Aisling Ahlström is currently a Clinical Embryologist at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital and a Board Member of Nordic IVF Laboratory Society (NILS).
She has been a research assistant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Adelaide and a Clinical Embryologist in a Fertility Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Furthermore, in 2009 she became an ESHRE certified Clinical Embryologist and her PhD was on the Prediction of Embryo Viability by Morphology and Metabolomic Profiling.
She has been invited to several international meetings and courses such as ESHRE, the Swedish Society of Reproductive Medicine, AGRBM, ASEBIR and ASRM.
Richard Anderson is currently Head of Section, Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh.
His current research projects are human ovarian development, development of ovarian cryopreservation for fertility preservation, regulation of human follicle growth, Effects of chemotherapy on oocyte and follicle development, etc.
About his recent awards for research group, he won the 2016 ESHRE Basic Science oral communication prize: ‘ABVD chemotherapy for lymphoma affects number and morphology of primordial follicles in the adolescent and adult ovary.’
Christina Bergh is Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology with focus on Evidence Based Medicine at the Göteborg University in Sweden. She is also Head of the Health Technology Assessment unit in Västra Götaland and Head of the National Quality Registry of Assisted Reproduction in Sweden.
Her thesis was on “Growth hormone and growth factors as modulators of human follicular function” and her main research areas are Quality and safety in assisted reproduction technology, Single embryo transfer, Children follow up after ART, Embryo selection, Obesity in ART, Quality of care.
Christina has been invited to lecture at around 50 international congresses, has participated in 12 international pharmaceutical trials and has published 135 original publications, 25 reviews and 50 debates, book chapters and others.
Siladitya Bhattacharya is Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Fertility and Director of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Aberdeen.
Siladitya conducts clinical sessions within the Centre and he is responsible for leading the strategic development of the Aberdeen Fertility Centre.
His current research is based on the epidemiology of infertility and reproductive loss, the evaluation of the clinical and cost effectiveness of interventions and delivery of care in reproductive medicine.
He collaborates extensively with trialists, epidemiologists and health economists, both nationally and internationally.
Anna Blázquez has been a specialist in assisted reproduction at the Eugin Clinic since 2010.
She is specialised in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, and obtained her research aptitude diploma from the University of Barcelona, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Radiology and Anatomy.
She has written articles in specialised journals such as “Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour as adnexial tumor diferential diagnosis: a case series” in Journal of Gynecologic Surgery. She also wrote chapters in books and has 6 posters in national and European congresses as “20th European Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 18th Portuguese Congress ob Obstetrics and gynaecology” Title: Correlation between changes in atmospheric pressure and the rate of spontaneous rupture of membranes.
Pascal Borry is associate professor of bioethics at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law (University of Leuven, Belgium). His main research activities are concentrated on the ethical, legal and social implications of innovative technologies. He published among other issues on topics such as direct to consumer genetic testing, public health genomics, biobanking, research on human tissue, genetic testing, preconceptional screening and neonatal screening, and sport ethics. He published more than 130 publications in international peer reviewed journals.
Paul John Brighton
Paul John Brighton is currently and since March 2014, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Reproductive Health at the University of Warwick (UK). He is working on “The role of cellular senescence and immune-surveillance in tissue homeostasis and remodelling of the human endometrium.”
Some of his recent publications are: Clearance of senescent decidual cells by uterine natural killer cells in cycling human endometrium (2017), Reciprocal regulation of β2-adrenoceptor-activated cAMP response-element binding protein signalling by arrestin2 and arrestin3 (2017), Isolation and primary culture of cell types from whole human endometrial biopsies (2016).
Mauricio Chehin is specialist doctor in assisted reproduction since 2012 at the Huntington Medicina Reprodutiva in São Paulo, Brazil.
He is also a founding member of the Brazilian Oncofertility Network – ReBOC and Assistant Professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Faculty of Medicine of Santo Amaro.Regarding his studies, he is specialized in Human Reproduction by the Federal University of São Paulo and hold a Specialist degree in Gynecology and Obstetrics and in Gynecological Videolaparoscopy by the Brazilian Federation of Societies of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Brazilian Medical Association.
Giovanni Coticchio is the Scientific Supervisor of Biogenesi, Monza, Italy.
He was educated at the University of Palermo (Italy) where he received his BSc in Biology and PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology. At the University of Nottingham (UK), he achieved his MMedSci degree in Assisted Reproduction Technologies and developed his research and career in clinical embryology. Subsequently, he joined Tecnobios Procreazione (Bologna, Italy) where he worked as senior clinical embryologist and was Scientific Supervisor.
He has published more than fifty-five peer-reviewed papers, several book chapters and two books. He is currently coordinator of the ESHRE Special Interest Group in Embryology and Associate Editor of Human Reproduction.
Maria Beatrice Dal Canto
Maria Beatrice dal Canto is Embryologist and Laboratory Director at CRM BIOGENESI and Eugin Clinic in Modena, Italy.
She obtained the Senior Clinical Embryologist Certification at the European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology and has done many other training programs, a master in Physiopathology of Assisted Reproduction and a PhD in Hygiene and Public Health.
She leads 3 IVF Centres where she ensures continuous development and standard best practice within the embryology teams. She has implemented the Quality Management System keeping under control the efficacy of the laboratory outcomes.
Samuel Dos Santos Ribeiro
Samuel Dos Santos Ribeiro is currently Consultant in Fertility Diagnostics, Genetics and Immunology at the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel in Brussels, Belgium.
He has trained at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA and completed an ESHRE accredited subspecialty training programmein Medical Reproduction in Brussels, Belgium.
He has published many publications in indexed peer-reviewed journals concerning such matters as “Should we continue to measure endometrial thickness in modern-day medicine?” or “The impact of elevated progesterone at the initiation of an artificially prepared frozen embryo transfer cycle: a case series” among many other subjects.
In addition, his current research projects as principal investigator are “The Microbiome in Subfertility and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)”, “REFRESH: Receptivity Enhancement by Follicular-phase Renewal after Endometrial Scratching” and “ICE: Implantation Enhancement by Elective Cryopreservation of All Viable Embryos”.
Ursula Eichenlaub-Ritter has performed studies in basic science of meiosis and germ cell formation with focus on development, quality and health of germ cells, especially on cytogenetics, molecular genetics, cell und developmental biology of mammalian oocytes.
Her research comprises also studies on safety of ART including vitrification for fertility preservation, the oocyte’s epigenome, proteome, cell cycle regulation and mitochondrial activities, in particular the relevance of age, environment and pathologic conditions and in vitro growth and maturation of follicles and oocytes on oocyte and embryo quality and developmental potential.
Current Positions and Rank: Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, University Paris V, Consultant Foch Hospital (Paris Suresnes).
Awards of Distinction: Commandeur of the French Legion d’Honneur.
Areas of Special Interest and Accomplishments:
My special areas of interest in Gynecology and Obstetrics include infertility and high- risk pregnancy. My work in infertility led the first baby born in France as a result of in vitro fertilization in 1982, after embryo freezing in 1986, after PGD in 2000, after IVM in 2003, after oocyte cryopreservation 2010, after PGD with HLA matching in order to bring about the birth of a saviour sibling in January 2011.
My other area of interest has been biomedical ethics. My work in this realm led to many invitations to debate the moral issues created by the use of the techniques of artificial procreation. I have had an active participation in the preparation on the law on bioethics.
Georg Griesinger is a full Professor for Gynecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Clinic of Schleswig-Holstein, Luebeck, Germany. He trained at the University of Vienna, where he worked in trophoblast research for his MD thesis at the Department of Obstetrics, and then did postdoctoral studies at University College London, where he obtained an MSc in prenatal genetics and fetal medicine. His PhD was on ovarian stimulation for IVF using GnRH-antagonists. His research interests include the endocrinology of ovarian stimulation, evidence-based medicine in reproductive health care, epidemiological studies in IVF, and basic aspects of folliculogenesis and cryopreservation of human ovarian tissue.
Karinna Lattes is the Gynaecologist and Reproductive Endocrinologist at the Center for Infertility and Human Reproduction (CIRH) in Barcelona.
She completed her PhD on Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2014 and earned a Master’s degree in Human Reproductive Medicine, Assisted Reproduction and Reproductive Endocrinology in 2011.
Karinna has published 5 original publications, the most recent of which asserts “There is no evidence that the time from egg retrieval to embryo transfer affects live birth rates in a freeze-all strategy”. She is also affiliated to 2 organisations, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), which she has been a member of since 2014, and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), since 2013.
Svend Lindenberg is founder and head of the Copenhagen Fertility Center. Copenhagen Fertility Center is Scandinavia largest Fertility Clinic and now a member of Eugin group.
He has also been involved in reproductive biology research and treatment since 1980. Pioneer in IVF and involved in the first IVF conception in Denmark. Besides his clinical carrier, he has been responsible for a reproductive biology lab. at the University of Copenhagen since 1981 now Copenhagen Fertility Center.
Also, he published more than 150 papers in international journals and given numerous oral presentations.
Nicholas Macklon is Medical Director at the London Women’s Clinic and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Copenhagen.
He supervised 17 PhDs to completion and was part of the Research Area Lead in Southampton NIHR Biomedical research centre.
He has been many times an external professor at the University of Adelaide and at the University of Southampton.
Also, Professor Nicholas has won many prizes like: Wim Schellekens Visiting Professorship Prize, John Collins Prize Lecture and Egon Diczfalusy Prize.
Ignacio Madero is currently Medical Director at the Eugin Clinic in Colombia.
He is a specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, as well as specialising in Assisted Reproduction. He has a degree in surgery from the Juan N. Corpas University, and specialises in gynaecology and the biology of Obstetrics and Human Reproduction at the Mexican Social Security Institute and the National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM.
Dr. Madero has been dedicated to assisted reproduction for 30 years when he founded the Medifértil Clinic in Bogotá and has belonged to and represented different scientific societies, both nationally and internationally, as well as being the author of numerous scientific papers published in prestigious journals related to Fertility and Reproductive Medicine.
Eduardo Lemes Alves da Motta has been Medical Director of the Huntington group since 1995 and received his training as a doctor from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the Catholic University of Campinas.
He is specialized in Gynaecology and Obstetrics by FEBRAGASO and did a PhD in Medicine in the Department of Gynaecology.
He specialised in Human Reproduction at the Huntington Reproductive Center in California and is also an associate professor in the Department of Gynaecology of the Paulista School of Medicine as well as Co-Head of the Center for Human Reproduction at the Santa Joana Maternity Hospital.
Jacques de Mouzon
Jacques de Mouzon is trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as Public Health and Epidemiology with a special interest in infertility treatments evaluation. He is currently Scientific Advisor at Unilabs-France Paris, Senior Epidemiologist INSERM (Paris), Board member of ICMART in charge of the World report on ART and Member of 2 working groups at French statutory body Agence de la Biomédecine (Paris).
He has published 170 publications in peer review journals and 580 communications in national and international congresses.
Guido Pennings is full professor of ethics and bioethics at Ghent University in Belgium where he is also the Director of the Bioethics Institute Grand.
He has published around 250 articles and book chapters mainly on ethical problems associated with medically assisted reproduction and genetics including gamete donation, stem cell research, fertility preservation, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis.
Guido was Affiliate Lecturer in the Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies at Cambridge University from 2009 till 2013 and still is Guest Professor on “Ethics in Reproductive Medicine” at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Free University Brussels.
Anja Pinborg is consultant in reproductive medicine and professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Copenhagen University Hospital in Hvidovre, Denmark.
She defended her doctoral thesis entitled “Twin pregnancies – Risks and prevention” in 2006. Anja Pinborg has worked scientifically with reproductive medicine since 2000 and has published 121 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and authored seven book-chapters. She has been invited speaker at numerous international congresses. Her main research areas are reproductive epidemiology including safety and quality aspects of ART with focus on ART children and clinical trials on optimizing ART reducing the risk of OHSS and multiple pregnancies.
Charles Pineau is currently Research Director at IRSET and is also leading the Protim facility. He is a biochemist by training. He obtained is PhD in 1990 from the University of Rennes I and went for postdoc at the Population Council, Rockefeller University, New York, USA.
Over the past thirty years, he has been working in the field of reproductive biology and is a renowned specialist of spermatogenesis. Charles Pineau is a past president of the French Proteomics Society (SFEAP). Among other duties, he is currently vice-president of the French Society for Reproductive Medicine (SMR), and PI of the Chromosome 14 initiative of Human Proteome Project (www.hupo.org).
Amelia Rodríguez-Aranda is Medical Director at the Eugin Barcelona Clinic.
She graduated in Medicine and Surgery and specialises in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She completed a master’s degree in Mammary Pathology and Senology at the University of Barcelona and obtained her research aptitude diploma from the University of Seville.
In terms of scientific and teaching activity, she has presented papers at international congresses, given lectures on courses and written several chapters of training books on assisted reproduction.
Regarding her work, she says the following: I like my work because it combines scientific rigour, and treating and accompanying the patient in one of the most transcendental projects of their lives, as well as enabling me to learn and share day to day experiences with both patients and doctors of different nationalities, which is greatly enriching, not only professionally but also on a human level.
Françoise Shenfield is an Infertility specialist at University College London Hospital, UK, providing infertility treatments for over 30 years, and also involved in the field of Ethics and law of Assisted Reproductive Technologies,for over 20 years.
She has performed numerous activities for the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), on its executive committee between 2007-2013, in addition to being a founder member of its Special Interest Group for Ethics and Law, and its “ Taskforce” which has published over 20 considerations in the field from the status of the embryo, to surrogacy and PGD. She is also a past member of the HFEA, and of FIGO’ s ethics committee. Current research interest: cross border reproductive care, surrogacy and cryopreservation of oocytes for medical and non medical reasons.
Claudia Spits is TENURED PROFESSOR, Research Group Reproduction and Genetics, VUB.
She had a Master Degree in Biology, Specialization in cell biology and genetics, an advanced master degree in genetics and cell biology and finally her PhD in medical Sciences was on “(R)evolution in preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Development and clinical application of different approaches to preimplantation genetic diagnosis for monogenic disorders”.
Regarding the awards, she has been awarded by the VUB to the best PhD dissertation in Biomedical Sciences for the period 2006-2012.
Plus, she participates in scientific societies and journals (ESHRE) and has done several scientific publications in journals with international referee-system.
Madelon Van Wely
Madelon Van Wely is Deputy Editor Human Reproduction, Methodologist at the Dutch Consortium for Healthcare Evaluation in Obstetrics and she is leading a Satellite of the Cochrane Gynecology and Fertility.
She is also currently Senior clinical epidemiologist – at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, AMC in Amsterdam. Supporting PhD students with statistical data analysis, cost-effectiveness analyses, discrete choice experiments, and quality of life studies. Writing new protocols and grant applications. Lecturer for post-doctoral courses in applied medical statistics and epidemiology.
Her PhD was on Treatment regimens in ovulation induction and ovarian hyperstimulation at the University of Amsterdam and has so far published and reviewed 150 publications.
Rita Vassena received a DVM and PhD from the University of Milan, Italy. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Fels Institute for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, where she focused her work on the early events of chromatin remodeling after somatic cell nuclear transfer.
She has been a researcher at the Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona – Spanish National Stem Cell Bank, where she focused her studies on the developmental competence of human embryos, as well as studying pluripotency in embryonic and induced stem cells.
Since 2011 she is the Scientific Director of the EUGIN Group, where she coordinates the international research in the area of human IVF, and directs the basic research laboratory, located in Barcelona. Dr.Vassena has co-authored more than 60 research papers in several high ranking journals and is a frequent speaker at international meetings. She was the Coordinator of the Special Interest Group for stem cells of ESHRE (European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology), and is currently serving as an Executive Member of the same society.