Certificate In
Clinical Embryology
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 Module 1

  • Introduction to the module: Joyce Harper

  • The history of events leading to the birth of the worlds first IVF babies: Kay Elder

  • Introduction to laboratory equipment and staff: Xavier Viñals Gonzalez

  • Culture media – development and composition: Joyce Harper

  • Culture media: sequential and single-step – What embryologist should consider: Kiri Beilby

  • Semen assessment: Steven Fleming

  • Preparing sperm for ART: Alpesh Doshi

  • Laboratory aspects of IVF: Xavier Viñals Gonzalez

  • Laboratory aspects of ICSI: Rachel Cutting

  • The embryologist role in the egg collection: Alpesh Doshi

  • How to do the PN check: Mara Simopoulou

  • Blastocyst culture; advantages and disadvantages and in which patients? Catherine Racowsky

  • Embryo selection and scoring: Kay Elder

  • Laboratory aspects of the embryo transfer procedure: Alpesh Doshi

  • How should we bring new technology into the IVF lab – a discussion of the adjuncts: Joyce Harper

  • Assisted Hatching: Gloria Calderon

  • Introduction to time-lapse: Walid Maalouf

  • Model building with time-lapse technology: Cristina Hickman

 Module 2

  • Intro to the module: Joyce Harper

  • Principles of cryopreservation: Barry Fuller

  • Sperm freezing: Steven Fleming

  • Embryo cryopreservation: Laura Rienzi

  • Oocyte cryopreservation: Ana Cobo

  • Ovarian tissue cryopreservation: Richard Anderson

  • The frozen-thaw cycle: Wael Saab

  • Should we be doing freeze all cycles? Abha Maheshwari

 Module 3

  • Introduction to the module:  Joyce Harper

  • An introduction to genetics and inherited disease: Joyce Harper

  • Chromosome abnormalities: Joyce Harper

  • Genetics of infertility: Darren Griffin

  • Introduction to PGT: Joyce Harper

  • Polar body, cleavage stage and blastocyst biopsy for PGT: Alpesh Doshi

  • Genetic diagnosis for PGT: Alan Handyside

  • PGT-A Roy Naga

  • Non-invasive prenatal diagnosis: Ageliki Gerovassili

  • Prenatal diagnosis: Sarah Hillman

  • Genetic counselling: Karen Sage

  • Discussion of ethical issues: Joyce Harper

 Module 4

  • Introduction to the module: Joyce Harper

  • Laboratory design and construction: Stephen Harbottle

  • Air quality in the IVF lab: VOCs monitoring: Ragaa Mansour

  • How to decide which equipment to buy for the lab

  • Managing a high throughput laboratory: Alpesh Doshi

  • Quality management in the IVF lab – Basak Balaban

  • How to ensure a stable culture system – Jason Swain

  • Monitoring your performance and KPIs: Dean Morbeck

  • Internal auditing of the IVF lab: Ronny Janssens

  • Trouble shooting in the IVF lab due to environmental concerns: Antonia Gilligan

 Module 5

  • Introduction to the module, Joyce Harper

  • Ethical considerations in ART, Dan Reisel

  • Using donor eggs and sperm – what needs to be considered, Saghar Kasiri

  • The global surrogacy market, Christina Weis

  • Cross border reproductive care, Francoise Shenfield

  • Embryo culture system: what will be next, Roger Sturmey

  • Mitochondrial replacement techniques, Mary Herbert

  • Genome editing, Helen O’Neill

  • The future of reproduction, Joyce Harper

 Module 6

  • Introduction to the module, Joyce Harper

  • Causes of male infertility, Amr Raheen

  • Clinical andrology, Pippa Sangster

  • Causes of female infertility and investigations, Anis Feki

  • Clinical aspects of infertility treatments, Timur Gurgan

  • Drug regimes in ART, Svend Lindenberg

  • Monitoring an IVF cycle, Michel De Vos

  • The failed cycle, Yacoub Khalaf

 Module 7

  • Introduction to the module Joyce Harper

  • Anatomy of the female and male reproductive tract and meiosis Joyce Harper

  • Oogenesis –John Carroll

  • Spermatogenesis Greg Fitzharris

  • Fertilisation and oocyte activation – Karl Swann

  • Preimplantation development; blastocysts in 2019, Giovanni Coticchio

  • Implantation, Siobhan Quenby

 Module 8

  • Introduction to the module, Joyce Harper

  • Puberty and the menstrual, cycle, Joyce Harper

  • Sexually transmitted infections, Joyce Harper

  • Contraception, Annette Thwaites

  • Preconception care, Karin Hammarberg

  • Pregnancy: Eric Jauniaux

  • Miscarriage and termination, Eric Jauniaux

  • Menopause Ertan Saridogan

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 We have developed a unique 2 year training programme that will provide the fundamental scientific background essential for embryologists through 8 modules, an exit exam, and a log book for in-house supervision of the practical aspects of clinical embryology. The programme is delivered by distance learning and there will be a multiple-choice exam after each module which will take place online so the candidates do not need to travel. Modules are accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists. Students register for the full course or individual modules.

 Suitable candidates are those working as a clinical embryologist with a BSc degree or equivalent. If you are not working in an IVF laboratory at the moment, you can take the taught modules and the exit exam without the log book. Your certificate will state that you have passed the taught component of the certificate in clinical embryology.

Training Workshops

Along With The Certificate, We Also Conduct IVF Workshops. 


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