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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 see:

  • Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (pgd) for aneuploidy

  • Preimplantation 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
    973-322-8890 fax

    Further Information

    Articles with additional information on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) for translocations or anueploidy can be found in our Research Articles page.