Expert Imaging in O&G 2022 Speaker Biographies
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Joanne Muter completed her PhD in 2015 under the supervision of Professor Jan Brosens investigating the role of circadian rhythms in the endometrium. She has since undertaken postdoctoral positions continuing her work within reproductive health, specifically focusing on the discovery of preconception biomarkers to assess the likelihood of recurrent miscarriage.
Maya Al Memar
Miss Maya Al-Memar is a Consultant Gynaecologist at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust, with specialist clinical interests in complex benign gynaecology, acute diagnostic services including early pregnancy and acute gynaecology, rapid access for suspected gynaecological cancer, and paediatric & adolescent gynaecology. She completed her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in North-West London She graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine with first class honours in 2007, where she also completed her PhD and is now an honorary clinical lecturer. She is widely published in peer-reviewed journals. She currently has on-going research projects in the fields of early pregnancy, miscarriage, ovarian cysts and use of ultrasound to improve diagnosis of ovarian masses and paediatric and adolescent gynaecology.
Phillip Bennett is a clinical academic with an interest in the application of basic and translational science in the prevention of preterm birth and other pregnancy complications. He trained at St George’s Hospital London (graduation 1982), began research as an MD student studying biochemistry at Royal Postgraduate Medical School in the 1980s (graduation 1988) and as a PhD student in molecular biology at RPMS in the early 1990s (graduation 1992). He became Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2000, Fellow of the Maltese College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2005 and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2017. Phillip Bennett was appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1994 and became Director of the Institute for Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College, in June 2012. In 2018 he became Director of the first European March of Dimes Preterm Birth Centre.
Tom Bourne is Chair in Gynaecology at Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, London. He is visiting Professor at KU Leuven in Belgium. He has a national and international reputation in all aspects of the use of ultrasonography in gynaecology including early pregnancy, endometriosis, emergency gynaecology and the assessment of ovarian cysts. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers with an h-index of 87 and been asked to speak at numerous meetings in the UK and abroad. He is President of the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and sits on the management group of the Tommy’s national centre for miscarriage research in the UK. He is a medical advisor and trustee of the UK patient group, the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. He co-founder of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis group (IOTA). He is immediate past President of UK Association of Early Pregnancy Units. In 2015 he was awarded honorary fellowship of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and in 2016 honorary membership of the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine. He is a founder member of the RCOG task force on “supporting our doctors”. He supervises a number of Ph.D. fellows at Imperial College and his research interests include the diagnosis of ovarian and endometrial cancer as well as the diagnosis, management, and psychological impact of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.
Dr Angharad Care is a National Institute of Health Research Academic Clinical Lecturer and Obstetrician working at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK. She has been involved in preterm birth prevention research and clinical practice for over a decade and has published manuscripts, book chapters and media articles on this topic. She has experience of clinical trials, systematic review, network meta-analysis, observational studies and biomarker research focussing on the prediction and prevention of spontaneous preterm birth.
Manju is a consultant obstetrician with a special interest in high-risk obstetrics, preterm birth prediction and prevention and maternal medicine. She adopts cutting-edge research advances to enhance the delivery of high-quality clinical care. She is committed to the Maternity Transformation and Better Birth Ambition to improve maternity and neonatal outcomes and is a member of the group that approached the Secretary of Health to update the ambition to include a reduction of spontaneous preterm birth from 8% to 6%. Manju holds leadership and management roles in London geared at optimising the preparation of babies at risk of being born too early, giving them the best chance of better beginnings and subsequent healthier lives. She is also an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the School of Life Course Sciences at King’s College London. Her research interests involve the prediction and prevention of preterm birth, ranging from basic science to clinical studies. She has experience in quality improvement and transformation and redesign of clinical care pathways, which span different NHS institutions and involve frontline staff.
Anna Clark is an Obstetrics & Gynaecology Registrar and Clinical Research Fellow at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She is currently undertaking a PhD with Imperial College London exploring the use of 3D ultrasound and image segmentation to assess fetal facial morphology. Other interests include the use of ultrasound simulation for ultrasound training.
George Condous is gynaecological surgeon sonologist in the field of endometriosis with appointments at Nepean Hospital. He is an Associate Professor of Gynaecology at Sydney Medical School Nepean, University of Sydney, with special interests in:
1. gynaecological ultrasound imaging (EFSUMB level 3 equivalent) and
2. minimally invasive gynaecological surgery (AGES level 6 equivalent).
He is an ambassador for the World Endometriosis Society (WES).
He is also Head of Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sydney Medical School Nepean, University of Sydney.
He is the current Vice President of the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB).
He is current Chair of the Scientific Committee for the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG).
He is current Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery (AGES) Society Board member.
He is past president of the Australasian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM).
He was the Co-Chair for the ISUOG World Congresses in Sydney 2013 and Singapore 2017 as well as the Chair for the WFUMB World Congress in Melbourne 2019.
George is recognised internationally for his work in endometriosis and early pregnancy, he has published more than 250 peer reviewed papers and published five books including ‘How to perform ultrasonography in Endometriosis’.
Professor Andrea Dall’Asta is currently Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Parma, Honorary Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the University Hospital of Parma and Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London, UK. His clinical and research interests are focused on Maternal and Fetal Medicine and particularly on intrapartum ultrasound, fetal growth restriction and advanced prenatal imaging. Professor Dall’Asta graduated and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and PhD course at the University of Parma, Italy, and had Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics training in the United Kingdom at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. He is author and co-author of over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and several chapters published in textbooks of international relevance and collaborates as a reviewer for International Journals. Professor Dall’Asta is currently Chair of the Safety Committee and of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG), member of the ISUOG NGen Committee and co-chair of the Fetal Growth Committee of the Italian Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (SIEOG). He has been appointed Editorial Board Member of the Fetal Medicine section of BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth in June 2018.
Anna is Director of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health at University College London in London and an Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine at UCL Hospital. Clinically she specializes in fetal medicine, severe congenital disease, fetal growth restriction and prevention of preterm birth. Her research team is developing novel prenatal therapies using stem cells and gene therapy. She is part of the BOOSTB4 consortium performing the first clinical of in utero stem cell transplantation for osteogenesis imperfecta. She has led development of the first standardized Maternal and Fetal Adverse Event Terminology: MFAET version 1.0, for use in clinical trials of pregnancy interventions.
Torbjørn M. Eggebø
Torbjørn M. Eggebø is professor emeritus at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and consultant at the National center of foetal medicine at St.Olavs Hospital, Trondheim, Norway. The research from his group focuses on the use of ultrasound during active labour and he defended a thesis in this topic in 2009. He has continued this research and supervised several phd candidates. His goal is to implement the use of ultrasound as standard care in labour wards. His research also includes publications related to foetal malformations, interventions during labour, postpartum haemorrhage, anal sphincter ruptures, management of prolonged pregnancies and simulation training in complicated deliveries. He was a member of the MSF team (Doctors without Borders) in Bo, Sierra Leone in 2008 and 2009 and has participated in the outreach team of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Milan.
Co-Chair Department Woman, Child, and Neonate.
Foundation IRCCS, Polyclinic of Milan-Mangiagalli Maternity High-Risk Hospital.
This Maternity Hub is the largest in Italy with 5900 deliveries per year.
Main Area of research:
Maternal Fetal Medicine, Diagnostic ultrasound.
In this area I have published more than 500 scientific papers and book chapters, with more than 13 hundred citations
• Member of the Scientific Board of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology 1999-2007
• President Lombard Society Obstetrics and Gynecology 2010 to 2013
• President Italian Association Preeclampsia 2017-2019
• Chair Regional Committee for the Obstetrical Network in Lombardy 2014-present
• Chair Prenatal Diagnosis Working group of the Italian Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics
• Clinical advisor for the Rava Foundation for the Maternity project at St Damien Hospital, Haiti, 2009 to present.
• Reviewer for major scientific journals
Daniela Fischerová specialized in O&G (1st and 2nd degree, 2000, 2004), clinical oncology (2005), and gynecological oncology (2011). She holds a PhD in experimental surgery (2008). She works as a professor at the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University (2012). Since 2016 she serves as a Board member of the International Society of Ultrasound in O&G (ISUOG) and since 2021 she also becomes a Board member of the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO). At a national level, she serves as the Vice President of the Czech Ultrasound Society in O&G and Board member of Czech Gynecologic Oncology society. She is academically very active in ultrasound imaging of gynecological cancer and passionate about promoting implementation of ultrasound in cancer staging, particularly by teaching and international research cooperation. She established Scientific and Educational Ultrasound Centre at Charles University. Twice a year she organises International Workshop on Ultrasound in Gynecologic Oncology (IWUGO) in Prague.
Wouter Froyman graduated as a Medical Doctor at KU Leuven in 2011. He finished his specialization in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2018 and has since then worked as a consultant in this department at the University Hospitals Leuven. His main clinical activities and research are related to gynaecological ultrasound and treatment of benign gynaecological pathology, with special interest in minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery. In 2019, he obtained his PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences, with a doctoral thesis entitled “Progress in differentiation and clinical management of adnexal masses”. In 2020, he was appointed associate professor at KU Leuven. He is also a steering committee member of the International Ovarian Tumour Analysis (IOTA) studies.
Prof Tullio Ghi was born in Italy in 1973. Following the studies at the Medical School of the University of Bologna, he completed his residence in Ob-Gyn at the S.Orsola Hospital of Bologna. From 2000 until 2001 he was at King’s College Hospital for a fellowship in Fetal Medicine. He has a phD in fetal Medicine at the University of Milan (2002-2005). From 2003 to 2014 he served as consultant of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospital of Bologna. Since 2014 he is based at the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Parma, where he has been appointed as Full Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of the Residency School in Obstetrics and Gynecology and President of the Midwifery School. He is the Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospital of Parma.
His main field of research is on obstetrics, ultrasound in labor and prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies. He has published more than 200 articles and 3 books. He is member of the Scientific Committee of the International Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is on the board of the Italian Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is the president of the Italian Society of Preeclampsia.
In 2019 he has founded the ISLANDS group (International Society of Labor and Delivery Sonography).
He is the president elected of the Midwifery School and the Director of the Residency School of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the University of Parma.
Professor Laurent Guibaud is the chief of the Fetal imaging section of the department of Pediatric imaging of HFME in Lyon. His main scientific topics are fetal CNS imaging and superficial vascular anomalies. He is the coordinator of one of the main national reference centers for malformations of the cerebellum. He is the author of more than 150 scientific papers.
Awards and other Professional Activities:
1992 Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship, Austrian Science Foundation
1992 Honorary Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King’s College School of Medicine, University of London
1996 Habilitation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Vienna, Austria
1999 Werner Otto Foundation Award for Clinical Research
2000 Hans L. Geisenhofer Foundation Research Award, Bavarian Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
2006 Honorary Member of the ‘Sociedad Chilena de Ultrasonografia en Medicina y Biologia’
2008 Dres. Haackert Foundation Gold Medal Award for Prenatal Medicine
2011 Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Ultrasound in OB/GYN
2011 Corresponding Member of the Chilean Society of OB/GYN
2012 Pschyrembel – Medal for achievements as a researcher and teacher in obstetrics
ISUOG (International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology)
– President (2006-2008)
– Editor ‘Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology’ (2003-2018)
– Deputy Editor-in-Chief (2011-2018)
– Chairman of the 19th World Congress on Ultrasound in O&G (13-17 September 2009, Hamburg)
– Chairman of the 29th World Congress on Ultrasound in O&G (12-16 October 2019, Berlin)
Judith Huirne is head of Department of Gynaecology, Amsterdam. This is a tertiary referral center for uterine disorders. She is specialised in innovative imaging and minimal invasive surgery in gynaecology. She founded the international niche taskforce group and the special interest group for uterine disorders and niches of the ESGE. She started the first study on uterine niche in 2007. She published 29 papers on niches in the uterine CS scar and is currently guiding several PhD students in relation to this topic.
Professor Kilby is an Honorary Consultant and one of six accredited subspecialists providing regional and supra-regional care in Maternal and Fetal Medicine to pregnant women in the West Midlands and regions of the Midlands and North England. He holds the Dame Hilda Lloyd Chair of Fetal Medicine at the University of Birmingham, UK. Professor Kilby’s clinical expertise relates to prenatal diagnosis, the detection of fetal abnormalities and also fetal therapy; in particular the management of complicated monochorionic twins. He has published over 450 peer reviewed original articles (h-index of 89; i10 index of 196 and RG score of 59.7). He is an invited Member of the International Fetoscopic Working Group (elected 2005) and an elected Member of the North American Perinatal Research Society (elected 2004). He is involved in many aspects of fetal therapy. At the Fetal Medicine Centre at Birmingham Women’s, they perform 50-60 in-utero transfusions and 40-50 fetoscopic laser ablations per year. As well as traditional methods of treating fetal anaemia secondary to maternal red cell and platelet alloimmunisation, he has been exploring the role of novel pharmacotherapy in these potentially morbid diseases. He is a PI on the Janssen-Janssen international Phase 2 and 3 study evaluating the role of Nipocalimab in pregnancies at risk of severe haemolytic disease of the fetus and the newborn.
Emma is a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Free Hospital, London. She is the clinical lead for Early Pregnancy and Emergency Gynaecology. She has published on many aspects of early pregnancy. She organises the RCOG ATSM course in Early Pregnancy and Acute Gynaecology, is an executive committee member of the Association of Early Pregnancy Units and is immediate past coordinator of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Special Interest Group in Implantation and Early Pregnancy.
Dr Chris Kyriacou is an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Registrar based at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Northwest London. He is a PhD candidate at Imperial College London, with a specialist focus on early pregnancy complications. He is evaluating clinical, ultrasound and novel biochemical markers that may enable earlier ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage diagnosis. He has published and presented internationally on pregnancy of unknown location risk assessment. He is working under the supervision of Professor Tom Bourne, chair in Gynaecology at Imperial College London and Dr Vasso Terzidou, Clinical Reader in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College London.
Chiara Landolfo, MD, PhD, is a Gynaecologist Oncologist Consultant at Imperial College London. She completed her training in Bologna (Italy), combining her education in Brussels and Leuven (Belgium). With a special interest in gynaecologic ultrasonography, she joined the IOTA group. She worked together with Prof D. Timmerman at KU Leuven, Prof T. Bourne at Imperial College London and Prof A. Testa at Gemelli Hospital in Rome. She is active in research on gynaecological ultrasound and translational analyses. She is member of ISUOG, SIEOG and ESGO. Chiara is currently member of the ISUOG Clinical Standards Committee and of the ISUOG Task Force for the Basic Training in Gynaecology. She also collaborates to VISUOG project, and worked as a member of the ISUOG “Next Generation group”. She regularly takes part in education, scientific presentations and courses on gynaecologic ultrasound at national and international conferences.
Christoph Lees is Professor of Obstetrics at Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Head of Fetal Medicine at the Centre for Fetal Care, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He leads research into assessment of fetal health with Doppler ultrasound, scanning in labour, and non-invasive fetal surgery, including the first in human studies of high-intensity focused ultrasound.
Katy Lindemann is a writer and patient advocate, in addition to her day job as a strategy consultant. Following her own (unsuccessful) infertility journey of IVF and miscarriages, she now writes about infertility and pregnancy loss, and advocates for better understanding of the patient perspective of fertility issues.
Tulip Mazumdar is an award winning journalist specialising in global health. She has been working on a wide ranging BBC News series and documentary looking at miscarriage care around the world. Miscarriage. The search for answers is on the BBC iplayer. She has been reporting on the pandemic over the last two and a half years. Prior to that, she led the BBC’s coverage of the Ebola outbreak from West Africa in 2014-2016, and subsequently reported on MERs from Saudi Arabia and Zika in Latin America. She has a special interest in women’s health and has covered the fight against FGM in Kenya, Sierra Leone and the UK, fistula in Uganda and obesity among women in Qatar. Before her work in global health she reported on the plight of the missing Chibok school girls from northern Nigeria for Panorama, and covered the war in Afghanistan from Kabul and embedded with British troops in Helmand province.
Nicola started her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the North West Thames region of London in 2009 after graduating from The University of Manchester and undertaking her early training in South Manchester. In 2013, Nicola took time out of training to undertake a position as a research fellow in Early Pregnancy and Gynaecology. She joined the North West London Early Pregnancy Research Consortium (Imperial College, London), led by Professor Tom Bourne. The focus of Nicola’s research was severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy/hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). She has published work on the efficacy of outpatient management of HG and the psychological impact of severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. In 2018 she was awarded an MD(Res) from Imperial College with a thesis entitled “Severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (hyperemesis gravidarum): Psychological impact and current management”. Nicola is now in the final stages of her training. She continues to work towards improving care for women suffering with hyperemesis gravidarum, this includes working closely with the charity Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS).
Dr Nina Parker is a clinical research fellow and specialist registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College London. She is a PhD candidate with a research focus on miscarriage and the psychological impact of early pregnancy loss. She has a special interest in interventions that target the psychological sequelae of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.
I qualified from St Bartholomew’s Medical School, obtained MD in Recurrent Miscarriage at University of Liverpool did and registrar training in Merseyside. I and am now a Professor of Obstetrics in University of Warwick and Honorary Consultant at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. I am deputy director of the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research and Co-Director of the Centre for Early Life.
Dr Marta Santorum-Perez is a Consultant Obstetrician and a Specialist in Fetal Medicine. She graduated from Santiago de Compostela University Medical School, Spain in 1996. Dr Santorum-Perez completed her basic training in Puerta del Mar University Hospital in Spain. She had a special interest in Laparoscopic surgery and she was awarded in 1999 with the European Diploma in advanced laparoscopy in gynaecology from CICE Clermond-Ferrand University in France. In 2001 she moved to London and became a Research Fellow at the Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine at King’s College, under the supervision of Professor Nicolaides. In 2003 she obtained the diploma in fetal medicine awarded by the Fetal Medicine Foundation. She was appointed as a Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine at King’s College Hospital in 2014. Her clinical special interest includes all aspects of fetal medicine and ultrasound with a particular interest in fetal surgery. Her extensive laparoscopic and fetal medicine expertise enabled her to perform the first fetoscopic spina bifida repair in the UK. She also works privately at the Fetal Medicine Centre in Harley Street, London.
Dr Harsha Shah is a medical doctor and academic researcher in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She is currently completing her doctoral research (PhD) at Imperial College London in novel three-dimensional ultrasound imaging in pregnancy for fetal anatomy assessment. Her current research goals are to improve the assessment of fetal anatomy in the first trimester using three-dimensional imaging techniques with embryological correlation. As part of this work, she is the co-founder of an online, open-access ultrasound image library www.3dultrasoundatlas.com. Her further appointments include Trainee Representative for the Association of Early Pregnancy Units and former Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Junior Careers Advisor and Chair of the North West Thames Obstetrics and Gynaecology Trainees’ Committee.
Dr Shaw is a Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London. Her PhD research focused on fetal medicine and non-invasive fetal surgery, specifically the use of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) to occlude placental and fetal vasculature as a treatment for twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). Over the last four years she has translated this research into a first-in-human Phase I safety and efficacy study of using ultrasound guided HIFU to non-invasively treat early gestation TTTS. Her other research interests include the autonomic nervous system control of fetal heart rate variability in normal and complicated pregnancy and its implications for non-invasive fetal electronic monitoring, and the translation of novel technologies into ultrasound training and obstetric practise.
Gordon C. S. Smith is Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cambridge, and a Consultant in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Rosie Hospital, Cambridge, UK. He has MD, PhD & DSc degrees from Glasgow University. He held Wellcome Trust research training fellowships at Glasgow University, UK (1992-93), and Cornell University, USA (1996-1999). He is currently a Wellcome Investigator (2020-2026) and theme lead for Women’s Health and Paediatrics in the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre. He was elected a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 2010. His current research is focused on placentally-related complications of human pregnancy, addressing mechanisms and prediction of disease. He led the POPS cohort (2008-2013) and is PI of the POPS2 cohort (2020-2025) and nested randomised controlled trial (ISRCTN12181427).
Marc Spaanderman, MD PhD, is professor in Obstetrics at the department of Obstetrics Maastricht University Medical Center and RadboudUMC. Over the past 25 years, his research group focuses on maternal health and the capacity to balance cardiovascular stress before, during and after pregnancy. Care and studies are structured around this topic in order to personalize treatment to optimize well-being and to prevent future health problems during pregnancy and thereafter.
Prof. Tamara Stampalija, MD PhD
Chief of Unit of Fetal Medicine and Prenatal Diagnosis at Institute of maternal and Child Health Burlo Garofolo, Trieste, Italy
Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Department of Medicine, Surgery and Health Sciences
Main interests in fetal growth restriction, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, maternal hemodynamics and fetal imaging
Sarah Stock is Reader, Consultant and Subspecialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the University of Edinburgh Usher Institute. She went to Manchester University Medical School, and has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Her specialist and subspecialist clinical training was undertaken in Edinburgh, with periods in Glasgow, London and Australia. She has research interests in preterm birth and stillbirth. With a laboratory science background, she now focuses on clinical trials and international data driven studies. Her aim is to improve care options for pregnant women and develop strategies that reduce baby deaths and improve the health of children.
Dr Lynne Sykes is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics at Imperial College London. She manages women at high risk of preterm birth at Imperial College. The preterm prevention service cares for roughly 700 women a year and utilises transvaginal ultrasound scans and fetal fibronectin to aid the prediction and prevention of mid-trimester loss and preterm birth. She also provides a 24/7 service for rescue cerclages along with Professors Bennett & Teoh. in the role of the immune response in preterm birth. She obtained her PhD in 2012 reporting on the potential role of immunomodulators in the prevention of preterm labour. She now leads a research group at the Imperial College March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centre, exploring the role of neutrophils and inflammatory mediators in microbial driven preterm labour.
Prof Antonia Testa is Scientific Director of the Centre for Ultrasound in Gynecological Oncology of the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital Foundation and Associate Professor of the Institute of Obstetric and Gynaecological Clinics at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. She is Vice President of SIEOG (Italian Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology). She has been member of ISUOG board. She is member of IOTA (International Ovarian Tumor Analysis) steering committee.
Dirk Timmerman is full professor and chairman Obstetrics and Gynecology at KU Leuven, Belgium; Senior Clinical Investigator of the Scientific Research Fund (FWO) Flanders. Visiting Professor Imperial College London and visiting Professor Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Rome. He is co-ordinator of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) collaborative group including more than 60 centers for ovarian cancer diagnosis throughout the world. The IOTA group aims to develop new algorithms and liquid biopsies to diagnose and detect ovarian cancer and for optimal care of adnexal tumors (included patients n>34,000). Board member and past chair scientific committee International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG). He published more than 500 papers in international scientific journals. H-index 85 (Google Scholar).
Sana is currently a Maternal Fetal Medicine Subspecialty Trainee at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. Sana’s PhD focused on “Intrapartum ultrasound in predicting labour outcome” carrying out more than 500 assessments on the delivery suite. As a Research Associate, Sana is co-supervising PhD students at Imperial College and working closely with King’s College Psychology Department to understand the attitudes surrounding intrapartum ultrasound and risk prediction. She has actively collaborated with NTNU and KU Leuven on parallel studies and statistical methodology. The work has resulted in over 10 peer reviewed publications and several book chapters and reviews. Intrapartum ultrasound for fetal head position has now gained enough importance to be a core component of the Advanced Labour Ward Practice ATSM in the UK.
Full Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Tor Vergata University Rome Italy.
Director of the Unit of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Policlinico Casilino Rome Italy. Main subject of research: Maternal fetal medicine, intrauterine environment and fetal health, fetal growth, hypertension in pregnancy, maternal cardiac function in normal and pathological pregnancy, treatment of hypertension. Has published more than 150 articles on national and international journals.
Has published several books on cardiotocography, fetal surveillance in labor, obstetrical risk, medical therapy in pregnancy. General secretary of Italian Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2011-2013.
Member of International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy. President of the Italian Society of Perinatal Medicine, Director of the School of midwifery of Tor Vergata University, Director of the School for residents in Gynaecology and Obstetrics Tor Vergata University.
Thierry Van den Bosch
Prof. Thierry Van den Bosch defended his PhD in 2007 on the diagnosis of endometrial disease. His clinical research focuses on the diagnosis of endometrial and myometrial pathology, endometriosis and fertility exploration.
He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the KU Leuven (Belgium) and at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). In 1992 he was appointed consultant at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Unit of Gynecologic Oncology, of the University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Hospital (South-Africa). In 1994 he moved back to Belgium. He worked as gynecologist at the Regional Hospital RZ Tienen, consultant UZ Leuven and KU Leuven and became the Head of department in RZ Tienen.
He currently works at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital UZ Leuven, at the Faculty of Medicine, KU Leuven, and is Senior Clinical Investigator of the Scientific Research Fund (FWO) Flanders, Belgium.