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