Course Objectives

The workshop is intended to provide participants with core knowledge and introductory practical skills under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. It provides a comprehensive overview of biopsy techniques for different developmental stages (polar body, cleavage stage and trophectoderm biopsy) and genetic analysis methods for each biopsy technique. Choice of pipets, media and possible uses of the biopsied material will be discussed. Participants will learn to prepare the biopsy setting, perform assisted hatching by the use of laser, biopsy and retrieve polar bodies and cells.

Hands-on sessions will allow participants to practice each type of biopsy technique using hamster oocytes, and mouse embryos and blastocysts.


  • Polar body biopsy
  • Blastomere Biopsy (Day 3)
  • Trophectoderm Biopsy (Day 5)
  • Use of laser for assisted hatching

Course Design

  • 2-day course
  • Emphasis on hands-on time with one-to-one supervised practice, complemented by lectures and opened discussions
  • 6 participants
  • This course is targeted embryologists

Minimum Experience

It is essential that all participants are experienced ICSI practitioners with suitably advanced micromanipulation skills and expertise; please note that the sessions will use Narishige systems so participants must be prepared to use this type of micromanipulator.


Course fee is EUR 600. Transportation and accommodation are not included. Local transportation between hotels and the course venue will be arranged. Lunches and refreshments will be provided during the course.


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