Advisory Board Members
Alper Michael M.
Dr Arav received his bachelor degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, his veterinary degree at the University of Bologna, Italy, and his PhD in the area of cryobiology and thermodynamics via a joint program between the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Bologna. He completed his post-doctoral studies at UC Davis and holds a position at the Volcani Center as senior scientist in the field of cryobiology and reproduction. Dr Arav established IMT Ltd, Israel and has developed various issued patents. He has published over 100 papers and book chapters and received many awards.
Adam Balen MB,BS, MD, FRCOG
Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Surgery
Leeds Teaching Hospitals, UK
For many years Adam Balen has had a particular interest in the causes and management of polycystic ovary syndrome – covering the full spectrum from the effects of the syndrome during adolescence and adult life on the menstrual cycle, fertility, body weight and cosmetic aspects together with the fundamental effects that PCOS may have on quality of life and long term health. He has also developed a special interest in disorders of sexual development and differentiation and runs a supra-regional referral service.
Adam Balen is one of four consultants at the Leeds Centre for Reproductive Medicine (LCRM) which performs approximately 2000 IVF cycles per year and the full range of fertility treatments. The private Genesis Reproductive Health Clinic also operates out of the LCRM.
Dr. Manish Banker
Director, Pulse Women’s Hospital and Melbourne IVF Gujarat
Vice President, Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction [ISAR]
Chairman, Infertility Committee, Federation of Obstetrics and
Gynecological Societies of India [ FOGSI]
Member, International Affairs Committee, American Society for
Reproductive Medicine [ ASRM ]
Member, Draft Committee for ART Bill of India, I. C. M. R.
Dr. Pedro N. Barri was born in Barcelona, 6th March 1949. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Barcelona in 1971. He had his trainning in Obstetrics and Gynecology was in Barcelona and in France and England. He received his doctorate in 1993 writing the thesis "Respuesta Anómala a la Estimulación de la Maduración Folicular en Fecundación In Vitro" with qualification Cum Laude.
He is an Active Founding Member of the Faculty Staff of the Institut Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona. At present, he is the Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the same institution.
Dr. Pedro N. Barri is Honorary President of the Spanish Fertility Society, Honorary member of the Argentina Society of Sterility and Fertility, has been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology since 1998, he is also member of the French Society of Sterility and member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
Dr. Josef Blankstein is Professor and Chairman of the Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University. Dr. Blankstein also serves as an Attending Physician of Chicago-IVF, one of the largest fertility centers in the Midwest. In addition, Dr. Blankstein is Program Director of the Department of OBGYN at Mount Sinai Medical Center. After receiving his doctorate degree and residency in OBGYN from Tel Aviv University School of Medicine, Dr. Blankstein completed a second residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He then continued to pursuit his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology/In Vitro Fertilization at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Blankstein is board-certified for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as a member of a variety of societies including the American Fertility Society and founding member of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology. With global experience studying with other fertility specialists around the world, as well as over 100 scientific publications, Dr. Blankstein makes a priority of getting involved with professional organizations and interacting with his colleagues.
Peter Brinsden was born in Peking, China in 1940. After attending schools in Canada, China, Hong Kong and England, he entered King’s College, University of London in 1959, followed by St George’s Hospital, London, from where he qualified MB BS in 1966. After serving as a Medical Officer in the Royal Navy between 1966 and 1982, he left the Navy in the rank of Surgeon Commander.
Peter Brinsden became a Consultant Gynaecologist in 1978, with his main interest in infertility. He served at Bourn Hall Clinic with Mr Steptoe in 1985 and then joined Professor Ian Craft as Deputy Medical Director of the Wellington Hospital IVF Unit, at that time the largest IVF Unit in the world, performing 2,500 IVF and GIFT cycles a year. He was appointed Medical Director of Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridge, in December 1988, following the death of Mr Steptoe. His principle interests in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology are the treatment of male factor infertility, including spinal cord injured men, factors affecting implantation in ART, the treatment of older infertile women, and treatment by embryo donation and IVF surrogacy.
Dr Casper is the Camille Dan Family Research Chair in Translational Cell Biology and a Senior Investigator in the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr Casper is also Professor of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto, with cross appointments in the Departments of Physiology, Medicine (Division of Endocrinology), The Institute of Medical Sciences, and in the Postgraduate Department of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Casper received his MD at the University of Western Ontario in 1973 and his Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1977. In 1978, he was awarded a Medical Research Council of Canada Fellowship for training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California in San Diego with Dr Sam Yen, and was certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Reproductive Endocrinology in 1982.
In memory of Doctor Claudio Chillik received his Medical Degree in 1979 with Honors at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and a Ph.D in Medicine with his Thesis on GnRH Antagonists. He did his Residency in OB-GYN form 1980 to 1984 and from 1984 to 1986 he did a 2 years Fellowship at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1986 he became Director of the IVF Unit at the Centre for Studies in Gynecology and Reproduction (CEGyR) in Buenos Aires becoming Medical Director in 1992 and Medical Advisor since 2005. He is also since 2003 Scientific Advisor of Matercell, a Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank. In 1989 he got the National Prize as Argentine Outstanding Youth in the field of Innovative Medicine. Dr Chillik is Specialist in Gynecologic Endocrinology, in Gynecology and Obstetrics and in Reproductive Medicine. He is Professor of Gynecology at the University of Buenos Aires. He is Past President of the Argentine Association for Gynecologic and Reproductive Endocrinology (1997 - 1999), Past President of the Argentine Association for Reproductive Medicine (2005 - 2007) and the Current President of the Latin-American Association for Reproductive Medicine (ALMER Ex Flasef).
Jacques Cohen is one of the founders of Reprogenetics, an independent PGD service based in the USA and director of Tyho-Galileo Research Laboratories – an organization that promotes and conducts human fertilization and preimplantation research. He is also the Scientific Director of IVF-Online. He was trained in the 70s at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Holland as a Reproductive Scientist specialized in in vitro fertilization and cryobiology. He was an embryologist in Bourn Hall Clinic and moved to the USA in 1985. He has authored more than 200 publications and several textbooks. He is the senior adjunct editor of Reproductive Biomedicine Online and the North-American editor of Zygote. He is associated with several laboratories involved in IVF and PGD both in Europe and the USA. His interests are embryonic viability, cryopreservation and developing tests and tools for IVF laboratories.
He has demonstrated his expertise and hands on experience with the most advanced technology in Reproductive Medicine and also has a proven record in leadership and management skills in the private hospital sector. His has been extensively involved over a period of years on senior level within different Medical interest groups in South Africa, representing members both on a national and international level.
DeCherney Alan Hersh
Alan Hersh DeCherney M.D.
Alan Hersh DeCherney, M.D., received his Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Sciences from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania where he served on the Board of Trustees from 2006-2010. His Medical Degree is from Temple University School of Medicine where he was AOA and awarded the Henry Laughlin Alumnus of the Year Award in 2005.
He also holds an honorary Master of Arts Degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He did a research fellowship in Immunology at the Lister Institute in London, England; his internship in Medicine was at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is currently Head of the Program in Reproductive and Adult Endocrinology/Reproductive Biology and Medicine Branch of the Eunice Kennedy ShriverNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health.
Previously, Dr. DeCherney was the John Slate Ely Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale and the Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Women’s Health Services; and the Phaneuf Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine; where he received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award.
Prof Klaus Hermann Rolf Diedrich received his Ph. D. in obstetrics and gynaecology in 1981. Since then he has been, first consultant at the department of OB/GYN of the university clinic of Bonn, founding member of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and held the offices of secretary, chairman-elect and president of (ESHRE). Prof Diedrich is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and vice-president of the Foundation of the German-Greek Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Prof Diedrich is currently medical director of the University Hospital of Lübeck. Prof Diedrich is a member of 18 national and international editorial boards and has published over the years 480 papers in national and international journals.
Jacques Donnez was born in Tournai (Belgium) on 16 July, 1047.
He studied at the Catholic University of Louvain.
He defended his PhD thesis in 1984, entitled “The fallopian tube: normal and pathological histophysiology”.
He became Full Professor and Head of the Department Gynaecology and Andrology in 1986.
He also founded the Infertility Research Unit of the Catholic University of Louvain in 1986.
He has focused his research activities on three main topics: tubal infertility, endometriosis and finally, ovarian cryopreservation and transplantation.
He published over 600 original articles in peer-review journals.
Prof. Donnez is the first President of the recently created International Society for Fertility Preservation and has been elected in Februari 2009 at the Royal Belgian Academy of Medicine.
Professor Bart CJM Fauser, M.D., Ph.D. Chair Department of Reproductive Medicine & Gynecology, and Head Division of Woman & Baby, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands (since 2004). Saal van Zwanenberg Professor, Center of Reproductive Medicine, Free University, Brussels, Belgium (since 2003). Former Professor, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1996-2003), visiting Professor, Stanford School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California, USA (1993-1995) and Fulbright post-doctoral Scholar, University of California, San Diego, California (1987-1988). Editor-in-Chief ‘Human Reproduction Update’ 2001-2007 (impact factor 6.79; No 1 in Ob/Gyn) and textbook Molecular Biology in Reproductive Medicine. Former chair ESHRE Special Interest Group Reproductive Endocrinology. Published around 350 international peer reviewed papers and bookchapters, and presented over 200 invited lectures at international meetings. Wide coverage in national and international news media. Major research interest; pathophysiology of human ovarian function.
Medical school:Jerusalem Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School(1971-1978)
Subinternship at Mount Sinai school of medicine N.Y. N.Y. USA (1976)
Internship Ichilov Hospital Tel Aviv University (1978)
Obstetric and gynaecologic training at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynae-cology at the University Hospital of Münster, Germany (1979-1982).
1982 one year of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Queen‘s Medical Centre,
University of Nottingham (King’s Mill Hospital Mansfield).
1983 pioneered and medical director of the first outpatient IVF-unit in Germany – Hamburg .
Since 1998 founder and Medical Director of the IVF-unit at the Fertility Center Hamburg, which is one of the largest and leading private IVF centers in Germany.
In July 1998 the Fertility Center Hamburg was one of the first centres in Ger-many and worldwide to introduce quality management to be certified according to the ISO 9001 and in 2002 accreditation of the IVF-Lab. (ISO 17025).
Professor Frydman is part of the Faculty of Medicine at University Paris XI and is the Head of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Antoine Beclere Hospital, since 1990. Professor Frydman has held several national positions including: Member of the National Committee of Human Rights (1987-1988), Member of the National Committee of Ethics for the Sciences of Life and Health (1986-1990), Counselor of the Minister of Research (2000-2001).
Professor Frydman received the honor of Chevalier of the French Order Of Merit and is an Officer of the French Legion d’Honneur.
His special areas of interest in Gynecology and Obstetrics include infertility and high-risk pregnancy. His work in infertility led the first baby born as a result of in vitro fertilization In France, in 1982. His other area of interest has been biomedical ethics.
Genazzani Andrea Riccardo
Born in Florence in 1942, he attained his M.D. from Siena University in 1966 cum laude.
He completed his residences in Gynecology and Obstetrics, and in Endocrinology and Metabolism Disorders. In 1972, he received the PhD at the Division de Biochimie Clinique, Clinique Médicale at Lausanne University. In 1969 he become Deputy Assistant and from 1970 Full Assistant at the University of Siena. From 1972 he relocated to the Division of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the University in Cagliari and from 1973 he was nominated Senior Assistant. From 1977 he relocated to the University of Siena as Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1980 he was awarded as Full Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and nominated Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cagliari.
Marc Germond, MD, heads the Centre for Medically Assisted Procreation (CPMA) and chairs the F.A.B.E.R. Foundation in Lausanne - Switzerland. As a Professor he has lectured at the Universities of Siena, Sassari and Lausanne. His special interests include the use of lasers in reproductive medicine, andrology, counselling and ethics in ART.
Dr. Germond is a founding member of the Swiss Society of Reproductive Medicine and of FIVNAT-CH.
Dr. Germond received several research grants by the Swiss National Science Foundation and other institutions and has contributed to the publication of more than 100 articles in books and scientific Journals.
Victor Gomel is professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of British Columbia; he served the same department as chairperson for fifteen years. He is internationally known for his pioneering work in microsurgery, operative laparoscopy and reproductive medicine. He led the team that obtained the first IVF baby in Canada, born in 1983.
Dr. Gomel authored a long list of scientific articles published in prestigious international journals. He wrote numerous book chapters, and authored and edited several books. He is on the editorial boards of numerous international scientific journals. He has been on the Executive Boards of many national and international scientific societies. He served as president several societies, including the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, the American Association of Gynecologic Endoscopists and the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. He is currently the Secretary of the International Society of In Vitro Fertilization and Vice President of the Peritoneum and Surgery Society.
Bulent Gulekli is professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Dokuz Eylul, Izmir, Turkey; he is being serving the department as chairman in the last 5 years. He became Director of the IVF Unit since 2002.
He received his Medical Degree in 1982 at the University of Hacettepe, Turkey. He did his Residency in Obstetrics & GYnecology Dr Zekai Tahir Burak Women’s Hospital, Ankara, Turkey between 1985 – 1989 and he worked as Clinical Research Fellow, University College and Middlesex School of Medicine, Department of Reproductive Endocrinology, London, 1990 – 1992. He became an Associate Professor in 1993 and Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology in January 2001. He worked in the McGill Reproductive Center at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal Canada from January 1999 to November 2000 as a “Visiting Professor”. He is one of the pioneers in Turkey in the use of in-vitro maturation of human oocytes for the treatment of infertility. He is the author and co-author of over 100 scientific publications and 18 book chapters in prestigious scientific journals
He is the author or co-author of many journal articles appeared in many peer-reviewed journals and several international books. He lectures in many international and national conferences and currently is an executive board member of ESHRE. a
Developed together with Dr Matts Wikland the ultrasound guided transvaginal oocyte retrieval (TVOR) technique in 1985. The team further reported the second term pregnancy in the world after ICSI in 1993 and the first successful PGD analysis in Scandinavia in 1997. In 2002 the reearch group reported the highest number of embryonic stem cell lines(18) in the world. Hamberger was one of the founding members of ESHRE and has published more than 600 papers within physiology, endocrinology and reproduction.Hamberger has contributed in scientific TV films one of them awarded with the Emmy price. Author of the book entitled "A Child Is Born" (editions 1990, 2003, 2009) together with the photografer Lennart Ni lsson. The book is translated to 18 languages.
Professor P.C. Ho graduated from the University of Hong Kong with Distinction in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and he was awarded the Gordon King Price in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is currently the Chair Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Director of Centre of Reproduction, Development and Growth, and Associate Dean in Clinical Affairs in Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong. He is in charge of the assisted reproduction program at the University of Hong Kong/Queen Mary Hospital Centre of Assisted Reproduction and Embryology. This is one of the largest assisted reproduction programs in Hong Kong. It has achieved the first live birth after intracytoplasmic sperm injection and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis in Hong Kong. His research interests include infertility, assisted reproduction, clinical applications of misoprostol, and fertility regulation including medical abortions.
Dr Colin M Howles is based in Geneva, Switzerland and has worked in the field of reproduction and fertility for 36 years, 25 of those were spent across departments in Merck Serono and previously Serono both at a regional and corporate level, including being Chairman of the Advisory Board for Serono Symposia International. Colin has also extensive experience of working in the Far East having been based in Singapore for the ex-Serono company as Vice President for Medical Affairs.
During the late 1980s and 1990s whilst working with Serono, Colin was involved in the development and clinical introduction of the first highly purified urinary derived gonadotropin (u-FSH HP) and, subsequently, recombinant h-FSH (follitropin alfa; GONAL-f), h-LH, hCG and the GnRH antagonist, cetrorelix. Before joining Serono UK in 1987, he worked, for 3 years at the first human IVF clinic in the world, Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridge, directly with Professor R G Edwards (Nobel Prize Winner 2010 in Physiology or Medicine) and Mr. Patrick Steptoe.
Dr John Yovich graduated in Medicine at the University of Western Australia in 1970, progressing into specialist O&G practice in 1976. Thereafter Dr Yovich presented his MD thesis "Human pregnancies achieved by In-Vitro Fertilisation" following laboratory research and clinical work undertaken with Professor Ian Craft at the Royal Free Hospital in London (1976-1980). This thesis and more than 200 other publications from the early years can be found online in Research Gate, the scientific online network. He returned to his home town of
Perth, Western Australia in 1980 and established PIVET Medical Centre, the first private independent fertility management facility in Australia. His first IVF "child" was born in 1982 and that young man has demonstrated perfectly normal fertility, generating a healthy daughter followed by a healthy son. Dr Yovich was president of the Fertility Society of Australia in 1986-7 when a national accreditation system was established for Australia, subsequently embracing New Zealand and generating the highly esteemed annual ANZARD reports.
Prof Kovacs is a sub specialist in reproductive gynecology and has been a member of the Monash IVF team since his return from postgraduate training in the UK in 1978. He has been President of The Fertility Society of Australia, Family Planning Australia, Family Planning Victoria, International Federation of Fertility Societies 2001 meeting, and Chairman of The IVF Directors' Group of Australia. Professor Kovacs was a Councilor of the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology for a period of six years having chaired its Continuing Education and Women's Health Committees. He is a director of ACCESS, Australia's national infertility network.
He is professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Monash University, and Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology for Eastern Health. He has published over 130 scientific papers, over 30 chapters in textbooks, and has written 5 books for the public and edited four textbooks.Professor Kovacs interests and expertise are in IVF, Ovulation induction, PCO, Donor Insemination, infertility surgery, male sub fertility, contraception and sterilization.
Dr. Kwak-Kim is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Microbiology and Immunology of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, as well as the Assistant Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Currently, she serves as Director of Rosalind Franklin University Health System's Reproductive Medicine Center.
She has been a dedicated member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine since 1994. Her keen interest lies in Reproductive Immunology; particularly, recurrent pregnancy loss, which has been the focus of her research. Her work in natural killer cell and Th1/Th2 immune responses in women with recurrent pregnancy losses and multiple implantation failure is well known. The research work that she has done, which applies basic science techniques to clinical problems is cutting edge. She has over 70 publications in peer reviewed articles and textbooks. She has mentored and continues to mentor medical students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Kwak-Kim has lectured numerous times both nationally and internationally. She is an associate editor, American Journal of Reproductive Immunology and an editorial board member of many journals.
Lambalk Cornelis B (Nils)
Research interests: Neuroendocrinology of reproduction, GnRH analogs, physiology of natural twinning, reproductive ageing and PCOS.
Dr Lambalk is a gynaecologist/fertility specialist with focus on reproductive endocrinology. As member of the staff of the division of Reproductive Medicine of the VU University Medical Center (VUmc) in Amsterdam From 1992 onwards he is interim head of research aside from regular patient care and teaching tasks. He did his PhD study on the relation between episodic GnRH stimulation and LH and FSH secretion and graduated Cum Laude in 1988.
He published over 100 papers and book chapters on subjects related to his research interests.
Dr Gillian Lockwood is medical director of Midland Fertility Services in the West Midlands, an independent clinic providing more than 900 IVF and ICSI cycles a year to both NHS and private patients.
She has a special interest in age-related infertility and is an advocate of ‘social egg freezing’ to give older women the chance of genetic motherhood.
Midland Fertility Services was the first UK fertility clinic to achieve live births from the mothers’ own eggs, following egg freezing and the subsequent thaw, fertilisation and transfer, after the birth of four babies since May 2002. Gillian has published widely on all aspects of fertility, and lectures and broadcasts on ethical and social issues in reproductive medicine. She has given expert advice on TV and radio programmes including ‘A Child Against All Odds’ (BBC1), ‘The Baby Race’ (C4), Jeremy Vine (BBC R2), ‘Heaven & Earth’ (BBC1) and ‘Woman’s Hour’ (BBC R4). She has also advised on scripts for ‘Holby City’ and ‘The Archers.
• Dr. Abha Majumdar is heading the Center of IVF and Human Reproduction, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi which is one of the largest and leading units for reproductive medicine in India, where she was also part of the team responsible for the first IVF baby of North India born in 1991. She has more than 10 bookchapters and presented numerous invited lectures at national and international conferences. In 2007 she was appointed by National Diplomate Board for awarding fellowships in Reproductive Medicine to post graduate students in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is the president of Indian Fertility Society (IFS) since 2008 and has been the Chairperson for the Infertility sub-committee of the Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Delhi from 2005 to 2008. Presently she also one of the peer reviewers for Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences.
• President FOGSI (2008)
• Dean of I.C.M.U. (2008)
• Director Ian Donald School of Ultrasound
• National Tech. Advisor for FOGSI-G.O.I.—Mc Arthur Foundation EOC Course
• Practicing Obstetrician Gynecologist at Agra. Special Interest in High Risk Obs., Ultrasound, Laparoscopy and Infertility, ART & Genetics
• Member and Fellow of many Indian and international organisations
• FOGSI Imaging Science Chairman (1996-2000)
• Awarded best paper and best poster at FOGSI : 5 times, Ethicon fellowship, AOFOG young gyn. award, Corion award, Man of the year award, Best Citizens of India award
• Over 30 published and 100 presented papers
• Over 50 guest lectures given in India & Abroad.Presented 10 orations.
• Organised many workshops, training programmes, travel seminars and conferences
• Editor 8 books, many chapters, on editorial board of many journals
Date of birth: March 14, 1937
Place of Birth: Israel
1971 Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynecology
1979-April 2002 Director: Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer
1981 Director: IVF program
1982-86 Head: Academic Division of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Tel Aviv University Medical School 1985 Full Professor: Division Ob/Gyn, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
1994 Incumbent: Gabriel Pinkus Chair for the Prevention & Treatment of Congenital Defects; Tel Aviv University
1985-90 Member: Appointments Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
1988 – present Member of Senate, Tel Aviv University
Geeta Nargund is the Head of Reproductive Medicine at St George’s Hospital, London. She is also the Medical Director of the Centre for Reproduction and Advanced Technology (www.createhealth.org )UK. Her research interests and publications include Natural/Mild IVF and Advanced Ultrasound in Reproductive Medicine. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and abstracts including several book chapters on assisted reproduction technology (ART). She has been an invited speaker at several international scientific meetings. She is the President of the International Society for Mild Approaches in Assisted Reproduction (ISMAAR) (www.ismaar.org).She is also the Chair of the Special Task Force on Mild IVF for the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology(ESHRE).She is also a member of the ESHRE Special Task force and World Health Organisation (WHO) Expert Group on “infertility in developing countries” .She is a Visiting Professor at St Marco University Lima ,Peru and SDM Medical College, India. She is passionate about prevention of infertility & making assisted conception treatments more physiological, safer and affordable globally.
She is the Founder & Chief Executive of the UK national charity, Health Education Research (HER) Trust (www.hertrust.org). She has been a Senior Governor of Primary & Secondary Schools in South London. She has been actively involved in National & International Charities promoting Education, Women’s development, Equality and Diversity.
Dr. Pasquale Patrizio received his medical training at the Universita’ Studi Napoli Federico II, MD and his Masters in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his Residency in OB/GYN-Reproductive Endocrinology at the Universita’ Studi Napoli Federico II, MD. He went on to complete also a Residency in Andrology-Male Reproduction at the Universita’ Studi in Pisa, Italy. In USA he completed a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Patrizio is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yale University and is the Director of both the Yale Fertility Center and the Reproductive Endocrinology clinical practice. His clinical interests include Infertility (female and male), IVF, Egg donation and Gestational surrogacy, Preservation of fertility in Cancer patients. Among his many research interests are Whole ovary cryopreservation, Egg freezing, Genetics of oocytes and cumulus cells, Isolation and freezing of male germ cells and Ethical issues in assisted reproduction.
Founder of the Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad (IVI), formed of 6 clinics in different cities of Spain (Valencia, Sevilla, Madrid, Murcia, Castellón, Almería) and one in México DF. The IVI Group is probably the most active team in reproductive Medicine in the world, since >6000 in vitro fertilization cycles are performed per year. The IVI Group has more than 200 employees, including clinical personnel, investigators, administratives and others. The influence of the IVI Group, especially the clinics in Valencia and Madrid, is international, since patients from all over the world are treated here, mainly couples from Germany, Denmark, Portugal, United Kingdom, and South-America.
From the beginning, the IVI Group has had a R+D Department, which has presently developed in the IVI Foundation for the Study of Reproduction (FIVIER), which works annually with approximately 300.000 Euros, receiving grants from the local and national Administrations, as well as from private companies. As a result, the profits of a clinical activity have been invested in Science, with benefits for the University of Valencia, and the Society in general.
ELEONORA PORCU M.D.
Eleonora Porcu has been Medical Doctor and Assistant Professor in Reproductive Medicine at the University of Bologna since 1977. She is Obstetrician and Gynecologist and is the Director of the Infertility and Assisted Reproduction Center at the S. Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital in Bologna. Her fields of research include adolescent hyperandrogenism and PCOS, endocrinology of infertility, reproductive cryostorage with special involvement in human oocyte cryopreservation. She published a number of peer-reviewed papers, gave several invited main lectures including the ASRM and the ESHRE meetings and received the IFFS 30th Anniversary Recognition Award for significant contributions in Infertility and Reproductive Medicine.
Professor Qiao Jie is Chief Physician and head at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing. She specializes in diagnoses and management of
infertility and reproductive endocrine diseases. She is on the editorial board of a number of Chinese medical journals. Her work is in clinical treatment, education and medical researches within the fields of Obstetrics and Gynecology with a research direction focusing towards the diagnoses and treatment for diseases of Reproductive Endocrine, such as management to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, endometrium abnormality and infertility as well as reproductive treatments. Supported by several research funds, she has systematically studied on PCOS and infertility, published more than 100 papers and given many invited presentations at international or national conferences. Now she is the elective-president, Chinese society of reproductive medicine, Chinese medical association.
Zev Rosenwaks, M.D. is the Director of The Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at the Weill Cornell Medical College. He is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine and Attending Obstetrician-Gynecologist at New York/Weill-Cornell. In 1994, Dr. Rosenwaks was named the Revlon Distinguished Professor of Reproductive Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Since 2000, Dr. Rosenwaks has directed the Institute for Reproductive Medicine, where he is the Physician-in-Chief. Dr. Rosenwaks currently serves as an Overseer on Weill-Cornell’s Board of Overseers and sits on both the Faculty Steering Council and the Executive Faculty Council and was recently appointed to serve as a Committee Member for the National Academies and Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Rosenwaks is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and was past president of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.
Professor Bruno Salle had his medical training at the Claude Bernard University Lyon I, Lyon France and he graduated as an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. He later obtained his PhD at the same university.
Prof Salle is now the Head of the Female Infertility Unit, Hospital Edouard Herriot, Hospices civils de Lyon, France. He is also a Professor of Reproductive Medicine at Claude Bernard University, Lyon I, Lyon France. Prof Salle heads the research unit at the National Institute of Medical Research (INSERM U 846 Stem cells & brain) Fertility preservation, Ovary cryopreservation, ovarian transplantation.
Prof Salle has written and published several papers in journals, and contributed chapters in numerous textbooks and delivered lectures at various international and national conferences. He is a member of the task force of ESHRE fertility preservation in severe diseases and malignancies.
Sherman J. Silber
Dr. Sherman Silber, a pioneer in microsurgery and infertility, is considered a leading authority on IVF, sperm retrieval, ICSI, vasectomy reversal, tubal ligation reversal, egg and embryo freezing, testicle and ovary freezing and transplantation, and the reproductive biological clock. He performed the world’s first microsurgical vasectomy reversal, as well as the first testicle transplant, in the 70’s, and now in the current century, the world’s first ovary transplant. He was the first to develop the TESE and MESA techniques for retrieving testicular and epididymal sperm in azoospermic men. He headed the clinical MIT team that first mapped and sequenced the Y chromosome in infertile men and helped to discover the now famous DAZ gene for male fertility. His research includes also the study of reproduction and fertility in zoo animals and endangered species. Most recently he has perfected the preservation of fertility for cancer patients with ovarian freezing and transplantation and thereby figured out how to extend the reproductive biological clock of women. He has helped pioneer minimal ovarian stimulation to reduce IVF costs. He is a urologist who teaches very difficult gynecologic procedures (like tubal reversal and adenomyectomy) to gynecologists. He has even recently answered the age-old question of why the dinosaurs went extinct by extending his research on male infertility and the Y chromosome, discovering that the change in earth temperature 65,000,000 years ago led to the birth of a skewed male/female sex ratio.
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Valencia and Scientific Director of IVI Foundation since 1994. In 2004, due to his pioneer work on human embryonic stem cells in Spain, he was appointed as Head of the Valencia Node of the Spanish Stem Cell Bank at the Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe (CIPF). From 2005 to 2007, he was Coordinator of the Department of Regenerative Medicine at CIPF.
From 1991 to 2001, his traslational medical investigation in Reproductive Medicine focused on the study of endometrial receptivity, the mechanisms that regulate embryo implantation in the uterus, and endometriosis. This work has been funded through 8 projects from the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias de la Seguridad Social, 4 projects from the Ministerio de Educación Ciencia y Tecnología and 12 projects from international organisms and American Universities. As a result, new co-culture systems for human embryos, the genomic study of the human endometrium and the discovery of molecules used to create new contraceptives, were created. From 2001 to present, his background in Reproductive Medicine has allow him to open the human embryonic stem cell field in Spain.
Present Position: Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
Executive director, Japan Society of Repro-Regenerative Medicine
Executive director, Academia for Repro-Regenerative Medicine
Director, Aijyukai-Doujin Hospital, Kyoto
Director, Infertility Center, Daigo-Watanabe Clinic, kyoto
Tan Seang Lin
Dr. Tan is the James Edmund Dodds Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University. He is also Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre.
Dr. Tan is an internationally recognized infertility expert and a pioneer in the simplification of in-vitro fertilization. He founded the McGill Reproductive Center and led the team that produced the world’s first air transport IVF and ICSI pregnancies. His team is the pioneer in Canada in the use of in-vitro maturation of human oocytes for the treatment of infertility and in the use of in-vitro maturation (IVM) and vitrification of oocytes to preserve fertility in young women undergoing cancer treatment. As a result of this groundbreaking work, in 2005, the team was the first in the world to achieve a livebirth from an egg that was matured through IVM, vitrified and then thawed.
Chief Physician, Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Helsinki University Central Hospital.
Education: Licentiate of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Doctor of Medical Science, University of Helsinki, Specialist in Gynaecology and Obstetrics and in Gynaecologic Endocrinology; University of Helsinki.
Research: The topics have been related to clinical research, and they have concentrated in female reproductive medicine, gynaecologic endocrinology and assisted reproductive techniques. The most important research area has been studies on elective single embryo transfer (eSET). Publications: Altogether 230 publications, including 141 original publications in English, 21 reviews or editorials in English, 60 articles in Finnish, 8 chapters in textbooks in Finnish.
Dr Tongtis Tongyai completed a bachelor’s degree in science and his MD at Chulalongkorn University, and qualified as a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1983. After 5 years as an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Ramathibodi Hospital, Dr Tongyai established the blastocyst culture programme of the Blastocyst Center in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Praram 9 Hospital in 1998. He started his new center at Perfect Women Institute and is currently the Director of the Institute. This new centre expands its services to Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis by Blastocyst Biopsy and First Trimester Genetic Diagnosis. His centre is one of Thailand’s finest assisted reproduction clinics and has been involved in the training of many in vitro fertilisation teams from Thailand and abroad.
Ilan Tur-Kaspa, MD, is the Founder and Medical Director of the Institute for Human Reproduction (IHR), and the Director of the Clinical IVF-PGD Program, at the Reproductive Genetics Institute (RGI), in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr Tur-Kaspa is an internationally known Specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Infertility. He is one of the worlds most experienced Reproductive Specialists involved in advanced IVF/ICSI treatment with Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD).
Dr Tur-Kaspa is the author and co-author of over 90 scientific publications and book chapters in prestigious scientific journals with regards to modern infertility treatments, reproductive imaging, and PGD. He is a co-Editor of the book on “Biotechnology of Human Reproduction”, published in 2003.
Gábor Vajta is medical doctor, PhD in human pathology and Doctor of Sciences in embryology. He is professor of BGI Shenzhen, China and Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia. He lives in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, but spends half of his time in China and other Asian, European, African and American countries. He is director of a consulting company (www.gaborvajta.com), providing services in human and domestic animal embryology all over the world. He is author of more than 160 publications (books, book chapters and papers in peer-reviewed journals, with approx. 8,500 citations). Main topics of his research include cryopreservation of embryos and oocytes (open pulled straw vitrification), somatic cell nuclear transfer (handmade cloning), and various aspects of mammalian embryo culture (well of the well, submarine incubation).
Herman Weiss studied medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and finished his residency in Ob/Gyn at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore program in NYC. He received a MBA from George Washington University. He was in private practice in Ob/Gyn specializing in Pelvic floor health and Gynecological surgery. After moving to Israel in 2008 he became the Chief Medical Officer of a Medical Device company developing an innovative and minimally invasive way to treat women's fibroids. In 2010 he became the Global Medical Director of Women's Health at Teva Pharmaceuticals based in Israel. He is extensively published and holds multiple patents.
Dr. Ariel Weissman graduated the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical School in 1988. In 1994 he completed his residency in Obstetrics and gynecology at the Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot, where he spent another two years working as a senior physician at the IVF unit. Dr. Weissman then pursued a 2-year research and clinical fellowship with Prof. Bob Casper at the Division of Reproductive Sciences, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. His main focus of research was transplantation of human ovarian tissue in immuno deficient mice.
Upon returning to Israel in 1998, Dr. Weissman joined the IVF unit at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, Tel Aviv University Sackler Faculty of Medicine where he currently holds a position of Senior Lecturer. Together with David Gardner PhD, Colin Howles PhD, and Zeev Shoham M.D., Dr. Weissman has published the “Textbook of Assisted Techniques: Laboratory and Clinical Perspectives”, which is one of the leading books in the field of ART.
He started in the field of ART in 1978. His main clinical interest has focused on simplifying the clinical management in ART. In 1979 he began developing techniques for ultrasound guided oocyte pick up, and in 1984 he introduced vaginal ultrasound for monitoring ovarian stimulation and for guiding oocyte aspiration in IVF cycles. He has published 134 scientific papers in international journals, 30 chapters for medical books and more than 400 abstracts for national and international scientific meetings.
Dr P C Wong is Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore; as well as the Chief of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the National University Hospital. He is also the Director of the Assisted Reproduction Programme in the Hospital.
He has a long-standing interest in the various aspects of infertility, especially assisted reproduction. He was a member of the Editorial Board of ‘Human Reproduction’. He has published 47 peer-reviewed and refereed papers and written several chapters in books and reviews.
He is actively involved with postgraduate training and has been a member of the Specialist Training Committee as well as the Postgraduate Examination Committee. He is the First President of ASPIRE and an Executive Board Member of PRSFS.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Matan Yemini has focused his interest, practice, and research on the spectrum of issues associated with reproductive endocrinology and infertility treatment.
A 1978 graduate of Jerusalem's Hadassah Hebrew University School of Medicine, Dr. Yemini completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Kaplan University Hospital in Rehovot, Israel, obtaining his board certification in 1986. Dr. Yemini trained in reproductive endocrinology at Kaplan Medical Center's Division of Reproductive Medicine and conducted his basic research at the Weitzman Institute for Science. He performed an infertility fellowship at Tel Aviv's Shiba Medical Center and later developed and directed Kaplan University Hospital’s IVF clinical and training program. He served as a senior physician in the Division of Reproductive Medicine there until 1987, when he joined the University of Miami School of Medicine as director of the IVF