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Research at QFG

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.

Current Queensland Fertility Group research

Below is an overview of current research being undertaken at Queensland Fertility Group. If you would like to find out more about any of these projects, 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.

Conference Presentations

Queensland Fertility Group presentations at Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) Annual Conference 2015 - Canberra, 13-16 September 2015

Orals

The Distance Travelled after Embryo Transfer does not Affect Pregnancy Rates
Carrigan, Levy, Jack, Irving, Harrison

Introduction of the EmbryoScope® system to a busy IVF laboratory
Irving, Whitman, Breen, West, Osborn, Harrison

Clever Planning or Broken Promises: A Retrospective Analysis of a Nursing Tool Used to Schedule and Plan Proposed EPU Dates in a Low Cost, Low Stimulation Clinic
Younger, Carrigan, Strickland, Moser, Saunders, Cooper, Harrison

Prognostic Value of Progesterone Levels at Oocyte Retrieval in Antagonist Cycles Triggered with GnRH Agonist
Esler, Wolyncevic, Fien, Osborn

What do you do when you don’t have a lab? Carry on Nursing!
Fien, Logan, Lax, Irving, Esler, Harrison, Osborn

Mild Ovarian Stimulation in North Queensland: Clinical Outcomes in Different Age Groups
Chang, Miller, Robertson, Raumer, Astbury, Sutton, Osborn

Working Outside the Box: No Laboratory, No Culture – No Worries!
Wolyncevic, Fien, Irving, Harrison, Esler, Osborn

The Effect of in vitro Culture on TESE Sperm Motility
Claassens, Irving, Harrison

Development of Air Quality Management Plans for Non-Stand Alone Facilities
Roling, Irving, Osborn, Harrison

Poster

Evaluation of FertilitySCORE® Self Semen Analysis Kit
Donnelly, Pollock, Sherrin, Harrison

Aneuploidy does not Correlate with Cell Number on Day 3
Whitman, Osborn, Irving, Harrison

If you would like to keep updated about developments at Queensland Fertility Group, read more about our published research or visit our blog.

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