The success of infertility treatment using Assisted Reproduction Technologies (ART) program largely depends on the quality of cultured embryos and sustainable high pregnancy rate balanced by a low incidence of multiple gestations. Modern molecular genetic approaches make it possible to obtain a genetic profile which gives the opportunity to select for transfer embryos without chromosomal abnormalities. Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) was developed as a method to improve ART outcomes by selecting chromosomally normal embryos from those which potentially have lethal forms of genetic disorder. PGD can also improve ART success by increasing the implantation rate and reducing pregnancy losses.
This course will focus on genetic aspects that have implications on human fertility and the reproductive options in couples who carry genetic diseases and with a risk of chromosome abnormalities. In the end, it introduces the participants to genomics and systems medicine in the field of assisted reproduction.
This course is designed to use online lectures, hands on practical and demonstrations of cleavage stage and blastocyst biopsy of mouse embryos to equip participants with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of embryo biopsy and its application in PGD. Participants will not become competent at these techniques but will have enough hands on to go away and practice in their own laboratory setting. The course will also allow scientists to discuss the technology with their peers and with experts in the field.
Upon successful completion of this course, it is expected that each participant will be able to:
The course is suitable for anyone wanting to learn more about PGD, including nurses, scientists, clinical embryologists, geneticists, andrologists, researchers, Gynecologists, Physicians, Resident Gynecologists and Graduates and Students in Biomedical Sciences (Biology, Medicine, Veterinary, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, etc.).
This 3-day, clinically oriented, interactive, hands-on training course offers advanced lectures complemented hands-on activities and discussion with experts.