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

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Date: 21st - 22ndApril 2016.
Venue: University College London

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 not become competent at these techniques but will have enough hands on to go away and practice in their own laboratory setting. The workshop 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. This workshop will be limited to 15 delegates.

Scientific Programme

Day - 1

  Time Title Speaker
Registration 08.45 - 09.00
Lecture 1 9.00 – 10.30 An Introduction to PGD Sioban SenGupta
Coffee Break 10.30 – 11.00
Lecture 2 11.00 – 12.00 Future of PGD Joyce Harper
Lecture 3 12.00 – 1.00 Embryo biopsy Alpesh Doshi
Lunch break  13.00 - 14.00 
+ Workshop photograph
Practical 14.00 – 17.30 Polar body, cleavage stage and blastocyst embryo biopsy. Company talks RI, Hamilton Thorne, CRGH/UCL team
18.00 Dinner for Delegates

Day - 2

  Time Title Speaker
Lecture 4 9.00 – 10.00 Illumina's solutions for PGD testing. Alan Thornhill
Practicals 10.00 - 13.00 Polar body, cleavage stage and blastocyst embryo biopsy. RI, Hamilton Thorne, CRGH/UCL team
Lunch  13.00 - 14.00 sponsored by Illumina
Practicals 14.00 - 17.00 Polar body, cleavage stage and blastocyst embryo biopsy. Tubing cells Alpesh Doshi RI,and Hamilton Thorne
17.00 Close of workshop

Target Audience

Embryologist and any IVF related staff wishing to learn more about embryo biopsy.


  • Joyce Harper
  • Alpesh Doshi
  • Sioban SenGupta
  • Alan Thornhill


Continued Professional Development Credits

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


The fee for the embryo biopsy workshop is £1000. The embryo biopsy workshop includes one dinner, all lunches and all refreshments during breaks.


To register – pleases download the registration form here. For further information contact

Download the Registration Form

Biopsy Registration Form

General information


There are three hotels that are close to UCL that we recommend – all have en- suite. You have to book these hotels yourself. There are several web sites that report cheaper rates for London hotels but also check with the hotel web site as the rates are often the same.

  • Premier Inn Euston,1 Dukes Road, London, WC1H 9PJ,
    Phone - (+44) 871 527 8656. Google Premier Inn Euston.
    Ibis Hotel Euston, 3 Cardington Street, NW1 2LW, London,
    Phone - (+44) 207 3887777. Google Ibis Hotel Euston.
  • Tavistock Hotel, Tavistock Sqare, London, WC1H 9EU,
    Website -
    This is a very basic hotel but is close to UCL.

Getting to your hotel

All London Airports are quite far from central London. You can take a taxi but it will be very expensive. I would recommend that from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton or Stansted you take the Airport Express trains that bring you right into central London (you can google information about these trains). These trains come into main stations that are linked to the London Underground (you can download a map from the internet). You can also use google maps and streetfinder to find the location of your hotel and UCL. If you come by train into Euston you will be very close to UCL and can walk if your hotel is near UCL.
If you need any further help finding your hotel, it would be best to ask them directly. If you get stuck - contact Joyce.


The lectures will take place in UCL (exact room to be confirmed) and the hands on in the Theobalds Seminar room, UCL Centre for PG&D, Institute for Womens Health, University College London, 86-96 Chenies Mews, London, WC1. Email and internet facilities will be available in the Department.
If you need to be contacted during the workshop,
Telephone - 0207 679 6072,
Fax - 0207 383 7429 and
Email -

Slides and handbooks

We will give you a printed copy of the slides and also a memory stick with a copy of the slides, handbook and photos taken during the workshop.


Lunch is provided.


Coffee, tea and other refreshments will be provided each day for a morning and afternoon break.

Evening meal

For two day workshops, an evening meal is provided.


UCL is close to the main London shopping areas.

Workshop Photograph

A workshop photograph will be taken at lunchtime and included on your stick.

Workshop Certificate of Attendance

All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

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