Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and the long-term health of offspring

Research area: Genetics > Reproductive Epidemiology | Status: Active

young adults

Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) were pioneered in Victoria and therefore people conceived by IVF are now up to 40 years of age.

The aim of our research into young adults conceived by ART has been to investigate their long-term health outcomes.
The aim of our research into young adults conceived by ART has been to investigate their long-term health outcomes.

Overview

Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) were pioneered in Victoria and therefore people conceived by IVF are now up to 40 years of age.

There is a widely held belief that common adult onset disorders (particularly cardiovascular and respiratory diseases) begin in early life, possibly even before birth. Children born following the use of ART might therefore be in a specific risk category because of the techniques used to enable successful pregnancies. The aim of our research into young adults conceived by ART has been to investigate their long-term health outcomes.

By undertaking surveys, various clinical assessments and epigenetic analyses, we have addressed a shortfall in knowledge.

child in hospital

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