Genetics and IVF Institute
The Genetics & IVF Institute (GIVF) is a provider of infertility and genetics services, and also engages in biomedical research in these fields. The Institute was founded in 1984 by Dr. Joseph D. Schulman and associates. GIVF headquarters are in Fairfax, VA, USA, and its facilities include locations in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, California, and Texas in the United States, as well as in China.
Genetics & IVF Institute has been responsible for numerous key innovations to help couples have healthy babies and to improve the reproductive health of women. These include:
First U.S. medical center to introduce non-surgical ultrasound guided egg retrieval (transvaginal oocyte retrieval) for IVF; achieved America's first frozen embryo twin birth; first American team to publicly report pregnancies using ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection); first to offer clinical laboratory testing for certain mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes which cause hereditary breast cancer; developed the important technique of non-surgical sperm aspiration for improved treatment of male infertility; first in the world to initiate ovarian cryopreservation for storage of oocytes for women with cancer; discovered a method (non-disclosing preimplantation genetic testing) for the effective prevention of Huntington disease; developed MicroSort, an important flow-cytometric human sperm separation technique for preconceptual gender selection, which has already produced over 1,000 births.
The services and research activities at Genetics & IVF have been the subject of many articles in major newspapers, such as the New York Times, and on numerous television and radio news shows.
The Institute's American activities involve a large donor egg program, one of the world's major group of sperm banks, one of America's most active preimplantation genetics testing centers, and oocyte cryopreservation via vitrification in addition to more conventional IVF, infertility, and genetic services.
- Schulman, JD; Dorfmann, AD; Jones, SL; Pitt, CC; Joyce, B; Patton, LA (1987). "Outpatient in vitro fertilization using transvaginal ultrasound-guided oocyte retrieval". Obstetrics and gynecology 69 (4): 665–8. PMID 3103035.
- Sherins, RJ; Thorsell, LP; Dorfmann, A; Dennison-Lagos, L; Calvo, LP; Krysa, L; Coulam, CB; Schulman, JD (1995). "Intracytoplasmic sperm injection facilitates fertilization even in the most severe forms of male infertility: pregnancy outcome correlates with maternal age and number of eggs available". Fertility and Sterility 64 (2): 369–75. PMID 7615116.
- Belker, A; Sherins, R; Dennisonlagos, L; Thorsell, L; Schulman, J (1998). "PERCUTANEOUS TESTICULAR SPERM ASPIRATION: A CONVENIENT AND EFFECTIVE OFFICE PROCEDURE TO RETRIEVE SPERM FOR IN VITRO FERTILIZATION WITH INTRACYTOPLASMIC SPERM INJECTION". The Journal of Urology 160 (6 Pt 1): 2058–62. doi:10.1016/S0022-5347(01)62242-0. PMID 9817323.
- Opsahl, MS; Fugger, EF; Sherins, RJ; Schulman, JD (1997). "Preservation of reproductive function before therapy for cancer: new options involving sperm and ovary cryopreservation". The cancer journal from Scientific American 3 (4): 189–91. PMID 9263622.
- Schulman, JD; Black, SH; Handyside, A; Nance, WE (1996). "Preimplantation genetic testing for Huntington disease and certain other dominantly inherited disorders". Clinical genetics 49 (2): 57–8. PMID 8740912.
- Fugger, E.; Black, SH; Keyvanfar, K; Schulman, JD (1998). "Births of normal daughters after MicroSort sperm separation and intrauterine insemination, in-vitro fertilization, or intracytoplasmic sperm injection". Human Reproduction 13 (9): 2367–70. doi:10.1093/humrep/13.9.2367. PMID 9806249.
- Breaking Ranks, Lab Offers Test To Assess Risk of Breast Cancer