May 21, 1995 |
The founder of an internationally acclaimed fertility clinic said Saturday that he has resigned from the UC Irvine medical faculty amid allegations that he took eggs from patients without their consent. At the same time, UCI Chancellor Laurel L. Wilkening announced that Dr. Ricardo H. Asch and his two partners at the UCI Center for Reproductive Health were placed on leave from the university, pending the outcome of investigations of medical and research practices at the center.
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August 8, 1996 |
A Mexican woman filed suit Wednesday claiming that her eggs and embryos were stolen by UC Irvine fertility doctors and given to an Italian couple who had twins within a year. The suit by Martha and Alejandro Hinojosa of Mexico was among four new claims filed Wednesday against the clinic, and brings the total to 80. The Hinojosas visited the clinic's Garden Grove branch in late 1989 seeking help in having children, but they were unsuccessful, according to attorney Lawrence S. Eisenberg.
May 26, 1995 |
Fertility experts and medical ethicists reacted with shock Thursday to the latest allegations against a renowned UC Irvine trio of fertility doctors, with several also admitting to fears that the extraordinary case could have a devastating impact on their largely unregulated field. But if the allegations against Dr. Ricardo H.
March 12, 1996 |
The University of California on Monday ordered tighter controls over its four remaining fertility clinics to prevent a repeat of a scandal that shut down UC Irvine's once-prestigious clinic last summer. UC President Richard C. Atkinson authorized the swift enactment of a series of recommendations from a 14-member task force made up of medical, legal and ethical experts.
March 16, 2000 |
The University of California Board of Regents, in a rare act of punishment, on Wednesday fired Dr. Sergio C. Stone, one of three physicians at the center of the 1995 UC Irvine fertility scandal. The board rejected a recommendation by a panel of UC Irvine faculty, which held an extensive hearing and concluded in September that Stone should only be demoted. In firing Stone, the regents cited "multiple and serious violations of the Faculty Code of Conduct."
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July 28, 1995 |
University of California President Jack W. Peltason has appointed a task force to conduct a "comprehensive review" of assisted reproductive technology throughout the UC system because of concerns raised by the UC Irvine fertility scandal, officials announced Thursday. "Part of the problem under which we labor is that the technology in this area is evolving so rapidly that the usual standards and guidelines one would hope to have in place are not all . . .
September 6, 2004 |
Twice-daily injections of the hormone leptin, best known for regulating appetite and weight, may be able to jump-start an idling reproductive system. Doctors found that the treatment restored menstruation in five of eight female athletes who were so lean they had stopped having periods. Leptin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by fat cells, so athletes, dancers and other thin people may have less of it. It is also being studied for its role in obesity.
June 5, 1995 |
Three UC Irvine fertility specialists profited at the expense of the university, their patients and insurance companies by receiving cash payments and failing to report nearly $1 million in income, according to an independent audit released Sunday.
June 7, 1995 |
In the letter that prompted UC Irvine to launch a full-scale inquiry into its Center for Reproductive Health, three whistle-blowers paint a graphic picture of what they call "wrong, likely illegal and highly improper" procedures, according to documents obtained by The Times on Tuesday. Most of the accusations involve Dr. Ricardo H.
July 19, 1995 |
Despite mounting evidence of improper human egg transfers at UC Irvine's famed fertility clinic, Chancellor Laurel L. Wilkening told auditors to hold off pursuing the allegations in May, 1994, according to confidential university documents. The documents contradict Wilkening's statements about when she first learned of the improper egg transfers and raise questions about her role in the unfolding scandal.