Karen, a founder partner of Fertility Genetics, graduated in Biology and Genetics and later gained a Master's degree in Genetic Counselling from Cardiff University, Wales. Karen is one of the first UK's Genetic Counsellors specialising in fertility and has led the Genetic Services at leading IVF centres in the country.
Karen is specialised in genetic counselling of patients undergoing preimplantation genetic testing for monogenic diseases (PGT-M), structural rearrangements (PGT-SR) and aneuploidy (PGT-A), preconception carrier screening, and has experience in general, prenatal and cancer genetics.
With a background in industry and education, Karen worked at the National Genetics Education and Development Centre (NGEDC) in Birmingham, UK, now called Health Education England (HEE), producing education materials for healthcare practitioners working in specialized areas of the National Health Service England (NHSE) to help prepare the workforce for the mainstream integration of genetics/genomics into routine clinical practice.
Valerie, a founder partner of Fertility Genetics, graduated in Biology in 1990 and began training as an embryologist under the tutorship of Lord Winston. She has since gained a masters degree in Health Promotion, PhD in Reproductive Immunology, Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists, Academy of Healthcare Science and Institute of Biomedical Scientists and is registered as a consultant clinical scientist specialising in genomic medicine within reproductive science.
Working within her specialism to promote training of embryologists Val is chair of the panel of examiners for Reproductive Science for the RCPath and assessor for the Association of Clinical Science. She is the training lead for the Association of Reproductive Clinical Scientists support staff and member of the continuing professional development committee.
Valerie works with IVF providers and their patients to support understanding of the growing volume of genetic testing options and fertility treatment pathways.
Our professional partners
Pamela Callum is a licensed, certified genetic counselor in the United States. She trained at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and has been specializing in reproductive genetics for over 15 years. She is the founder of Tandem Genetics.
Tandem offers a nation-wide team of genetic counselors to make genetic counseling services accessible to patients seeking reproductive genetic, cancer genetic, wellness and other clinical genetic consultations. Tandem also provides genetic counseling and support services for laboratories and clinics. Pamela is also the Senior Director of Clinical Operations for Generate Life Sciences.
Prof Alan H Handyside MA PhD
Professor Alan Handyside with Prof Lord Robert Winston at Hammersmith Hospital, London achieved the first pregnancies worldwide following in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of inherited disease in 1990. He was the first chairman of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Special Interest Group in Reproductive Genetics and co-founder and first chairman of the ESHRE PGD Consortium.
Currently, Honorary Professor at the School of Biosciences, University of Kent in Canterbury, UK, Scientific Advisor (Genomics) with Vitrolife Sweden AB, Gothenburg, Sweden, ex-President of the International Society for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGDIS) and President of the International Society for Reproductive Genetics (ISRG). He is the founder of Preimplantation Genetics consultancy www.preimplantationgenetics.com where he is happy to provide general advice on PGT for patients and professionals.