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Polar body, cleavage and trophectoderm biopsy for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Workshop

Dr Joyce Harper

UCL centre for PGD

07 February 2014

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24-25th April 2014

Aims of the course
The programme will; provide embryologists with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of embryo biopsy. As well as lectures, the course will include hands on practicals and demonstrations including polar body, cleavage stage and blastocyst biopsy, tubing cells for molecular diagnosis, and spreading cells for FISH. During two days, delegates will have an extensive opportunity to perform embryo biopsy at different stages on murine embryos as well as understand the theory required for clincial embryologists involved in PGD. It will also allow scientists to discuss the technology with their peers and with experts in the field.
As well as the lectures, additional information will be given in the form of copies of the powerpoint presentations and a detailed workshop manual.   All delegates are welcome to have follow-up discussions with UCL PGD and CRGH teams.

Objectives of the course
By the end of the course, all delegates should have increased their knowledge of embryo biopsy (and the theory of vitrification).   They will have some experience of the practical aspects of these advances but to become competent in these procedures, they will have to develop proficiency testing in their own laboratories.  All laboratory techniques will require regular competency tests to ensure they are effectively used in the clinical setting.

Continued Professional Development credits
The workshop has been awarded 14 CPD credits from the Royal College of Pathologists.

The early bird fee for the embryo biopsy workshop only is £1000.  Early bird registration closes 1st April 2014. Fees then increase to £1200 for the embryo biopsy workshop.  The embryo biopsy workshop includes one dinner, a trip on the London Eye, all lunches and all refreshments during breaks.



To register – please email  for a registration form.  Call your email – ‘workshop’

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