Queensland Fertility Group remains at the forefront of fertility research in Queensland to ensure we give our patients access to the most advanced science available. We are proud of our leadership within the fertility profession, and our clinicians, nurses and scientists are all committed to the future of fertility treatment. Following is an overview of some of our current research. If you would like to find out more about any of these projects, then please Contact Us...
Non-Invasive Embryo Selection
The technical objective is to establish whether alternative morphological criteria in pronuclear and cleavage stage embryos offer a higher predictive potential for implantation and whether embryo cleavage criteria offer a higher predictive potential for implantation.
Embryo & Oocyte Vitrification
The technical objective is to establish the most efficient vitrification system for embryos, blastocysts and oocytes and to determine its efficacy compared with current slow freezing protocols. Queensland Fertility Group leads Australia in the development of egg freezing.
Sperm Aneuploidy Detection Using FISH
The technical objective is to establish the following:
- Techniques to identify the number of chromosomes using FISH.
- Using these techniques identify whether aneuploidies exist in the sperm of men with chromosomal translocations.
- The incidence of sperm chromosomal aneuploidies in the male partners of infertile couples related to aetiology of infertility.
Sperm DNA Integrity in Oncology
The technical objective is to establish whether different malignancies (particularly testicular and systemic malignancies) and disease processes are associated with increased levels of damaged sperm DNA and whether such disease groups would benefit from alternative collection protocols prior to cryopreservation.
Artificial Oocyte Activation using Calcium Ionophore in ICSI Cycles
The technical objective is to establish whether published techniques of AOA using Ca ionophores in ICSI cycles improve fertilisation, cleavage, embryo quality and implantation rates in patients with a history of poor ICSI fertilisation.
Embryo Media Comparison
The technical objective is to perform a comparative study of various commercial culture media and compare results with those previously achieved with currently used medium.
SCSA & Hyaluronan Binding Assay Study
The technical objective is to test sperm selected by hyaluronan binding with an assay for sperm DNA integrity and to compare that with the measured sperm DNA integrity for the whole specimen.
Establishment of FMR1 Testing
The technical objective is to fully assess the merits of offering the PCR screen for FMR1 to all future QFG couples.
Effect of Embryo Cryostorage
Above the Glass Transition Temperature. The technical objective is to determine whether reproductive material, frozen in liquid nitrogen, is affected by a period of storage at the temperature of dry ice, -80 °C, which is above the glass transition temperature.
Hyaluronan Sperm Selection for ICSI
The technical objective is to identify specific patient populations that benefit the greatest from the use of HA-ICSI.
Sperm Preparation Using ProInsert System
The technical objective is to determine whether the system minimises the viral load in the final preparation of semen from infectious disease discordant couples.
Effectiveness of Group vs Single Embryo Culture
The technical objective is to compare the outcome from embryos cultured singly and in groups.
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