HONG KONG & SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2016 Scientific Congress & Expo, IVF-Worldwide, the largest and most comprehensive in-vitro fertilization (IVF)-focused website for doctors, embryologists, nurses and social workers, and an educational resource for patients, announced the launch of the Virtual Academy of Egg Health (VAoEH). The educational resource will focus on providing reproductive health professionals with scientifically-driven content—including peer-reviewed articles, videos and discussion forums—related to egg health and its impact on female fertility. Content for VAoEH is supported by an unrestricted grant from OvaScience, a global fertility company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of new treatment options, and is now live at: http://www.ivf-worldwide.com/vaoeh.
"We're just beginning to scratch the surface in understanding the role of egg health in a woman's fertility journey and its effect on the success of IVF, making this the perfect time to spotlight this important topic," said Professor Zeev Shoham, co-founder of IVF-Worldwide and head of the Fertility and IVF Unit at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, Israel. "VAoEH is a content-rich resource that brings together leading minds in reproductive science to inform, educate and inspire. We extend our thanks to all the authors who have contributed to date and we look forward to building VAoEH into a vital community for professionals interested in and dedicated to advancing the field of egg health for years to come," added Professor Milton Leong, co-founder of IVF-Worldwide and Medical Director of Hong Kong IVF Center.
Initial content on VAoEH will highlight the role and function of mitochondria in fertilized oocytes and embryo development and include basic science articles, clinical experience reports, videos, an image library and an open discussion forum that will promote dialogue about the latest developments related to proposed treatments. To start, VAoEH includes two chapters authored by experts in the field of reproductive health, including Robert F. Casper, M.D., Justin C. St. John, Ph.D and Dr. Te-Sha Tsai. In addition, visitors will be able to interact directly with the VAoEH Advisory Board to help guide future content. VAoEH will be expanded regularly with significant and timely IVF-related egg-health themes of interest to reproductive health professionals.
“In recent years, the role of mitochondria has gained renewed attention due to the fact that autologous mitochondria can be extracted and injected into oocytes to increase their health and viability; it’s a critical new field of study that has driven innovations in fertility treatment,” said Dr. Justin C. St. John of the Centre for Genetic Diseases, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, and Department of Molecular and Translational Science, Monash University, Clayton, Australia. “I’m very pleased to work with IVF-Worldwide to bring this important topic to light on VAoEH and look forward to collaborating with peers from around the world to bring renewed hope to women and couples struggling with infertility.”
IVF-Worldwide.com is the largest and most comprehensive in-vitro fertilization (IVF)-focused website for doctors, embryologists, nurses and social workers. The site links doctors and specialists from IVF centers in order to encourage dialogue, discuss special treatments and medications, and advance research on IVF issues. In addition, IVF-Worldwide.com assists patients by providing information, community forums and a safe environment for them to communicate with IVF centers and doctors around the world and learn more about infertility and treatment. IVF-Worldwide.com was founded by Professor Zeev Shoham and Professor Milton Leong, two medically-renowned doctors, both experts and pioneers in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. IVF-Worldwide.com will be home to a large section of educational material, including recent publications, abstracts, PowerPoint presentations and newsletters. For more information, please visit: http://www.ivf-worldwide.com/.