About DESCRT

 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded funds to us for the of long-term outcomes of children conceived following evaluation at the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health. 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 for other reasons such as single parenthood or to prevent transmission of a genetic illness.

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 who have visited our clinic in the past 15 years. This information will help better represent our special patient population in research that is of national interest.

DESCRT will be a long-term study that both looks back in time at successful pregnancies and forward in time as these children grow.  Currently, there are limited data on the long-term effects of ART 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! 

 

Meet the Research Team

Marcelle Cedars MD

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Director, UCSF In Vitro Fertilization Program

Paolo Rinaudo MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Lydia B. Zablotska MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Division of Clinical Epidemiology
Head, Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology Area of Concentration
 

Robert H. Lustig MD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology
Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF

                                                                            

 

Co- Investigators

Amanda J Adeleye M.D. 

Maria Lara