbourne IVF, we now have access to the latest rapid ArrayPGD technology for study of the genetic makeup of the embryo.  Recently, techniques have been developed to assist couples where the cause of their infertility is a chromosomal rearrangement in one or other partner.

  • Understanding the immune processes involved in implantation.  Through study of the “natural killer” cells in the lining of the uterus, we have been able to identify that some women have disordered function of these cells and we are currently carrying out trials of therapy that may help these couples.

Understanding the long-term consequences of infertility for our patients

  • A long-term study in association with Professor Cathy McMahon of Macquarie University in the effects of parental age, the mode of conception and the transition to parenthood.  In this research, that has been supported by an Australian Research Council grant, the  biological, psychological and social consequences of delayed parenthood are being studies.

  • Collaborative studies of Infertility, body weight, eating and exercise disorders.

  • Study of the economic implications of ARTprogrammes for both the nation and patients.  In association with Dr Georgina Chambers at the University of NSW, we have an ongoing collaboration that is supported by the Australian Research Council to carry out detailed econometric studies.

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