Clinical Trials & Studies

Dr. Conaghan's picture
January 08, 2013

In the in vitro fertilization (IVF) lab, we culture human embryos in a highly controlled environment—in sterile, pH-controlled conditions, at a precise temperature surrounded by modified, scrubbed, HEPA-filtered gasses. Until recently, it was not possible to observe the development of an embryo without briefly removing it from this special incubation environment. But lately we have been testing a new in-incubator microscope and camera systems to "watch" the embryos without disturbing them. 

This imaging system takes pictures of embryos at set intervals during culture and stitches them together to make a time-lapse video that shows clearly how each embryo has developed for up to 5 days in culture. These pictures and videos are fascinating to review as they have opened up a whole new world to embryologists. 

PFC Team's picture
November 29, 2012

Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) successfully participated in two multi-center research studies assessing a groundbreaking technology called Early Embryo Viability Assessment System (Eeva). The goal was to evaluate embryos to see if their development at various points in time could predict embryo quality. More than 50 PFC patients participated in these studies.

Auxogyn, Inc. selected PFC along with 4 other centers for testing its Eeva system, which may improve in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes by assisting in embryo selection. Eeva uses time-lapse video of embryos combined with unique software that analyzes embryos imaged during their earliest stages of development (from day 1 to day 3 of growth).

Dr. Li's picture
By Dr. Li
September 17, 2012

Vitamin D Deficiency

Every year the PFC team of physicians and embryologists enthusiastically participate in the annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS) by sharing our own research with other experts in our field. It usually starts off with a question that intrigues us in the clinical setting. This year, we presented our ongoing study on vitamin D deficiency in women with infertility, which was honored with the Best Practicing Physician Award. 

PFC Team's picture
April 26, 2012

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Liyun Li! Her research presentation on Vitamin D received the best research for a practicing physician award at this years Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS) Annual Meeting. The award recognizes outstanding research by a practicing physician who devotes half of their time to private practice.
You can review her poster and research here!

Dr. Ryan's picture
April 25, 2012

This is a nice logo.Advances in research & development bring a deeper understanding of infertility: Modern fertility science is changing treatment, enabling better pregnancy rates. A healthy child for every person suffering from fertility problems remains Pacific Fertility Center’s goal. Through a better understanding of the egg and embryo we are closer to delivering on that promise of one healthy baby at a time. The problem of the aging egg: The aging egg remains a very basic problem in fertility.