Newark, DE.– RADfertility is participating in the EMPOWER Study being pioneered by DotLab, a healthcare technology company on a mission to advance women’s health by developing breakthrough technology. The company announced the multi-center cohort study for endometriosis via a press release published on March 23, 2021, by PR Newswire.
EMPOWER will evaluate whether endometriosis can be effectively diagnosed using DotEndo™, a non-invasive blood test developed by DotLab. Dr. Ronald F. Feinberg, MD, Ph.D., RADfertility’s Medical Director of IVF Programs, will be the principal investigator alongside Dr. Barbara McGuirk, Medical Director of Reproductive Surgery, and their team of reproductive endocrinologists and clinicians.
Endometriosis is a painful and debilitating disorder where the endometrium or tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus. The condition affects over five million women in the United States and approximately 10 percent of women of reproductive age globally. It is also linked to infertility in women. Meanwhile billions of dollars a year are spent on healthcare costs related to the disorder in the US.
“Currently, a surgery known as laparoscopy is the gold standard for confirming endometriosis. Not only is it invasive, but gynecologists are generally hesitant to recommend the procedure. This often results in long delays in diagnosis and treatment, prolonged symptoms, progression of the disease, infertility risks, and unnecessary surgery in some cases,” said Dr. Feinberg.
Feinberg has had a lifelong passion for the sciences, and was drawn to reproductive medicine because of his interest in research. Drs. Feinberg and McGuirk have performed thousands of surgeries together to help women relieve their endometriosis pain. They will spearhead RADfertility’s participation in the EMPOWER Study which will focus on evaluating DotEndo for diagnosing endometriosis. The non-invasive test is designed to evaluate the presence and number of specific tiny strands of genetic material using a micro-ribonucleic acid (microRNA) approach on blood and saliva samples provided by the patient.
The ability to diagnose endometriosis noninvasively can mitigate the setbacks, risks, and healthcare costs involved according to a publication by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG).
“Our expertise and track record at RADfertility created an opportunity for us to participate in this advanced study. There is no better time than now for a non-invasive test that is accurate. This will help patients get treatment sooner, boost their chances of getting pregnant, and improve their quality of life,” McGuirk said.
EMPOWER is a prospective, observational, study being conducted and funded by Dot Laboratories Inc. It will enroll approximately 750 women of reproductive potential aged 18-49 who have been referred to undergo laparoscopy or laparotomy or other operative procedures performed to diagnose endometriosis. DotLab’s test for the diagnosis of endometriosis will be performed on blood and saliva samples collected from consenting participants enrolled at endometriosis centers of excellence across the US.
RADfertility has been providing state-of-the-art fertility care since 1995 and is excited to be involved in this study. We have successfully evaluated and treated thousands of women with endometriosis and pelvic pain for more than 25 years. While we are thrilled to participate in EMPOWER, the views and opinions of the researchers do not necessarily reflect those of RADfertility. We also do not endorse, promote or recommend DotEndo or any other DotLab commercial products or services.
Contact us for more information. Call 302-602-8852.
Learn more about the EMPOWER study at this link.
SOURCE PR Newswire
Other Trending Posts
Have you seen this little basket at the front desk in our Newark, Dover, or Wilmington offices? It’s OVERFLOWING with positivity!
Hello friend. You don’t know me, but my wife and I have walked in similar steps to where you might be walking today. We attempted for years to become parents, and month after month, year after year, our dreams never came to be.
Starting on Tuesday, September 7th, the main entrance doors to Medical Arts Pavilion 2 (from the outside parking lot) will begin to undergo construction. During the course of this construction, the alternate entrance for patients to enter the building will be the entrance vestibule located halfway between MAP 2 and the Surgicenter.
More Patient Experience Resources
Patient Care Team
Meet RADfertility’s exceptional staff that goes above and beyond on many levels of patient care.
Top Fertility Doctors
Meet RADfertility's clinical team made up of compassionate and caring women who will be by your side every step of your journey to parenthood.
Read Our Blog
Inspiring community members that are making a difference to the latest news put in perspective for our patients.
RADfertility's Seeds of Success program is founded on inspiring stories from men and women who found success at RADfertility.
Celebrating 25 Years
In August 1995, Dr. Barbara McGuirk founded Reproductive Associates, now RADfertility, and was soon joined by her partner, Dr. Ron Feinberg. See how we celebrated this special milestone!
Read our latest reviews written by RADfertility patients.
If you are looking to join an enthusiastic team that has helped thousands of families grow, check out our current job listings.
"I feel so lucky to have found RADfertility. I tried two other clinics before I expanded my search and found RADfertility. I drive an hour each way to go to them but I don’t regret a thing. They are so caring and so professional. Every time I message them they respond quickly. Every time I see them they have a friendly smile and warm welcome. They explain everything so well and I never feel lost in the process as I did elsewhere. They also took the time to figure out what was wrong. Other clinics threw up their hands, said 'I don’t know' and pushed me to try IVF."
"Dr. Feinberg and the entire staff at RADfertility are absolutely amazing. The receptionists, coordinators, nurses, and lab staff are compassionate, caring, and straight forward. I’ve had a 12-year infertility journey and I’ve tried other clinics but RADfertility was the only one I felt at ease with. They answered any questions that I had and were there any time I needed them. My coordinator, Amy, was the absolute best and always had my back. Dr. Feinberg’s dedication to his patients is incredible. You are not just a number there, you are a person with individualized needs and care."
"My journey with RADfertility and Dr. McGuirk started when my husband and I were trying to conceive and were having difficulty. We went to RADfertility, where we met Dr. McGuirk. I always say she changed my life and 'fixed' me. Dr. McGuirk is always learning more about endometriosis and how to help her patients. She’s brilliant and truly cares for you! I’m eternally grateful to her and everyone at RADfertility for their unwavering support, love, and care."
"Every step of our journey was tailored to us. We were treated so respectfully. Every detail was clearly explained and we felt so comfortable. Rhonda Wright was a Godsend and inspiring. I highly recommend this place! I cried when my weekly appointments were done and I 'graduated.'"
"The day I met Dr. Neithardt I knew she was the perfect doctor for me. Dr. Neithardt was so compassionate every step of the way. She held my hand, she hugged away tears, and continued to give me hope. There are not enough 'thank you's' in the world for Dr. Neithardt and the whole RADfertility team who will forever have a special place in my heart."
"RADfertility's staff has heart and provided me with exceptional health care. I knew I was in good hands and felt like we were in this together. The doctors and nursing staff always answered all of my questions and provided thorough information about all of my options. I am so fortunate and appreciative of the care that I received at RADfertility. They go above and beyond."
"I cannot begin to explain how wonderful RADfertility is. We were frustrated with trying to start a family and it not working for us. The entire team of doctors and nurses made us feel comfortable and hopeful that we would be parents. We experienced so many ups and downs but we never felt like we were on our IVF journey alone, we had our RADfertility team every step of the way. If you're looking for a supportive team on the IVF journey, look no further. RADfertility is the absolute best."
"Dr. Schillings always kept us informed and never gave up on us. She always explained our options and risks with each procedure. She called us personally when there were any issues or sensitive subjects to cover. Dr. Schillings was the first doctor that had answers for us and wanted to help us have our miracle baby!"
4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Medical Arts Pavilion 2
Newark, DE 19713
Silverside Medical Center
2700 Silverside Road, Suite 2A
Wilmington, DE 19810
Eden Hill Medical Center
200 Banning Street, Suite 240
Dover, DE 19904
Phone: (302) 602-8822
Fax: (302) 602-8832