Dr. Elizabeth Fino is an assistant professor at the New York University Langone Medical Center and a reproductive endocrinologist at NYU Fertility Center, a university-based fertility center performing over 2000 cycles of assisted reproductive technologies per year, 1/3 of which are oocyte cryopreservation cycles.
Under the direction of Dr. Nicole Noyes and Dr. Jamie Grifo, NYU Fertility Center’s egg freezing program achieves among the highest and most consistent pregnancy rates in the country.
As a member of the NYU fertility team, Dr. Fino has a robust clinical practice with a large focus on elective oocyte cryopreservation. She maintains an active academic and research role in the field of infertility and has a particular interest and expertise in fertility preservation and oocyte cryopreservation.
Dr. Gillian Lockwood is medical director of Midland Fertility in the West Midlands, UK, an independent clinic providing more than 800 IVF and ICSI cycles a year to both NHS and private patients. Midland Fertility was the first UK fertility clinic to achieve live births from frozen eggs and it was also the first UK unit to achieve a live birth from a vitrified egg.
Having originally studied Philosophy and Economics, she qualified in Medicine from Oxford University and her Doctoral thesis was on the role of inhibin and activin in ovulation and early pregnancy. 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.
Gillian has published widely on all aspects of fertility, and lectures and broadcasts on ethical and social issues in reproductive medicine.
Bernard Hédon qualified at Montpellier University Medical School in 1979. His clinical research during his fellowship at Hammersmith Hospital London was on experimental reproductive microsurgery. He was appointed as professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Montpellier University Medical School and Academic Hospital in 1985 and chaired since then the Ob-Gyn and Reproductive Medicine Department at Montpellier University Hospital. Under his chairmanship the department became one of the most important and renowned structures in France, producing many clinical research works on ovarian stimulation, assisted procreation, clinical management of infertility and endometriosis.
Bernard Hédon undertook many local, national and international responsabilities. He has been vice-dean of Montpellier University Medical School in charge of international and student affairs. He has been chairman of the Montpellier University Hospital Medical Council. His clinical and research interests being human fertility he was president of the french Fertility Society and got involved as assistant secretary, then secretary general, vice-president elect and finally president of the IFFS (International Federation of Fertility Societies). He organised the 15th World Congress on Fertility and Sterility and the 11th World Congress on Endometriosis. He is presently appointed as president of the french college of Ob-Gyn.
WIMM Senior Research Fellow Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. (Anne.Goriely@imm.ox.ac.uk)
After an undergraduate degree in Engineering (Agronomy) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Anne Goriely obtained a PhD studying the development of the nervous system of the Drosophila embryo. She spent 4 years in New York, at Cornell Medical School and Rockefeller University, before coming to Oxford to work on the nervous system development of the chick embryo.
In 2000, she joined the Clinical Genetics Group of Prof Andrew Wilkie at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (University of Oxford) where she has since been based. Her main research interests lie in elucidating the process of spontaneous mutation arising in the paternal germline and its impact on human disease – i.e. congenital disorders and cancer – and on genome heterogeneity.
Dr. Rita Vassena received a DVM and PhD from the University of Milan, Italy, with studies involving the evaluation of oocyte developmental competence in large animal models. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Fels Institute for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, where she focused her work on the early events of chromatin remodeling after somatic cell nuclear transfer.
From 2007 to 2011 she has been working at the Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona – Spanish National Stem Cell Bank, where she focused her research efforts on the developmental competence of human embryos, as well as studying pluripotency in embryonic and induced stem cells.
Since 2011 she is the Scientific Director of Clinica EUGIN, a European reference center for the treatment of infertility, where she coordinates research in the area of human IVF, and directs the basic research laboratory of the center.
Dr. Vassena has co-authored more than 30 research papers in several high ranking journals and is a frequent speaker at international meetings. She currently serves as Coordinator of the Special Interest Group for stem cells of ESHRE.
Heidi Mertes holds a Master’s degree in Moral Sciences and obtained her PhD in 2009 with a dissertation on the interaction between science and ethics in the debate concerning stem cell research.
She has been affiliated with the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences at Ghent University since 2005 and joined the Bioethics Institute Ghent (BIG) when it was founded in 2006. She currently holds a position as a postdoctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders and is working on a research project that focuses on the ethical implications of new techniques for fertility preservation.
Dr.Pennings is professor of ethics and bioethics at Ghent University (Belgium) where he is also the director of the Bioethics Institute Ghent (BIG).
He mainly publishes on ethical problems associated with medically assisted reproduction and genetics including sex selection, gamete donation, stem cell research, fertility preservation, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis.
In addition, he is Affiliate Lecturer in the Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies at Cambridge University and Guest Professor on “Ethics in Reproductive Medicine” at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Free University Brussels.
He is a member of the Task Force on Ethics and Law of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics and the Federal Commission on Research on Embryos in vitro.
Dr. Stojkovic received his PhD from LMU in Munich studying in vitro production of bovine embryos and trophoblastic tissue, and has a long standing experience in both embryology and stem cell biology; he was Professor in Embryology and Stem Cell Biology, at the University of Newcastle, UK as well as professor of human genetics at The University of Kragujevac, Serbia.
His research spans a large body of work and interests, mainly focusing on stem cell biology in the context of reproduction and embryology.
Dr. Stojkovic is currently President of the Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (IMGGI) in Belgrade, Serbia.