Biopsy Workshop

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Date: Thursday 12th and Friday 13th September 2019
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 of cleavage stage and blastocyst biopsy of mouse embryos. During the 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. Delegates will be given copies of the powerpoint presentations and a detailed workshop manual. All delegates are welcome to have follow-up discussions with the Embryology and PGD Academy. This workshop will be limited to 20 delegates.

Scientific Programme

Thursday 12th September 2019

  Time Title Speaker
Lecture 1 9.00 – 10.15 An Introduction to PGD Joyce Harper
Lecture 2 10.15 – 11.30 Embryo biopsy AlpeshDoshi
Company talks 11.30 – 13.00 Practical introduction to embryo biopsy Research Instruments
Lunch break  13.00 - 14.00 
+ Workshop photograph
Practical 14.00 – 17.30 Cleavage stage and blastocyst embryo biopsy. Research Instruments
18.00 Dinner

Friday 13th September 2019

  Time Title Speaker
Lecture 3 9.30 – 10.00 Certificate in clinical embryology Joyce Harper
Lecture 4 10.00 – 11.00 Genetic testing for PGD Alan Thornhill
Discussion 11.00 – 11.30 Problem solving, interpretation of results and more Joyce Harper, AlpeshDoshi and Alan Thornhill
Practicals 11.00 – 13.00 Cleavage stage and blastocyst embryo biopsy. Research Instruments
Lunch  13.00 – 14.00
Practicals 14.00- 17.00 Cleavage stage and blastocyst embryo biopsy.  Research Instruments Vitrolife
17.00 Close of workshop

Target audience

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

Faculty and sponsors

  • Joyce Harper
  • Alpesh Doshi
  • Alan Thornhill


Continued Professional Development credits

We have applied for CPD points from the Royal College of Pathologists. This workshop is usually awarded 14 CPD points.


Please download the registration form from here. Further information can be obtained from

The fee for the embryo biopsy workshop is £800. The embryo biopsy workshop includes one dinner, all lunches and all refreshments during breaks. You can pay online using paypal or your credit card below or we can send you an invoice to pay by bankers draft.

Download the Registration Form

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, Institute for Women's 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

An evening meal is provided.


UCL is close to the main London shopping areas.

Workshop Photograph

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

Workshop Certificate of Attendance

All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

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