It is with a great sadness that we inform you that Professor Robert Jansen is no longer with us.

Robert Jansen passed away on July 11, 2014. The fertility and genetics community has lost one of its great scientists. Robert had a rare ability to combine the best of medicine and organization skills, and established one of the world’s best PGD Centers in Genea (formerly Sydney IVF). Under his direction this Center gave to the world the procedure of routine clinical blastocyst biopsy, which has now become the recent major approach to PGD of single gene and chromosomal disorders. The center was one of the first to undertake all the modern approaches to PGD testing from PCR and FISH to microarray based testing and next generation sequencing. Prof. Jansen and his colleagues generously provided their expertise for the training of dozens of colleagues around the world in biopsy procedures and genetic analysis for establishing PGD services, making PGD a realistic hope to couples unable to have healthy children of their own, all over the world.

Prof. Jansen was a Board Member of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society and organized one of the memorable International Working Groups on Preimplantation Genetics in Sydney in the year 2000. Despite his illness, Robert remained active right up until July 2014. To the end, he was alert, inquisitive and looking forward to scientific advances. He leaves behind a highly qualified PGD group, who are truly among the leading world’s PGD experts.

The untimely loss of Professor Robert Jansen is heartbreaking for his family, many friends, colleagues and the scientific community.


Welcome to the official site of Preimplantation Genetics Diagnosis International Society. Here you will find the latest information concerning Preimplantation Genetics and the work of the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society ( PGDIS ).

PGDIS coordinates research, education and training in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), requiring a close collaboration of obstetricians, fertility specialists, embryologists and human geneticists, to insure safety and accuracy of PGD and its application into clinical practice for improvement of genetic practices and reproductive medicine.


  • Collect and distribute the information on the progress of centers involved in Preimplantation Genetics Diagnosis (PGD) and coordinate their activities
  • Organize International Conferences on Preimplantation Genetics
  • Promote the implementation of accurate PGD technology available in the field
  • Organize conferences and symposia, as well as corresponding sessions on PGD in association with other related Congresses


  • Semra Kahraman, President
  • Svetlana Rechitsky, President-Elect
  • Santiago Munne, Secretary
  • David Cram, Treasurer
  • Renee Martin, Past President


pgd Don Leigh pgd Darren Griffin pgd Mireia Sandalinas
pgd Dagan Wells pgd Kangpu Xu pgd Leeanda Wilton
pgd Antony Gordon pgd Zi-Jiang Chen


  • Anver Kuliev
Contact Information
Telephone: + 1 847 400 1515
Fax: + 1 847 400 1516
Address: PGDIS @ 2910 MacArthur Blvd., Northbrook, Illinois, 60062
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