Infertility Advances at the Jones Institute

Assisted reproduction technology ( ART , IVF ) cycles performed at the Jones Institute have resulted in the birth of thousands of babies. Our ever-growing success rates in in-vitro fertilization ( IVF ) and related techniques, coupled with our caring environment, provide an exceptional setting for infertile couples to undergo diagnosis and treatment. Our multidisciplinary approach provides patients with a formidable team of highly qualified physicians, nurses, counselors, and laboratory personnel to assess individual needs.

Our patients also take comfort in knowing that the Jones Institute is supported by prestigious research and training programs that are at the core of our operation. Physicians ( reproductive endocrinologists ), infertility specialists, endocrinologists, and embryologists who trained at the Jones Institute have gone on to manage or staff numerous successful infertility programs in the United States and abroad.

Our clinical and research staff is comprised of full time academic, clinical, and basic scientists whose sole goal is to provide state - of - the - art diagnosis and therapy to overcome diseases that cause infertility.

Over the last two decades there has been an explosion of knowledge in basic reproductive biology and in the clinical success of assisted reproductive technologies. Many of the advances were achieved by the Jones Institute scientists and physicians. We take great pride in our unwavering commitment to patient care, research, and innovation that has assisted thousands of couples become parents. Our dedication to excellence speaks for itself in the following accomplishments:

  • First IVF birth in the United States ~
    The first IVF baby in the United States was born at the Jones Institute. This child was also the first in the world born as a result of a stimulated gonadotropin cycle. The ability to induce the development of multiple eggs was a major breakthrough that has allowed thousands of otherwise infertile couples to produce healthy children.

  • Use of gonadotropins ( FSH ) in IVF ~
    The Jones Institute conducted groundbreaking research in the clinical applications of pituitary gonadotropins ( Pergonal ) to induce the development of multiple follicles for use in intrauterine inseminations ( IUI ) and in vitro fertilization ( IVF ). The results of this original research, conducted prior to 1981, are still in general use throughout the world.

  • Development of new techniques~
    The Jones Institute pioneered many new techniques, such as embryo cryopreservation and intracytoplasmic sperm injection ( ICSI ) . ICSI was a major advance in the treatment male infertility. Our success rates with frozen-thawed embryos are among the highest in the world.

  • Preimplantation genetic diagnosis ( PGD ) ~
    We developed a successful preimplantation genetic diagnosis program that allows couples who could potentially transmit severe or lethal genetic diseases to their offspring to achieve their goal of having a healthy child.

  • Ovarian Tissue Freezing ~
    The Jones Institute initiated the region's only ovarian tissue freezing program for future use in transplantation, thereby helping woman who are facing the loss of their ovarian function. Ovarian tissue freezing may be a valuable clinical option for women with ovarian cancer or for those who are receiving radiation or chemotherapy treatment for other similar diseases.

    The procedure requires that very small samples of the woman's ovarian tissue be frozen for future transplantation. This tissue can be transplanted back to the patient at a later date, potentially restoring fertility.

    In our initial research studies ( non - human ), we were able to demonstrate normal estrogen and progesterone function as well as the production of mature eggs - eggs that were capable of being fertilized. However, this process remains in the experimental stages with no live births recorded to date.

Since our inception, the Jones Institute has been an active and prolific leader of scientific advances in infertility treatment worldwide with outstanding contributions to the specialty of reproductive biology. We continue to seek innovative ways to improve infertility treatments. Our unique combination of proven clinical protocols and advanced research and development techniques provides an unmatched environment for treating infertility and providing compassionate care for our patients.

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