Developmental Epidemiological Study of Children born through Reproductive Technology (DESCRT)

UCSF Center for Reproductive Heatlh
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The Future of Reproductive Care

What is DESCRT? 

DESCRT will be a long-term study that both looks back in time, at successful pregnancies, and forward in time at early pregnancy and long-term as these children grow. Currently, there are limited data on the long-term effects of infertility and infertility treatments on children.  There are some studies to suggest that these children may have altered metabolic profiles, but this study aims to be the largest study to answer this question. We will need over 2000 participants; your participation will be incredibly valuable! 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded UCSF funds to study the long-term outcomes of children conceived following evaluation for infertility. Other national studies, such as the NIH ECHO study have followed the health outcomes of large cohorts of children from the general population. However, few studies focus on the health outcomes of children conceived with parent(s) that had challenges getting pregnant or utilized reproductive technologies.

The purpose of the study, the Developmental Epidemiological Study of Children through Reproductive Technology (DESCRT) is to examine the health outcomes of all children conceived from patients evaluated for infertility at our clinic in the past 15 years. This information will help better represent our special patient population in research.  Studying all patients will help us sort out what aspects of parental health and/or specific treatment approaches may have an impact on childhood health and should be improved.


Benefits from Your participation

•As we analyze the data, results will be posted on the DESCRT website
•Small monetary compensation for your time 

For More Information

Maria Lara (415) 476-3798

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