“Best Practices in Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT)”
7-8 December 2019
• present an overview of the current state of genetic screening, biopsy techniques and every day challenges in a PGT program.
• offer expert hands-on training in Blastocyst biopsy technique, tubing, vitrification/warming of biopsied blastocysts and the interpretation of the genetic results.
• offer an insight in good clinical practice for a modern PGT program through Networking, interaction and discussion between experts and participants
It was a great honor for the organizing committee and members of Embryolab Academy to welcome all these scientists and receive their positive feedback.
Dr Nikos Christoforidis, MD, FRCOG, DFFP, Co-Founder and Board Member of Embryolab Academy, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Embryolab’s Clinical and Scientific Director, stated: “We focused on PGT on this occasion, as PGT is a complex genetic screening modality which requires a high degree of standardization in clinical and laboratory practice”.
“After 30 exciting years of history PGT promises us a future of great challenges and ethical dilemmas!”
Alexia Chatziparasidou, MSc, Sr. Clinical Embryologist, Embryolab Lab Director, Co-founder and Director of Embryolab Academy
“PGT requires a high degree of standardisation in clinical practice. An initial effort to establish the medical necessity is suggested with detailed counselling upon aspects of efficacy and safety. PGT-A remains a controversial screening method, mainly due to wide variations in case selection and lab practice variation.”
Nikos Christoforidis, MD,FRCOG,DFFP, Co-Founder and Board Member of Embryolab Academy, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Embryolab’s Clinical and Scientific Director
“PGT is strongly connected with difficult decisions, which are also jointed with individual’s ethics. Aristotle says, “You can only be happy by being ethical.”.”
Glykeria Samolada, Biologist , MSc, Cytogeneticist, ErGenetic Counsellor, Board Member of Embryolab Academy
“There is no Preimplantation Genetic Testing, without proper genetic tools!”
Giannis Papoulidis, MSc, ErCLG, Clinical Laboratory Geneticist
“Watch many videos, practice a lot, keep calm never give up!”
Martha Moysidou, MSc, Biologist, Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE certified, Deputy Laboratory Manager
“The fate, of each blastocyst you biopsy, is in your hands and your pipettes!”
“One of the “PGT chain” links is the tubing. Make sure you won’t break the chain!”
Chara Oraiopoulou, MRes, Biologist, Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE certified
“Time-Lapse technology can become a useful tool for improved clinical outcomes in PGT cycles.”
Marianna Papadopoulou, Biologist, Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE certified
“First optimize your cryopreservation program, then start the setting up of the PGT program!”
Mary Karagianni, MSc, Biologist, Clinical Embryologist
“There is no successful PGT program without an optimized cryopreservation program!”
“Interpretation of genetic results-genetic reports”: “Obtaining high quality data is only a part of a PGT laboratory process. Interpreting them is equally critical step!”
“Never underestimate the value of numbers, they are telling you the truth!”