Clinical review of the Health of 22-33 year olds conceived with and without ART (CHART study)
The CHART Study originated from an interest in the health of young adults who were conceived using assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in the early years. Have they grown up to be healthy and happy?
Eight years ago when we started our research, no studies had been done anywhere in the world looking into the health and development of young adults conceived by ART. As IVF was pioneered here in Victoria, the doctors who worked in this field back then were interested in finding out what had happened to their patients. This led to this study being the largest in depth study anywhere in the world of people aged over 18 years who were conceived with ART.
What have we done so far?
Stage one of the study was called “Comparison of health and development of young adults conceived with and without ART” and was conducted in 2010-2011. We interviewed by phone 547 young adults who were born from assisted conception, along with 549 young adults who were born without assisted conception. Overall, the majority of measures were similar for both groups and no specific concerns were raised. These findings were published early in 2014 and received wide media attention.
What do we want to do now?
For stage two of the study we are inviting the young adults who participated in stage one, to undertake some tests to check on their heart and lung health.
This project is being funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. It has also been supported by the Monash IVF Research and Education Fund, Melbourne IVF and MCRI in conjunction with the RCH Foundation.