New ‘Photo Op’ For Ovaries May Solve Some Mysteries Of Infertility

Northwestern University researchers led by Teresa Woodruff, director of the Center for Reproductive Research at the University's Feinberg School of Medicine, are approaching women's infertility from a new direction.

Woodruff and her team are looking at ovaries themselves, and how eggs are selected for ovulation, rather than the more traditional methods of studying genes and hormones. Frank Miller, professor of radiology at Feinberg, and his colleagues are developing a new way to image ovaries, allowing researchers to closely study an organ that, being small and deep, has previously been difficult to examine.

Woodruff's research was recently funded by a $6.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.