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Wilfried Feichtinger, M.D.

Wilfried Feichtinger, M.D.Early morning on June 3rd, Wilfried Feichtinger, an early day IVF-pioneer passed away at the age of 70 after a long and hard fight against cancer. In 1981 Wilfried was invited as one of the youngest participants to the famous “Bourn Hall Meeting”.

Shortly afterwards in 1982 Wilfried’s team managed to have the first biochemical pregnancies and finally the first live-birth after IVF in Austria, by that time the 6th successful IVF team worldwide. Subsequently, the Viennese team reported Europe’s first successful twin delivery after IVF. To simplify oocyte retrieval and allow outpatient practice, Wilfried together with Kretz-Technik (an Austrian ultrasound company subsequently bought by General Electrics) developed the ultrasound guided transvaginal oocyte retrieval technique in 1983. Nowadays, IVF-centers all over the world still apply this gold standard method for oocyte aspiration. For several lab techniques still used today, like vitrification, assisted hatching , ICSI and multidish embryoculture Wilfried did pioneering work.

In 1995 Wilfried organized the 9th World Congress of In Vitro Fertilization and Assisted Reproduction in Vienna. Recently, my father and I worked together on reproductive genetics and published one of the first studies on culture medium preimplantation genetic testing.

From 1988 onwards, Wilfried was a visiting Professor at the Albert Einstein Medical College, Yeshiva University, New York. From 1998–2005 Wilfried served as president of the “International Association of Private Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinics and Laboratories“ (A PART).

--submitted by Michael Feichtinger, M.D., PH.D.

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