Optimising IVF Outcome with a Personalised Medicine Approach – PHRT


Optimising IVF Outcome with a Personalised Medicine Approach

Short Summary

We propose to develop a computational personalized medicine approach for egg collection during in vitro fertilization (IVF).


We propose to develop a software for clinical use that will provide better image analysis tools for clinicians, as well as data- and model-based guidance regarding the best IVF treatment schedule, based on the measured hormone levels and the ovarian response. Given our detailed understanding of ovarian follicle maturation, this personalized medicine approach can go beyond statistical correlation and can be based on a mechanistic understanding of the hormonal control of ovarian follicle maturation.


This project will enable personalized treatments for women undergoing IVF. Such an approach holds a lot of promise given the large differences between patients, and the dependence of the interpretation of the many data gathered before and during the treatment on the personal experience and dedication of the treating clinicians.


First successfully used in 1978, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is now used routinely as a form of assisted reproductive technology (ART). While the cumulative likelihood of live birth by the fifth embryo transfer cycle is currently about 80%, there remains an urgent need to improve treatment protocols, considering the high financial and psychological burden of the many failed IVF cycles. The main determinants of live birth are age and ovarian reserve, but individual differences in hormone levels strongly affect IVF outcome.


Prof. Dr. Dagmar Iber

ETH Zurich


  • Christian De Geyter


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