Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a state-of-the-art procedure
used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF). PGD invloves
testing an embryo for certain conditions prior to being placed in
the womb of the woman. Under the direction of Santiago Munné,
Ph.D., Director of PGD; and Dr. Jacques Cohen, Scientific Director,
the PGD team at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science
at Saint Barnabas (IRMS) is a world leader in both research and clinical
application of this technique.
Your physician may recommend PGD if there is a likelihood that your
embryos will be affected by certain chromosomal conditions. These
conditions can prevent implantation of embryos, lead to pregnancy
loss (miscarriage, recurrent pregnancy loss) or result in the birth
of a child with physical problems and/or mental retardation. PGD can
help prevent these adverse outcomes by identifying affected embryos
as they are developing in the laboratory and before they are transferred
during IVF. At this time, IRMS offers PGD primarily for two specific
chromosomal conditions - aneuploidy and translocations. It is important
to note that some of our protocols are experimental and are supervised
by the Internal Review Board of Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
For specific information regarding the PGD procedure
genetic diagnosis (pgd) for aneuploidy
genetic diagnosis (pgd) for translocations
Jill M. Fischer, M.S., is the coordinator of the PGD program
and the genetic counselor for the Institute for Reproductive
Medicine and Science of Saint Barnabas. Questions regarding
the PGD program and requests for information should be directed
to her. Should one desire to undergo PGD, Ms. Fischer will coordinate
one’s enrollment into the PGD program.
Jill M. Fischer, M.S.
Board Certified Genetic Counselor
PGD Program Coordinator
94 Old Short Hills Road
East Wing – Suite 403
Livingston, NJ 07039
Articles with additional information on Preimplantation Genetic
Diagnosis (PGD) for translocations or anueploidy can be found
in our Research Articles page.