This two-day workshop aims to introduce the genetics services used in ART and PGT as a screening tool for embryo selection, together with the procedures used in embryo biopsy and the handling of biopsied cells.
Methods for biopsy and cell tubing, including pipettes, media, and equipment will be discussed. Hands-on sessions will allow participants to practice the biopsy of trophectoderm cells and tubing of cells for analysis using mouse blastocysts.
This course will be held at the Center of Excellence (RSCB), located at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine (CRG) – UZ Brussel (University Hospital Brussels), Belgium.
Due to COVID-19, the course will be run partially as a virtual course and partially as an onsite hands-on course in micro groups. Delegates need to comply with the health and safety guidelines from the University Hospital Brussels (https://reproductiveskillscentre.com/; https://www.uzbrussel.be/web/coronavirus-file) and Belgian federal measures on COVID-19 ( https://www.info-coronavirus.be/en/faq/#work).
Minimal expertise required for participation in the Course
Participants must have experience of micromanipulation techniques, though not necessarily in oocyte or embryo biopsy. The participant must have adequate Wi-Fi, camera and audio to engage during the course. Courses will be run via the Zoom and/or Teams platforms.