Past Winners

Winners of 2019

Trophectoderm biopsy for preimplantation genetic testing: Are there effects on placental and perinatal outcomes?

Principal Investigator: John Snelgrove, Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto

Co-Investigators: Rhonda Zwingerman, Mount Sinai Hosptial/University of Toronto, Kirsten Niles, Mount Sinai Hospital/University of Toronto

The impact of long-term testosterone on markers of ovarian reserve among transgender men

Principal Investigator: Jenna Gale, Ottawa Fertility Centre/OHRI, Ottawa, Ontario

Co-Investigators: Amanda Forsyth, the Ottawa Hospital, Aaron Jackson, Ottawa Fertility Centre, Hasina Visram, West Ottawa Specialty Care Centre

Modulation du microbiote intestinal et du profil inflammatoire des femmes souffrant d’infertilité et du syndrome des ovaires polykystiques, traitées par Metformine: une étude descriptive

Principal Investigator: Carole Kamga-Ngande, CHUM/Université de Montréal

Co-Investigators: Bertrand Routy, CHUM/Université de Montréal, Ariane Godbout, CHUM/Université de Montréal, Camille Grysole, CHUM/Université de Montréal

Winners of 2018

Measuring HIV viral load in spent media and sperm samples from HIV + men after single and double washes
Principal Investigator: Laila Zaman BSc, Mount Sinai Fertility, Sinai Health System; Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Co-Investigators: Dr. Heather Shapiro, Mount Sinai Fertility, Sinai Health System, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Mona Loutfy, Women’s College Research Institute, Women’s College Hospital, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Nano-fluidics to select sperm with low DNA aneuploidy rates
Applicants: Keith Jarvi, MD Mount Sinai Hospital, David Sinton, PhD, PEng University of Toronto

Comparing prenatal screening results among IVF conceptions with preimplantation genetic testing results: A pilot study
Principal Investigator: Dr. Andrea Lanes (BORN Ontario)
Co-Investigators: Ms. Shelley Dougan (BORN Ontario), Ms. Kara Bellai-Dussault (BORN Ontario), Dr. Clifford Librach (CReATe Fertility Centre), Dr. Svetlana Madjunkova (CReATe Fertility Centre), Dr. Nan Okun (Mt. Sinai Hospital), Dr. Christine Armour (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario), Dr. Mark Walker (The Ottawa Hospital)

Winners of 2017

Hydrosalpinx aspiration and sclerotherapy before in-vitro fertilization: A cohort study.
Principal Investigator: Togas Tulandi¹, MD
Co-investigators: Srinivasan Krishnamurthy², William Buckett³, Sophia Ouhilalª, Neal Mahutteª

¹Reproductive Surgeon, MIS, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC);
²Gynecologist, Ultrasound expert, MUHC;
³Reproductive Endocrinologists, MUHC Reproductive Centre;
ªReproductive Endocrinologists,, The Montreal Fertility Center

Is proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy a feasible method to describe the metabolomic profile of day-5 embryo culture medium?
Principal investigator: Justin White, MD, Resident, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS, Canada
Co Investigators: Mike Ripley, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, IWK Health Centre, Atlantic Assisted Reproductive Therapies, Halifax, NS, Canada; Younes Anini, Basic Scientist, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics, Dalhousie Univerisity, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS

Medically assisted reproduction utilization in Quebec and the risk of autism.
Principal investigator: Anick Bérard, PhD, FISPE, Professor and Research Chair on Medications, Pregnancy and Lactation, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Montreal and Director, Research Unit on Medications and Pregnancy, CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center.
Co-investigator: Dr. Jaquetta Trasler, MD, PhD, James McGill Professor in Pediatrics, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Human Genetics, McGill University
Knowledge User. Dr. Bill Fraser, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Professor and Researcher in Obstetrics-Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sherbrooke

The Use of ICSI for Non-Male Factor Infertility: A Pilot Study.
Principal investigators: Miguel Russo¹, MD FRCSC, Ellen Greenblatt¹, MD, FRCSC
Co-Investigators: Jon Havelock³, MD, FRCSC, DABOG; Doron Shmorgun², MD, FRCSC; Marie-Claude Léveillé², BSc, PhD; Jill Mellon³, BSc, (Hons), MSc; Marta Wais¹, MD, FRCSC; Areiyu Zhang², MD, FRCSC; Ann Korkidakis³, MD, FRCSC

¹Mount Sinai Fertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toronto
²Ottawa Fertility Centre, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ottawa
³Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of British Columbia

Understanding the role and regulation of extracellular vesicles in PCOS.
Principal investigator: Benjamin K. Tsang, PhD, University of Ottawa (uOttawa)/Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI)
Co-Investigators: Clifford L. Librach, MD, CreATe Fertility Centre, Reza Salehi, PhD, uOttawa/OHRI and Brandon Wyse, MSc

Winners of 2016

An evaluation of the validity of the Canadian Assisted Reproductive Technologies Register (CARTR) Plus database
Principal investigator: Vanessa Bacal, MD
Co-investigators: Heather Shapiro, MD; Moya Johnson, RN; Deshayne Fell, MSc, PhD(c); Ann Sprague, PhD; Andrea Lanes, MSc, PhD(c)

Validation of Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to identify novel biomarkers for infertility
Principal investigator: Younes Anini, PhD
Co-investigators: Renda Bouzayen, MD

Publicly-funded IVF in Ontario: A qualitative study of the impact of the first year
Principal investigator: Shawn Winsor, MHSc, PhD(c)
Co-investigators: Carl Laskin, MD; Karen Spitzer, MSc; Dara Roth Edney, MSW; Ari Laskin, MSc; Angel Petropanagos, PhD

Winners of 2015

Follicular extracellular vesicles: a potent diagnostic tool
Principal investigator: Shlomit Kenigsberg, PhD, MBA, CReATe Fertility Centre
Co-Investigator(s) Marc-André Sirard (Université de Laval, Québec, Québec)

The effects of Metformin on mitochondrial function, embryo development and genetic programming
Principal investigator: Yaakov Bentov, MD, TCART/TRIO
Co-Investigator: Dr. Andrea Jurisicova, Associate professor, OBGYN, REI, Samuel Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, University of Toronto

Characterization of Fragile-X Mental Retardation 1 (FMR1) expression in cumulus-oocyte complexes
Principal investigator: Claude Robert, PhD, University of Laval
Co-investigator: Dr Clifford Librach (CReATe Fertility Centre and University of Toronto, Toronto); Dr Shlomit Kenigsberg (CReATe Fertility clinic, Toronto); Dr Edouard Khandjian (Laval University, Quebec City)