Claus Yding Andersen is Scientific Director of Laboratory of Reproductive Biology, University Hospital of Copenhagen, Denmark and Professor of Human Reproductive Physiology within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.
Professor Andersen was a member of the team that introduced IVF to Denmark in the mid-1980s and has during the last twenty years headed a national program of fertility. He is considered one of the pioneers in this field. He has published more than 350 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is currently chief editor on the Reproduction section in Frontiers in Endocrinology.
Robert E. Brannigan, MD is a Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Urology in the Department of Urology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine with a clinical and research focus on male reproductive medicine and surgery and fertility preservation. He obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University. After completing residency training in Urology at Northwestern, he entered a fellowship in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Brannigan returned to join the Faculty at Northwestern in 1999, where he is Head of the Division of Male Reproductive Surgery & Men’s Health and Director of the Andrology Fellowship. At Northwestern, he also serves as the Assistant Director of Student Affairs for the Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Brannigan has been actively involved in the leadership of many national organizations and societies. He is a Past President of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR) and a Past President of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU), and he served a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. He is a former Assistant Editor for The Journal of Urology and Editorial Editor for Fertility and Sterility. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other peer-reviewed journals. He recently completed a four-year term on the American Board of Urology Examination Committee.
Marie-Madeleine Dolmans earned her medical degree from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Brussels in 2000, and her PhD degree on “Cryopreservation and transplantation of human ovarian tissue” in 2006. She completed her internship in Gynecology and Obstetrics in 2007 and since then has divided her time equally between clinical and research activities. Her research work focuses primarily on human ovarian follicle isolation and xenotransplantation, and the risk of reimplanting malignant disease. She succeeded Prof. Donnez as Head of the Gynecology Research Unit at the Université Catholique de Louvain in October 2012.
Dr. Falcone received his medical degree from McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. While at McGill, he went on to complete a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology.
He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in general obstetrics and gynecology, as well as Reproductive Endocrinology. He is also certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Falcone was appointed Chair of the department of obstetrics & Gynecology in 2001 and subsequently Chair of the Women’s health institute in 2008 to 2018. He was a member of the board of governors of Cleveland Clinic between 2006-2013, member of the Executive Team (ET) from 2007-2010. He served as Vice Chairman of Professional Staff Affairs, Cleveland Clinic from 2007-2014.
Dr. Falcone has published more than 500 original manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. He is co-editor of 8 books including a textbook on Clinical Reproductive Medicine and Surgery (Springer third edition 2017); Operative Techniques in Gynecologic Surgery (Wolters Kluwer 2017) He has served on the editorial board of several journals, including Associate Editor of Fertility & Sterility and the Editorial Board of the Obstetrics &Gynecology (Green journal). He is presently editor-in-chief of JMIG. He is past President of the Society for Reproductive Surgeons (SRS) and Past Chair of the Endometriosis special interest group of the ASRM. He is Vice President of the International Society for Fertility Preservation (ISFP). He has served on review committees for NICHD and MRC. Dr. Falcone has been the recipient of many awards for laparoscopic and robotic surgery at different societies. He was a senior author on the first publication on gynecologic robot surgery and a member of the team that performed the first uterus transplant in the USA.
Dr Debra Gook is Senior Research Fellow in Reproductive Services at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Melbourne IVF, and holds an honorary position within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Australia. For two decades, she has been at the forefront of research into the cryopreservation of the human female gamete and ovarian tissue. She has presented and published widely on freezing of both mature human oocytes and human ovarian tissue and continues to play a key role in the development of this technology for clinical application.
Dr. Pasquale Patrizio is a board-certified specialist in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, in Andrology and has a Master in Bioethics. He is Professor and Director, Yale University Fertility Center. He has authored 6 books and 550 scientific papers. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Human Reproduction and in addition, he served as president of International Society Fertility Preservation (ISFP, 2015-2017), and is currently immediate past Chair of the Fertility Preservation special interest group for ASRM (2020-2021). His main research interests include: Improving the efficiency of ART, new fertility preservation strategies including lyophilization, ovarian and oocyte aging, simplification and standardization of IVF laboratory methodologies.
Antonio Pellicer studied Medicine at the University of Valencia and obtained his MD Degree in 1978, he became Doctor in Medicine in 1980 in the same University and did his Residency of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital Clínico of Valencia, and he also did his Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine at Yale Univ. School Medicine (USA) and at the University of Mainz (Germany).
Professor Pellicer founded the ‘Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad’ (‘IVI’) in 1990, and his work in the field of fertility has led to the creation of many ‘IVI’ clinics both in Spain and internationally. He is also President of the ‘IVI Foundation’ for the Study of Reproduction and Director of ‘Equipo IVI’.
He is Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1999 and Dean of the University of Valencia School of Medicine, Spain from 2006 until 2012.
He is also Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at ‘La Fe University Hospital’, Valencia, since 2009.
Professor Pellicer is an Executive Committee member of the ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology); and also of the International Federation of Fertility Societies.
He has been President of the Sociedad Española de Fertilidad between 1994-1996. He is currently member of the Comisión Nacional de Reproducción Humana Asistida.
Professor Pellicer has authored over 300 textbook chapters and more than 800 journal articles in national and international journals, and presented over 475 lectures in a congresses. He is Co-Editor in Chief for the journal ‘Fertility and Sterility’ since 2011 and he is member of editorial boards of several scientific societies.
Professor Pellicer have earned it several awards for his contribution to the field of reproductive health, which include the following: he has been seven times awarded the Annual Meeting Prize Paper Award by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, XXV Society for Gynaecological lnvestigation President’s Award in 2002, Rey Jaime I Prize in the category of Clinical Medicine awarded by Foundation Premios Rey Jaime I in Valencia in 2004, Gold Medal Prize of the College of Physicians of Valencia, in Valencia, in 2006, Rotary Flame Award 2007: of Sciences in Valencia in 2008 and Lilly Foundation Biomedical Research Clinic Award 2008, awarded by the Lilly Foundation in Madrid in 2008, and he has recently been named Doctor Honoris Causa by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, in Gandia, Valencia in 2011. Pro Academy Prize 2013 rewards their efforts in science and academic life, awarded by The Round Table Foundation. Valencia, 2013. Innovation Award at the XVII edition of the Enterprising of the Year Award organized by Ernst & Young, Madrid, in 2013. Prize “Jacques Salat-Baroux” by the National Academy of Medicine of France, Paris, France, 2014. IVI is named Honorary Ambassador of the Marca España in the category of Science and Innovation. Madrid, Spain, 2015.
Mitchell P. Rosen, MD, HCLD is founding director of the fertility preservation program at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He holds board certification in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Embryology. He is director of the department’s reproductive laboratory and holds high complexity lab director (HCLD) certification. His dual expertise in clinical and laboratory medicine lends unique perspective to his practice as well as his research. His ongoing research seeks to optimize ovarian stimulation protocols and improve fertility preservation outcomes. His research has resulted in numerous publications in multiple journals and has authored many textbook chapters.
Professor Tzeng is Director of Center for Reproductive Medicine at Taipei Medical University Hospital (TMUH) since 1994 and he was Chair of OB/GYN from 1994 to 2017 and Dean of the College of Medicine at TMU from 2004 to 2013. After he obtained a masters’ degree in public health in Maternal and Child Health from Harvard University (1980-1981), he completed his fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility from 1981-1983 in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Professor Tzeng has undertaken two pioneering projects in Taiwan: the first test-tube baby in 1985 and the first autologous mitochondria transfer in 2002. He has received the Prize Poster Award at the annual meeting of European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology (ESHRE) in 2001, 2003 and 2007, respectively. He also received 2009 Gold Medal for the invention of “Diagnosis method of endometriosis by detecting biochemical markers” from Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan. In 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018, he obtained the STAR Award from ASRM, in appreciation of his continuous contribution for 10 more years of presentation at ASRM’s Annual Meeting. In 2012, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from The Global Chinese Association for Reproductive Medicine (GCARM).
Professor Tzeng served as President of Pacific Rim Society for Fertility and Sterility (PRSFS), now Pacific Society for Reproductive Medicine (PSRM) from 2008-2014 and President of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE) (2016-2018). He is one of the board members of International Society for Fertility Preservation (ISFP) and World Endometriosis Society (WES), and the president of Taiwan Endometriosis Society (TES). Professor Tzeng has been invited as a guest speaker in numerous grand conferences around the world for more than 120 times. He has published over 207 peer review papers in the field of reproductive medicine.
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