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The Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation - Advancing Reproductive Medicine and Bioethics

The Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine is the nation’s preeminent medical foundation funding research and innovation in fertility treatment and advancing ethics in the field of human reproductive medicine.

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In Vitro Fertilization Comes to America
Thursday, 22 January 2015

A Tribute To Howard W. Jones, Jr. 
Thursday, 22 January 2015

Memoir of a Medical Breakthrough

By Howard W. Jones, Jr., M.D.

Foreword by Elizabeth Jordan Carr Comeau

The story of a medical program in Norfolk, Virginia, which resulted in the birth of the first IVF baby in the Americas and led to a revolution in the care of patients with infertility. The program was born in controversy, and might never have succeeded except for a remarkable series of chance events, encounters, and opportunities.

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On May 16, 2011, Abby and Howard Milstein paid tribute to Dr. Howard Jones, a man who they described as their "hero." In honor of Jones' 100th birthday and his breakthrough work, the Milsteins hosted a party at the St. Regis Hotel in New York.


In a room filled with the leading figures in the field of reproductive medicine, the Milsteins encouraged the passing of the torch to a new generation of doctors.


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2015 Grant Recipients

Abby and Howard Milstein Innovation Award in Reproductive Medicine - Dual Award

Young Investigators Achievement Award

Heidi Cook-Andersen, MD, PhD
Project: Identification of Trophectoderm Factors Critical for Implantation and Continued Embryo Development
University of California, San Diego


Assistant Professor and Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She obtained both her MD and PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow, where her research training focused on RNA stability and post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. Following completion of her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado Health Science Center and subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Diego, she is studying RNA metabolism during the transition from the fully differentiated oocyte to the totipotent embryo. In the current project, she is working to identify factors in the developing trophectoderm critical for successful embryo implantation and continued embryo development. The long-term goals of these studies are to advance our understanding of the molecular basis of oocyte and embryo quality and improve IVF success.

Abby and Howard Milstein Innovation Award in Reproductive Medicine - Dual Award

Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine

1340 N. Great Neck Road, Suite 1272-400 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-2268
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Howard W. Jones, Jr., MD
Appeared in the New York Times on August 4, 2015


Dr. Jones, along with his wife Dr. Georgeanna Seegar Jones, helped create America’s first “test-tube” baby in 1981, transforming reproductive medical science and propelling the field from a dream to reality. Their innovations have enabled nearly 6 million births worldwide through in vitro fertilization. Dr. Jones served on the Board and was Honorary Chairman of the Board of the Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine until the time of his death. The Foundation funds groundbreaking research and the fellows and doctors trained at the Foundation share their knowledge around the world to serve mankind.  Read More >