Current Research

Current Research at Texas Fertility Center, Austin, Texas: A World-Leader in Infertility Research

Texas Fertility Center is Currently Recruiting for the Following Fertility Research Studies.


Clinical Study for Minimally Invasive Treatments of Uterine Fibroids

Are you suffering from heavy menstrual periods or other symptoms associated with uterine fibroids?

The Texas Fertility Center is doing a study for women who want a minimally invasive treatment for their symptoms but who do not want a hysterectomy.

You may qualify if you are 18 years of age or older and have symptomatic uterine fibroids. To find out more about the study and to see if you qualify, please contact Tamara.

Apply for the fibroid study here>>


The TiMMI IVF Incubator Study

The MIRI-TL™ is an embryo culture incubator using a built-in microscope and camera designed specifically for the continuous assessment of embryo development. After sperm fertilizes an egg, the IVF laboratory will grow the developing embryo in a Petri dish with a nourishing substance called culture medium. These are stored in carefully monitored and temperature controlled incubators.

The goal of this study is to compare the safety and effectiveness of the MIRI-TL compared to industry-standard incubators.

You may qualify for the TiMMI study if:

  • You are a woman using your own eggs.
  • You produce at least four normally fertilized eggs.
  • You will have intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) performed on the eggs.
  • You plan to pursue freeze-all IVF, pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) or a fresh embryo transfer IVF cycle.
  • You are not currently enrolled in another study
  • Currently this study is available in Austin, Texas ONLY

Patients who enroll, meet eligibility requirements and are randomly selected to have their embryos cultured in the MIRI-TL incubator will receive a video of all frozen or transferred embryos following the completion of their cycle. Limitations apply on the availability of space within the incubator.

Apply at Ovation Fertility for this study >>


NXGeM Culture Media Study

This new embryo culture media formulation represents a minor modification of an existing FDA-cleared formulation for in vitro culture and does not appear to cause early degeneration/atresia of human embryos.

In the IVF lab, culture medium is the nutrient-rich substance that supports the growth of eggs, sperm and embryos. The goal of this study is to collect embryo development and pregnancy outcome data on embryos that are cultured in “second-generation” culture medium compared to industry-standard culture medium.

You may qualify for the NXGeM study if:

  • You are a woman using your own eggs.
  • You produce at least four normally fertilized eggs.
  • You will have intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) performed on the eggs.
  • You plan to pursue freeze-all IVF, pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) or a fresh embryo transfer IVF cycle.
  • You are not currently enrolled in another study
  • This study is available in Austin and San Antonio, Texas

If you are chosen for this study, your embryos will be grown in both the treatment study group and the control group (standard medium culture).

Apply at Ovation Fertility for this study >>


SeMS Embryo Grading Study

Comparing two embryo selection methodologies—standard embryo grading versus individual embryo genetic profiles grading—for determining which genetically screened embryo to transfer in an IVF cycle.

The goal of this study is to determine the best method for selecting a genetically normal (euploid) embryo combined with the developmental grade. Empowered with this information, fertility patients and their physicians can choose to transfer a single embryo—the one with the highest probability for developing into a healthy baby.

  • You may qualify for the SeMS study if:
  • You undergo pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS).
  • You have at least two euploid, high-quality embryos.
  • You do NOT desire gender selection.
  • You do NOT need pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
  • You agree to transfer only one embryo.
  • This study is available in Austin and San Antonio, Texas

Patients who enroll/meet eligibility will receive reimbursement for the thaw fee portion of their frozen-embryo transfer (FET).

Apply at Ovation Fertility for this study >>