We are very excited to announce the formation of a new non-profit organization in IVF research, the National Foundation for Fertility Research. The cornerstone of this organization is the critically important scientific research that CCRM has done over the last 10 years under the direction of Dr. William Schoolcraft. This groundbreaking work has been transitioned to this new organization, whose aspirations are of the utmost importance to all of us.
Specifically, the National Foundation for Fertility Research will work to:
- Advance the field of reproductive medicine
- Decrease the risk of multiple births associated with IVF
- Increase the transfer of chromosomally normal embryos
- Give young woman with cancer a chance to freeze their eggs and have their own genetic baby later in life
- Improve IVF success rates in all ages especially women 40 to 45 who wish to utilize their own eggs
The Foundation boasts a state-of-the-art research facility on the second floor of CCRM's new building, and is poised to be a true catalyst for advancement in the field of reproductive medicine.
Early successes for the Foundation include:
- Since we are now able to identify the embryos most likely to result in a successful pregnancy, the number of embryos transferred during an IVF cycle has been greatly reduced, making mulitiple births less of a concern during fertility treatment.
- Chances of a successful and healthy pregnancy have greatly increased because of our ability to ensure that all 23 chromosome pairs are present in the embryo.
- Women with cancer and young women can now freeze their eggs for future use thanks to the research done in egg cryopreservation techniques.