Accreditation – CME Credits

The Hands-on Workshop has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) with 12 European CME credits (ECMECs)

Workshop’s Objectives

  • to present an overview of the current state of genetic screening, biopsy techniques and every day challenges in a PGT program
  • to offer hands – on training in Blastocyst biopsy, tubing, vitrification / warming of biopsied blastocysts and the interpretation of the genetic results
  • to offer an insight of best practices for a modern PGT program through networking, interaction and discussion between experts and participants

Why should I register

  • Update on all the latest developments in PGT and how they affect the daily practices
  • Hands on training by experts with long experience in teaching and PGT daily practices
  • Interaction with PGT experts and international networking
  • Certificate of attendance with CME credits
  • A free Embryolab Academy membership


Embryolab Academy is

a non-for-profit foundation, focused on education, training and research in assisted reproduction. Embryolab Academy promotes close collaboration between embryologists, andrologists, fertility specialists, scientists and human geneticists to improve quality, safety and accuracy in assisted reproduction techniques, and reproductive medicine.

The objectives of the Embrylab Academy are:

  • Organise and host International Workshops, focused on state of the art assisted reproduction techniques, and reproductive medicine.
  • Provide individual, hands-on courses and training in assisted reproduction techniques, and reproductive medicine.
  • Promote and coordinate research in the field of assisted reproduction techniques, and reproductive medicine.
  • Promote communication, collaboration and exchange of expertise between different specialist, working in assisted reproduction techniques, and reproductive medicine.


Workshop Starts on

Workshop's Agenda

Saturday 7 December

Agenda

2019
11:00

Registration & Welcome Brunch

11:45

Welcome

12:00

The PGT: Past–Present–Future

Alexia Chatziparasidou

A. Chatziparasidou

MSc, Sr. Clinical Embryologist, Lab Director of Embryolab Fertility Clinic Director of Embryolab Academy

“PGT was first introduced in clinical practice back in 1989. Since then there has been numerous of developments that have shaped PGT in its current form. This lecture aims to a brief history of the PGT evolution and will attempt a glimpse to the future developments”

12:15

The Genetic Tools

The Genetic Tools

I. Papoulidis

BSc(Hons), MSc, ErCLG, Clinical Laboratory Geneticist (EBMG Certified), Director ACCESS TO GENOME

“From the beginning of its introduction back in 1989 PGT brought to geneticist a lot of challenges. How can we guarantee an accurate genetic diagnosis based on the very limited cellular material retrieved during embryo biopsy? What is possible with the new genetic tools in use? Are there diagnostic limitations?”

12:30

The Clinical Aspect of PGT

The Clinical Aspect of PGT

N. Christoforidis

MD, FRCOG, DFFP, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Co-Founder and Board Member of Embryolab Academy

“A successful PGT program requires optimized clinical protocols as well as close and efficient collaboration among the Clinical and  Laboratory department”

12:45

PGT Genetic Counselling and Bioethic challenges

PGT Genetic Counselling and Bioethic challenges

G. Samolada

Biologist, MSc, Cytogeneticist, ErGenetic Counsellor, Board Member of Embryolab Academy

“PGT allows the genetic testing of the embryos before transfer. What are the main Ethical challenges most commonly arise  in a PGT program?”

13:00

Open Discussion Panel

A. Chatziparasidou, I. Papoulidis, N. Christoforidis, G. Samolada

During this Panel Everyday Challenges in a PGT program will be presented by the group of experts and discussed with the participants

13:15

The Blastocyst biopsy technique, tips and tricks

The Blastocyst biopsy technique, tips and tricks

M. Moysidou

BSc., MSc, Biologist, Clinical Embryologist

“This lecture aims to present all the practical difficulties during the TE biopsy. The aim is to familiarize the participants with the biopsy technique and the challenges it involves!”

13:30

The tubing technique

The tubing technique

C. Oraiopoulou

BSc, M.Res., Biologist, Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE accredited

“Tubing is an essential part of a successful biopsy procedure! This lecture aims to present all the steps of tubing and all the tips and tricks it involves!”

13:45

Time Lapse Technology in a PGT program

Time Lapse Technology in a PGT program

M. Papadopoulou

BSc, Biologist, Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE accredited

“Time Lapse is becoming an integral part of a PGT program why?”

14:00

Cryopreservation Program and PGT

Mary Karagianni B.Sc., M.Sc., Clinical embryologist. Mary Karagianni graduated from the Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed her Master degree in ‘Reproductive-Regenerative Medicine’ in the Department of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her theses in each degree are related with a) DNA fragmention of human spermatozoa and b) in vitro maturation of oocytes (IVM) and vitrification of oocytes. She has been working in medically assisted reproduction Clinics since 2010 in Thessaloniki and Athens and was Lab director of the embryology and andrology laboratory for 6 years. In 2017 she became a member of the Embryolab team. She is a member of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Clinical Embryologists (PEKE) as well as European Society of Human for Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) from 2013.

M. Karagianni

BSc, MSc, Biologist, Clinical Embryologist

“Cryopreservation is an essential part of a successful PGT program. This lecture aims to present all the critical steps during blastocyst vitrification and warming of biopsied blastocysts”

14:15

Open Discussion Panel

A. Chatziparasidou, M. Moysidou, C. Oraiopoulou, M. Papadopoulou, M. Karagianni

During this Panel Everyday Challenges in a PGT program will be presented by the group of experts and discussed with the participants

14:45

Lunch Break

15:30

Setting Up a PGT program and monitoring of a PGT program

Alexia Chatziparasidou

A. Chatziparasidou

MSc, Sr. Clinical Embryologist, Lab Director of Embryolab Fertility Clinic Director of Embryolab Academy

This lecture will focus on all the essential factors involved in setting up a successful PGT program and the best strategies for real time monitoring of its performance!

16:00

Interpretation of the Genetic Results- Result Reports

Interpretation of the Genetic Results- Result Reports

I. Papoulidis

BSc(Hons), MSc, ErCLG, Clinical Laboratory Geneticist (EBMG Certified), Director ACCESS TO GENOME

16:30

Open Discussion Panel

During this Panel Everyday Practical Challenges in a PGT program will be presented by the group of experts and discussed with the participants

17:00

Group Photo

19:30

Workshop Dinner

Sunday 8 December

Timeline Stories 2

2019
09:00

Hands-on workshop – Group rotation

Blastocyst Biopsy technique: Demonstration and Teaching

M. Moysidou , A. Chatziparasidou, A.Papatheodorou

Vitrification and Warming of Blastocysts Post Biopsy

M. Papadopoulou, M. Karagianni

The Tubing Technique

C. Oraiopoulou, S. Sgoura


The hands-on session aims to introduce participants to PGT all the practical challenges, tips and tricks of a blastocyst biopsy program.
Participants will have:
• An intense 4-hour hands on-session on blastocyst biopsy to optimize their biopsy technique under the supervision of biopsy experts.
• A 2-hour hands-on session on trophectoderm tubing. Tubing experts will demonstrate each critical step of the tubing technique and supervise the participants while performing tubing.
• A 2-hour hands-on session on vitrification and warming of biopsied blastocyst. The vitrification experts will demonstrate explain and teach all the important details and special features of vitrification and warming of blastocysts post biopsy.
The participants will be divided in groups according to their level of expertise for each technique to ensure maximize training and learning experience for all.
This session aims to be highly interactive, promote communication, networking and experience sharing among experts and participants.

13:00

Networking Lunch Break

14:00

Hands-on workshop – Group rotation

Blastocyst Biopsy technique: Demonstration and Teaching

M. Moysidou , A. Chatziparasidou, A.Papatheodorou

Vitrification and Warming of Blastocysts Post Biopsy

M. Papadopoulou, M. Karagianni

The Tubing Technique

C. Oraiopoulou, S. Sgoura


The hands-on session aims to introduce participants to PGT all the practical challenges, tips and tricks of a blastocyst biopsy program.
Participants will have:
• An intense 4-hour hands on-session on blastocyst biopsy to optimize their biopsy technique under the supervision of biopsy experts.
• A 2-hour hands-on session on trophectoderm tubing. Tubing experts will demonstrate each critical step of the tubing technique and supervise the participants while performing tubing.
• A 2-hour hands-on session on vitrification and warming of biopsied blastocyst. The vitrification experts will demonstrate explain and teach all the important details and special features of vitrification and warming of blastocysts post biopsy.
The participants will be divided in groups according to their level of expertise for each technique to ensure maximize training and learning experience for all.
This session aims to be highly interactive, promote communication, networking and experience sharing among experts and participants.

18:00

Closing Remarks

18:30

Evaluation Forms and Certification of Attendance

 

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Alexia Chatziparasidou 

MSc, Sr. Clinical Embryologist, Lab Director of Embryolab Fertility Clinic Director of Embryolab Academy

Mrs. Alexia Chatziparasidou is a senior clinical embryologist with an experience of more than 45.000 cycles in assisted reproduction (ART). Her scientific interests focus mainly on the application of modern oocyte and embryo freezing methods and treating male subfertility and azoospermia. Since 2007 she has developed a special interest in efficient Total Quality Management (TQM) and Risk Management (RM) in ART units in the context of process optimization and standardization and the implementation of risk mitigation strategies.  

In 2004, Mrs Chatziparasidou co-founded Embryolab, a well-known and modern state of the art fertility clinic, located in Thessaloniki Greece.
In 2007 she was awarded with her Master degree (MSc) on Clinical Embryology (Leeds University) and in 2008 she was certified by ESHRE as senior Clinical Embryologist.
In 2013 she co-founded Embryolab Academy and co-organized a series of international workshops on TQM and RM for ART units, cryopreservation and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGT).

Alexia Chatziparasidou travels the world as invited speaker in conferences and hands on workshops, is actively involved in research projects and training for all the modern ART lab techniques and is the author of a number of scientific articles, posters and chapters.

Her latest project is her thesis under the title: “The genetic basis of Azoospermia- The mystery that needs to be unraveled” in collaboration with the University of Thessaly. The aim of this project is to shed light in the genetic basis of azoospermia and set the basis for the development of personalized therapeutic options for men suffering from azoospermia. 
She is a member of the European Society of Human Reproduction (ESHRE), the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Scientists in Reproductive Medicine (ALPHA) and the Pan-Hellenic Association of Clinical Embryologists (PEKE), Ambassador of the EURO-GTP II Risk assessment tool for novel applications and Inspector for the ESHRE ART Center Certification for Good Clinical Practices.

Alexia Chatziparasidou enjoys to spend time with family and friends. She regards herself as very fortunate for being able to live her passion for science and be a part of all the latest scientific developments in the field of assisted reproduction but above all she feels extremely blessed for being able to serve and support men and women in their most wonderful journey. The journey to parenthood!

Mary Karagianni

B.Sc., M.Sc., Clinical embryologist

Mary Karagianni graduated from the Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed her Master degree in ‘Reproductive-Regenerative Medicine’ in the Department of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Her theses in each degree are related with a) DNA fragmention of human spermatozoa and b) in vitro maturation of oocytes (IVM) and vitrification of oocytes.

She has been working in medically assisted reproduction Clinics since 2010 in Thessaloniki and Athens and was Lab director of the embryology and andrology laboratory for 6 years. In 2017 she became a member of the Embryolab team.

She is a member of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Clinical Embryologists (PEKE) as well as European Society of Human for Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) from 2013.

Marianna Papadopoulou

BSc, Biologist, Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE accredited

Marianna Papadopoulou is a clinical biologist. She graduated in 2012 from the Department of Biology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2011, she started her internship at Embryolab
In 2012, she conducted her research project on male infertility at the Institute of Reproductive Sciences of the University of Oxford in Great Britain.
Upon completing her studies she became a member of the Embryolab laboratory team, where she was trained in all up-to-date laboratory techniques of IVF and cryopreservation.
Marianna attends scientific conferences and is briefed on all the latest developments in assisted reproduction. She actively participates and supports all the actions and conferences organized by the Embryolab Academy.
Since 2016 it has been certified by ESHRE as a Clinical Embryologist.

Chara Oraiopoulou

B.Sc., M.Res. Biologist, Clinical Embryologist, accredited by ESHRE

Chara Oraiopoulou is a clinical embryologist with long experience in the field of assisted reproduction. She is specialized in the kinetic analysis of embryonic development using a time-lapse system and in preparing embryos for PGT.

Chara graduated in 2006 from the Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed her postgraduate studies in “Reproductive Biology” at the Medical College of the University of Glasgow, Great Britain.

Between 2009 and 2010, she worked at a company specializing in the isolation and cryopreservation of human stem cells in Thessaloniki.

Since 2010, she has been a member of the laboratory team of clinical embryologists at Embryolab. In 2013 she obtained certification as a clinical embryologist from the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).

She is a member of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Clinical Embryologists (PEKE) as well as the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).

Chara participates actively as a trainer in all of Embryolab Academy’s activities.

Moysidou Martha

BSc, MSc, Clinical Embryologist, Deputy Laboratory manager

Martha is a biologist - clinical embryologist with both clinical and research experience. Her clinical work counts up to 15,000 cycles so far.

Martha has completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Essex, Colchester, UK in 1998. She completed her master’s degree in Human reproductive Biology at Imperial College, London, UK and graduated with Distinction in 1999.

She has received her basic embryology training at the Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK until the summer of 2002. During that time she was also actively involved in the chromosomal screening of pre-implantation embryos for patients undergoing PGD/PGT-A using the FISH method.

In 2002 Martha returned to Greece and has worked as a clinical embryologist in both Athens and Thessaloniki expanded her knowledge and expertise on the field of assisted reproduction. Her main field of interest has been the clinical application of PGD/PGT-A and severe male infertility (TESE, FNA and OAT).

In 2008 she became a member of the Embryolab team and in 2015 she has become the Deputy Laboratory manager. During that time she haw also actively participated in the Embryolab Academy workshops (both in the organizing committee and as an instructor) and in numerous publications and oral presentations.

Martha is an active member of ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) since 2002, PEKE (Pan-Hellenic Association of Clinical Embryologists) since 2005 and ACE (Association of Clinical Embryologists, UK) since 2018.

Glykeria Samolada

Biologist , MSc, Cytogeneticist, ErGenetic Counsellor, Board Member of Embryolab Academy

Glykeria Samolada is a Biologist specialized in molecular cytogenetics, genetic counselling with experience in the field of assisted reproduction and low fertility.
Glykeria’s scientific interests focus mainly on male infertility, special chromosomal rearrangements which may affect fertility as well as counselling on preimplantation genetic diagnosis and prenatal checks. Also, the management of genetic examinations and information concerning hereditary abnormalities and diseases and counselling of similar cases and families represents an important area of activity.
She is an accredited Genetic Counsellor by EBMG (European Board of Medical Genetics/EuroGenetic Counsellor. 

Nicholas Christoforidis

MD, FRCOG, DFFP, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Co-Founder and Board Member of Embryolab Academy

Nicholas Christoforidis is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist with a sub-specialization in Reproductive Medicine and Assisted Reproductive Techniques.

He graduated the School of Medicine of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1995 and trained thereafter in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the United Kingdom from 1995 until 2003. In 2001 he was appointed as a Fellow in the Imperial College, London, in the IVF Unit of Hammersmith Hospital, where he trained extensively in the investigation and management of infertility and assisted reproduction techniques.

He is the Clinical and Scientific Director of Embryolab Fertility Clinic, Thessaloniki, Greece, since 2004 with a considerable and long experience in all aspects of investigation and treatment of fertility disorders, focusing on evidence-based practices and highlighting critical aspects of risk management. He is co-founder of the Embryolab Academy, a nonprofit organization, which aims to guide Fertility specialists and IVF units to grow in a systematic, effective and safe way, through continuous training and sharing of sound practices.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstericians and Gynaecologists, UK, and a member of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

Giannis Papoulidis

BSc(Hons), MSc, ErCLG, Clinical Laboratory Geneticist (EBMG Certified), Director ACCESS TO GENOME

Mr. Ioannis Papoulidis hold a Biotechnology degree from the University of Abertay Dundee in Great Britain, an MSc degree in applied genetics and biotechnology and a Clinical Laboratory Geneticist specialty title recognised by the European Board of Medical Genetics (EBMG). His scientific and research interests focus on molecular diagnostics which is the subject of his doctoral thesis and has been retrained in numerous domestic and abroad laboratories in implementing methods for the diagnosis of genetic diseases. He has participated in several national and international conferences related to genetics as a guest speaker as well as with written and oral presentations, and has been a member of relevant committees. His scientific work has been published in numerous  articles of internationally recognized scientific journals. In April 2006 has been founder and chairman of the board of the company Eurogenetica S.A. and director of molecular genetics laboratories, cytogenetic and biochemical genetics of the same company, until December 2014. From December 2012 until December 2014 was vice president of the board and chief executive of the scientific services company NEOLAB S.A. Today he is the director of laboratories in Thessaloniki and legal representative of the genetic center “ATG – Access To Genome“.