Who We Are
IFRR personnel are as follows:
Judy E. Stern, PhD
Project Principal Investigator
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pathology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Director, Human Embryology & Andrology Laboratory, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon, NH. Chair, SART Research Committee, 2005-2010.
William Gibbons, MD
President, American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2009-2010. Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Section of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
Advisory Board Members
Len Abbeduto, PhD
Faculty Core Director, Waisman Center Recruitment Registry. Charles J. Anderson Professor of Education, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Associate Director, Behavioral Sciences and Director, University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Waisman Center.
Kristen Anton, MS
Director, BioInformatics and Instructor, Department of Community and Family Medicine Section of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, , Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH.
Lee Rubin Collins, JD
Vice-Chair of Board of Directors and Co-Chair of Advocacy, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, the patient advocacy organization. Board of Directors, The Jones Institute Foundation, Norfolk, VA. J.D. from Harvard Law School. Former Board Member, RESOLVE of the Bay State, MA, 2001-2009.
Michael Diamond, MD
Assistant Dean. Clinical and Translational Research, Wayne State University School of Medicine. Kamran S. Moghissi Professor and Associate Chair, Research of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. Immediate Past President, Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI).
Marlene B. Goldman, ScD
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Community and Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Director, Division of Clinical Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH.
David A. Grainger, MD, MPH
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Wichita, KS. Past President SART, 2006-2007.
Mark Hornstein, MD
Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School. Clinical Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA. Past President SART, 2007-2008.
Ajay Nangia, MD
Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS. Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR), a branch of the American Urological Association. Member of the Society of Male Reproduction and Urology, the American College of Surgeons, and Past Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Society of Andrology.
William D. Petok, Ph.D
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Former Chair, Mental Professional Group (MHPG) of ASRM and former MHPG representative to the SART Executive Council. Psychologist in independent practice, Baltimore, MD.
Robert Rebar, MD
Executive Director, ASRM. Volunteer Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL.
Jay Schulkin, PhD
Director of Research, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Research Professor (Adjunct), Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Rosanna Weksberg, MD, PhD
Co-Director and Staff Geneticist, Cancer Genetics Program, Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics, The Hospital for Sick Children. Professor, Medical Genetics and Microbiology, and Molecular and Medical Genetics, and Pediatrics, University of Toronto.
The Infertility Family Research Registry (IFRR) was started with strong support from the leadership of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) to learn as much as possible about the health and wellbeing of families built with the help of infertility treatment.
Grant info: The Infertility Family Research Registry (IFRR) was developed under a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant was titled Development of an Infertility Family Research Registry (IFRR) and had grant number R21 HD60829-01. Current funding for continuation of the project is through a grant from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
Dartmouth College / Medical School / Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center:
Location of Project Principal Investigator, Dr. Judy E. Stern
Dartmouth College is a private, four-year, Ivy League, liberal arts college with schools of business, engineering, and medicine, as well as sixteen graduate programs in the arts and sciences. The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, a professional school within Dartmouth College, is the fourth oldest medical school in the United States. The Geisel School encompasses 16 clinical and basic science departments and an influential array of multidisciplinary programs and partnerships. Sponsored research funding exceeds $110 million. Since 1973, the Geisel School has been a part of the medical center known as Dartmouth-Hitchcock (DH), which is a confederation of health care organizations serving New Hampshire and Vermont.
The DH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology services for women. The department mission is to provide the highest quality women's health care while constantly striving to improve the future health of women through education and research. The department includes the New Hampshire Fertility Center that has treated patients with fertility issues for more than 30 years. There is a Division of Clinical Research that provides a full-range of research support services including clerical and statistical and is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the CDC through the State of New Hampshire, the National Institute of Cancer, and numerous private Foundations and industry.
BioInformatics at Dartmouth
BioInformatics is a Geisel School Service Center affiliated with Biostatistics and Epidemiology, the Department of Community and Family Medicine, and the Dartmouth Clinical Trials Center. BioInformatics is a team of twenty computer programming, systems design, data management and technical support professionals dedicated to providing high quality information management systems available to Dartmouth and Dartmouth-affiliated researchers. The BioInformatics team has developed and maintained data collection and management systems for many clinical research registries, clinical trials and prevention studies, as well as genomics and proteomics projects associated with epidemiological studies, for more than fifteen years. To learn more about BioInformatics and to see a list of these projects go to bioinformatics.dartmouth.edu.
BioInformatics supports collection of information for the IFRR. The interfaces for the web-based system are accessible from any machine running an Internet browser with an active connection to the Internet. All data transmissions are located behind a SECURE firewall and are completely encrypted. Access to the study web portal requires authentication and authorization and unauthorized persons cannot gain access.
Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Childrens Hospital:
Location of Project Co-Investigator, Dr. William Gibbons
Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) began in Dallas in 1900 as an independent, non-sectarian school. It affiliated with Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1903 becoming Baylor University College of Medicine. In 1943, the College of Medicine moved from Dallas to the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston. In 1969, BCM separated from Baylor University and was established as the only private medical school in the southwest. BCM now has eight affiliated teaching hospitals with international reputations for medical excellence.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor is dedicated to developing and practicing excellence in women's health through clinical services, research, and education. Faculty specialize in infertility, urogynecology, gynecologic oncology, menopause, prenatal diagnostics, family planning, genetics, and high-risk obstetrics. The Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specializes in the care of women with endocrine issues, menopause, and infertility and provides services in assisted reproductive technology. The department is actively involved with research in clinical, translational, and basic science areas.
Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)
SART is the primary organization of professionals dedicated to the practice of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in the U.S. SART includes more than 400 member practices representing over 85% of the ART clinics in the country. There are more than 1,300 individual members, including physicians, embryologists, and other professionals involved in ART. The mission of the organization is to set, and help maintain, the standards for ART. SART leadership is composed of a diverse group of professionals in the field of ART who work together towards this goal.
Susan Gallagher, Senior Programmer at Dartmouth BioInformatics, for her expert programming of the IFRR database.
Robin Friedman, Visual Velocity, for her artistry and expertise in design of this website.
Linda Hallock, RN, for her careful, diligent work in contacting and coordinating with participating clinics.