About Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
As the only Victorian fertility clinic with an in-house genetic laboratory capable of advanced testing, our Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) program performs the majority of PGD cases in Victoria.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a method of testing embryos for specific genetic and chromosomal abnormalities, in order to select chromosomally normal embryos, or embryos free of a specific known disorder prior to implantation and pregnancy.
Since its introduction, the Melbourne IVF PGD program has helped hundreds of women and couples conceive healthy babies through IVF treatment.
At Melbourne IVF we can test embryos in a number of different ways, depending on the particular circumstances. Advanced Embryo Selection is a technique used at Melbourne IVF to screen all 24 chromosomes in a developing embryo allowing our scientists to select the embryo with the greatest likelihood of pregnancy success. Since its introduction patients accessing this technology have experienced a significant increase in pregnancy rates compared to previous technology. This includes women of advanced maternal age and those that have experienced recurrent miscarriages or repeated IVF failure.
Pioneering Experts in PGD
Dr Sharyn Stock-Myer
Dr Sharyn Stock-Myer has a doctorate in Human Genetics and now leads the Melbourne IVF PGD program. Sharyn has worked at Melbourne IVF for more than 12 years, leading the development of PGD for monogenic disorders. Throughout this time, Dr Stock-Myer developed more than 120 specific single gene tests and helped hundreds of couples avoid the transmission of a serious genetic condition to their offspring. Dr Stock-Myer has led the research project that saw the introduction of karyomapping, a new test to screen for known genetic disorders introduced at Melbourne IVF in 2014. Sharyn is passionate about advancing treatment options for women and couples with serious and often debilitating genetic disorders and is honoured to be able to assist them in their dream of having a family.
Dr Leeanda Wilton
Dr Leeanda Wilton led the Melbourne IVF PGD program until mid 2015 and was part of the team responsible for developing the first single cell FISH (Fluorescent In-Situ Hybridisation) technology in London in the late 1980s, and in establishing the first PGD program in Australia in the 1990s.
Over many years, Leeanda was actively involved in PGD research, and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, presented many invited lectures at major international conferences, and been awarded a number of scientific prizes.
Read more about PGD »