Major Breakthrough in Assisted Reproductive Technology
Beverly Hills – A state-of-the-art technology that will further advance understanding of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other reproductive technologies is coming to ART Reproductive Center and Southern California Reproductive Center.
Former Scientific Director of ART Reproductive Center, David Hill, PhD, says they are installing an Embryoscope®, a research tool that is at the leading edge of IVF technological innovation. Dr. Hill says the Embryoscope® is an IVF incubator, much like traditional incubators where embryos are grown until they are ready to be transferred to the uterus around day seven.
What makes the Embryoscope® different is its built-in camera/computer system that is capable of producing time-lapse pictures of embryos from fertilization through blastocyst (A blastocyst is a highly developed embryo that has divided many times to a point where it is nearly ready to implant on the walls of the uterus). “The Embryoscope® allows for continuous, uninterrupted monitoring of the embryos for up to seven days. This research instrument can provide a non-invasive selection advantage over once-daily, “single point” evaluation,” says Dr. Hill. Up to seventy individual embryos at a time can be cultured in the Embryoscope®.
Mark Surrey, M.D., Hal Danzer M.D., and David Hill, PhD, founded ART Reproductive Center
Dr. Mark Surrey is the Medical Director of Southern California Reproductive Center, and a leader in the field of fertility and reproductive medicine, including reproductive surgery and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Dr. Surrey, a reproductive endocrinologist, is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He serves as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. David Hill, Co-founder and Scientific Director of ART Reproductive Center has been the Scientific Director for programs for assisted reproductive technology since 1987. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as well as a research faculty member at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Hal Danzer, Co-founder of SCRC, is an expert in reproductive medicine, including reproductive endocrinology, women’s health and fertility issues. Dr. Danzer, a reproductive endocrinologist, is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and serves on the faculty of the UCLA Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship Program. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.