Olive Fertility Centre Co-founder, Dr Al Yuzpe, Recognized as a Pioneer in Fertility Preservation

April 24, 2015

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB), April 24, 2015

Olive Fertility Centre is proud to announce that Dr Albert Yuzpe, Olive Fertility co-founder and co-director, has been honoured for his pioneering work in the field of Fertility Preservation at the Evening of Hope Gala.

“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to recognize Dr. Albert Yuzpe, who has been at the forefront of fertility research and treatment for the past 43 years,” says Jessica Séguin, Executive Director of Fertile Futures -- a Canadian non-profit organization that provides fertility preservation information and support services to cancer patients and oncology professionals.

“I’m very honoured to receive this award,” says Dr. Yuzpe. “Fertility preservation is an area that has made significant advances in the last few years. We are now able to flash freeze a woman’s eggs if she if going to have a medical treatment like chemotherapy and have a good chance of the eggs being thawed and fertilized later when she wants to have a child.”

“Dr Yuzpe has made an immeasurable contribution to the field of fertiltiy in Canada and worldwide,” says Olive Fertility co-founder and co-director Dr Beth Taylor. “He is known for his role in developing the fertility drugs clomiphene and human FSH (a standard drug in IVF), in introducing the use of the surgical procedure laparoscopy, and for launching one of the first IVF clinics in Canada at the University Hospital at the University of Western Ontario, London Ontario. (Olive is his third fertility clinic).”

“It’s an amazing privilege to work with Al Yuzpe,” says Dr Jason Hitkari, co-founder and co-director at Olive. “If anyone has any fertility diagnosis or treatment, Dr Yuzpe has probably had a hand in the development of the procedure or treatment. And in addition to his contribution to the advancement of fertility treatment, he’s been a mentor and an inspiration to so many of us in the field of fertility.”

To see how IVF has advanced and the role that Dr Yuzpe has played in IVF in Canada (and the world), watch IVF Video: History Meets the Future.

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