Mount Sinai duo uncovering the molecular events underlying infertility

June 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

One in eight Canadian couples seeks medical treatment for infertility, most often requiring the help of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Current pregnancy rates after ART average around 30 per cent per cycle, a figure that has improved only marginally over the past 20 years.

One of the biggest hurdles affecting the outcome is poor embryo quality. Dr. Andrea Jurisicova, Associate Scientist at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital and an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto, seeks to improve understanding of the genetic and biomolecular factors underlying female infertility. She is using microscopic imaging techniques to explore embryo quality with the goal of improving the outcome for couples suffering from infertility.

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