Dr. Noss started the ART-IVF program at the University of Munich in 1984. Today he is working at the Centrum für Reproduktionsmedizin in Munich. He has adopted the day-5 blastocyst transfer recommended by Dr. David Gardner.
-Safety, quality and reliability in media is very important, says Dr. Noss.
Meet Dr. Ulrich Noss - a pioneer in IVF
In 1984 Dr. Ulrich Noss worked at the university of Munich where he started the ART-IVF program. Today he is working at the Centrum für Reproduktionsmedizin in Munich which he started together with two colleagues in 1987. The clinic treats patients from Munich and the whole state of Bavaria in Germany.
Last year they performed around 1500-1600 fresh IVF-ICSI cycles. 80% ICSI and 20% IVF cycles. They also did about 600 cycles of frozen pronuclear eggs, a common practice in Germany. During the last six months they have also used vitrification to cryopreserve embryos in the blastocyst stage.
-We are using vitrification technology and it´s been very successful, but so far only on a small number of cycles, says Dr Noss.
Blastocyst transfer only
A couple of years ago they had some problems with the quality of the media so a decision was made to change it.
-I remember Dr. David Gardner was one of the first to change to the day-5 blastocyst transfer, says Dr Noss. He developed the media together with Vitrolife, and it helped us decide to use media from Vitrolife.
-Now we only do blastocyst transfer on day five and our procedure for culturing is Dr. David Gardners, continues Noss.
Embryologist from Vitrolife gave support during start-up
-When we started using the new media it was important for us to get some help from Vitrolife. An embryologist named Jaco Geyer came to help us. He stayed several days in our lab and looked at everything we were doing. He gave us advice and it was important for us, continues Noss.
-When we had questions we could call him and he would give us advice or visit us again. It was a good feeling to have someone with knowledge of the new procedures.
-The important thing is safety, quality and reliability in the media we use. It’s very important. Until now we are satisfied with the new media, says Dr. Noss with a “zufrieden” smile.