Research and clinical staff from Merrion Fertility Clinic presented their findings recently at the Fertility 2020 Conference in Edinburgh. Clinical Fellow, Dr Lucia Hartigan, described her work on fertility preservation practices and referral pathways for children and adolescents with cancer in Ireland.
Doctors Fiona Reidy and Maebh Horan described the clinic’s ongoing collaborative project with Trinity College Dublin on the role of endometrial inflammation in early pregnancy.
The 2020 Joint Conference of the Association of Clinical Embryologists, British Fertility Society and the Society for Reproduction & Fertility is currently being held in Edinburgh. The theme for the joint annual conference is ‘Reproduction in a changing world.
MFC is well represented at the conference with staff from our clinical, nursing, embryology and research departments. For more information on the conference please click on the link:
New MFC research study suggests that Anti-Müllerian hormone and progesterone levels in human follicular fluid are predictors of embryonic development.
A recent study from Dr Yvonne O’ Brien, from her time with MFC, has found that AMH and progesterone levels are higher in follicular fluid surrounding oocytes that go on to become good quality blastocysts, as compared to those that do not.
This research project was carried out in collaboration with Dr Lynne O’Shea in UCD. Our findings suggest that hormone levels in follicular fluid may be used to more sensitively and accurately predict how well an embryo will develop.
We would like to thank all the MFC patients who kindly took part in this research study. This exciting development may aid us in further improving treatment outcomes in the future.
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Merrion Fertility Clinic are delighted to congratulate our very own clinical fellow Dr. David Crosby, who was recently awarded an M.D. from University College Dublin for his research thesis on endometrial inflammation pathways and embryo implantation in ART.
Dr. Helen Spillane of MFC recently took part in a conference at The Centre for Reproductive Medicine of Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussels. The clinic is a world leader in research, education, development and treatment in Assisted Reproduction & Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, performing 5,500 cycles of IVF/ICSI yearly.
MFC is delighted to share that our clinical research fellow Dr. Lucia Hartigan recently received research funding from the National Maternity Hospital Medical Fund.
In collaboration with UCD School of Medicine, Dr. Hartigan will use this funding to investigate new biomarkers that may help predict the developmental potential of an oocyte, and improve ART outcomes.