The IVF laboratory and associated research laboratories at Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center in Beachwood provide a unique environment to conduct clinical as well as basic research with different animal models.
The IVF laboratory and research labs, newly constructed in 2001, encompass approximately 1000 square feet and contain state-of-the art equipment for micromanipulation, cell fusion, nuclear transfer, and cryopreservation with controlled rate freezers (see Photo Gallery). An Octax Laser is available in the clinical lab for embryo biopsy and zona opening.
Multiple image analysis, videography and fluorescence microscopy stations throughout the laboratory areas allow for detailed study of sperm, oocytes and embryos. Morphometric study of human embryo development and correlation to cycle specific parameters using the IVF research database is another powerful research tool used for studying parameters impacting IVF success. Growth factor and hormone analysis by ELISA techniques and development of new assays for embryo competence are facilitated by an in-house micro titer plate reader. The research laboratory has several active animal protocols and an on-site laboratory for dissections.
Cleveland Clinic is a mega-complex located at numerous sites. In addition to the comprehensive facilities at the Beachwood location, staff and researchers also have access to the network of services offered at the downtown Cleveland Clinic campus. Cleveland Clinic‘s Lerner Research Institute and its core laboratories comprise an integrated research community and are the hallmark of the Cleveland Clinic interdisciplinary approach to research. Research internships for medical students as well as post-doctoral fellows are offered to qualified candidates on a competitive basis.
Please contact Nina Desai, PhD, HCLD for further information.