Invited speakers
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Ganesh Acharya
Ganesh Acharya MD, PhD, FRCOG is a Professor and Head of the Division of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. He also works clinically as a Senior Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine at the Karolinska University Hospital, and holds an adjunct professorship at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø. His main areas of research interest are: placental biology, clinical and experimental maternal-fetal medicine, fetal cardiovascular physiology, and global maternal health. Ganesh Acharya has been the Editor-in-Chief of Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica (AOGS) since January 2015.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 9:00 AM-9:45 AM - Meet the editors – discussion in plenum
Tuesday 6/12 10:30 AM-12:00 PM - Women´s health in a global perspective

Zarko Alfirevic


Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 4:30 PM-5:00 PM - Progesterone - pro et con

Chiara Benedetto

Chiara Benedetto is Full Professor, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1 - Sant’Anna University Hospital - and Director of the School of Specialization of the University of Torino, Italy.  

She is Chair of the Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), Past Chair of the Surgical Group of the Union Europèen des Medecins Specialistes (UEMS) and Past President of the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (EBCOG).  

During her tenure as President of EBCOG, she worked on and launched at the European Parliament the two documents “Standards of Care for Women’s Health in Europe” aimed at promoting and improving the quality of OBGYN care across Europe. She also begun the EBCOG Simulation Consortium of Hospitals and Institutions, aimed at validating simulators in training programmes and at promoting and assisting in the broad implementation of simulation-based training in the field of OBGYN in all European countries. 

She has published more than 600 scientific papers, including about 300 in peer review journals, three monographs, two OBGYN textbooks, more than 90 book chapters. 

Her dedication to Women’s Health has led her, and other professional women, to set-up a non-profit organisation called “Medicine Tailored to the Woman” whose goals are those of improving women’s safety and wellbeing in places of care and cure.


Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 10:50 AM-11:10 AM - Precision Medicine Applied to Women´s Health in a Global Perceptive

Rigmor C. Berg

Dr. Rigmor Berg has a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia (USA). Her professional interests and areas of expertise are Evidence-Based Practice, HIV prevention, and other sexual health and equity issues. She is Department Director at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and Professor at the University of Tromsø.

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 4:15 PM-4:35 PM - Effects of female genital cutting on physical health outcomes and how to prevent it

Søren Brostrøm

Søren Brostrøm worked as a subspecialised urogynaecologist and associate professor at Herlev University Hospital until 2011. He holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen, with research in the neurophysiology of pelvic floor function in women. He also has Master of Public Administration. He joined the Danish Health Authority in 2011 as Director of Hospital Planning. Since 2015 he has been the Director General of the Danish Health Authority.

Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 8:30 AM-9:00 AM - HPV vaccination - The Danish experience

Tine D. Clausen

Tine Dalsgaard Clausen, MD, PhD, Associate Professor

Specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2012.

Consultant and Associate Professor at Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Nordsjaellands Hospital, Hilleroed, Denmark.
Experienced teacher supervisor for PhD students, author of papers and book chapters

Main research areas include Developmental Origin of Health and Disease within the fields “Long-term offspring consequences of delivery by cesarean section” as well as "Offspring from pregnancies with diabetes". Research methods include, clinical follow-up studies, epidemiology and register based studies.

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 4:00 PM-4:30 PM - To seed or not to seed – what is the evidence for vaginal seeding?

Christina Damsted

Christina Damsted Petersen, has since 2015 run a private clinic in central Copenhagen offering treatment in the field of gynecology and Female Sexual Health problems.

From 2013 to 2015 she was head of the vulva team at department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Herlev, Copenhagen

Received her Ph.d in 2009 with the ph.d. title: What predicts diagnosis, pain relief and sexuality in women with vulvodynia? Botox – a new treatment for vulvodynia?

She is particularly interested in vulvar diseases, vulvodynia, chronic gynecological and sexual pain, general gynecology and urogynecology.

Co - founder and past president of the Danish society for studies in vulvar diseases, DSVL. Fellow of the International Society for the Study on Vulvar Diseases, ISSVD since 2007

Many years experience from working in the field of Sexual Medicine following 5 years of employment at the Sexological Clinic in Copenhagen.  Is certified as Counsellor in Sexual Medicine.

Previous board member of the Scandiavian Society for Sexual Medicine (SSSM), and former long term member of the educational committee under the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM).

Has written several papers on chronic sexual pain and vulvodynia and contributed with several chapters to the first ESSM Syllabus of Sexual medicine and to the upcoming Danish book on Sexual Medicine.

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 3:50 PM-4:10 PM - Cutting of the labia - pro and con

Ralf Dechend

Cardiologist, clinical expertise in treating hypertension in pregnancies and preeclampsia

Research expertise: animal models, OMICS and sequencing, immunology, fetal programming

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 11:00 AM-11:30 AM - Preeclampsia and future cardiovascular risk
Wednesday 6/13 12:15 PM-1:45 PM - Preeclampsia

Tim Draycott

Current position: Professor of Obstetrics, Southmead Hospital & University of Bristol 


Tim Draycott, MD, BSc, MBBS, FRCOG, is a Consultant at Southmead Hospital and the University of Bristol.

Professor Draycott trained in London and the south west of England with valuable time spent working in France, Sweden and South Africa. He has been a Consultant Obstetrician at Southmead Hospital since 2002 and a Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellow since 2012. 

Over the last 14 years Tim has led the development of a completely new academic department in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at North Bristol that is now recognised as a world leading intrapartum and safety research centre. He leads and manages a multi-professional research group with 49 staff; including 2 senior lecturers, 3 Clinical Lecturers, 5 PhD students, 5 Academic Clinical Fellows with a parallel, matching midwifery research infrastructure and University of Bristol non-clinical research fellow.

Tim jointly developed the obstetric training programme: PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) course which prepares unit level staff to improve their management of intrapartum emergencies and has been associated with significant improvements in clinical outcomes to some of the lowest rates in the global literature, particularly hypoxia and brachial plexus injuries.

Tim is an expert in intrapartum research having acted as the Chief Investigator on randomised controlled trials of Kiwi vs standard vacuum, Carbetocin v Oxytocin following caesarean section and Carbetocin v Oxytocin v Syntometrine following vaginal birth.

Tim’s programme of work has been recognised by prizes from NHS Innovations, NICE, and the BMJ. Tim was also awarded Hospital Doctor of the Year for his intrapartum emergencies work. He has been recognised as a NHS Hero, and in 2014 he and the PROMPT team were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Excellence, followed by the International Prize for Resilience in Healthcare in 2016.

Tim is the senior clinical advisor to 2 national bodies: NHS Resolution and the Care Quality Commission in the UK.

Tim is an elected member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Council representing members from America, Australasia and the Pacific Rim.

Participates in the following events:
Sunday 6/10 2:00 PM-5:00 PM - 9. Simulation-based medical education in obstetrics
Tuesday 6/12 4:15 PM-4:30 PM - Obstetric simulation

Signe Egenberg

Signe Egenberg is a research midwife who has worked clinically as a midwife since 1985. She defended her PhD-thesis “Multi-professional simulation training on postpartum hemorrhage

in Tanzania and Norway” in 2017.

Her areas of expertise are clinical midwifery, management, simulation, research and global health. Her current project: “Enhancing patient safety in high- and low-resource settings (EPSHILS); how to improve the process of decision-making in case of prolonged labor?” will include study sites globally.

Signe Egenberg lives in Stavanger, Norway.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 4:30 PM-4:45 PM - Inter professional simulation in obstetrics

Torbjørn Eggebø

Director of Centre for Fetal Medicine, Trondheim University Hospital (2014 -)

Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2016 -)

President of the Norwegian Society for Diagnostic Ultrasound in Medicine

Doctors without borders, Bo, Sierra Leone

PHD Thesis: Ultrasound and labour.

Member of the organising committee of the Norwegian Society of Perinatal Medicine

2012 -                   
Member of Outreach team ISUOG (International Society Ultrasound Obstetrics and Gynecology)

2010 - 2014    
Member of the editorial board Acta Obstetrica et Gynecologica Scandinavica

The main interests are fetal medicine, the use of ultrasound in active labour and the use of oxytocin augmentation.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 2:00 PM-2:20 PM - The first and second trimester screening in a Nordic perspective. Where are we now?

Jon Einarsson

Dr. Einarsson is the Director of the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. The MIGS Division is a referral practice for challenging surgical cases that otherwise may not be considered candidates for minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Einarsson has lectured and operated extensively nationally and internationally. He was published over 100 articles and book chapters and is the editor of a textbook entitled Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery: Evidence-Based Laparoscopic, Hysteroscopic and Robotic Surgeries. He is also a surgical innovator and a holder of 7 patents for medical devices. Dr. Einarsson is the current President of the AAGL.

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 10:30 AM-12:00 PM - Fast track surgery - the America perspective

Lars Engstrand
Lars Engstrand, MD, Professor and Director, Centre for Translational Microbiome Research, Karolinska Institutet & Science for Life Laboratory, Stockholm, Sweden. 

Lars Engstrand has more than 30 years experience as a clinical microbiologist. In a number of studies, population-based epidemiology has been combined with clinical and basic microbiological science, including molecular biology and genomics. Similar approaches have been applied on studies of the human microbiome in health and disease. Dr. Engstrands group introduced the use of next generation sequencing in studies of the human gastro-intestinal microbiome more than 10 years ago. He is currently PI and collaborator in a number of prospective studies in this expanding research field including several large projects that aim to explore how the microbiome during pregnancy is related to pregnancy-related medical problems in expecting mothers and their babies. 


Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 8:30 AM-9:00 AM - The microbiome and women's reproductive health

Erik Ernst

Erik Ernst is Professor and Senior Consultant in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, He received his Ph.D. at the Institute of Anatomy, University of Aarhus, Denmark. His clinical training was at departments of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Aarhus and Copenhagen.

His main research area is male reproductive toxicology and cryopreservation of ovarian tissue.

He has authored or coauthored more than 140 peerreviewed  articles.

Since 1999 he has operated and frozen ovarian tissue for fertility preservation purposed for more than 900 women.

He has autotransplanted ovarian tissue back in almost 100 women who all have regained ovarian function.  Eight healthy children has been born as a result of these treatments.


Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 2:00 PM-2:30 PM - Cryo preservation of oocyts and ovarian tissue

Jens Fedder

Jens Fedder graduated from University of Aarhus in 1987. In 1986 he was MSc with a thesis in Reproductive Immunology (H-Y antigen and anti-H-Y antibodies), and in 1996 he defended his PhD thesis on non-sperm cells in human semen. In 1997 he became a specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics. He has been a consultant since 2000 and associate professor from 2003. From 2011 he has been full professor in Human Reproduction at Odense University Hospital / University of Southern Denmark. Since 1999 he has focused on all aspects of azoospermia, and he has published almost 100 peer-reviewed papers.

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 10:40 AM-10:50 AM - Flow cytometric software for determination of DNA fragmentation in sperm
Monday 6/11 1:00 PM-2:30 PM - Reproductive medicine - the oocyte
Wednesday 6/13 10:00 AM-11:30 AM - Reproductive medicine - andrology
Wednesday 6/13 11:00 AM-11:30 AM - Treatment of men with non-obstructive azoospermi – new breakthroughs in an ethical perspective

Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson

Kristina Gemzell Danielsson is professor and senior consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Karolinska University Hospital and head of the research group at the WHO collaborating centre for research and research training in Human Reproduction. She is Honorary Clinical Professor at Hong Kong University, and Honorary fellow FSRH, RCOG, UK. She is a member of the International Committee for contraceptive research (ICCR), Population Council/Rockefeller University, chair of the Swedish reference group for Family planning (FARG), Past president of the European Society for Contraception and Reproductive Health, and FIAPAC, member of the scientific and technical advisory group of the special programme for Human Reproduction and Reproductive Health Research (STAG) WHO, Geneva and the international medical advisory panel (IMAP) IPPF and member of the Nobel Assembly, Karolinska Institutet. Her research is translational (experimental and clinical trials “from bench-to bed-to the hands of women”) with focus on endometrial function, embryo implantation, induced abortion, emergency contraception and development of new contraceptive technology.

Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 12:35 PM-12:55 PM - Improving access to safe abortion - 25 years of mifepristone

Sandy Goldbeck-Wood

Sandy Goldbeck-Wood has for 20 years combined work in  sexual and reproductive health, psychosexual medicine and medical editing. A specialist and trainer with the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine in the UK and Editor in Chief of BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health, she is currently on leave from a clinical  post at Cambridge University Hospitals to complete a doctorate. She speaks and writes on complex and medically unexplained illness, biopsychosocial  approaches to health, and epistemological development  in  health research. 

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 9:00 AM-9:45 AM - Meet the editors – discussion in plenum

Maria Gyhagen

Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology, specialized in Uro-gynecology. Currently working at Södra Älvsborgs sjukhus, Borås. Postdoc at Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden. Director of Further education of specialists in Obstetrics & Gynecology in Västra Götaland.

My research interest is focused on long-term conseqencies of childbirth on pelvic floor function. 

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 11:30 AM-12:00 PM - Long-term effects of vacuum extraction on pelvic floor function
Wednesday 6/13 10:50 AM-11:00 AM - Risk factors for obstetric anal sphincter injury at first and second delivery

Berglind Hálfdánsdóttir

Berglind Hálfdánsdóttir, RN, RM, PhD, is an Icelandic midwife and assistant professor of midwifery at The University of Iceland. Dr. Hálfdánsdóttir’s clinical work has included antenatal, labor and postpartum care in clinics, hospitals and home services, in addition to childbirth education and midwifery teaching. Dr. Hálfdánsdóttir’s research area of interest is provision of childbirth services, with a focus on out-of-hospital settings, intervention rates and birth outcomes.

Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 12:51 PM-1:09 PM - Planned home births in Iceland: Premise, outcome and influential factors

Trine Haugen

Trine B. Haugen is Professor in Biomedicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. She is head of the research group “Male Reproductive Health”, with obesity and male reproduction as well as testicular cancer as special fields of interest. She was a member of the expert group that edited the WHO laboratory manual for the examination and processing of human semen (5th ed) and is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Andrology.

Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 10:30 AM-11:00 AM - Obesity, sperm fatty acids and semen quality

Oskari Heikinheimo

A professor in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Helsinki and physician in-chief at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Helsinki University Hospital.

Current research activities

  • improvement and optimizing of abortion care, and post-abortion contraception (especially intrauterine contraception)

  • endometriosis and benign gynaecology

  • teenage pregnancy

Active in several international scientific and professional organizations, and clinical guideline development groups.


Editor for Human Reproduction Update, BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health and the Finnish medical journal Duodecim.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 10:30 AM-12:00 PM - Contraception/HRT update
Tuesday 6/12 2:40 PM-2:50 PM - Lichen sclerosus and risk of cancer
Tuesday 6/12 2:50 PM-3:00 PM - The risk of breast cancer in women with endometriosis
Tuesday 6/12 3:00 PM-3:10 PM - Reduction in teenage pregnancies – a cross-sectional multinational study
Tuesday 6/12 3:10 PM-3:20 PM - The risk of psychiatric morbidity after teenage childbirth and induced abortion
Wednesday 6/13 1:20 PM-1:40 PM - Preventing subsequent abortion

Hanns Helmer


Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 5:00 PM-5:30 PM - Cortocosteroids - pro et con

Päivi Härkki

 Päivi Härkki, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland

She is working on benign gynecological surgery and she has been accreditated with advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery by AAGL. Her main interest nowadays is medical and surgical treatment of endometriosis. Her scientific work is focused in addition on hysterectomies, fibroids, laparoscopic surgery and training.

She is a Past President of the Finnish Society for Gynecological Surgery which organizes annual congresses for Finnish doctors and nurses.  She is also a President of the Nordic Society on Gynecological Endoscopy.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 2:50 PM-3:00 PM - The risk of breast cancer in women with endometriosis
Tuesday 6/12 5:05 PM-5:25 PM - Adverse outcome of pregnancy due to endometriosis

Bo Jacobsson

Professor and member of the Board of Directors at Sahlgrenska Academy, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Head of Perinatal Research Laboratory at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden and Senior researcher at Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway. Clinical scientist with speciality in Obstetrics and Maternal/Fetal Medicine. Leading expert on mechanisms and epidemiology of preterm delivery. Prof. Jacobsson has published more than 200 per reviewed papers between 2002-2017. Among other journals he has published in Nature, Science, New Englands Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics, PLOS Medicine and JAMA. He has been invited to lecture to more than 100 international scientific conferences.

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 3:30 PM-4:00 PM - Preterm delivery - genes and mechanisms

Albrecht Jahn

 Prof. Albrecht Jahn, MD, PhD, MSc Community Health, MSc Biol., is a medical doctor and biologist by training. He is a consultant for obstetrics and gynecology, and public health specialist. After several years of clinical work in Germany, Kenya and Tanzania, he joined the Institute of Tropical Hygiene in Heidelberg as senior lecturer and researcher in 1992 with a focus on effectiveness in maternity care. He then worked with the European Union’s Directorate General for Research as Scientific Officer, covering international cooperation in health research. In this capacity, he was in close cooperation with WHO on EU supported activities (e.g. HRP, ANDI) and the identification of global research priorities for health systems and neglected tropical diseases. Since 2011 he heads the working group on Global Health Policies and Systems at the Institute of Global Health at Heidelberg University and covers reproductive health in research and teaching.   His main areas are (a) rights-based approaches towards universal health coverage and the post-2015 agenda, (b) reproductive health and rights, (c) maternal and perinatal health, and (d) the translation of the SDGs on national level.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 10:30 AM-10:50 AM - Women’s health in the sustainable development goals: will the access and equity gap be addressed?

Jørgen Skov Jensen
Jørgen Skov Jensen,
Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark 

Jørgen Skov Jensen is a consultant physician at Statens Serum Institut where he is heading the Research Unit for Reproductive Microbiology.

For more than 20 years, he has been working with mycoplasmas and other fastidious bacteria in relation to STIs. He was the first to publish a PCR based method for detection of Mycoplasma genitalium and most of his research has been focussing on this emerging pathogen. In recent years, he has been studying the vaginal microbiota aiming to understand the relation between the microbiota and adverse pregnancy outcome and with the success of IVF treatment.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 11:30 AM-12:00 PM - Sexual transmitted infections (STIs) –in OB/GYN – whats´s new?

Anders Juul

Anders Juul, MD, PhD, DMSc graduated from university of Copenhagen in 1991. He is trained as paediatric endocrinologist in Copenhagen, Denmark. He subsequently trained and was EAA-certified as clinical andrologist. His research interests include growth and pubertal disorders as well as genetic, epigenetic and environmental influences on gonadal function throughout life. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and supervised more than 20 PhD students. In 2015 he received the prestigious ESPE research award. He is clinical professor at the university of Copenhagen, head of the department of Growth and Reproduction, and leader of the newly established research centre EDMaRC. He is principal investigator on a multicenter study on the effects of GH on short SGA children; the NorthEuropean SGA Study (NESGAS).

Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 10:00 AM-10:30 AM - Semen quality and future health risks

Kristina Kernell

Kristina Kernell is a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology since 2011. She works clinically primarily in Obstetrics and Fetal medicine at the Linköping University Hospital in Sweden. She holds a PhD from Linköping University with epidemiological research on reproductive, obstetric and neonatal outcomes of women with congenital heart disease.

Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 1:27 PM-1:45 PM - Cardiac disease in pregnancy and consequences for reproductive outcomes, comorbidity and survival

Khalid Saeed Khan
Professor of Women’s Health and Clinical Epidemiology 

Khalid Khan graduated from Medical School in 1989. Currently, he is Professor of Women’s Health and Clinical Epidemiology at Barts and the London School of Medicine. His academic expertise is in patient-oriented health research and medical education. He has published over 200 peer reviewed journal articles making contribution in systematic reviews (meta-analyses), trials of treatments and tests, health technology assessments, and evaluation of educational methods. His research interests includes maintaining boundaries and preventing intimate partner violence.


Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 2:45 PM-3:30 PM - Intimate Partner Violence: A women's health issue that Medicine cannot ignore

Ann Thurin Kjellberg

Ann Thurin Kjellberg is senior consultant and associated professor at Reproductive medicine, Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Göteborg, Sweden where she has worked since 1997. Her thesis in 2005 was called Elective single embryo transfer. From 2003 she is in charge of the oocyte donation program and for the last ten years also for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and fertility preservation at the unit.  She recently published a Nordic randomized controlled trial with participation from Sweden, Denmark and Iceland showing the results of weight reduction intervention for obese infertile women prior to IVF.

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 1:00 PM-1:30 PM - Oocyt donation - law in the nordic countries, practice and indications

Tina Kold Jensen
Tina Kold Jensen has been working within areas of reproduction and developmental origin of disease. Research areas include 1) Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals during vulnerable time periods and the risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome, infections,reproduction, growth pattern, allergic disease, neuropsychological and ADHD development; 2) Spatial and temporal changes in semen quality in Europe and US and association to lifestyle.


Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 4:30 PM-5:00 PM - Maternal exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals and health in the offspring

Astrid Marie Kolte

My primary research interest is in early pregnancy complications, especially recurrent pregnancy loss. My research comprises several aspects of recurrent pregnancy loss - both mental health, epidemiology, classification, immunology and evolution. I'm especially interested in maternal-fetal microchimerism and parent-offspring conflict theory.

Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 12:33 PM-12:51 PM - Recurrent Pregnancy Loss – a family affair | Studies of genetics, epidemiology and evolution

Ronald Francis Lamont
Professor Ronnie Lamont qualified at the University of Edinburgh (1977) and became Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in London (1988). He obtained his Doctorate Degree (1989) on “Infection as a Cause of Spontaneous early Preterm Labour” and has published >250 research papers. He has held or currently holds Faculty appointments at Imperial College London, University College London, The Perinatology Research Branch of the NICHD, NIH, USA and Institute of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark. He has an international reputation in the field of preterm birth (PTB), particularly pertaining to infection and antibiotics in the etiology, prediction and prevention of PTB. He has given over 150 lectures by invitation in 44 countries in The Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Far East, South-east Asia and Oceania, and has advised Government departments, Royal College study groups and National and International Working Parties on management, research and treatment guidelines. Currently, Ronnie Is Editor-in-Chief of the Reference Textbook on Preterm Labour and PTB.

Participates in the following events:
Sunday 6/10 2:00 PM-5:00 PM - 11. Infections in obstetrics and gynaecology: The Vagina, “It gets no respect”
Tuesday 6/12 8:30 AM-9:00 AM - The microbiome and women's reproductive health
Tuesday 6/12 4:00 PM-4:30 PM - Spontaneous preterm birth - an update

Lara Lehtoranta


Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 11:10 AM-11:20 AM - Fetal cardiac dysfunction at term gestation in type 1 diabetic pregnancies.
Wednesday 6/13 1:09 PM-1:27 PM - Fetal heart and hemodynamics in diabetic pregnancy - Fetal cardiac and placental function in a rat model of maternal hyperglycemia and human type 1 diabetic pregnancies

Åsa Leijonhufvud

Åsa Leijonhufvud

M.D, PhD 2012. ”Pelvic floor dysfunction depending on mode of delivery – clinical and epidemiological aspects”

Senior Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Helsingborg Sweden.

Chairman Expert group Childbirth Care Region Skåne, Sweden.

Medical student study director ob/gyn Lund University, site Helsingborg.

Research in the field of pelvic floor disorders related to mode of delivery.

Ongoing research: Lateral Episiotomy versus No Episiotomy to Reduce Obstetrical Anal Sphincter Injury in Vacuum Assisted Delivery in Non-Parous Women (EVA): A Randomized Controlled Trial

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 11:00 AM-11:30 AM - Pelvic floor disorders and mode of delivery
Wednesday 6/13 10:30 AM-10:40 AM - Lateral episiotomy in vacuum-assisted delivery (EVA) - a randomized trial

Øjvind Lidegaard

Øjvind Lidegaard, professor. Dept. Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen

Clinical focus: Reproduction, acute gynaecology, gynaecological endocrinology, abortion, contraception, ectopic pregnancies, endometriosis, PCOS.

Scientific focus: Pharmacoepidemiology, hormonal contraception, hormone therapy, endometriosis, PCOS, reproduction, abortion, ectopic pregnancies.



Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 1:00 PM-1:20 PM - 2nd trimester abortion in Scandinavia: laws, practice and unmet need

Marit Lieng

Biography Marit Lieng

Head of Department of Gynecology at Oslo University Hospital and Professor at the Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo. Main interests are gynecological endoscopic surgery, leadership and related topics.

Past president of the Norwegian Association of Gynaecology (2016-2017) and the Nordic Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (2015-2017). Norwegian representative at the NFOG Scientific Committee. Senior advisor in the Norwegian Patient Injury Compensation (NPE), and Country Director for Palestine in Norwegian Aid Committee (NORWAC).

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 10:30 AM-12:00 PM - Success factors for fast track surgery
Monday 6/11 3:30 PM-5:00 PM - Free communications - General gynecology & Global Health
Wednesday 6/13 12:15 PM-1:45 PM - NFOG Thesis session

Ingela Lindh
Med Dr Ingela Lindh R.N., R.M

I am employed as head of several antenatal/ family planning clinics in Gothenburg, Sweden where I also actively work with family planning. My MD thesis is entitled ”Factors influencing women´s choice of contraception”. Identification of women´s choice of contraception is of importance for better understanding of what factors influencing women in their decision to start or stop using contraception.  My research is at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg and my major interest is contraception, in particularly contraception and compliance. I am participating in a Nordic collaboration group describing and comparing contraceptive use, birth and abortion rates in the Nordic countries and exploring plausible explanations for the possible differences. 

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 11:00 AM-11:30 AM - Future directions for optimal contraception in all ages
Tuesday 6/12 3:00 PM-3:10 PM - Reduction in teenage pregnancies – a cross-sectional multinational study

Annemette Lykkebo

Annemette W. Lykkebo 
Senior consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2009
Currently Head of Department of Gyn. Obs. at Kolding Hospital
Special interests in vulva diseases and co-founder of the vulva clinic in 2009 (1200 annual visits).
Main research areas have been in the field of incontinence, vulva and especially body perception.
Many lectures and trainings sessions in vulva diseases, vulva-perception and -resection.

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 3:30 PM-3:50 PM - Selfperception of the vulva

Ellen Løkkegård

The previous main focus of my published research was on the associations between female sex steroids as hormonal contraceptives in fertile age and as postmenopausal hormone therapy in menopause and various diseases, especially cardiovascular disease. In scientific collaboration I have published large scale epidemiologic studies based on the whole Danish female population in international high impact journals. I have been interested in methodological challenges, followed the development, and implemented it in our research. Our results have been cited in national media and the world press and caused alterations in the use of hormones and consequently the disease occurrence.

Within the last years, I have expanded my research field to include important questions concerning short and long-term consequences for the female and off-spring aspect of interventions in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Since the interventions are often time and culture dependent and frequently performed on a priori healthy women, I find it important and necessary to explore the consequences of the interventions in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 10:30 AM-11:00 AM - Perimenopausal hormone replacement therapy – the present and the future

David McIntyre

Professor David McIntyre - MB BS and MD (Qld) FRACP

Head of Mater Clinical Unit - University of Queensland

Director of Obstetric Medicine - Mater Health Services  

Brisbane, Australia

Professor David McIntyre trained in Endocrinology in Australia and Belgium.  .  He is Director of Obstetric Medicine at Mater Health Services  and Head of the Mater Clinical Unit at the University of Queensland.   

David has published over 160 papers (>8300 citations), primarily in the field of medical complications of pregnancy with a focus on diabetes and obesity.  His main interest are around the effects of diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure during pregnancy on the health of Mothers and Babies, both during pregnancy and with long term follow up 

In 2016, he became the first Australian trained clinician to receive the Norbert Freinkel Award for contributions to diabetes in pregnancy from the American Diabetes Association.   In 2017 he was awarded a Visiting Professor Fellowship from the Danish Diabetes Academy in collaboration with clinical researchers in Copenhagen, Odense and Aarhus.






Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 10:30 AM-11:00 AM - Obstetrical syndromes and reflections on the impact on the future health of women and their children

Ian Milsom

Professor Ian Milsom, M.B., Ch.B. (Hons), Ph.D.

Gothenburg Continence Research Centre (GCRC), Institute of Clinical Sciences,  Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Ian Milsom received his medical degree from the University of Liverpool, UK in 1973. His postgraduate training in Obstetrics & Gynecology was carried out in Gothenburg, Sweden. He completed his Ph.D. thesis in 1984 at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and was appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Gothenburg in 2000. Professor Milsom is currently the Head of the Womens Hospital and Queen Silvias Childrens Hospital, within Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Professor Milsom has a broad research interest, which includes urogynecological conditions, contraception as well as menstrual disturbances such as dysmenorrhea and heavy menstrual bleeding. He has devoted particular interest towards the epidemiological aspects of these common conditions.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 10:30 AM-11:00 AM - Can we predict and prevent delivery-related pelvic floor disorders
Wednesday 6/13 10:50 AM-11:00 AM - Risk factors for obstetric anal sphincter injury at first and second delivery

Mansoor Mirza

Mansoor Raza Mirza, MD is Chief Oncologist at the Department of Oncology, Rigshospitalet, Denmark. Being both medical and radiation oncologist, and having main interest in gynecologic oncology, Dr. Mirza is involved in non-surgical treatment of gynecologic cancers. He is Medical Director of the Nordic Society of Gynaecological Oncology (NSGO), Vice-Chair of the Danish Gynecologic Cancer Group (DGCG) and Executive Board Member of Gynecologic Cancer InterGroup (GCIG). He is Council member of European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO) and faculty of ESMO, IGCS, ESGO & ESO. Dr Mirza is invited speaker in several international conferences (ASCO 2017, Meet the Professor; IGCS 2018: Meet the Professor) and has multiple publications including several publications in the New England Journal of Medicine (H-Index 38).


Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 1:45 PM-2:05 PM - New Landmarks in the treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer. Niraparib and other PARP inhibitors

Michael Bau Mortensen

Professor Michael Bau Mortensen

DMSc, Ph.D, MD

Odense PIPAC Center (

Odense Pancreas Center (

HPB & Upper GI Section, Department of Surgery - Odense University Hospital, Denmark

Expertise and research interests

Surgical/non-surgical treatment of upper GI tract cancer (oesophagus/cardia/stomach/liver/bile ducts/pancreas/duodenum). Minimal invasive resection. Staging and follow up by Endosonography (EUS) and Laparoscopic Ultrasound (LUS) with EUS and LUS guided biopsy. Down-staging of upper GI tract cancer. Treatment and prevention of peritoneal metastases by Pressurized Intraperitoneal Aerosol Chemotherapy (PIPAC). Translational research (pancreas, peritoneum).



Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 1:20 PM-1:40 PM - Laparoscopic treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer - Pressurized Intra Peritoneal Aerosol Chamotherapy (PIPAC)

Torben Munk

Main interest laparoscopy minimal surgery and fast track surgery.

Scientific research on endometriosis and fibroids


Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 10:30 AM-12:00 PM - Live surgery - hysterectomy

Nan Oldereid

Nan Birgitte Oldereid became a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1999, has worked at the Section for Reproductive Medicine at Oslo University Hospital from 1999, as a senior consultant from 2002. Her PhD was completed in 1999 with a thesis on the effects of environmental factors on male reproduction. From 2017, she is Medical director at LIVIO IVF-klinikken Oslo. She has been chairman for NOFAB (Norsk Forening for Assistert Befruktning) and national representative for Norway in ESHRE (European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology). Research activities include different aspects of infertility including follow-up of children born after infertility-treatment and cancer in women treated with ART.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 4:45 PM-5:05 PM - Current management of infertility due to endometriosis

Sara Omar

Sara Omar, Author - human and women rights fighter, Denmark and Kurdistan

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 2:00 PM-2:45 PM - Women’s rights to exist, to choose and to decide

Katrine Birch Petersen

Specialist in Fertility and OB/GYN. Associate professor at the University of Copenhagen. Daily leader and consultant of the Zealand Regional Fertility Clinic, University Hospital Zealand. Has written a PhD about the Fertility Assessment and Counselling Clinic at Rigshospitalet  - the first of its kind worldwide. Primary research areas are ovarian reserve, fertility awareness and female fertility. Has written several peer reviewed articles about fertility and early pregnancy and has performed more than 40 international and national presentations worldwide as invited speaker. Will complete a Master Degree in Public Governance at Copenhagen Business School in December 2018. Current member of the Board of Danish Fertility Society, previous member of the Board of Danish Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 10:45 AM-11:05 AM - Obesity and fertility

Anja Pinborg

Anja Pinborg is a medical expert in reproductive medicine and professor in Obs/gyne at Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She graduated medical school at University of Copenhagen in 1996 and became specialist in obstetrics and gynecology in 2010. She has since then worked as an expert in reproductive medicine at the Fertility Clinics at Rigshospitalet and as professor at Hvidove Hospital from 2013 to 2017. She defended her doctoral thesis entitled “Twin pregnancies – Risks and prevention” in 2006. Anja Pinborg has worked scientifically with reproductive medicine since 2000 and has published 121 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and authored seven book-chapters. Her h-index is 34. She has been invited speaker at numerous international congresses. 

Anja Pinborg was president for the Nordic Fertility Society (2011-2015) and is member of the board of the Committee of Nordic ART and Safety (CoNARTaS). She has been associate editor for Human Reproduction Update (2009-2013) and for Acta Obs/Gyn Scand (2013-2015). She is current editor in chief for Danish Medical Journal (DMJ) and section editor for Reproductive Biomedicine Online. She has been assessor of national and international PhD dissertations. She has received more scientific prizes including the NFOG prize for younger researchers and the ESHRE prize for experienced clinical research. She is current member of the ESHRE EXCO.  

Her main research areas are reproductive epidemiology including safety and quality aspects of ART with focus on ART children and clinical trials on optimizing ART reducing the risk of OHSS and multiple pregnancies. 

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 9:00 AM-9:45 AM - Meet the editors – discussion in plenum

Vibeke Rasch

Vibeke Rasch is a gynecologist an obstetrician, who holds a PhD degree in international health and a DMSci in public health. She has more than 25 years experiences in sexual and reproductive health research in low income countries with focus on unsafe abortion, postabortion care, sexually transmitted infections (especially HIV and HPV) and Intimate Partner Violence. She has further experience in research capacity building from six larger research project conducted in Vietnam and/or Tanzania. She has published more that 100 papers focusing on the mentioned research areas.

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 1:10 PM-1:20 PM - Emotional violence during pregnancy and postpartum depression in Tanzania
Monday 6/11 1:20 PM-1:30 PM - Intimate Partner Violence among Pregnant Women and Exclusive Breastfeeding
Monday 6/11 2:10 PM-2:20 PM - Influence of postpartum depression on child growth: A cohort study.
Monday 6/11 3:30 PM-5:00 PM - Free communications - General gynecology & Global Health
Monday 6/11 3:40 PM-3:50 PM - Pelvic organ prolapse in Tanzania – prevalence and risk factors
Monday 6/11 3:50 PM-4:00 PM - Mobile intervention to increase cervical screening attendance among Tanzanian women
Monday 6/11 4:10 PM-4:20 PM - Performance of VIA, HC2 and CareHPV in detection of cervical pre cancerous lessons
Tuesday 6/12 10:30 AM-12:00 PM - Women´s health in a global perspective
Wednesday 6/13 12:15 PM-12:35 PM - Global abortion laws and access to safe abortion

Chris Redman

Prof Redman is a retired Obstetric Physician and active researcher. He has written over 340 peer review papers mainly on the pathogenesis and treatment of pre-eclampsia, with particular reference to involvement of the maternal innate immune system and the placenta. He is ex-President of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy and recipient of its Chesley Award. He is a recipient of the Barnes Award of the International Society of Obstetric Medicine and of the Senior Investigator’s Award of the International Federation of the Placental Associations.

He is currently a co-Investigator for the Global Pregnancy Collaboration (CoLAB, Pittsburgh, USA) and Director of its Research Database Initiative.

Finally he co-invented the Dawes Redman computerised antepartum cardiotocography system which has been the world leader, for more than 25 years.

Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 12:15 PM-12:25 PM - Preeclampsia: a placenta disorder?

Henriette Roed Nielsen

Henriette Roed Nielsen, MD, Ph.D at Dept. of Clinical Genetics, Odense University Hospital, Denmark.
Tel: +45 6541 1725

Henriette Roed Nielsen is a specialist in clinical genetics, she was awarded a Ph.D. degree from University of Southern Denmark in 2015, and has continued her research within the field of cancer genetics,, with a special interest and both national and international collaboration in hereditary predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer.

She is responsible for the oncogenetic unit at Odense University Hospital, and is a member of the Oncogenetic committee of Danish Society of Medical Genetics, DSMG with the main aim to improve the national guidelines for oncogenetic counseling.

Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 2:30 PM-3:00 PM - The utility of genetic testing - now and in the future

Martin Rudnicki

Martin Rudnicki, MD, DM Sci, Director of Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Odense University Hospital, Denmark
The Division of Minimal Invasive Surgery is a center within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Odense University Hospital. The center is a referral center including one of three national centers offering surgery to women with advanced endometriosis. Martin Rudnicki has clinical expertise is in Minimal Invasive Surgery including robot surgery and is now associated professor at Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark

Martin Rudnicki has published a large number of manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and has supervised several PhD students. Teaching has mainly been related to transferring skills from laboratory training to the clinical setting, and he was one of the first to start training in a skills lab at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen. Furthermore, Martin Rudnicki has been connected to fistula projects in Ethiopia and has later been connected to projects in Tanzania and Uganda as well.

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 10:30 AM-12:00 PM - Live surgery - hysterectomy
Tuesday 6/12 2:00 PM-3:30 PM - Free communications - General Gynaecology
Tuesday 6/12 4:00 PM-5:30 PM - Minimal invasive surgery (NSGE session) When love hurts

Linda Reme Sagedal

Linda Reme Sagedal is an attending physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sørlandet Hospital in Kristiansand Norway. She received her PhD from the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Oslo in June 2017. She currently practices general obstetrics and gynecology, with an interest in gestational diabetes and endocrine disorders, as well as pelvic floor defects. She is an investigator in the Norwegian Fit for Delivery trial and its related projects: Fit for Delivery and Beyond, Gestational diabetes—4 Norwegian cohorts, and the International Weight Management in Pregnancy (i-WIP) collaborative Group.

Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 12:15 PM-12:33 PM - Antenatal lifestyle intervention for limitation of gestational weight gain – the Norwegian fit for delivery trial

Sunila Shakya

Date and place of Birth: 26.03.2073, Kathmandu, Nepal

Medical Education Background

  • PhD from Faculty of medicine, NTNU, Norway.    

  • Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Kathmandu University, Nepal.   

  • Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery from University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh 

Professional activities  

  • Senior Consultant in Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Kathmandu university hospital (KUH)

  • Faculty in Kathmandu university School of Medical Sciences

  • Program coordinator, Community-based Women’s Health Program, KUH    

  • Skill Birth Attendant (SBA) Trainer, Nepal

  • Vice-President, Nepalese Osteoporosis and Bone Health Foundation, Nepal

Research interests

Community-based Women’s Health and Preventive Gynae-oncology

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 11:15 AM-11:35 AM - Empowerment of women by Community-Based Health Education - cervical cancer prevention in Nepal

Andrew Shennan

Andrew Shennan is Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London, based at St. Thomas’ Hospital and is Clinical Director of South London Clinical Research Network. He sits on the UK HTA commissioning board. 

He specialises in clinical trials in antenatal and intrapartum care. His research interests include interventions to predict and prevent preterm birth, pre-eclampsia, obstetric anaesthesia, global health and the use of blood pressure monitoring. His current research funding as applicant/co applicant is >£30m, in 19 grants. He has published over 350 peer reviewed research reports (H index >40). 

He has an active clinical role in managing high risk obstetric patients, including a regular hands-on labour ward commitment, and a specialist preterm birth surveillance clinic (award winning 2013/2015/2016 innovations prize) that accepts national and international referrals. He is the recipient of the international 2017 Newton Prize (£200,000) for excellence in research and innovation in support of economic development and social welfare in low and middle-income countries. He was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to maternity care.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 4:30 PM-5:00 PM - Progesterone - pro et con

Graeme Smith

Bio Sketch – Dr. Graeme Smith

Graeme N. Smith MD, PhD, FRCSC (Professor and Head, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Anatomy & Cell Biology and Imaging Services, Kingston General Hospital Queen's University). 

Dr. Smith completed a combined MD/PhD at the University of Western ON in 1992 under the supervision of Dr. John Patrick.  He obtained his FRCSC in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Queen’s University and completed subspecialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto.  Dr. Smith joined the Division of MFM, Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Queen’s University in 1999.  In July 2013, Dr. Smith was appointed Department Head, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  Dr. Smith divides his time between High Risk Obstetrics and Clinical/Basic science research. 


Dr. Smith is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) clinician scientist at Kingston General Hospital/Queens University who established the Queen’s Perinatal Research Unit (Basic Science and Clinical research laboratories).  Dr. Smith is a recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigators award and a Premier’s Research Excellence Award.  He has received the highest research recognition at Queen’s University in receiving the Basmajian Research Award and the Chancellor’s Research Award. He was the Principal Investigator for the CIHR funded Canadian Preterm Labour Nitroglycerin Trial and the CIHR/HSF funded Pre-eclampsia (PE) New Emerging Team (PE-NET) project which helped to establish that the developments of complications in pregnancy, specifically PE, are novel pregnancy-related CVR indicators.  He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and has been/is involved with over 80 peer-reviewed grant funded studies; from basic science to multi-centre randomized placebo controlled trails.  He has supervised over fifteen graduate students (MSc and PhD) and dozens of clinical research trainees (medical students and residents). 

Dr. Smith’s research focuses on PE as a marker of cardiovascular disease and potential therapeutics for the treatment of PE.  His primary research interests pertain to adverse pregnancy outcomes as a marker of future maternal health. He developed The MotHERS Program (Mothers Health Education, Research and Screening) ( to improve maternal health and outcomes.

Dr. Smith is married to Dr. Susan Chamberlain, also an obstetrician/gynaecologist, and has a 15 year old son and a 13 year old daughter.  He has many interests outside of Academic Obstetrics and has previously completed the Ironman Triathlon.

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 11:30 AM-12:00 PM - Canadian experiences with maternal postpartum follow-up clinics after adverse pregnancy outcome

Anne Cathrine Staff

Dr. Staff, MD, PhD, is a specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics. She currently works as full-time Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo and is Head of Research at the Oslo University Hospital, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She continues part-time work as a clinical consultant. The main research area is within molecular understanding of pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia, and future maternal cardiovascular health. 

Dr. Staff was the EPG (European Placenta Group) Spokesperson 2011-17 and the Vice-President of the ISSHP (International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy) 2012-16, and is currently ISSHP Executive Committee member.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 2:00 PM-2:10 PM - Fertility outcome after cornual resection for interstitial pregnancies

Anne Tine Staff

Dr. Staff, MD, PhD, is a specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics. She currently works as full-time Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo and is Head of Research at the Oslo University Hospital, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She continues part-time work as a clinical consultant. The main research area is within molecular understanding of pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia, and future maternal cardiovascular health. 

Dr. Staff was the EPG (European Placenta Group) Spokesperson 2011-17 and the Vice-President of the ISSHP (International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy) 2012-16, and is currently ISSHP Executive Committee member.

Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 12:15 PM-12:25 PM - Preeclampsia: a placenta disorder?
Wednesday 6/13 1:00 PM-1:20 PM - Pre-eclampsia biomarkers: more than you think

Sarah Stock

Sarah Stock is Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant and Subspecialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh. 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 a research interest in preterm labour and fetal inflammation, and leads both laboratory and clinical research studies. She has recently established the international Co_OPT collaboration to study the effects of inappropriately timed antenatal corticosteroids on babies and children. Her aim is to improve prediction of preterm birth, and develop strategies that improve neonatal and longer-term outcomes.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 5:00 PM-5:30 PM - Cortocosteroids - pro et con

Jeanett Strandbygaard

JEANETT STRANDBYGAARD, MD, PhD is a senior resident in obstetrics and gynaecology at University Hospital of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet. Her PhD covered the implementation of a laparoscopic simulation curriculum in OBGYN in the Zealand Region of Denmark. Her special interest is continuously improvement of surgical education focusing now on surgical assessment, with a special emphasis on structuring and implementing assessment.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 4:45 PM-5:00 PM - Assessment of skills in surgery

Viveca Söderström-Anttila

Docent Viveca Söderström-Anttila completed her residency in obstetrics, gynaecology and reproductive endocrinology at the Helsinki University Central Hospital. Her main clinical and research interest has been oocyte donation and follow-up of donors and families with children born after treatment with donated gametes. She worked as an infertility specialist at the Infertility clinic of the Family Federation of Finland 1992-2017. Currently she is a specialist at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Helsinki University Central Hospital.

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 1:30 PM-2:00 PM - Oocyt donation - fertility tourism and ethical aspects

Jette Led Sørensen


Jette Led Sorensen MD, MMEd, PhD                                                                                      

Head of Education, Consultant ObGyn, Associate professor

Juliane Marie Centre for Children, Women and Reproduction                                              

Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen


Tel. + 45 35458901 Mobile +45 26711484



Jette Led Sørensen has a medical degree and specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology. She obtained a master’s degree in Medical Education from the University of Dundee, Scotland and a Doctoral dissertation/PhD from Maastricht University, Netherlands. Jette Led Sørensen is currently head of Education at the Juliane Marie Centre, Rigshospitalet, and associate professor at University of Copenhagen and work with development and research in medical education and has supervised several PhD-students. Jette Led Sørensen has received several national and international awards for her contributions in education and research. Main research areas: 1) Obstetric simulation-based training 2) Multidisciplinary simulation 3) Curriculum development 4) Laparoscopic virtual reality simulation 5) Operating Room Black Box.


Participates in the following events:
Sunday 6/10 2:00 PM-5:00 PM - 9. Simulation-based medical education in obstetrics
Tuesday 6/12 4:00 PM-4:15 PM - Introduction and trends in medical education

Robert Taylor

Robert N. Taylor, MD, PhD is Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Dr. Taylor received his undergraduate education at Stanford University and completed the combined MD-PhD program at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Taylor has served on influential international, national and state executive committees including the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, NIH Reproductive Scientist Development Program and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He was honorary secretary of the World Endometriosis Society and Past President of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 4:00 PM-4:20 PM - New perspectives on endometriosis: Causes of pain and infertility

Basky Thilaganathan
Name: Professor Basky Thilaganathan
Position: Professor and Director of Fetal Medicine

Clinical role: Consultant Obstetrician
Institution: St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London
Tel: +44 (0)20 8725 0071
Basky Thilaganathan undertook his undergraduate training at King’s College London, where he obtained a BSc in Genetic Engineering (1995) and MBBS (1988). He was appointed Consultant and Director of Fetal Medicine at St George’s, University of London in 1999. He has been awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG, 2006), an Honorary Doctorate (PhD) from Uppsala University (2007) and made Professor, University of London in 2008. His research interests are in maternal cardiac function, placental function, fetal growth and preeclampsia (TED talk:

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 2:45 PM-3:05 PM - How should we act when we determine brain sparing in the third trimester?
Wednesday 6/13 12:25 PM-12:45 PM - Preeclampsia: a cardiac disorder?

Martin Tolsgaard

Martin G. Tolsgaard, MD, PhD, DMSc is associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, a scientist at Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES), and a resident in Obstetrics at Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet. His research interest involve the use of simulation and its implications for patient care, assessment of trainee competence, and the role of cost and cost-effectiveness in medical education. 

He is deputy editor of two academic journals dedicated to medical education research: Advances in Health Sciences Education (AHSE) and Perspectives on Medical Education (PMED), a former member of the Regional Ethical Committee for the Capital Region, a current member of the AMEE research committee, and member of the Society for Cost and Value in Health Professions Education (SCVHPE).

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 5:00 PM-5:15 PM - Simulation-based education in ultrasound

Willemien van Driel

In 2002, following a PhD on immunotherapeutical aspects in the treatment of cervical carcinoma she completed a fellowship in gynaecological oncology in Leiden University medical Center and Barts hospital/Royal Marsden hospital in London.  Since 2004 she started as gynaecological oncologist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute.

In 2007 the HIPEC trial started randomising patients with figo stage III ovarian carcinoma in intervaldebulking surgery with or without HIPEC. This resulted in the recent publication in The New England Journal of Medicine. Main topics in research involves projects related to improving treatment of patients with ovarian carcinoma.  

Participates in the following events:
Monday 6/11 1:00 PM-1:20 PM - Combined surgical and medical treatment of ovarian cancer - Hypertherm IntraPEritoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)

Eszter Vanky

Eszter Vanky MD, professor
Senior consultant

My main topic of interests are polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in both pregnant and non-pregnant women. My research group has focused on randomized clinical trials where we explore the effect of metformin. We follow up women before, during and after pregnancy and their children with somatic and cognitive examinations.  Our aim is to survey long-term health of mothers with PCOS and their children. We explore possible consequences of PCOS and possible effects of metformin on hemo-dynamics, pharmacokinetics, weight development, body composition, hormones and metabolism.
Other area of interests is breastfeeding related to maternal and offspring long-term health, patient claims in gynaecology, labour induction, breech deliveries and hyperemesis in pregnancy.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 11:20 AM-11:30 AM - Metformin treatment of pregnant women with polycystic ovary syndrome - a Nordic RCT
Wednesday 6/13 10:00 AM-10:20 AM - Management of overweight and obesity in PCOS

Paolo Vercellini


Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 4:20 PM-4:40 PM - Minimally-disruptive, stepwise management of symptomatic endometriosis

Ida Vogel

Personal data

Name: Ida Vogel, MD, PhD, DrMSc

Address: Elevvej 11E, 8200 Aarhus N. Denmark

Phone: 31523156

Year of birth: 1966

ORCID iD 0000-0002-1125-0393


Senior consultant + researcher

Clinical Genetics and Center for Fetal Diagnostics

Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark 

Scientific focus areas:

I have worked clinically and scientifically with pregnancy and prenatal diagnostics for more than 25 years. We have established a research center for fetal diagnostics ( I do translational research on new genetic methods, study the effects of implementing these techniques in the clinical setting and study women’s and health professionals’ preferences and experiences. We take a very interdisciplinary approach and have researchers with varied educations.  I have published a total of 82 publications, H-index 24.

Participates in the following events:
Tuesday 6/12 2:20 PM-2:40 PM - The genetic perspectives and challenges in relation to Fetal Medicine

Ranjan Yajnik

Dr. Chittaranjan S Yajnik (born 31st January, 1952) MD FRCP, is a Consultant Physician and Director of the Diabetes Unit at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Pune since 1985. He heads the Pankunwar Firodia Daycare Centre and the Kamalnayan Bajaj Diabetology Research Centre. He trained in Pune University and in Oxford, UK.

He specializes in clinical care and patient education. His special interest is to investigate the high susceptibility of Indians to diabetes and related disorders. He is well known for his description of the ‘thin-fat’ Indian which describes the fact that though not obese by international criteria, Indians are adipose (high body fat percent). Dr Yajnik specializes in the investigation of intrauterine programming of diabetes and has demonstrated a dual role of maternal micronutrient imbalance and macronutrient excess in its aetiology.


Participates in the following events:
Wednesday 6/13 10:20 AM-10:40 AM - GDM: some lessons from India