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Loretta B. Camarano, PhD, MA, RNC

Loretta Camarano

Loretta B. Camarano, PhD, MA, RNC

Position: Assistant Professor
Samuel Merritt University
School of Nursing, San Mateo Learning Center
Position: Director of Quality, Education and Compliance
Fertility Physicians of Northern California, San Jose,CA

Research Biography

Dr. Camarano's research examines factors that predict adverse perinatal and pediatric outcomes such as low birth weight (LBW) and preterm delivery (PTD) in pregnancies conceived by women with a history of infertility and treatment with in-vitro fertilization. Data analysis methods include logistic regression models and mediation analysis using SPSS 15 and SAS. Findings suggest that woman with a history of infertility treatment are at greater risk for low birth-weight (controlling for maternal age and multiple gestation). Children born to nulliparous women are also at greater risk for low birth weight.

Over a ten-year period Dr. Camarano was the Project Director responsible for all aspects of the management of two comprehensive infertility studies funded by the NIH. The first study, funded by NCI, examined the long-term effects of fertility drug use and their influence on ovarian, breast and uterine cancer. This study cohort consists of 56,669 patients seen in 15 infertility centers throughout California. The second study examines pregnancy, delivery, and pediatric outcomes among 2,000 women treated for infertility and 2,000 women in the general population is funded by NICHD. Her responsibilities included hiring, training and supervising ten medical record abstractors, six interviewers, a database manager, computer programmer, and an administrative assistant. She assisted with the development and testing of all data collection instruments, as well as all study handbooks and manuals of operation. She also developed and implemented all data quality assurance systems, including a 10% random sample of re-abstraction of charts and re-interview of patients. The study was able to maintain a very low error rate of less than 3%. As part of her job, Dr. Camarano regularly traveled to Southern California to perform quality assurance reviews and staff reviews. The combined budget for these two studies was $4.5 million.

Publications

Camarano, Loretta, Alkon, Abbey, Nachtigall, Robert, Schembri, Michael, Weiss, Sandra, & Croughan, Mary. (2012). Preterm delivery and low birth weight in singleton pregnancies conceived by women with and without a history of infertility. Fertility and sterility.

Grether, Judith K., Qian, Yinge, Croughan, M. S., Wu, Yvonne, W, Camarano, Loretta, & Croen, Lisa. A. (2012). Is Infertility Associated with Childhood Autism? Journal of autism and developmental disorders.

Grants

Supported by NCI grant 1-RO1-CA69619 and NICHD grant 1- P01- HD-37074

Invited Presentations

Oct. 2011 American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting
Orlando, Florida
Chair: Post Graduate Course:  (6 hour CEU)
Follow-up to Children of Assisted Reproductive Technology and Donor Egg
1. IVF: An Historical Perspective
2. Reducing the Risk of Multiple Birth: Single Embryo Transfer
June 2011 European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology
Stockholm, Sweden
Outcomes after infertility and infertility treatment, a nurse’s point of view
Oct. 2009 American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting
Atlanta Georgia
Risk of Low Birth Weight and Preterm Delivery in Singleton Pregnancies Conceived by Women With and Without a History of Infertility.