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Thoughts and reflections from PGDIS 2019

By Prof. Alan H Handyside, MA PhD, Scientific Advisor, Apr 30, 2019

Introducing Vitrolife genomics at PGDIS 2019

The International Society for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGDIS) was formed in the early 1990s by a group of clinicians and scientists attending the inaugural meeting in Chicago, based in the historic Drake Hotel, and organised by the late Yury Verlinksy and colleagues, who was one of the pioneers of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, recently renamed preimplantation genetic testing (PGT). Last year, I became President of the Society and have been very involved in organising the 18th, now annual, meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting attracted about 350 attendees from 45 countries including nearly 40 from Russia.

This was an important first opportunity for the newly formed Vitrolife genomics team (who turned up in force!) to meet many of our customers for SNP genotyping and karyomapping for diagnosis of monogenic disease (PGT-M) and next generation sequencing (NGS) based chromosome copy number analysis for detection of aneuploidy (PGT-A). 

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How traditional grading, PGT and time-lapse complement each other

By Dr. Cristina Hickman, Feb 26, 2019

When working in an IVF lab there are different ways to assess embryos. You can score embryos using morphology and traditional grading, you can use preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) to get the genetic profiling of embryos prior to implantation, and finally you can analyse morphokinetic parameters of embryo development using time-lapse information. How do we bring together morphology, PGT and time-lapse to improve our embryo selection?  

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The genomics revolution in IVF is here to stay

By Dr. Sally Cartwright, Jan 31, 2019

I joined Vitrolife at the beginning of this year and was very flattered to have been asked to write not only the first blog of the year, but also the first blog from Vitrolife’s Genomics Business Unit – an application area close to my heart.

Living in Cambridge, UK where the structure of DNA was first discovered and where the technique of IVF was pioneered I feel very lucky to be part of this field where we are learning more and more about the role that genetics plays in infertility. Watson and Crick famously discussed their results in the Eagle pub, still popular with Cambridge students today and IVF pioneer Robert Edwards worked in the physiology lab just a few streets away.

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PGT-A and mosaicism - the good, the bad and the ugly

By Dr. Gary Harton, Sep 27, 2018

Our guest blogger Dr. Gary Harton is well known in the reproductive genetics field, where he has spent his entire career. In this blog post he will take you through the basics, the history, the advantages, the debates and what is yet to be determined when it comes to preimplantation genetic testing in assisted reproduction. 

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Don’t glance over the glossary - you might miss a new acronym

By Dr. Mark Larman, Feb 27, 2018

When working with assisted reproduction we use a lot of different terms and definitions. This blog post will give you an update on the rather new acronym PGT (preimplantation genetic testing) as well as a glossary of common and useful terms.
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Time-lapse and PGS in combination for a shorter time to pregnancy [customer story]

By Vitrolife, Jan 19, 2018

EmbryoScope time-lapse system is used in combination with preimplantation genetic testing at IVF Riga. Medical Director Dr. Violeta Fodina says that this makes it possible to select only the best embryos for genetic testing, thereby reducing the time to pregnancy and delivery of a child. Watch her story here. 

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Time-lapse and PGS – better together [webinar recording]

By Vitrolife, Jun 16, 2017

Many clinics have seen the benefit of making time-lapse a standard of care for their patients. The same is true for Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS). The fact that there are two such widely implemented techniques has created some questions about which new technology will offer the best treatment options for improving clinical outcome. In this webinar Dr. Tine Qvistgaard Kajhøj shows how time-lapse and PGS can be used together to offer the best overall possibility for improving outcomes and clinical workflow.
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Practical considerations when introducing PGT in your IVF clinic

By Dr. Markus Montag, May 30, 2017

Almost three decades ago, preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) was applied clinically for the first time by pioneers like Alan Handyside in the UK and Yuri Verlinsky in the US. Still, introducing this procedure can be a challenge. In this blog post you will get a practical guidance of what to consider when introducing PGT in your IVF clinic.

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Thoughts and reflections from ESHRE 2016

By Vitrolife, Jul 11, 2016

Once again we can look back on the biggest event in the IVF community - the Annual Meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology. More than 10 000 people gathered in Helsinki, Finland to gain new scientific information, meet with colleagues and friends as well as explore the exhibit for new products and technologies. As usual, the scientific program is a mix of invited sessions, free communications, posters and sponsored activities. In this blog post we will make an attempt to summarise our reflections from this year’s ESHRE.
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Recap from the 2016 Alpha conference

By Vitrolife, May 20, 2016

The 11th Alpha Biennial Congress took place in the beginning of May. Vitrolife was present, together with around 400 participants. If you were not there, this blog post will give you a short recap and the opportunity to watch our Scientific Symposium "Time-lapse for improved overall IVF". 
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