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In Vitro Fertilization Research Department

The field of IFV research is one that is constantly growing to provide higher success rates for families who are trying to conceive. At Houston IVF we pride ourselves on working closely with research facilities that are on the cutting edge of technology and infertility treatments.

Research in in vitro fertilization has come a long way since its beginning and at Houston IVF we are proud to say that we are a part of the industry growth and success. We feel confident that our facilities the very latest in IVF science so you and your partner can have a better chance of successful fertilization.

Houston IVF works closely with Fertility Laboratories of Colorado's (FLC) research department to assure our patients receive high quality fertility services. For more information on current IVF research being conducted at FLC visit their web site at http://www.FLColo.com. Houston IVF and FLC are separate legal entities that are independently owned and operated.

Houston IVF Publications

Thomas MR, Mains LL, Sparks AE, Ryan G, Hickman T, Van Voorhis BJ.  What Do Excellent IVF Programs Do?  Patient Preparation and Stimulation Protocols. Fert Steril 2009; 92:S148-9.

Li Q, McKenzie LJ, Matzuk MM. Revisiting oocyte-somatic cell interactions: In search of novel intrafollicular predictors and regulators of oocyte developmental competence. Molecular Human Reproduction 2008 14(12):673-678.

McKenzie LJ, Veeraragavan S, Hickman TN, Cabrera R, Matzuk MM. Age Related Changes in Cumulus Cell Gene Expression. Abstracts of the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine October 2008 San Francisco, CA.

Cabrera R, McKenzie LJ, Kovanci E, Hickman TN. Advanced Paternal Age Negatively Impacts Clinical Pregnancy Rates but Not Live Birth Rates In Couples Undergoing IVF. Abstracts of the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine October 2008 San Francisco, CA.

Hickman TN, McKenzie LJ, Cabrera R. Chinese Calendar Method for Predicting Gender. Abstracts of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual District Meeting (Districts VII and VIII and XI) October 2008 Los Cabos, Mexico.

Hickman TH, McKenzie LJ, Clark M, Brinker MR, O'Connor DP. , Schoolcraft W. Are We Justified in Transferring More Embryos in Older Women? Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine October 2007 Washington, D.C.

 

Munoz M, Hickman TN, McKenzie LJ, Stevens JM, Gardner DK. Single Embryo Transfer Vs. Dual Embryo Transfer In Women With Multiples: Risks Of Multiple Birth Do Not Surmount Risk Of Lower Pregnancy Rate. Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine October 2007 Washington, D.C.

Skillern A, Kovanci E, El-Zimaity H, McKenzie LJ, Buster J, Carson C.  Comparative Genomic Hybridization Analysis of Spontaneously Aborted Tissue: comparison with Traditional karyotyping. Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine October 2007 Washington, D.C.

Krotz S, McKenzie LJ, Cisneros P, Buster JE, Amato P, Carson SA.  Prevalence of Premature Urinary Luteinizing Hormone Surges in Women with Regular Menstrual Cycles and its Effect on Implantation of Frozen-thawed Embryos. Fertil Steril. 2005 Jun;83(6):1742-4.

McKenzie LJ, Marcelli SL, Buster J, Carson SA, Simpson JL, Bischoff. Nuclear Localization of Chromosomes in Blastomeres from Human Preimplantation Embryos. Human Reproduction. 2004 Oct;19(10):2231-7

McKenzie LJ, Marcelli SL, Buster J, Carson SA, Simpson JL, Bischoff. Nuclear Localization of Chromosomes in Blastomeres from Human Preimplantation Embryos. Human Reproduction. 2004 Oct;19(10):2231-7

McKenzie LJ, Pangas SA, Carson SA, Kovanci E, Cisneros Buster, Amato P, Matzuk MM. Human Cumulus Granulosa Cell Gene Expression: A Predictor of Fertilization and Embryo Selection in Women Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization. Abstracts of the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine October 2004 Philadelphia, Pennsylania.

McKenzie LJ, Pangas SA, Carson SA, Kovanci E, Cisneros Buster, Amato P, Matzuk MM. Human Cumulus Granulosa Cell Gene Expression: A Predictor of Fertilization and Embryo Selection in Women Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization. Human Reproduction. 2004 Oct 7

McKenzie LJ, Amato P, Buster JE, Kovanci E, Cisneros P, Lamb D, Lipshultz L, Carson SA. Pregnancy Outcome of IVF/ICSI with Profound Teratospermia (Kruger Strict Criteria of Zero). Fertility and Sterility. In press

McKenzie LJ, El-Zamaity H, Krotz S, Laucirica R, Carson S, Buster J. Comparative Genomic Hybridization of Ectopic Pregnancies that Fail Methotrexate Therapy. Abstracts of the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine October 2004 Philadelphia, Pennsylania.

McKenzie LJ, Buster JE. Progesterone Measurement and Supplementation in the First Trimester of Pregnancy: An Update. Contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology. March 2004. 49(3):6075.


McKenzie LJ, Krotz S, Kovanci E, Cisneros P, Buster JE, Amato P, Carson SA. Effect of False Premature Urinary Luteinizing Hormone Surges on Natural Cycle Cryopreserved Embryo Transfer Pregnancy Rates. Abstracts of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation Annual Meeting, March 2004 Houston, Texas.

Dietrich J, McKenzie LJ, Dietrich C, Kovanci E, Sangi-Haghpeykar H, Heard M, Buster J. Reproductive Age Women Who Exercise Excessively Are At Increased Risk for Premature Ovarian Failure (POF). Abstracts of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation Annual Meeting, March 2004 Houston, Texas.

McKenzie LJ, Cisneros PL, Torsky S, Bacino CA, Buster JE, Carson SA, Simpson JL, Bischoff F. Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis for a Known Cryptic Translocation: Follow-Up Clinical Report and Implication of Segregation Products. Am J Med Genet. 2003 Aug 15;121A(1):56-9.

McKenzie LJ, Amato P, Buster JE, Kovanci E, Cisneros P, Lamb D, Lipshultz L, Carson SA. Pregnancy Outcome of IVF/ICSI with Profound Teratospermia (Kruger Strict Criteria of Zero). Abstracts of the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine October, 2003 San Antonio, Texas.

Mckenzie LJ, Amato P, Kovanci E, Buster JE, Cisneros P, Lamb D, Lipshultz L, Carson SA. A Significantly Higher Early Pregnancy Loss Rate is Seen with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) versus Standard In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Abstracts of the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine October, 2003 San Antonio, Texas.

McKenzie LJ, Marcelli SL, Buster J, Carson SA, Simpson JL, Bischoff. Nuclear Localization of Chromosomes in Blastomeres from Human Preimplantation Embryos. Abstracts of the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine October, 2003 San Antonio, Texas.

McKenzie LJ, Bischoff F, Simpson JL, Cisneros P, Buster JE, Carson SA. Preimplantation Embryos Derived from Paternal Translocation Heterozygotes Show Predominantly (75%) Aberrant Segregation (Adj-1; Adj-2; 3:1) Compared to Fetuses (10-16 weeks). Abstracts of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation Annual Meeting, March 2003 Washington, D.C.

McKenzie LJ, Cisneros P, Buster JE, Amato P, Matzuk M, Carson SA. Follicular Fluid Prostanoid PGE2: A Possible Marker for Embryo Selection? Abstracts of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation Annual Meeting, March 2003 Washington, D.C.

McKenzie, LJ. Book Review: IVF Children by A.G. Sutcliffe Parthenon Publishing. Fertility and Sterility. Vol. 79, No. 2, Feb. 2003.

McKenzie LJ, Carson SA. Evaluation of Infertility, Ovulation Induction and Assisted Reproduction. Chapter in Endocrinology of the Female, edited by Robert Rebar, M.D.2002.www.endotext.com.

McKenzie LJ, Carson SA. Female Sexual Response and Dysfunction. Chapter in Danforth’s Obstetrics and Gynecology. Eighth Edition. Lippincott-Raven, New York. 2002.

McKenzie LJ, Kovanci E, Amato P, Buster JE, Carson SA. Images in Medicine: Hysterosalpingographic Appearance of Uterine Perforation. Fertility and Sterility. In press

Hickman TN. The Impact of Endometriosis on Implantation: Data from the Wilford Hall Medical Center IVF-ET Program. J Reprod Med 2002;47:801-8

Hickman TN, Shih IM, Zacur HA, Kurman RJ, Diener-West M, Gearhart JD. Decreased Progesterone Receptor Expression in Intermediate Trophoblastic Cells of Spontaneous Abortions, Fertil Steril 2002;77:1001-5

McKenzie LJ, Cisneros PL, Torsky S, Bacino CA, Buster JE, Carson SA, Simpson JL, Bischoff F. Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis for a Known Cryptic Translocation: Follow-Up Clinical Report and Implication of Segregation Products. Abstracts of the Fourth International Symposium on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis 2002 Limassol, Cyprus.

McKenzie, LJ. Book Review: Hysteroscopy State of the Art, Vol. 20 by O.R. Kochli. Fertility and Sterility. September 2001.76;3: 646-647.

Richardson TA, Robinson RD, Hickman TN, Davis SR (2001) Luteal phase progesterone support after in vitro fertilization: increased prevalence of vaginal bleeding using intravaginal natural progesterone versus intramuscular progesterone. Fertil Steril 76: S167.

Richardson TA, Robinson RD, Hickman TN, Davis SR (2001) Luteal phase progesterone support after in vitro fertilization: increased prevalence of vaginal bleeding using intravaginal natural progesterone versus intramuscular progesterone. Proc. Am. Soc. Reprod. Med. 76, 167.

Hickman TN. The Effect of Endometriosis on Implantation: Results from the Wilford Hall Medical Center In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer Program. Fertil Steril 2000;74:S207

Phelps YS, Hickman TN, Robinson RD, Arthur NJ, Dobay KJ, Neal GS (2000) Military health care facility has high in vitro fertilization success rates. Military Medicine 165: 935-7.

McNaughton-Cassill ME, Bostwick JM, Vanscoy SEG, Arthur NJ, Hickman TN, Robinson RD, Neal GS (2000) Development of brief, stress management support groups for couples undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment. Fertil. Steril. 74: 87-93.

Evenson (McKenzie) LJ, Drury KC, Kovalinskaia L, Williams RS. Rapid, sequential FISH assays in human amniocytes and fibroblasts: A model for preimplantation genetic diagnosis. J of Assoc Genetic Technologists 2000; 26 (3):78-83.

Hickman TN (2000) The effect of endometriosis on implantation: Results from the Wilford Hall Medical Center in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer program. Proc. Am. Soc. Reprod. Med. 74, 207.

Groll JM, Hickman TN, Robinson RD, Neal GS, Phelps JY. Baseline Serum Estradiol Values and the Presence of Follicular Cysts: Is a Baseline Sonogram Necessary? Fertil Steril. 72:S196

Hickman TN and Spector M (1999) Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of thromboembolism. Contempory OB/GYN 44: 80-94.

Walsh A and Hickman TN. Repeated Pregnancy Loss. In Lambrou NC, Morse AN, Wallach EE eds. The Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 1st ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999:283-6


Medical Complications of Pregnancy: Study Guide. Noninfectious Hepatobiliary Diseases. Samuels P, Evenson (McKenzie) LJ. 1999

Phelps JY, Hickman TN, Levine AS, Zacur HA, Wallach EE, Hinton EL (1999) Predictive value of serum estradiol levels for IVF pregnancy outcome after gonadotropin stimulation?: Reply of the authors. Fertil. Steril. 71: 183-4.

Evenson (McKenzie) LJ, Schultz G. Prevention of Postsurgical Adhesion Formation in Rats with Antisense to Transforming Growth Factor B1. Abstracts of the Wound Healing Society Annual Meeting 1999.

Evenson (McKenzie) LJ, Drury KC, Kovalinskaia L, Williams RS. Rapid, sequential FISH assays in human amniocytes and fibroblasts: A model for preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Abstracts of the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. September, 1999 Toronto, Canada.

Groll JM, Hickman TN, Robinson RD, Neal GS, Phelps JY (1999) Baseline serum estradiol values and the presence of follicular cysts: Is a baseline sonogram necessary? Proc. Am. Soc. Reprod. Med. 72, 196.

Hickman TN, Shih IM, Zacur HA, Kurman RJ, Diener-West M, Gearhart JD. Decreased Progesterone Receptor Expression in Intermediate Trophoblastic Cells of Spontaneous Abortions, Fertil Steril 1998;70:S289-90

Phelps J, Levine A, Hickman TN, Hinton EL, Zacur HA (1998) Day 4 Estradiol levels predict pregnancy success in women undergoing controlled ovarian hyperstimulation for IVF, Fertil. Steril. 69: 1015-9.

Evenson (McKenzie) LJ. Legionnaire’s disease. Primary Care Update.Nov/Dec 1998; 5: 270-275

Hickman TN, Namnoum AB, Hinton EL, Zacur HA, Rock JA (1998) Timing of estrogen replacement therapy following hysterectomy with oophorectomy for endometriosis, Obstet. Gynecol. 91: 673-7.

Evenson (McKenzie) LJ, Mendenhall W, Parsons J, Cassisi N. The management of chemodectomas of the carotid body and glomus vagale Head and Neck. October 1998; 609-613.

Zacur HA, Hutchison S, Hickman TN (1997) Dopamine agonist therapy for hyperprolactinemia and associated reproductive symptoms, The Endocrinologist, 7: 399-404.

Hickman TN and Wallach EE (1997) New approaches to the management of uterine leiomyomas, Postgraduate Obstetrics & Gynecology 17: 1-6.

Rybak LP, Husain K, Evenson (McKenzie) L, Morris C, Whitworth C, Somani SM. Protection by 4-methylthiobenzoic acid against cisplatin-induced ototoxicity: antioxidant system. Pharmacol Toxicol. 1997 Oct;81(4):173-9.

Hickman TN, Shih IM, Zacur HA, Kurman RJ, Diener-West M, Gearhart JD (1998) Decreased progesterone receptor expression in intermediate trophoblastic cells of spontaneous abortions, Proc. Am. Soc. Reprod. Med. 70, 289-90

Evenson (McKenzie) LJ, Mendenhall W, Parsons J, Cassisi N. The management of chemodectomas of the carotid body and glomus vagale

Zacur HA, Hutchison S, Hickman TN (1997) Dopamine agonist therapy for hyperprolactinemia and associated reproductive symptoms, The Endocrinologist, 7: 399-404.


Hickman TN and Wallach EE (1997) New approaches to the management of uterine leiomyomas, Postgraduate Obstetrics & Gynecology 17: 1-6.

Rybak LP, Husain K, Evenson (McKenzie) L, Morris C, Whitworth C, Somani SM. Protection by 4-methylthiobenzoic acid against cisplatin-induced ototoxicity: antioxidant system. Pharmacol Toxicol. 1997 Oct;81(4):173-9.

Abstracts of the 1997 Radiation Oncology Meeting Gainesville, Florida May, 1997.

Hickman TN, Namnoum AB, Hinton EL, Zacur HA, Rock JA (1996) Symptom recurrence associated with the timing of initiation of estrogen replacement therapy following hysterectomy for endometriosis, Proc. Am. Soc. Reprod. Med., Boston.

Namnoum AB, Hickman TN, Goodman SB, Gehlbach DL, Rock JA (1995) Incidence of symptom recurrence after hysterectomy for endometriosis, Fertil Steril 64: 898-902

Evenson (Mckenzie) L, Rybak L, Whitworth C, Morris C. 4- methylthiobenzoic acid as a protective agent for cisplatin ototoxicity. Abstracts of 1995 Association for Research in Otolaryngology Midwinter Meeting.

 

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