December 8, 2004

Contact: Jennifer Riordan 272-0261 office, 220-0702 cell; Bridgid Isworth 272-1622

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) department at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC) continues to excel in more ways than one. Operating under the School of Medicine's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the program has become a model of academic excellence with private practice efficiency.

Headed by Frances Byrn, M.D, the program undertakes extensive research in endocrinology of repeated pregnancy losses, hormone replacement therapy, early pregnancy diagnosis and acupuncture and assisted reproduction.

In fact, Medical Director for the Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Clinic at UNM Paul Magarelli MD, Ph.D., was recently awarded with the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society's Best Private Practice Physician award for his research on the impact of acupuncture on IVF programs.  Through his research, Magarelli and his associates found that use of acupuncture in patients with a poor prognosis of becoming pregnant (elevated Peak FSH, longer history of infertility, poor semen morphology) can achieve similar pregnancy rates to normal prognosis patients.

Magarelli, a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist, reports pregnancy success rates that regularly surpasses national statistics.

The REI program areas of special interest include:

·         Assisted reproduction technologies/In vitro fertilization

·         Polycystic ovary syndrome

·         Endometriosis

·         Female and male infertility

·         Genital tract anomalies

·         Therapeutic donor insemination program

·         Menopause

For more information about research or specialty areas of interest contact Cynde Tagg at 272-1272.