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Our research activities at the Kinderwunsch
Institut

Since when have we been undertaking research here and why?

The results of research are like keys that unlock the doors that reveal the answers to the challenges facing medical science. At the Kinderwunsch Institut, medical treatments and research go hand in hand the one cannot be successful without the other.
We have been conducting research and development here since the initial establishment of the Kinderwunsch Institut. Following the formation of our research association FRED (Fertility, Research, Education, Development) in 2015, all our work in this area has been consolidated under one roof, making the Kinderwunsch Institut into an internationally recognised research centre.

“When it comes to reproductive medicine, practice cannot manage without theory nor can theory manage without practice.”

Dr. Michael Schenk

Why is research important and what does it mean for me as a patient?

By undertaking studies, we can add to the information generally available in the current research landscape.
For patients, the benefits are that we are aware of and can use the very latest treatment techniques developed on the basis of research results. This means we can provide our patients with the very highest level of comprehensive care. And if you decide to participate in one of our studies, you'll not only receive the support offered during the research project but you'll be contributing to the development of even better treatment options at the Kinderwunsch Institut.

What are the rules that apply to clinical studies?

All research and development activities at the Kinderwunsch Institut are subject to the stringent guidelines of the local ethics committee and defined in the Good Scientific Practice document.
Each study is first reviewed by the ethics committee of the Medical University of Graz and may only be initiated after their approval has been obtained. This guarantees that study designs are of high quality and are undertaken professionally and that compliance with all legal and ethical principles is assured.

Our innovation sectors

Clinical

Here the main focus is on researching medications that can be used in fertility treatments. In addition to agents designed to promote stimulation and various treatment regimens, also studied are the development profiles of embryos and effects on the outcome of treatment.

Technology

The emphasis here is on researching new technologies, particularly those that can be used in our IVF lab. We also develop innovative techniques that can be used in fertility treatments.

Biomarkers

Biomarkers are indicators that provide information about biological and pathological processes. These include physiological characteristics, such as blood test factors. Such markers can be used for diagnostic purposes; in other words, they can help physicians better adapt a course of treatment or understand pathological processes.

Microbiom

Bacteria are everywhere. Although this is a world that we cannot observe with the naked eye, it has significant effects on our lives. This innovation sector looks at this subject in detail and works on finding correlations between microbiom flora and fertility treatments.

Our current research partners

Our research team

European Society of Human
Reproduction and Embryology

Research doesn't stop within our four walls - we also go out to attend conferences and visit specialist trade fairs. This year, we were present at the ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) conference in Vienna, where we learned about some interesting new developments in the field of reproductive medicine. During the conference, we also presented the results of our own
research on the subject of bed rest after embryo transfer to an international public.

WKO research scholarship
Elisabeth Feldmeier

We consider it particularly important to provide what support we can to the work of young Master's and Diploma degree students. We were particularly pleased to learn that Elisabeth Feldmeier has been awarded a WKO research scholarship for her diploma dissertation “Anti-MĂŒller-Hormon in der FollikelflĂŒssigkeit und der Zusammenhang mit dem Follikelvolumen - Eine retrospektive Datenanalyse” (Anti-MĂŒllerian hormone in the follicular fluid and the correlation with follicular
volume - a retrospective data analysis). We would like to congratulate her on this remarkable achievement!

Dr. Michael Schenk: Membership of the Translational Science Forum

Among the most important aspects of my work are research and the continuing development of our medical options. It is now possible, thanks to cooperation with the Biobank Graz, to obtain important insights into data and new discoveries relating to fertility treatment. Our membership of the Translational Science Forum of BBMRI.at, the Austria biobank network, means for me major progress with regard to my research activities and also shows that our research team here is now acknowledged throughout Europe.

Scientific Research Awards
For Young Researchers

Innsbruck 2018:

This year again, our young research team had the opportunity to present our own research findings during the joint annual conference of the Austrian Society of Reproductive Medicine and Endocrinology and the Austrian IVF Society.
Nina Reinschissler (“Biomarker-Analyse in der FollikelflĂŒssigkeit - neue Chancen fĂŒr die Reproduktionsmedizin”/Biomarker analysis in follicular fluid - new opportunities in reproductive medicine) and Gregor Weiss (“Der Einfluss von Endometriose auf die frĂŒhe morphokinetische Embryonalentwicklung”/The effects of endometriosis on early morphokinetic embryo development) were awarded presentation prizes, donated by Ferring Pharmaceuticals, by a national jury. Well done!

Bad Radkersburg 2021:

At the joint annual meeting of the Austrian Society for Reproductive Medicine and Endocrinology and the Austrian IVF Society, Gregor Weiss won the Science Award with his presentation on polar body biopsy and its impact on morphokinetic parameters.

Carlos Serrano Comes was also awarded the Science Prize with his lecture on "The good, the bad and the ugly - The fate of collapsed blastocyst in frozen embryo transfer"!

We congratulate him!

Publications

One of the major responsibilities in the R&D sector is the publication of the results of own research in articles in specialist medical journals, which by these means reach a wide audience. In this way, we can contribute to the international research in the field of reproductive medicine and offer the latest techniques and innovations to our patients to help them on their way to that desired child.