PG09: The Art Of Genetics: Reproductive Genetics In The ART Setting

Date:October 12, 2013

Time:8:15 am - 5:00 pm

Location:Room 206 - Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


Jill M. Fischer, M.S., C.G.C. (Chair), Reprogenetics

Lauri D. Black, M.S., L.C.G.C., Pacific Reproductive Genetic Counseling

Gabriel A. Lazarin, M.S., C.G.C., Counsyl

Amy C. Vance, M.S., C.G.C., Bay Area Genetic Counseling


Developed in Cooperation with the Genetic Counseling Special Interest Group

Patient care

Reproductive genetics is an increasing part of the assisted reproductive technology (ART) practice. Daily, ART centers use genetic information when couples undergo ethnicity screening, when donors are screened and chosen for recipient couples, to determine the cause of infertility or recurrent pregnancy loss, and when utilizing preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). However, the application of genetic information and genetic testing is often limited due to lack of knowledge by the medical providers in the ART practice. Education of these medical providers is incomplete and most ART centers do not have a genetic counselor on staff. 

This live course serves to provide basic to complex genetic information to help such practices start to fill this education gap and competently apply genetic information to improve patient care. The course will provide both basic genetics education and review of real  time application. The faculty will address current knowledge of the genetic causes of male infertility not limited to cystic fibrosis and genetic causes of female infertility, including the latest research on and testing for fragile X syndrome. As high throughput carrier testing options become more readily available, current American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) carrier testing guidelines will be outlined and the application of such testing discussed. Current PGS/PGD test techniques and applications will be examined. Overall, this course should educate the ART medical professionals on current genetic information and test options so they can improve patient care in their practices. 

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain genetic inheritance patterns, risk assessment and ethnicity screening.
  2. Describe genetic and chromosomal causes of male and female infertility and infertility test options.
  3. Define genetic and chromosomal test options for recurrent pregnancy-loss patients.
  4. Outline donor carrier screening guidelines by ASRM, ACOG and ACMG and their application to current practice.
  5. Evaluate the value of high throughput carrier screening in the ART setting and review current test techniques and applications of PGD.



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