• Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
    • Coordinating Editor of the Fertility Regulation Group at Cochrane Collaboration

    After medical school at the University of Amsterdam, Frans M. Helmerhorst (1949; married with one son) received his Ph.D degree in 1981 on immunohaematological studies (University of Amsterdam). From 1986-2015 he chaired the Reproductive Medicine department of the Leiden University Medical Center. In 1989 he was appointed as associated professor, in 2004 as professor with the assignment ‘Clinical epidemiology in fertility’. He was president of the 1992 annual meeting of the European Society Human Reproduction & Embryology in the Hague as well as the 1995 Second Esbjerg Conference on oral contraceptives, held in Amsterdam. He authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. He is coordinating editor of the Fertility Regulation Group of the Cochrane Collaboration and associate editor of Human Reproduction. He is attached to Clinical Epidemiology department of the Leiden University Medical Centre. His scientific interest dealt with 3 interrelated themes: the effects of steroids on the haemostatic system, the pathophysiology of the implantation process and technology assessment in reproductive medicine (fertility & sterility).

    • Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
    • Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility at Hospital of University of Pennsylvania
    Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Penn Fertility Care at Hospital of University of Pennsylvania
    • Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
    • Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Hvidore Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Anja Pinborg is professor in Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Hvidovre Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her clinical and research focus areas are reproductive medicine and reproductive epidemiology and her special interest is safety and quality in assisted reproductive technology. She has been chairman of the Nordic Fertiliy Society. She is PI for an ongoing RCT on Freeze-all strategy for patients with no PCOS.
    • Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
    • Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Gothenburg University

    Christina Bergh, Short biography


    Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden


    Head of National Quality Registry of Assisted Reproduction in Sweden


    Head of Health technology Assessment Unit, southwest part of Sweden


    Main supervisor: 9 times for PhD thesis, 


    Present PhD: 5 PhD doctors


    Main research area: Quality and safety in assisted reproduction,, Single embryo transfer, 


    Children follow up after ART, Embryo selection, Obesity in ART, Quality of care


    Invited to lecture around 50 times to international congresses


    Participated in 12 multicenter, international trials


    200 scientific publications

    • Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
    Reproductive Endocrinologist at Emory Reproductive Center, Guest Researcher at the CDC
    Reproductive Endocrinologist at Emory Reproductive Center, Guest Researcher at the CDC
    • Director of Third Party Reproduction, Assistant Professor at Emory Reproductive Center

    Jennifer F. Kawwass, MD, joined the Emory Reproductive Center as an Assistant Professor in August of 2014. She is a native of Virginia Beach, VA where she was valedictorian of her graduating class at Norfolk Academy. She then went on to play Division I Field Hockey at Davidson College in Davidson, NC where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BS degree in Biology. She returned to her home state to complete medical school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where she received the Medical Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award. In 2007, she moved to Atlanta for her Ob/Gyn residency at Emory University during which time she received numerous teaching, surgical, and research awards and was elected by her faculty and peers as an Administrative Chief Resident. She chose to stay at Emory as a Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and received awards for her thesis research project, which she completed in partnership with the CDC, where she remains a Guest Researcher. Dr. Kawwass is also the recipient of a national NIH / ASRM research training grant and of grant funding from the CDC.

    Dr. Kawwass chose to join the Emory faculty because she genuinely believes that the Emory Reproductive Center offers exceptional evidence-based fertility care. She is committed to individualizing and optimizing care for each of her patients. She appreciates the emotional investment that goes along with fertility treatment and is dedicated to making the journey toward parenthood as smooth as possible for them. Dr. Kawwass is particularly interested in infertility, in vitro fertilization, functional hypothalamic amenorrhea, third party reproduction, and fertility preservation (oocyte cryopreservation).

    As a Guest Researcher at the CDC, Dr. Kawwass is also a member of the National ART Surveillance Team. A few of her recent contributions to the literature include publications in Obstetrics and Gynecology (tubal factor infertility and perinatal outcomes, monozygotic twinning among ART-conceived infants), Fertility and Sterility (assisted hatching trends and outcomes), and JAMA (donor oocyte trends and predictors of good perinatal outcomes, safety of ART in the US, and ICSI trends and outcomes). Her publications have received national press, including interviews by the Associated Press and USA today.

    Dr. Kawwass is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is fluent in English and French, medical Spanish, and conversational Lebanese Arabic. Dr. Kawwass’ interests outside of medicine include distance running, foreign travel, and spending time at the beach. She and her husband, Peter Thompson, MD a Plastic Surgery Fellow at Emory, enjoy spending time with their two children.

    • Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
    • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Valencia

    Spanish Gynecologist and Researcher, born in 1961. Board Certified and Full Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Valencia, Spain; Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Ob/Gyn, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA. USA; Adjunct Professor, Department of Ob/Gyn, Baylor College of Medicine, TX. USA; Scientific Director of Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad (IVI) and Igenomix. Since 1991, his basic and clinical research have contributed to the advance of Reproductive Medicine, specially pioneering work in the study of human endometrial receptivity (Ruiz-Alonso, et al., Biochim Biophys Acta. 2012) embryo viability (Thouas, et al., Endocr Rev. 2015) and the mechanisms that regulate human embryonic implantation (Cha, et al., Science, 2013). His work has been awarded by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Society for Gynecological Investigation, Spanish Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Spanish Fertility Society and Prize Jaime I, 2011 in Medical Investigation for his pioneering work in human endometrial receptivity Prof. Carlos Simón is author of 408 publications with an accumulated impact factor of 1,827.122, all publications add up to a total of 14,096 cites with an average of 35 citations/publication. His H-Index is 65, he is editor of 18 books. He has been Director of 33 PhD Thesis. Pubmed Publication List:

    • Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
    • Person Responsible, consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Aberdeen Fertility Centre

    Abha Maheshwari, MRCOG, has been a consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Aberdeen Fertility Centre in Scotland since 2010. She has been Person Responsible for the centre since 2012, ensuring it complies with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Act and Code of Practice. She is also Programme Supervisor for sub-speciality training. Dr Maheshwari's research interests are primarily in the safety of ART. She is Chief Investigator for the E-FREEZE trial in the UK, which is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme. This randomised controlled trial will evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a policy of freezing embryos followed by thawed frozen embryo transfer versus a policy of fresh embryo transfer in women undergoing IVF. Results are expected in 2020.

    • Professor, Epidemiologist; Robinson Institute at University of Adelaide

    Professor Michael Davies is an epidemiologist located within the Robinson Institute at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He also co-directs the Lifecourse and Intergenerational Health Research Group. His research focuses on the social and biological pathways to health at different points in the life course, commencing with the question of how periconceptional and pregnancy related factors alter our health trajectories. As part of this research program, he is interested in fertility decision making and related technologies, including questions related to the safety and effectiveness of treatments for infertility. In 2012 he published a major study on the risk of birth defects after infertility treatment that was, for the first time, able to identify both patient and specific treatment factors related to these important outcomes. This was followed in 2014 with a comprehensive analysis of perinatal outcomes across all infertility treatment modalities. He also leads the Lucina birth cohort study on the aetiology and health consequences of PCOS.

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