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MRC Harwell


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Mouse Embryo and Spermatozoa Cryopreservation Course



Apr 15 - 18 2024


8:30 am - 4:30 pm



Cost is inclusive of accommodation

Cryopreservation allows long-term storage of embryos and sperm, providing a convenient way to preserve, protect and transport mouse lines for use in research. Archiving scientifically relevant mouse lines also adheres to good animal welfare practices by removing the need for continued animal breeding and is integral to any comprehensive colony management programme.

Running bi-annually since 2004, this course provides practical experience in murine embryo and spermatozoa freezing techniques routinely used at MRC Harwell and a simple, robust in vitro fertilisation procedure. The course will also cover the basic laboratory skills required when working in an assisted reproductive biology environment such as pipetting, weighing, microscope use, and embryo handling.

Who is this for? 

  • Researchers
  • Senior animal technicians
  • PhD students

Following this course, you will have:

  • Practical experience of sperm harvesting and freezing/thawing
  • A clear understanding to set up and in vitro fertilisation session using both frozen and freshly harvested sperm
  • Practical experience of oocyte and embryo harvesting for in vitro fertilisation and embryo freezing, respectively
  • Practical experience of embryo cryopreservation/thawing using a simple vitrification method
  • An understanding of surgical embryo transfer, including some practical experience of pre-operative aseptic techniques and sub-cuticular suturing
  • Practical experience of non-surgical embryo transfer techniques
  • An understanding of the current methods used for handling and shipping samples and managing a cryo-archive, as well as an overview of blastocyst genotyping

The event is finished.

  • A massive thanks to you and all your team for the fantastic training course! Have definitely picked up lots of tips which I'll be implementing (especially the subcuticular stitch).

    23rd Sep 2019

  • I would just like to say what fantastic course, I'm still processing some of the information provided and have forward some ideas on to my manager so hopeful we may be putting a few new things in place and updating the old ones. A big thank you to you and your staff.

    23rd Sep 2019

  • I wanted to thank you for this professional and fantastic training course! All Staff were very nice and with great knowledge. I wish to find the staff as in MRC and I know it will not be easy...I was very happy to be a part of this course! I picked up a lot of tips and I’m sure it will promote my IVF lab work.

    23rd Sep 2019

  • Really enjoyed the course, thought the information was well presented and clear. Great ratio of staff to trainees.

    23rd Sep 2019

  • Very indepth course, well laid out. Group perfect size, anymore would be too crowded. Questions answered or found out from someone. Great to see development of new techniques and methods.

    23rd Sep 2019

  • Thank you all for a great week. We all agree that this has been the best, most productive course we’ve been on. The company has been brilliant and we hope we will all be able to keep in touch in the future.

    25th Mar 2019

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