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Monash IVF is a national leader in fertility research. We’re one of the only fertility providers to have a full-time dedicated research team focused on developing new treatments to increase chances of healthy pregnancy. This commitment helps us deliver some of the best pregnancy rates in the world, and means you can be confident in your treatment decisions.
Our research program
Our IVF research program is overseen by the Monash IVF Group Research and Education Foundation (MREF). This Foundation has long-term connections with research and teaching at:
- Monash University
- Adelaide University
- Hudson Institute of Medical Research
- Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Why is research important?
Research helps to develop effective, evidence-based new treatments to increase chances of healthy pregnancy.
The number of patients who trust us to help with their fertility gives us excellent information about fertility and treatments. Using our scientific expertise, our research aims to translate our knowledge into new treatments.
Our scale means we can collect data over a few months that may take other clinics years. We are committed to giving back to the fertility field. It keeps us at the forefront of delivering world class care; we’re always looking for better, safer, more efficient ways of helping you overcome infertility.
As part of our research program, we:
- form elite teams of fertility specialists to review challenging cases and make sure we haven’t missed anything
- innovate processes and methods to deliver better outcomes
- publish research papers and presentations that help treat patients who may never even meet one of our doctors.
We take part in pharma-sponsored, multi-centre clinical trials to test the safety and effects of new medications, therapeutic devices and treatment protocols. We’re usually enrolling patients in 1-2 clinical trials at any time.
Our clinical trials are conducted under the Australian NHMRC Human Research Ethics Committee to make sure the research has value for patients and any risks are explained properly.
Patients in clinical research trials can try new medications before they become publicly available, and potentially have treatment at a lower cost.
Recent treatments trials include:
- multi-centre trial ‘LIGHT’ study on the effectiveness of growth hormone
- low-dose stimulation protocols
- impact of chronic inflammation and obesity of gut ‘microbiome’ on fertility and IVF success rates
- use of melatonin in IVF treatments.
Training and development
We partner with major education institutes to recruit the best and brightest reproductive medicine graduates. Our training commitment includes:
- long-standing partnerships with Monash University’s Education Program in Reproduction and Development (EPRD)
- teaching undergraduate courses at the University of Adelaide
- clinical appointments through obstetrics and gynaecology residency programs.
We’re proud to help meet the national workforce needs in reproductive medicine by assisting students to gain Graduate and Masters qualifications in reproductive science and embryology.
Monash Fast Facts
We’re a major contributor to the annual scientific meeting of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA). We’ve presented dozens of research studies at the FSA; many go on to be published in leading reproductive medicine journals such as Fertility and Sterility or Human Reproduction.
Fertility Society of Australia (FSA)