More guest Speakers to be announced.
Prof. Oladapo Adenrele Ashiru
He discovered and reported the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) positive feedback mechanism in 1979. He pioneered the technique of In-Vitro fertilization and Embryo transfer in West Africa in 1983 (experimental), 1984 (human) co-pioneer of the first test-tube baby through IVF-ET in 1989. He also pioneered Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis for eliminating chromosomal abnormalities, Sickle cell disease in babies of sickle cell carrier couples, and family balancing. He has over 150 publications and four books.
Prof Ashiru is the CEO and Chief Medical Director of the MART Group of Health services consisting of the Medical ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) Center, the MART Diagnostic Center, the Mart Medicare (for High-Risk Obstetrics and Neonatal care), the Mart Life Detox Clinic (the first modern Mayr clinic in Africa), and the Institute of Assisted Reproductive Technology (for human resources training in ART). He has recently been selected for the 2022 Hallmark of Labour Foundation award for outstanding contribution to Medicine in Nigeria.
Prof. Sofiane Bendifallah
Ms. Rachel Cutting
Dr. Alan Hersh DeCherney
Dr. DeCherney completed a research fellowship in Immunology at the Lister Institute in London, England, followed by an internship in Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Currently, Dr. DeCherney is serving as Director of the Program in Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology and Chief, Reproductive Biology and Medicine Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health. A position he has held since 2006.
A pioneer when IVF was first performed successfully in the U.S, he was among a handful of physicians who treated some of the earliest patients. Dr. DeCherney has mentored more than 100 Reproductive Endocrinologists over the years.
Previously, Dr. DeCherney was the John Slate Ely Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine and the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Women’s Health Services; Dr. DeCherney was the Phaneuf Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine where he received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award.
He was the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1996 to 2006 and was Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1996 to 2002.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Past President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine; a Past President of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, and the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology. He is a Member of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society and a Past President of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. He is the recipient of the President’s Achievement Award from the Society of Gynecologic Investigation.
He was the Editor–in-Chief of the journal, Fertility and Sterility, from 1996 to 2011. He was an Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member of the New England Journal of Medicine and a Member of the Editorial Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. DeCherney served as a Member of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and is a Fellow Ad Eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, London.
Dr. DeCherney has been a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (NAM) since 2004 and was Chairperson of the NAM Interest Group on Maternal & Child & Human Development 2008 to 2010
Prof. Dr. Angela Maas
Prof. Edgar Mocanu
Dr. James Henry Olobo-Lalobo
Prof. Steven Ory
Prof. Anja Pinborg
Prof. Laura Francesca Rienzi
Dr. Filippo Maria Ubaldi
He is also Member of the Technical Table for in-depth study of issues related to medically assisted procreation, established by the Italian Ministry of Health on January 2023.
With academic degrees in Ob & Gyn, Masters in Andrology and Reproductive Medicine, PhD in Andrology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, he is also intensely dedicated to scientific activity.
Author and co-author >230 scientific papers with Scopus H-index of 56, he has been invited as speaker at >600 National and International congresses on the topic of Reproductive Medicine. Member of the ESHRE Executive Committee during 2005-2009, he has been Chairman of the 26th ESHRE Annual Meeting held in Rome in June 2010.
In 2008 he founded together with Prof. Laura Rienzi the Genera IVF centers, with 4 different locations in Italy, where he’s been Clinical Director.
In 2014 and 2019 he received the Italian National Scientific License as full Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and at the present is the Chairman of the Italian Society of Fertility and Sterility (SIFES).
In 2020, he was actively involved in the creation of GeneraLife, a network of >30 clinics in 5 different countries in Europe: the name GeneraLife was inspired by the group he founded 12 years before.
Prof. Andrea Whittaker
Former President : FOGSI, ISAR, IAGE, MOGS
Consultant Gynaecologist: Lilavati, Jaslok & Hinduja Health Care Hospitals, Mumbai
Honorary Fellowship – FRCOG- Royal College of Obstet & Gyn, London.
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Society for the Study of Reproduction – ISSRF in 2021 and from TAPISAR in 2022
2022- Power Women Award, by Governor Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.
2022 – Lokmath Health Mentor Award, by the Health Minister, Maharashtra
2021- Vidya Bhushan Award – ICOG
2020- Glorious Legend – FOGSI award, at the AICOG 2020
Has received various awards such as - Women Empowerment Award by IMA, Inspiring Gynaecologist of Western India, Midday Health Wellness Award, RK HIV Research Centre award, Bharat Nirman Award, 50 Outstanding Women in Health Care Award, Middle East Leadership Award, Women’s achievers award. Newsmakers Best Doctor award, The Navshakti Award, The GR8 Women Achievers award for excellence in the field of medicine
Has given 65 orations and Invited speaker at 450 national and international conferences.
Chapters in 70 books and published 42 articles in leading journals and other publications.
Current activity: ART Lab Director, Pregna Medicina Reproductiva, Buenos Aires, Argentina (www.pregna.com.ar)
Graduated as a Medical Doctor at the University of Buenos Aires Medical School (U.B.A.) in 1990, OBGyn residency at the Buenos Aires British Hospital, focusing on reproductive surgery and endoscopy. He moved to the US for a Postgraduate Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in 1995, at Huntington Reproductive Center, Pasadena, USA. Certified specialist in Ultrasound, Reproductive Medicine and Gynecological Endoscopy by the Argentinian Society for Reproductive Medicine (SAMeR). He held positions as Infertility Specialist at Buenos Aires British Hospital and in Fertilab Reproductive Medicine Center, in Buenos Aires. In 2007 he founded Pregna Reproductive Center, now performing over 2,500 IVF cycles a year. He was its Medical Director from 2007 to 2012, and since then, is responsible for the ART lab and Quality Control program.
Dr. Horton has presented more than 130 scientific lectures in local, regional and international meetings, has published 15 papers in local scientific publications, 8 in international peer-reviewed journals, and authored 4 chapters in scientific books. He has received 8 local and one international Prizes for papers presented in Scientific Meetings, and in 2012 received the Grant for Infertility Innovation by Merck, which was applied on research about embryo metabolomics. He has been Editor in Chief of the “Revista Latinoamericana de Reproducción Humana,” and is currently Associate Editor for Global Reproductive Health Journal, and Assistant Editor for IFFS Surveillance, a triennial publication by the IFFS, surveying practice of Reproductive Medicine around the globe.
He has a long standing career in the Argentinian Society for Reproductive Medicine (SAMeR), serving as Secretary, Vice-President and finally, President of the Society (2009-2011). He has also been President of its Scientific Committee, Accreditation Committee for ART Centers, and Co-Director of the Argentinian Registry for Assisted Reproduction (RAFA). From 2010 to 2016 he has been the Argentinian representative in IFFS (International Federation of Fertility Societies), an NSA (Non state actor) in official relations with the WHO (World Health Organization). He later served as Treasurer in the organization, during two presidential periods, from 2016 to 2022.
Currently, is President elect of the IFFS for the period 2025-2028. He has participated in the presentation of various bill proposals for an IVF law to the Argentinian Parliament, and currently serves as advisor for Argentina’s Ministry of Health, as a member of the Scientific Committee for the Assisted Reproduction National Program. Since 2016, he has been interested in medical software and is currently medical advisor for VRepro, an IVF application from Reprosoft, a software company based in Granada, Spain.
She is currently the professor of OBGY at the Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Navi Mumbai and teacher for super specialty degree (FNB), Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine, National Board, Delhi at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai. She is also the President Elect of the Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction (ISAR).
Prof. Guido Pennings
He is Guest Professor on "Ethics in Reproductive Medicine" at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Free University Brussels since 2009.
- past coordinator of the Special Interest Group on Ethics and Law of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE),
- member of the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics in Belgium
- chair of the Federal Commission on Medical and Scientific Research on Embryos in vitro
- advisor to the World Health Organisation (WHO)
- chair of the Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University.
Prof. Raoul Orvieto
Prof. Raoul Orvieto is a full professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and incumbent of the Tarnesby-Tarnowski Chair for Family Planning and Fertility Regulation, at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Prof. Orvieto is the director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, at the Sheba (Tel-Hashomer) Medical Center, Israel.
Since 2022, Prof. Orvieto is the president of the Israel Fertility association (IFA).
Prof. Orvieto is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology. He has been author and co-author of more than 400 publications in national and international journals. His scientific interests include various aspects of controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH). The role of GnRH-analogues, and specifically GnRH agonist versus antagonist in COH for IVF, pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT), triggering final follicular maturation and several aspects of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS): pathophysiology, prediction, prevention and its relation to the inflammatory response.
Prof. Dr. Marleen Temmerman
Founding Director of the International Centre of Reproductive Health (ICRH) at Ghent University with sister research organizations in Kenya and Mozambique, and a large global collaborative academic network of 27 Universities globally.
Strong academic and scientific background with over 600 publications and books in the area of women's health and rights, with a Hirsch index of 98 (google scolar). She supervised many PhD students in Europe, Africa, Latin-America and China and received several awards and honours for her research and advocacy work. Concurrent Professor Fudan University, National Institute Family Planning Research, China; Honorary appointments at University of the Western Cape, South-Africa, Free University Brussels, Belgium.
Elected Senator in the Belgian Parliament (2007) where she was member of the Commission on Social Affairs, and Chair of the Commission on Foreign Affairs. In that capacity, she was member of the European Parliamentary Forum and Chair of the HIV/AIDS Advisory Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Member of the iERG (independent expert review group), installed by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, to raise the accountability in the 'Every Woman, Every Child' platform to accelerate MDG 4 and 5. She is one of the penholders of the UN Global Strategy for Women's, Children and Adolescents' Health 2016-2030, launched by the UNSG and partners in September 2015, transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs.
Affiliations and Memberships: Professor-Emeritus Ghent University, Belgium; Chair, Health management Board of Pumwani Maternity Hospital, Nairobi County, Kenya; Scientific Advisory Committee of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP); FIGO committee for Human Rights, Refugees and Violence against Women; UNFPA Global Advisory Council; WHO Expert Advisory Group on Cervical Cancer Elimination; AU-EU Advisory Group on Research and Innovation in Health; Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the post-2015 world; Lancet Standing Commission on Adolescent Health; Board member of PMNCH, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; Board member of CUGH, Consortium of Universities Global Health.
Selected awards: American Academy Arts and Sciences 2022; Moran of the Burning Spear, awarded by HE President Kenyatta, 2020; U2- recognition as Women Leader by Bono during his 2017 Joshua Tree Tour in Brussels 'Women of the World Unite', 2017; FIGO Distinguished Merit Award, Vancouver, 2015; Top 100 Women Leaders in Global Health, The Graduate Institute/Global Health Program, Switzerland, 2015; BMJ Lifetime Achievement Award 2010.
Prof. Carlos Simón
His main clinical and scientific interest is in the understanding of the human embryonic implantation process, a critical process to the survival of the species, considering as key elements the embryo, the maternal endometrium, and the cross-communication between them.
In human endometrial research, his group identified the transcriptomic signature of human endometrial receptivity using microarray technology (PMID: 20619403) and its confirmation by single-cell RNA seq (PMID: 32929266). Clinical translation of this work resulted in the creation of the endometrial receptivity analysis (ERA) for the diagnosis of the personalized window of implantation in infertile patients. His team provided evidence of a decidualization defect in the endometrium of women with severe preeclampsia, a pathology detectable at the time of delivery and persisting for years (PMC: 5635883), further discovering the footprint encoding this defect (PMC: 8553341). Also, they demonstrated that the human uterine cavity is not sterile, by identifying the existence of the endometrial microbiome (PMID: 27717732)) and its functional implications in pregnancy outcome in infertile patients (PMC: 8725275).Further, they investigated the existence and the functional proof of concept of human endometrial stem cells. Today, these findings are being translated to the first advanced cellular therapy of Asherman Syndrome ((PMID: 27005892)(EudraCT Number: 2016-003975-23)).
For the human embryo, he has created a prediction model for aneuploidy in early embryo development revealed by single-cell analysis (PMID: 26151134), deciphered the clinical impact of embryo mosaicism (PMCID: PMC8715143), and discovered the origin, and composition of human embryo-cell free DNA (PMID: 29471395) and its clinical translation (PMID: 32470458)). His team derived, characterized, and registered 10 human embryonic stem cell lines in the Spanish National Stem Cell Bank. (PMID: 20018958). His pioneering work in this field made possible the creation of the Valencia Node of the Spanish Stem Cell Bank in 2004. Finally, the cross-communication between maternal endometrium and the embryo (PMID: 29390102) has been addressed by discovering that maternal microRNAs (miRNAs) that might act as transcriptomic modifier of the pre-implantation embryo (PMID: 26395145).
His commitment to excellence in research is demonstrated by the publication of 528 papers (Pubmed) in peer-reviewed journals with an accumulated impact factor of 3,826.24. His papers have received a total of 46,140 citations. His Google Scholar is 123. He is editor of 21 books in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and supervisor of 38 PhD Thesis. His work has been awarded by several scientific societies including SGI/SRI (see SRI related CV) and institutions including the Rey Jaime I Medical Research Award 2011, the ASRM Distinguished Research Award 2016, and the Lilly Foundation Biomedical Research Award 2021.
Pubmed Publication List: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/simon_c
ResearchID: G-2186-2014. http://www.researcherid.com/rid/G-2186-2014
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.es/citations?user=nA_MhRMAAAAJ&hl=es
Personal Website: www.carlos-simon.com
Prof. Luk RombautsPhD FRANZCOG MD CREI
Medical Director Monash IVF Group President of the World Endometriosis Society
Prof Rombauts is the President of the Fertility Society of Australia and President of the World Endometriosis Society. He also serves as a board member with the World Endometriosis Research Foundation.
Prof. Baris Ata
Prof. Philippe J. DescampsFIGO Vice President
Professor Descamps was elected as the French representative to the FIGO Council 2015 – 2021. He has sat on the Minimal Access Surgery Committee (2018 – 2021) and was a member of FIGO's Strategic Planning Committee (2020 – 2021).
At a national level, Professor Descamps has supported the French National College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (CNGOF) by serving as the President of its International Relations Committee (2012 – present) and a member of its Board and Bureau (2005 – present). In addition, he was the Vice-President of the French Society of Gynaecological and Pelvic Surgery (SCGP) between 2011 and 2021.
Prof. Joyce Harper
She has worked in the fields of fertility, genetics and reproductive science since 1987, written over 240 scientific papers and published three books. She started her career as an embryologist, then moved into reproductive science and genetics. Now she is researching into fertility and reproductive health education, FemTech, IVF add-ons, gamete donation, the menopause and cold water swimming and reproductive health.
Joyce is a passionate educator at all levels, from the general public to PhD students. She is invited to numerous international meetings, including key note and plenary lectures. She regularly appears on TV, radio and in the press. She gives talks for companies to understand fertility issues in the workplace, including the menopause. In 2022, she is giving free talks in UK schools to discuss fertility education.
She is founder of Reproductive Health at Work, helping companies ensure that the reproductive health needs of their staff are catered for https://joyceharper.com/repro-at-work/
She is co-founder of the UK Fertility Education Initiative (www.fertilityed.uk) and founder of the International Fertility Education Initiative (www.eshre.eu/ifei).
Her latest book, Your Fertile Years, What you need to know to make informed choices, has been published by JOHN MURRAY PRESS, SHELDON PRESS and signed copies can be ordered from www.joyceharper.com.
Her new podcast is called Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me This? Available on all podcast channels.
She is a cold-water swimmer and a member of the Reproductive Health and Cold-Water Swimming research team. She is an ambassador for This Girl Can.
Further information – www.joyceharper.com
Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok and Linkedin - @ProfJoyceHarper
Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej
She is also the Chairperson of Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit (MARS), President of Merck Foundation Alumni and Chairperson of Africa Reproductive Care Society -ARCS.
She has been awarded with the Doctorate of Letters (D.Litt) Honoris Causa by the Krishna World University for her efforts and commitment towards Women Empowerment, Girl Education and Patient care transformation in Africa and other developing nations.
Under her leadership, Merck Foundation has been recognized as the 2022 NGO of the Year, the Most Influential NGO Shaping Africa's Future.
Rasha Kelej was born in February 1972 in Egypt. She holds a degree in Pharmacy from Alexandria University and MBA from Robert Gordon University, Scotland. Rasha Kelej has more than 29 years of experience in the International Biopharmaceutical Industry and Healthcare & Social Development, having joined the industry in 1994. Rasha Kelej joined Merck in 1996 where she has undertaken many leading commercial roles. In this position, she led the development and formation of Merck Foundation; the philanthropic arm of Merck Germany as a nonprofit organization established in 2017.
However, since 2012 and before Merck Foundation formation, Rasha Kelej has developed many impactful programs such as Capacity Advancement Program, Cancer Access Program, More Than a Mother, Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI), Educating Linda program, Diabetes Blue Points Program, and STEM program for women and youth.
These programs are focused on building healthcare capacity and transforming patient care landscape through providing scholarships of training in 36 critical and underserved medical specialties in Africa and developing countries (More than 1500 scholarships were provided for doctors from 50 countries till end of 2022).
Moreover, these programs contribute to improving access to health, information, change of mindset, empowering women and supporting girl education in Africa.
One of the most successful programs that Rasha Kelej created and presided is the historic campaign "More Than a Mother" and its innovative initiatives which aims to empower childless and infertile women through access to information, health, change of mindset and economic empowerment.
Over the past five years, she worked closely with 20 African First Ladies as Ambassadors of Merck Foundation "More Than a Mother" in their countries, to break the infertility stigma, empower infertile women, and support girl education.
Some of the initiatives of "More Than a Mother" campaign include Health Media Training, Media Recognition Awards, Fashion Awards, Song Awards, and Film Awards. She is also working closely with local artists to develop local songs to break infertility stigma, empowering women and support girl education in their communities.
She has successfully established strong partnerships with more than 20 African First Ladies, Governments, Ministries of Health, Gender, Education, Information & Communication, Academia, Global & Local Medical Societies, Media, Art and Not for profits Organizations from 50 countries, which has contributed significantly to the success of their programs.
Rasha Kelej has conceptualized, produced, directed, and hosted a first-of-its-kind TV program "Our Africa by Merck Foundation" to be the voice of the voiceless and break the silence about a wide range of critical social and health challenges in Africa such as: Breaking Infertility Stigma, Ending Child Marriage, Supporting Girl Education, Women Empowerment, Stopping GBV, Ending FGM and Diabetes, among other social and health issues affecting the continent, through the "Fashion and Art with Purpose" Community established in 2021. The TV program has been broadcasted on TV channels in many African countries.
Prof. Bart CJM Fauser
He is a Fellow ad Eundum of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG), Honorary member of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), scientific director of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS), international member of the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM), Night in the order of the Netherlands Lion, past member of the board of the Dutch Medical Research Counsel (ZonMW), and past Editor in Chief of Reproductive Biomedicine Online (RBMO), and Human Reproduction Update.
He previously held posts as a Fulbright scholar at the University of California, San Diego; visiting professorships at Stanford University School of Medicine (California, USA), Free University of Brussels (Belgium), University of Siena (Italy), University of Southampton (UK), and the University of Adelaide (Australia). He is a past chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) steering committee for infertility guidelines.
His major research interests include the pathophysiology of human ovarian function (especially PCOS, and POI), ovarian stimulation, IVF and women's health (including contraception, menopause and healthy aging). He has published over 500 peer-review articles, and is one of the most cited (Hirsch factor > 110) authors in reproductive medicine worldwide. He has acted as the editor of multiple textbooks, lectured all around the world and his work has been widely covered in the national and international news media.
Prof. Zijiang Chen
She has also led a series of RCTs in assisted reproduction (ART) field and made numerous transformative and original findings. She has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles as the corresponding author in journals including N Engl J Med, Lancet, Nature, Cell, Science, Nat Med, Nat Genet, PNAS, etc. As an invited speaker, she has presented in many international conferences, including those organized by the IFFS, FIGO, WARM, and ESHRE. She is currently the Envoy to International Organizations of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS).
Dr. Jeanne Conry
Prof. Christos Coutifaris
Prof. Marie-Madeleine Dolmans
Dr. Cristina Hickman
Lecturer at Imperial College London; Chief Scientific Officer at Apricity, Chief Clinical Officer at Faurtility; Chief Operational Officer at OvomCare and owner and co-founder of Avenues and Aria Fertility and Ovom Care.
Prof. Ben W. Mol
Ben came to Australia in 2014 and works as Professor Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Monash University since 2018. Ben is holding continuous NHMRC funding since 2014, including a prestigious investigator grant. He continues to develop extensive relations with Asian universities whilst continuing to collaborate within European networks. Ben has mentored >123 PhD students and has published >1590 papers, many in high impact journals. A publication in Nature acknowledged Ben as one of the most prolific medical scientists. His professional adage is 'A day without randomisation is a day without progress.
Prof. Carmen Sapienza
Paul J. Turek MD, FACS, FRSMDirector, The Turek Clinics
Dr. Turek attended Yale College, followed by Stanford Medical School. After a urology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Turek was fellowship trained at Baylor College of Medicine. His over 200 publications have advanced our knowledge of stem cells, fertility genetics, Sperm Mapping and the epidemiology of men's reproductive health. He is Past-President of the American Society of Andrology and the Society of Male Reproduction and Urology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Société Internationale d'Urologie and the Royal Society of Medicine (U.K). He has consistently been voted a "Top Doctor" by seven national accrediting agencies for the last decade.
Dr. Turek has received an NIH grant to develop an artificial testicle. He is a consultant to Healthcare 2.0 organizations, is a board member of several non-profits, and regularly advises the NIH, the CDC and The White House. Dr Turek maintains an award-winning blog on men's health issues (www.TurekonMensHealth.com) and is syndicated contributor to WedMD. His hobbies include vintage cars and longboard surfing.
Manuel Viotti, PhD, HCLD (ABB)
Prof. Han Zhao
Zhao, Han is a professor, chief physician of Shandong University. She is currently the deputy director of the Key Laboratory of Reproductive Endocrinology of the Ministry of Education, and the vice president of the Reproductive Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University. She also holds multiple positions such as Deputy Secretary General of the Reproductive Medicine Branch of the National Association for the Promotion of Health Care Exchange, Vice Chairman of the Reproductive Medicine Professional Youth Committee of the Chinese Medical Doctor Association, and Vice Chairman of the Adolescent Medicine Professional Committee of the Shandong Medical Doctor Association et al.
She has been mainly engaged in research on the pathogenesis of reproductive disorders and assisted reproductive technology. In recent years, she has published more than 80 papers in journals such as NEJM, Nature, Science, Nat Genet, Cell Res, AJHG, and PNAS. She has presided over ten projects including the National Key Research and Development Plan (Chief) and the National Natural Science and Technology Major Project. She has won the Youth Science and Technology Award of the Chinese Medical Association, the Youth Science Award of the Huo Yingdong Education Fund, and the Wu Mengchao Medical Youth Award.
Prof. Yan Yuan
Yan Yuan is a female professor and doctoral supervisor, born in 1987 and based at the State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Medicine at Nanjing Medical University. She is a recipient of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars and is widely recognized as a young medical talent in Jiangsu Province.
Yan's research is focused on the differentiation of embryonic stem cells (ESC) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), as well as the reconstruction of testicular organs and the mechanisms of germ cell development. She has made significant breakthroughs in the in vitro meiosis of male germ cells. Notably, Yan achieved the world's first successful generation of healthy offspring through gene correction in infertile mice and has established specialized reproductive cells and in vitro meiosis in primates to study human testicular organ development.
Yan has published numerous research papers in high-impact international journals such as Cell Stem Cell, Cell Research, and Cell Proliferation. In recognition of her contributions, Yan has been invited to present her findings at various international conferences and has received awards such as the Lalor Foundation Merit Award Winner and Best International Abstract.
Dr. Alessandro Conforti
Dr. Alessandro Conforti obtained his MD degree in 2009 and in 2010 he was a Clinical Visitor at IVF at Hammersmith Hospital, London UK directed by Mr Stuart Lavery. During his specialization training, he worked in the Minimally Invasive Therapy Unit & Endoscopy Training Center at the Royal Free Hospital as Clinical Research Fellow under the guidance of Mr Adam Magos, Consultant Gynaecologist, from 2012 to 2013. During this period, he worked as Clinical Research Fellow in the Fetal Medicine Unit under the guidance of Mr Demetrios Economides, Head of the Fetal Medicine Unit, at the Royal Free Hospital, London. He acquired his specialty in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2015. In 2017, he obtained his PhD from the University of Naples “Federico II” with a thesis in Neuroscience and Reproductive Medicine devoted to the role of genetic variants of gonadotropins and their receptors in controlled ovarian stimulation. From 2019, he is assistant professor in Obstetric and Gynecology at University of Naples Federico II. Dr Conforti research interests focus on Minimally Invasive and Reproductive Gynecological Surgery, Reproductive Medicine, Reproductive genetics, ART and Oncofertility. He has served as ad hoc reviewer for many international journals and was author or co-author of several articles published in international peer-reviewed journals.
Prof. David Adamson
David Adamson, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACS is an internationally recognized reproductive endocrinologist and surgeon, Adjunct Clinical Professor at Stanford University and Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco. He has over 300 scientific publications and has lectured extensively internationally on infertility, endometriosis, ART, SET, ART registries, evidence-based care and access to care.
Dr. Adamson has been president of many professional societies, including ASRM, Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and AAGL. He is Chair of the International Committee Monitoring ART (ICMART), an NGO in official relations with WHO, President of the World Endometriosis Research Foundation (WERF), a Board member of the IFFS, Past Chair of the FIGO Committee on Reproductive Medicine, and a consultant expert to WHO.
Dr. Adamson is the Founder and CEO of ARC Fertility, dedicated to increased access to family-forming care by making ART affordable through employer benefits and personal financial solutions. He serves on editorial, government, industry and consumer advisory boards. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to reproductive medicine.
Prof. Yingying Qin
Dr. Yingying Qin graduated from Shandong University of China in 2007 and joined Center of Reproductive Medicine, Shandong University. Her interests lie in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), Reproductive Endocrinology and Reproductive Genetics. She is a Professor and Chief Physician in Reproductive Medicine.
Dr. Qin has focused on the etiology and therapeutics of premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) for over 15 years. Based on the clinical practice and large clinical biobank, Dr. Qin has studied the genetic mechanism of POI. She participated in the findings of causative genes of POI, including POF5, POF6, POF11 and POF13. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers as first/co-first or correspondence author in highly-regarded journals, such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Medicine, Nucleic Acids Research and Genetics in Medicine et al. Dr. Qin has been the recipient of Programs supported by the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars, Outstanding Young Scholars, National Key Research & Developmental Program of China et al.
Assoc. Prof. Lan N Vuong MD, PhD
Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City
Senior Consultant, IVFMD, My Duc Hospital
Ho Chi Minh City
Dr. Vuong is a lecturer and gynecologist from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She was one of the pioneers of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in Vietnam, starting in 1997. Dr Vuong is currently Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Her areas of research activity include ovulation induction in low body weight patients, ovarian stimulation in low response patients, ovarian reserve, in-vitro oocyte maturation (IVM), frozen embryo transfer.
Dr. Vuong has authored more than 90 publications in international scientific journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Human Reproduction, and Fertility & Sterility... and has been an invited speaker at several regional and international meetings.
Professor Dame Lesley Regan
She was the 30th President of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) (2016-2019). During her tenure as PRCOG she co-chaired the National Women’s Health Task Force with Jackie Doyle-Price MP (then Health Minister) and authored “Better for Women”, a hard hitting RCOG report which promotes a life-course approach to the delivery of women’s health services.
Having graduated from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London in 1980, Professor Regan pursued her training at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where she first became enthused by clinical and laboratory research, completing her MD on miscarriage. She went on to set up the world’s largest recurrent miscarriage clinic at St Mary’s Hospital in London.
In 2015 she received a Doctorate of Science from University College London for her contribution to women's health. In 2020 she was awarded a DBE for her services to women’s health in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Dr. Rita Vassena
DVM and PhD University of Milan, Italy
Dr. Vassena is the co-founder and director of Fecundis, a company dedicated to the development of innovative treatments for infertility. Before this position, Dr. Vassena has been the global Scientific Director of the Eugin Group. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of reproduction with more than 110 publications in peer reviewed international journals and book chapters. Dr. Vassena is Co-director of the international Master in Human Assisted Reproductive Technology from the University Pompeu Fabra. Dr. Vassena is also a former member of the Executive Committee of ESHRE (European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology), the largest international scientific society dedicated to human reproduction and embryology. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Spanish Fertility Society and is an advisor to several startup companies in the fertility space.
Dr. Luis Navarro Sánchez
Professor William Ledger MA, DPhil, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, CREI
He directed clinical services in Reproductive Medicine in Aberdeen UK for 25 years until his retirement.
He is a former chair of the British Fertility Society and presently Chairs the Board of Trustees of the Society.
He has run numerous workshops for IFFS and has been active in the development of IFFS Academy on-line learning resources.
Ricardo Loret de Mola
Basil C. Tarlatzis, MD, PhD, FRCOG (hon)
President of the European Board & College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG)
Regional Trustee - Europe, FIGO Board of Trustees
Past Chairman of the 1st Dept of Obstetrics & Gynecology, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Past Vice President of the Council of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Past Dean and Vice Dean, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Past Deputy Chairman of the National Authority of Medically Assisted Reproduction, Greece
Past Chairman of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE)
Past President of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS)
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Dutch-speaking Brussels Free University (AZ-VUB)
International Award in Gynecology (Premio Internazionale per la Ginecologia) "Arnaldo Bruno", Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Italy
Honorary Member, Society Obstetriciorum-Ginecologiae Romaniae
Honorary Member, Societas Romana Humanae Assistentis Propagationis
Honorary Member, Societae de Ginecologie Endocrinologica din Romania
Doctor Honoris Causa, Ovidius University, Romania
"ASRM Service Award", American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
"Fellow ad Eundem" Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (RCOG)
Award "G. Kotzias", Hellenic Society of Physiology, Greece
Honorary Award from the Hellenic Union of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
"Excellence in Academic work in Health Sciences", Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Honorary Award, Teloglion Fine Arts Foundation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
"Honorary Member" International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS)
"Excellence in Research", School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Honorary Award "In recognition of the great Scientific Contribution", Egyptian Fertility and Sterility Society (EFSS)
Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Patras, Greece (2022)
Corresponding Member (Honorary Fellow) of the German Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (DGGG – 2022)
"Medalla Jose M. Dexeus" Award, "In recognition of his scientific and professional body of work on behalf of women's health", Dexeus Hospital, Barcelona, Spain (2022)
2022 BMA Medical Book Award in OB/GYN for the EBCOG Post-Graduate Textbook
Member of the ESHRE Task Force on Ethics and Law (1999 – 2015)
Chairman of the ESHRE Ethics Committee (2016- 2018) and currently member
Past Chairman of the Ethics Committee, School of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Deputy Editor Human Reproduction Update
Editorial Board Member of 14 international and 7 Greek scientific journals
Editor / Co-Editor in 5 international scientific books
Member of 18 international and 24 Greek scientific Societies
Participation in more than 943 international and national Congresses
Member of the Organising / Scientific Committee in 325 Congresses
165 Abstracts in international Congresses and 100 in Greek Congresses
369 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals of Pubmed
H-index 87, Citations 39,705 (Google Scholar, Μay 2023)
30 papers in scientific journals not in Pubmed and 85 in Greek journals
53 chapters in international books (Editor in 5 books and Section Editor in 1)
and 32 in Greek books
Prof. Linda Giudice
The genesis of chromosome abnormalities in human gametes, design and application of novel methodologies aimed to improve embryological parameters, outcomes after in vitro fertilization, the identification of patient characteristic traits that could affect fertility and infertility, and the way that climate change could affect reproductive capacity are Dr. Fragouli’s main research interests.
Dr. Fragouli has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, and book chapters. She is currently a member of the editorial boards of Human Reproduction Update, Fertility and Sterility, and Reproductive BioMedicine Online and a reviewer for a number of journals, including those mentioned above. Dr. Fragouli has received multiple awards for her work, including the New England Fertility Society-PCRS Exchange Prize (2007), the ESHRE Basic Science Prize (2011), and the ASRM SART Prize (2015). She is also a frequently invited speaker at national and international conferences on subjects related to reproductive biology and the genetics of early human development.
Prof. Helen Picton, BSc Ph.D, FRSB.
Christian M. Becker
As an Honorary Consultant and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery working at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, he is the clinical lead for endometriosis, pelvic pain, fertility and adolescent gynaecology.
Christian is also the co-director of the Endometriosis CaRe Centre leading a comprehensive basic, translational and clinical research program in the University.
Christian is the current Chair of the ESHRE Endometriosis Guideline Development Group which has just been published and a member of the NICE Guideline for Endometriosis.
Dr. Svetlana Rechitsky
Prof. Andrea R. Genazzani
Alison McTavish RN,RM
Alison was a founder member of the Senior Infertility Nurses Group - which provides peer support, guidance and encouragement to its members, promotes education and training for all fertility nurses working and caring for individuals seeking fertility treatment.
Alison worked with Scottish Government since 2011 to produce national criteria to ensure equity of service throughout the country. Alison was the first and only nurse to hold the position of Secretary of the British Fertility Society (BFS) and is currently a Trustee of the BFS, and a Trustee of Progress Educational Trust.
Alison is passionate about nurse education to ensure patients receive high quality care throughout their investigations and treatments. Alison is working with the International Federation of Fertility Societies to promote nurse education in Nigeria, Ghana and Costa Rica. She is also part of the faculty delivering IFFS training courses on specific topics or curricula organized and made available through IFFS website by means of a dedicated platform.
Her recent work includes challenging the boundaries of global health, advocating for accountability in the decolonization of global health and international development, and expanding opportunities to diversify the voices of contributors to global debates and decision making – particularly in evidence generation, policy and programme implementation within the UN system, with governments, NGOs and the academic community.
Dr Allotey is a triple-certified nurse, midwife and public health nurse with a multidisciplinary background in clinical health sciences, implementation research, anthropology, and epidemiology. She holds a PhD in Public Health and a MMedSci in Community Health from the University of Western Australia, and a BA in Nursing and Psychology from the University of Ghana, Legon. Bringing over three decades of experience as a global public health researcher, Dr Allotey has published extensively including on: sexual and reproductive health; harmful traditional practices; gender, sex and disease; migrants and refugees; health systems research; implementation research, and community engagement.
Prior to joining WHO, Dr Allotey was Director of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Originally from Ghana, her previous posts include: Professor of Public Health and Deputy Head of School (Research) at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University (Malaysia); founding Associate Director of the South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO Malaysia); Professor of Race, Diversity and Professional Practice, Brunel University (United Kingdom).
Dr Allotey Co-Chairs the Lancet Commission on Gender and Global Health and is a former Co-Chair of the HRP Gender and Rights Advisory Panel.
Kanad Dev Nayar
Sr. Consultant & HOD
Akanksha IVF Centre,
Mata Chanan Devi Hospital , New Delhi
President: Indian Fertility Society 2022 2024
Convenor: Education Committee, IFS 2018- 2022
Chairman: Infertility Committee AOGD 2016- 2018
- 25 International presentations in ASRM meetings since 2006 - 24 International presentations in ESHRE meeting since 2017
ASRM Star Award 2020 , 2021& 2022
FOGSI Achiever Award –April 2023
Dr. Gianaroli has always been an active member of several national and international scientific societies in which he has covered and currently covers roles of primary importance.
In 2009-2011, he served as Chairman of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).
In 2014 he was appointed as Fellow ad eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
In 2017, he was one of the founders of the Fondazione PMA.Italia (PMA.Italia Foundation), of which he is currently the Vice-President. From 2016 to 2021 he served as coordinator of the Steering Committee of the ESHRE ART Centre Certification Program.
At present, he is the Director of Global Educational Programs of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS).
With reference to academic activities, throughout his professional career Dr. Gianaroli collaborated with several universities in Italy (Università degli Studi di Teramo, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Università degli Studi di Trieste, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Università di Bologna) and abroad (Leuven University in Belgium, Monash University in Australia and Geneva University in Switzerland). He served as Honorary Professor at the School of Biosciences of the University of Kent between 2014 and May 2022. In 2014 he obtained the Italian Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale (National Scientific License) as Full Professor, which was renewed in 2020.
Dr. Gianaroli is author of more than 290 papers in international scientific journals and publisher or co-publisher of 9 books.
Prof. Stratis Kolibianakis
Professor Kolibianakis has published several chapters in books, 190 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals (PUBMED, 3/2023), has 9346 citations (SCOPUS, 3/2023) and a Hirsch Index of 55 (SCOPUS, 3/2023). Professor Kolibianakis has given more than 200 lectures at international meetings and has been on the editorial boards of Human Reproduction (2005-2009), BJOG (2017-2020), RBMOnline (2009-present), Fertility-Sterility (2011-present) and F&S Science (2020-2021).
He has served as the the coordinator of the Special Interest Group Reproductive Endocrinology (SIG RE) of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) (2013-2015) and as the Chair of Special Interest Groups Committee of ESHRE (2017-2019).
Evangelos Makrakis MD, PhD
Scientific Director of 'HYGEIA IVF - Embryogenesis'
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Specialist in Assisted Reproduction
Dr. Edem K. Hiadzi
In recognition of his continuous strive for excellence Dr Edem Hiadzi has received several awards which include, Best Enterprise Award 2018 from the Global Club of Leaders, BID International Star for Quality Award – Gold Category 2017, Overall Best Fertility Hospital of the year 2017 from the West African Clinical Alliance Awards, the Most Out-standing Private Hospital of the year from the Quality Service Excellence Awards, 2nd most respected CEO in the Health Sector from the Ghana Industry CEO Awards, Outstanding Fertility and Family Hospital from the 10th African Health CEO's and Legends Awards and Private Hospital of the year from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana (CIMG); Healthcare Provider of the Year 2022 from the Ghana Business Awards, Healthcare CEO of the year 2023 from the Ghana CEO Network and Awards among others.
In 2021, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Hiadzi led the Lister Hospital Assisted Conception team to become the first hospital to undertake pre-implantation genetic diagnosis for couples with the sickle cell trait, in Ghana. For this achievement he received the award for pioneering innovation in healthcare at the Future of Healthcare Summit 2021 held in August of the same year.
Dr Hiadzi is very passionate about issues affecting women's health and male infertility and continues to work tirelessly to bring advancement in these fields; to provide hope to patients all over Ghana.
Prof. Chris Barratt
Professor Barratt is Head of the Reproductive Medicine Group at the University of Dundee as well as a clinical scientist (Hon) with NHS Tayside. He graduated with an Honours degree in Zoology and then completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (University of Wales, Swansea). His PhD, also in Zoology, was under the supervision of Jack Cohen at the University of Birmingham. Professor Barratt has been awarded a number of honours for outstanding contributions to the discipline e.g. Young Andrologist of the Year (American Andrology Society), the Professor Sir Robert Edwards keynote lecture at ESHRE. He was awarded a DSc from University of Birmingham and has a h index of 57 (Scopus 2022). Professor Barratt is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
He is a regularly invited speaker at national and international scientific conferences/workshops. He was a member of the WHO Male Fertility Semen Analysis Taskforce (for both the 4th and 5th editions) and director of the WHO (2012-2017) Male Fertility Expert Working Group which devised a new system for the diagnosis and treatment of the infertile male. He was a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for 6 years until 2009.
Professor Barratt was a member of the editorial board of WHO for development of new Semen Analysis manual (6th edition, publication date late 2021) and published the global WHO guidelines for semen reference ranges.
He has been on the Editorial Board numerous journals. Currently he is a member of the Editorial board of Physiological Reviews. And is a member of the reviewing editors for Science (AAAS) https://www.science.org/
Professor Barratt is involved in the Global Initiative on Male Reproductive Health.
Christos A. Venetis
Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist,
Centre for Big Data Research in Health & School of Women’s & Children’s Health, UNSW Medicine & Health
NHMRC Early Career Fellow
Christos Venetis obtained his degree in Medicine (2003) from the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.TH), Greece. Subsequently, he attended the post-graduate studies program of the same School, from which he obtained his Master of Science in “Medical Research Methodology” (2006) and his PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (2014) with the Highest Distinction. In 2013 he also obtained a Master of Science in Healthcare Management from the Hellenic Open University. He completed his training in OB/Gyn (2012) and his Subspecialty training in Reproductive Medicine (2014) at the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Medical School of A.U.Th. He moved to Australia in 2014 and he is currently an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. In 2018 he was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Early Career Fellowship for his work on the health of mother and babies after assisted reproduction technology. Christos is currently working in Centre for Big Data Research in Health where he combines his clinical background and his epidemiological skills with the power of big data to improve outcomes of patients undergoing IVF.
Dr. Venetis is considered a leading international expert in reproductive medicine and reproductive epidemiology with a particular interest in ovarian stimulation, reproductive endocrinology and endometrial receptivity. He leads a number of clinical research projects, including multicentric randomised controlled trials and has strong collaborative ties with researchers in Europe and Asia. He is an author of more than 95 publications in international scientific journals (h-index: 30) that have been widely cited and of several chapters in books. He is among the top 2% most cited researchers globally in Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine in 2019. Christos has been an invited speaker in >100 international scientific meetings and he enjoys sharing knowledge and interacting with colleagues from all parts of the world.
Christos is a passionate advocate of evidence based medicine and he strives for better research methods in contemporary clinical research. He has been a member of the Editorial Board of Human Reproduction since 2008 and is a regular reviewer for most scientific journal of Reproductive Medicine but also of journals of more general interest such as the BMJ, PLOS Medicine etc.
Dr. Eileen M. Manalo
Dr. Manalo is currently a Professor VII at the Department of OB-Gyn of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, where she served as the chief of the section of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility from 2007 to 2013 and from 2015 to 2018, and Chief of Service from 2013 to 2015. She is a founding member and was president of the Philippine Society for Reproductive Medicine in 2009. She served as the youngest president of the Philippine Society for Climacteric Medicine in 2008. She was a former member of the board of trustees of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. She was a member of the Philippine Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2006-2007, and 2018-2020. She is a founding member and currently vice-president of the newly established Philippine Society for Fertility Preservation (2019-2022). She also served as board of trustees in the Philippine Society for Gynecologic Endoscopy from 2013 to 2018. She is a member of the International Editorial Board and Reviewers of the Fertility and Sterility Journal of Bangladesh. She is currently also an Associate Editor of the official journal of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE), Fertility & Reproduction (F&R), and peer reviewer for several international scientific journals including BMC Women’s Health.
She served in the Scientific Committee of the IFSS (2019-2022), and has recently been elected as Assistant Secretary General of the IFSS (International Federation of Fertility Societies) for the years 2022-2025.
She has contributed to several clinical practice guidelines and local book chapters on the Menopause, Infertility, Endometriosis, Myomas and Adenomyosis, PCOS, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss.
She is a well known fertility and reproductive specialist in the country with a very busy practice. She has delivered many local and international lectures and webinars on Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Repeated Implantation Failures, Endometriosis and Adenomyosis, PCOS, Premature Ovarian Insufficiency, Menopause and HRT, Androgens in the Menopause, ART, Fertility Preservation and Gynecologic Endoscopy, among others.
Terhi Piltonen MD, Ph.D.
Dr. med. Rudi CampoLife Expert Centre MIS Academy Europe, Leuven, Belgium
He speaks fluently several European languages, such as Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish.
Rudi Campo is one of the international recognized hysteroscopic surgeons with a major experience in hysteroscopic uterine, reconstructive surgery and hysteroscopic trans endometrial myometrial exploration.
His current research interests are in the field of reproductive assisted technologies, endoscopic surgery and training and education. Among other activities in different European societies he is committee member of the standing committee for training and assessment of the EBCOG, European Board & College Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Past President of the ESGE European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy and member of the special task force ART in developing countries and SIG reproductive surgery of the ESHRE European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology. Furthermore he is one of the founders of The European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery to encourage the exchange of clinical experience, scientific thoughts and investigation among gynaecological endoscopists and practitioners, to establish an apolitical body for scientific research and standardization.
Prof. George PadosProfessor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Director of the Centre for Endoscopic Surgery “Diavalkaniko” Hospital, Thessaloniki Greece
Prof. Vasilios TanosProfessor in ObGyn, Medical School, University of Nicosia
He teaches at Medical School of Nicosia University and undertakes his research at the departments of Computer Science, eHealth Lab and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Cyprus. His special interest and research focus on reproductive surgery and bioinformatics.
He is one of the European Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE) executive board members, the Scientific Director of the European Academy for Gynaecological Surgery (EAGS) and Chairs the GESEA program (Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery Education and Assessment) by ESGE.
Past Co-ordinator of the ESHRE Certification Reproductive Endoscopic Surgery (ECRES) and past coordinator of the RS SIG in ESHRE. Ex-Secretary General of ESGE and past vice president of the MESGE. He published over 300 articles in international scientific journals, books, web video presentations and 290 oral presentations in International Scientific meetings, from which 190 as invited speaker. He operated as invited surgeon and instructor in many different countries in Central Europe and Asia.
Prof. Grigoris F. GrimbizisProfessor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Samantha M. Pfeifer MD
Dr Pfeifer's clinical and research interests are in Mullerian anomalies, reproductive surgery, and female infertility and fertility preservation. She is recognized as an expert in the surgical correction of Mullerian anomalies. She has held numerous positions within American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) including Member of the ASRM Board of Directors, the Publications Committee, President of the Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS), and Chair of the Practice Committee that sets the ASRM guidelines for clinical practice of our society, publishing over 60 guidelines and opinions in the area of reproductive medicine. Dr Pfeifer was chair of the ASRM Mullerian Anomaly Task Force that that developed and published the new ASRM Mullerian Anomalies Classification (MAC) and the MAC2021 on line interactive tool. She has published peer reviewed articles and chapters on topics in reproductive medicine and surgery and has served as an invited speaker at numerous meetings and courses in Europe, Asia and North America.
Prof. Athanasios ProtopapasProfessor of Obstetrics-Gynecology & Endoscopic Surgery at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Dr. Jessica Opoku-Anane is a Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon at Columbia University Medical Center In New York. She is the Director of the Comprehensive Endometriosis and Chronic Pelvic Pain Program and a provider in the Center for Research and Advanced Fibroid Treatment. She is also a Co-Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Ob/Gyn. Prior to joining Columbia University in January 2022, Dr. Opoku-Anane was as an associate professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where she served as the Chief of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Urogynecology and founder and Director of the UCSF Multidisciplinary Endometriosis Center.
In addition to her clinical activities, she has been active in research and spent two years with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) both locally and in sub-Saharan Africa. Her more recent research includes a randomized control trial to test the ability of antifibrinolytics to decrease blood loss during myomectomy, a study accessing cancer associated mutations in deep endometriosis, and several studies on health equity among historically marginalized patients with endometriosis. Additionally, she directs the Community Outreach and Education Core for the UCSF-Stanford P01 Endometriosis Center for Discovery, Innovation, Training and Community Engagement (“ENACT”). This Core trains and mentors new investigators in endometriosis research and empowers people with endometriosis to understand their symptoms and options for care and to inform the research community, from the patient’s perspective, about their needs and goals. Dr. Opoku-Anane also has a longstanding interest in global health and spends extended periods of time throughout Africa on clinical and research programs. She has published a systematic review article on increasing laparoscopic surgery in developing countries and assists with the development of laparoscopic programs throughout sub-Saharan Arica.
Dr. Opoku-Anane obtained her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Harvard Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals. She subsequently completed an AAGL fellowship in advanced minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at George Washington University and trained at the Center for Endometriosis Care in Atlanta.
Anna SmirnovaChief Reproductologist of the Fomina Clinic
In 2004 she has got PhD in reproductive medicine. From 2006 till 2021 she was an obstetrician-gynecologist and the head of IVF department in the IVF & Reproductive Genetics Centre (Moscow, Russia). From 2021 till now she is a chief reproductologist in the Fomin Clinic's Hospital (Moscow, Russia).
She is an assistant professor in Department of women's diseases and reproductive health of Institute of advanced medical training at National Medical and Surgical Center named after N.I. Pirogov; a vice-president of Russian Association of Human Reproduction; member of editorial board of the Russian Journal of Human Reproduction.
Mohamed Salama Gad
Vice President 2022 West Zone FOGSI.
Member of Executive committee AICCRCOG West Zone.
To her credit go the 1st ICSI, TESA ICSI & Micro TESE ICSI babies of Madhya Pradesh, India
Recipient of Dr. Kumud Tamaskar Award FOGSI 2008 – 2009 for "Genital Tuberculosis in infertile women: Assessment of endometrial TB PCR with laparoscopic and hysteroscopic features" & best paper in FOGSI journal 2011- 2012 for the same.
Joint Organizing secretary for annual conference of IFFS 2016 Delhi, India.
Organizing chairperson for annual conference of ISAR 2016 Indore, India.
Organizing Chairperson for annual FOGSI conference of AICOG 2022, Indore.
George AdonakisHead of Assisted Reproduction Unit & Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Dean of Medical School, Uni. of Patras Greece
Sanika PelnekarMedical Assistant, ATX Primary Care; IFFS Global Scholar
Wei HuangPeking University
Dissertation — "Biological Monitoring of Occupational Exposure to Diesel Exhaust" Advisor: Professor Thomas J. Smith, PhD, CIH
Northeastern University, Boston, US M.S., Environmental Sciences, 1997
Hunan University, China B.S., Water Engineering, 1991
Research Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Peking University Health Science Center (2013-present)
Associate Professor, Center for Environment and Health, Academy of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (2008-2013)
Health Effects Institute (2003-2007)
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (1995-2004)
Research Assistant/Post-doctoral Instructor, Department of Environmental Health
World Resource Institute (Summer 1997)
Intern, Summer 1997
Key Laboratory of Molecular Cardiovascular Sciences of Ministry of Education (2013-present)
Desert Research Institute (2014-2016)
Adjunct Professor (non-paid)
Björn Heindryckx, PhDGhent-Fertility and Stem cell Team, Department for Reproductive Medicine, Ghent University Hospital
Kuldeep JainPast President Indian Fertility Society, Director, KJIVF and laparoscopy center (Delhi, Faridabad, Indirapuram), India
William Richard Gordon President's Distinguished Professor in Genetics
Scientific Director, Cell and Developmental Biology Microscopy Core
Department: Cell and Developmental Biology
Prof. Ioannis E. Messinis
President of Clinical Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Editor of Middle Fertility Sterility Journal and Egyptian Fertility Sterility journal
Speaker in many International Conferences
Have many publications in International Journals
Arrangement of many courses in infertility and IVF
More than 450 lecturers in slideshare.
Dr. Keshav Malhotra
While taking one of the embryology courses in the world, Dr. Malhotra has also gained practical experience under some of the best embryologists. He has additional certifications from National University Singapore, Monash University Australia, University College London, Guys Hospital London, and Peking Third University China. He is therefore thoroughly well read and updated with all the latest ART procedures globally, and has worked on mitochondrial ICSI during his training in Australia.
He is in the editorial team of 5 sought after books and has published numerous chapters and articles in other books and journals. Dr. Malhotra is also actively involved in perhaps all of the major societies and conferences of infertility professionals worldwide.
Dr. Malhotra is also a full-time practitioner, and spearheads the Training Department at Rainbow IVF, which trains an average of 200 Specialists from all over the world every year. As yet another mark of his skill, Dr. Malhotra also has moderated the steering groups for the Health Care Skill Council, which is a branch of the Ministry of Skill Development of India. His inputs are being used to formulate the Occupational Standards for Embryologists in India, making him one of the pioneers of the entire field in the country.
A graduate of the Autónoma University of Madrid (Faculty of Medicine) in 1993. He becomes specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Dexeus University Hospital (Barcelona, Spain) where he is developing his professional career.
He is an active member of the Service of Reproductive Medicine as senior M.D. and he is mainly focused on monitoring, IVF puncture, embryo transfer and individualised lutheal phase for frozen embryo transfer. He has published in the main papers of the speciality.
He also holds the position of Vice-President of the Teaching Committee at Dexeus University Hospital cooperating with programs for improving the quality and efficiency of future specialists in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
He is also member of the Interest Group of Reproductive Endocrinology (GIER) of the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF).
Claudia MassarottiMD, Assistant Professor University of Genova; Reproductive Medicine Physician IRCCS Policlinico San Martino, Genova; Jun
My name is Claudia, I am a doctor, and I live in the beautiful city of Genoa, Italy, where I am finishing my Obstetrics and Gynecology residency in a few months. I am passionate about Reproductive Medicine, an unique and ever-evolving field that gives us the privilege to really stand with couples during joyful and difficult times of their lives. I hold a special interest mainly in fertility preservation, oncofertility and endometriosis. I strongly believe that is our responsibility as physicians to create fertility awareness, since empowerment is possible only through education. Therefore, I join with great enthusiasm the Young Ambassador initiative, meant to better spread evidence-based and verified information, with the help of social media. I am really passionate about research, which I consider an essential foundation of our everyday clinical activity, and I am excited to contribute to its dissemination with my new role as a member of the ESHRE5.
Konstantinos DafopoulosProfessor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly
Head of the IVF Unit, University Hospital of Larissa
He has published 107 papers in international peer reviewed journals and 22 chapters in books of Reproductive Medicine. He was invited speaker in more than 150 national and international congresses and received 4 awards for his research. He is Vice President of the Hellenic Society of Fertility Preservation, and member of the Administrative Boards of the Hellenic Society of Fertility and Sterility, and the University Hospital of Larissa. He teaches in 13 national and international postgraduate courses. His main research interests include the physiology of ovarian and pituitary function, polycystic ovary syndrome, and controlled ovarian stimulation.