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Fertility Research & Innovation

Clinical trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

The Center for Research on Women's Health and Reproductive Medicine is currently conducting the following clinical research studies in reproductive medicine:


Lab director, Barry Behr, PhD, HCLD, is a leading expert in the field of in vitro fertilization. He was a lead researcher in figuring out how to keep embryos alive in the lab longer, which allowed doctors to better determine which embryos had the best chance of survival. This helped reduce the risk of pregnancies with more than one baby at a time. He later developed a new process of looking at the embryos, which further helped determine embryo viability. These improvements also made it possible to screen for genetic diseases like Tay-Sachs.

He and his team continue to work to develop new technologies to make in vitro fertilization better and to find better ways to measure the viability of sperm and eggs to make it easier for people with fertility problems to have children.