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Where To Next for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis? From Polar Body to Blastocyst: The Evolving Genome

Preimplantation Genetics Diagnosis International Society
Bregenz Festival House, 1 Vienna Symphony Plaza, Bregenz 6900, Austria
16 May 2012 - 19 May 2012

The 11th International Conference of the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society.

In 2011, PGD came of age with the 21st birthday of the first twins to be born following use of the technique. Since then, several thousand children have been born and the range of genetic conditions which can be tested has increased dramatically. But what of the future? Is 24-chromosome aneuploidy testing by array comparative genomic hybridisation the answer to improving pregnancy rates in different indications? What is the optimal stage at which to biopsy the embryo? With advances in non-invasive prenatal diagnosis aided by next generation sequencing, does PGD have a future?

Topics addressed at this event will include:

  • preconception screening by next generation sequencing;

  • impact of new technologies on prenatal diagnosis;

  • molecular aspects of meiosis;

  • cell fate in the preimplantation embryo;

  • noninvasive imaging;

  • polar body, cleavage stage and blastocyst biopsy;

  • array comparative genomic hybridisation;

  • SNP arrays and genome-wide analysis;

  • next generation sequencing for single cell analysis;

  • noninvasive prenatal diagnosis.

Attendance fees range from €200 to €500. To register, use this online form or contact Yasmin Haunold at or on +43 (0)699 1043 0038.

Further details of this event are available on the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society International Conference website.