Continual professional development e-learning course Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

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Round 1 open until 14th June 2016

The Institute for Women's Health runs two highly successful MSc programmes: Prenatal Genetics and Fetal Medicine since 1996 and Reproductive Science and Women's Health since 2009, both directed by Professor Joyce Harper. Joyce Harper, SiobanSenGupta, Helen O'Neill and AlpeshDoshi have developed a continual professional development basic level course, delivered by distance learning; Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. The course consists of approximately 5 hours of online learning delivered through video lectures by experts in the field.

Target Audience

The CPD course is suitable for clinicians, health care professionals, including nurses, scientists, clinical embryologists and geneticists who want to know more about PGD. The course can be used to train new staff working in the IVF/PGD clinic or anyone wanting to learn more about this exciting field.


The course will be open twice a year and is totally distance learning, made up of pre-recorded lectures/videos. These lectures/videos can be watched, paused and rewound at the students' own pace. Several 'on-line' tutorials will be run by experts in the field, for students and tutors to discuss various topics relating to the course, including ethical issues. Students will have their own forum to discuss the course. At the end of each lecture and at the end of the course, students will be asked to give feedback to ensure continuous monitoring and improvement. All students will receive a certificate of attendance. The total learning time will be approximately 5 hours, including discussion on the forum and tutorials.


  • Introduction to the course: Helen O'Neill
  • Introduction to PGD: Joyce Harper
  • Diagnosis of chromosomal imbalance by FISH and array CGH: Roy Naja
  • PGD for single-gene disorders: Sioban Sen Gupta
  • Problem solving: SiobanSenGupta and Seema Dhanjal
  • Accreditation and external quality assessment: Seema Dhanjal
  • Ethical considerations in PGD: Francoise Shenfield
  • Coordination of PGD and the future of PGD: Joyce Harper


  • Joyce Harper
  • Alpesh Doshi
  • Helen O'Neill
  • Roy Naja
  • Seema Dhanjal
  • Francoise Shenfield

Registration and fees

The course costs £350.

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