We are thrilled to share the news that both the Merrion Fertility Clinic Research Team and the patient support group have been shortlisted for the 2018 Irish Healthcare Centre Awards under the following categories ‘Research Team of the Year’ and ‘Healthcare Initiative – Mental Health Care’.
The Award Ceremony will take place on Friday the 9th of March in the beautiful Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.
To find out more about MFC’s research and publications please click here or if you wish to book appointment at the clinic you can click on the links below.
Assisted Human Reproduction Bill is to be implemented for the use of a deceased partner’s sperm, egg or embryo after the suggested grieving period.
Please click on the link below for the full article
The Irish Times article
‘Expert predicts number of women freezing their eggs to have babies later in life will rise’ – The Irish Times
The Irish Times discusses Prof. Fishel’s thoughts on the importance of regulation with fertility treatments, public funding and the increasing number of younger women freezing their eggs for future use due to social pressures to remain working until later in life.
Prof. Fishel is currently attending a number of events in Ireland to mark the 40th anniversary of the birth of the first IVF baby.
Please click on the link below for the full Irish Times article.
Irish Times – Publicly funded and legally regulated fertility treatment is ‘critical
MFC staff from Clinical, Embryology and Nursing Departments attended the British Fertility Society (BFS) conference in Liverpool last week.
We’re very proud to say that two of our clinicians (Dr. Yvonne O’Brien and Dr. David Crosby) were chosen to present their excellent research as part of the BFS Young clinician award session.
Follow the link below to learn more about the conference:
We will be closed from 4pm on Thursday, 21st December and will re-open at 8am on Tuesday, 2nd January.
If you are an existing patient and have a serious concern please contact The National Maternity Hospital on 01 6373100. Otherwise, you may leave a voicemail message on tel. no. 01 6635000 and this will be dealt with by one of our nurses on Thursday, 28th and Friday 29th December.
Prof Wingfield’s study with Trinity College Dublin on uterine natural killer cells in endometriosis has been selected for a RAMI Research Award in the Biomedical Science category! See below for information on this publication.
This category received a large number of submissions, so this is a significant achievement.
The RAMI Research Awards 2017 will be held on Wed 29th November, and winners will receive a RAMI bronze medal and educational bursary.
Congratulations Prof Wingfield!!
Natural Killer Cells and Infertility
The role of natural killer (NK) immune cells in infertility is the subject of much controversy in reproductive medicine. It is important to note that circulating blood NK cells and NK cells found in the uterus have very different profiles and functions. Scientific studies in animals indicate that NK cells are in fact essential for pregnancy and development of the placental blood supply.
A recent collaborative study between Merrion Fertility Clinic and Trinity College Dublin found more immature uNK cells known as progenitors in endometrial tissue from women with endometriosis as compared to healthy patients, suggesting that uNK development is altered in the endometriotic uterus. Further analysis of these endometrial tissue samples revealed reduced levels of a growth factor called SCF in women with endometriosis, which may underlie the impaired maturation of uNK cells.
To read more about this research study, please follow the link below:
Seventy-two percent of Irish women surveyed would consider egg freezing
June Shannon of the Irish Medical Times has published an article covering Dr Yvonne O Brien’s recent study on women’s attitudes towards fertility testing and egg freezing.
Please click here for the full article.
09.15 – 09:55hrs: Registration Tea/Coﬀee & light breakfast – Boardroom, NMH
10.00 – 11.00hrs: WELCOME Dr. Rhona Mahony, Master, NMH – Boardroom and Lecture Theatre, NMH PLENARY SESSION
HPV – Boardroom and Lecture Theatre, NMH Prof. Donal Brennan, NMH/UCD
MN-CMS – Boardroom and Lecture Theatre, NMH, Dr. Michael Robson, Consultant, NMH / Tina Murphy, Project Manager
All workshops are 45 mins (will run concurrently). A. (11.05hrs-11.50hrs) B. (12.00hrs-12.45hrs) C. (12.55hrs-13.40hrs). Lunch at 13.45hrs.
To ensure good interaction and discussion group sizes are limited in each workshop.
Programme includes a choice of 3 of the following workshops, early respondents will get their 1st choice.
11.05 – 13.40hrs
- Current Controversies in Urogymaecology Prof. Declan Keane Clinical Director, NMH
- Pregnancy in the Older Woman Dr. Stephen Carroll, Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, NMH
- Vaccinations in Pregnancy Dr. Susan Knowles, Consultant Microbiologist, NMH
- Challenges in Adolescent Gynaecology Dr. Venita Broderick, Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, NMH
- Fertility – evidence based practice Dr. David Crosby, Clinical Research Fellow, Merrion Fertility Clinic and NMH
- Management of Menopause in Primary Care Dr. Mary Short GP
To register go to: www.nmh.ie Health Professionals and select your three chosen topics or go directly to eventbrite.ie
What women want? A scoping survey on women’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards ovarian reserve testing and egg freezing.
A recent publication by MFC research staff looks for the first time at Irish women’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards ovarian reserve testing and egg freezing in order to preserve their fertility.
The study, led by Dr. Yvonne O’ Brien (Clinical Research Fellow at MFC), surveyed 663 women aged 18–44 years through the use of social media. Dr. O’Brien found that a majority (60%) of women surveyed had knowledge of ovarian reserve testing, and 64.8% would be interested in having testing performed. Younger women (<30 years of age) and single women were more likely to be interested in checking their ovarian reserve. In addition, the vast majority (89.7%) of women surveyed were aware of oocyte cryopreservation, and 72.2% agreed that they would consider freezing their eggs to preserve fertility. Interestingly, a majority (62.1%) of study participants believed that it is a woman’s right to postpone pregnancy for social reasons and to freeze her eggs, with no significant difference in options noted between younger and older women.
Overall, this study concludes that Irish women are highly knowledgeable about ovarian reserve testing and social egg freezing, likely reflecting increasing awareness of these issues among the Irish public. The study also shows that women are very open to the use of these modern technologies in an attempt to avoid unintended childlessness.
To read more about this research study, please follow the link below:
Please click on the following link for information on other MFC research studies.
After many years of advocating for funding for IVF treatments Merrion Fertility Clinic is delighted to see that the Cabinet has supported Simon Harris’s proposal to introduce legislation for financial aid for fertility treatments. The World Health Organisation recognises infertility as a disease, and Ireland and Lithuania are the only two EU countries not to offer state-funding for assisted reproduction.
For the many Irish couples who cannot afford the €4,000 to €6,000 cost of one IVF treatment cycle, the commitment of government funding is very welcome and long overdue.
For further information please click here for the full RTE article