Organizing Committee
OCM Member
Director, Fertility Centers of Illinois
Fertility Centers of Illinois , USA
Biography :

Certified as a High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director through the American Board of Bioanalysis, Dr. Liebermann has been working in the field of IVF since 1995. Since 2004 he is the Laboratory Director for Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI) Chicago/River North Embryology, Andrology and the Endocrinology Lab. He received his doctoral degree from the Technical University Munich in Bavaria/Germany in 1995 and his postdoctoral thesis in 2004 qualified him as a university lecturer in Experimental Reproductive Medicine at the Bavarian University of Wuerzburg, Germany. Dr. Liebermann has authored numerous papers and contributed more than 15 book chapters in the area of reproductive science. In 2007, he co-authored a book with Dr. Michael Tucker titled Vitrification in Human Assisted Reproduction. He is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, Society for the Study of Reproduction, and the American Board of Bioanalysis. He serves also as an ad Hoc for Fertility & Sterility, Human Reproduction, Reproductive Biomedicine Online, Reproduction, European Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Reproductive Biology, and Cryobiology.

OCM Member
Founder and president
Innovative Cryo Enterprises LLC , USA
Biography :

James Stachecki, Ph.D. founder of I.C.E. LLC has worked in the cryopreservation field for over 20 years. He pioneered the use of choline chloride as a substitute for sodium chloride for slow-cooling oocytes. In 1998 he received the general prize paper award at the ASRM annual meeting for his work vitrifying human oocytes. A year later was granted a US patent for his choline-based freezing medium. Almost 11 years ago he developed a vitrification system for blastocysts that was DMSO-free and used conventional cryo-straws. This large-volume system was markedly different that the DMSO/EG micro-volume system being developed around the same time. A similar large-volume system was later developed for oocytes and cleavage-stage embryos. Today, these systems have grown in popularity because of their simplicity, cost effectiveness, and their success (ie. clinical pregnancy rate). Originally the system was called "S3" or S3. This stood for "Simple, Safe, and Successful". We have modified and improved the formulation and protocols to such a degree that we feel a new name is appropriate. Although the basic concepts are the same, overall, it is a much better system than the one published just 5 years ago. The system is now called "ICE Vitrification". We are always trying to improve this already successful system, in hopes of increasing survival and pregnancy rates so that all clinics using the system will achieve results similar to their fresh/nonfrozen embryo transfer rates. Currently we are working at a better system for cryopreserving sperm and ovarian tissue.

OCM Member
Professor
University Pierre et Marie Curie , France
Research Interest :

Embryology of ARVD

OCM Member
Professor, IVF
IVF Center , Hungary
Biography :

Peter Kovacs has graduated from the Albert Szent-Gyorgyi School of Medicine in Szeged, Hungary and then completed his OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Subsequently, he was invited to join the largest Hungarian IVF Center, Kaali Institute, and in 2008 was promoted to become the medical director. In 2005, he earned a PhD degree for studies regarding the reproductive effects of diabetes. His current research interest is focused on stimulation protocols, predictors of IVF outcome, and the clinical benefits of time-lapse embryo monitoring. He has published 40 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters; he was the co-editor of the first Hungarian textbook on infertility evaluation and treatment

OCM Member
Doctor, Obstetrician, Gynecologist and Fertility Expert
Kingswill Specialist Hospital , Nigeria
Biography :

Dr Kingsley I. Onwuzurigbo MBBS (Lagos ). FWACS He graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos in 1998 with a distinction in Biochemistry the first professional examination. He did his internships at the Lagos University of Teaching Hospita. After the compulsory National Youth Service, he worked at Providence Hospital lagos for years (one of the pioneer IVF Centres in Nigeria )before doing his residency train Obstetrician and Gy9at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital between 2005 and 2012. He had a training in Advanced Infertility Management in India at one of the FOGSI (Federation o Obstetrics and Gynecology Society of India), recognised training centres in Aurungabad under Dr Pandit Palaskar in 2011. He commenced advanced infertility management afterwards spanning ovulation induction with planned relation, artificial insemination and in vitro Fertilization. He established Kingswill Specialist Hospital Amuwo Odofin , Lagos state in 2012. He recorded a success rate of 56% in his first year on IVF. His research interest include predicting , preventing and management OF OHSS, role of AFC (ANTRAL Follicle Count) as a single prognostic index in predicting response to ovarian stimulation, Relationship between number of follicles aspirated and number of ovum obtained in an IVF cycle; improving successes in IUI, IVF: Where do we go from where are currently? Any new thing? Making a case for preparing prefertilization genetic diagnosis; prevention of parental to offspring transmission of HIV - can assisted conception be the goal

Research Interest :

predicting , preventing and management OF OHSS, role of AFC (ANTRAL Follicle Count) as a single prognostic index in predicting response to ovarian stimulation, Relationship between number of follicles aspirated and number of ovum obtained in an IVF cycle; improving successes in IUI, IVF: Where do we go from where are currently? Any new thing? Making a case for preparing fertilization genetic diagnosis; prevention of parental to offspring transmission of HIV - can assisted conception be the goal

OCM Member
Doctor
Pathology Departments in Medcare hospital , United Arab Emirates
Biography :

Prof. Fathia is graduated from the faculty of medicine, Ain-Shams university (MBBCH), Masters and PhD in Pathology from Zagazig University, Egypt is working in Medcare hospital United Arab Emirates as a consultant histopathologist. She worked as the Chief Academic Officer and Head of Department of Pathology, Dubai Medical College, United Arab Emirates.. In addition, she obtained a Masters in Health Professions Education from Maastricht and Suez Canal University. With her vast experience as Professor and Head of Pathology department, in addition to her role as Chief academic officer, Prof. Fatehia is acclaimed to be one of the best teachers by the students. Having more than twenty four years of experience in medical education in the UAE, she has pioneered many significant improvements in medical education in DMC. During the two years, when she served as Dean of College, she geared the college through several key milestones such as integration of curriculum and international accreditation, way back in 1998, taking DMC to the forefront of integrated teaching in the country. She continues to give leadership to the academic affairs, continuously updating the curriculum and introducing innovative tools of education. Her urge to excel has taken the educational system of the college to the next level through sharing of best practices and strategic partnerships. Prof. Fathia brings to the college, the latest in international health sector through her participation in international societies like International Academy of Pathologists. Prof. Fatehia enjoys a respectable position as one of the top academic pathologists in the country. Her involvement in the Emirates Pathologists’ Association has led to DMC hosting their meeting on several occasions. She is She is a member of international academy of pathologists -Arab Division (IAP-AD), in United States and Canadian Society of Pathologists (USCAP) and Emirates Medical association (EMA). Prof. Fathia is an avid researcher and serves as a research guide and reviewer to several groups of students and doctors. Her areas of research include immunohistochemistry and genetic profiles of different disorders, in which she has published several research articles. She has participation as attendance, speaker, presenter in 38 scientific conferences and workshops and published 37 scientific papers in reputable journals. Prof. Fathia Ali Bayoumi, is the Secretary General of the Medical Research Fund (MRF), DMC which aims to improve the standards of healthcare nationally and regionally through research programs. The Medical Research Fund is highly dependent on a national effort that engages individuals, groups and the corporate sector to usher in a new era of medical achievement in the United Arab Emirates. The Medical Research Fund was launched in April 2008 and received a lot of medical research proposals out of which 12 have been accepted for the fund.

OCM Member
Professor, Research Assistant Professor of Pathology
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago , USA
Biography :

Dr. Vasil Galat is an Assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Vasil is an expert in human ES cells and iPSC. He developed the first disease model hES cells and was part of the group that published a global review of genetic diversity in human stem cells. As the head of the stem cell group for the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago he has produced many iPSC lines from rare childhood conditions and described a novel type of embryonic stem cells that contribute to a developing yolk sack. He has developed important methodologies for directed differentiation of hiPSCs along mesodermal lineages aiming to provide a potential novel source of cells for the studies and treatment of human pathologies. His laboratory successfully conditioned pluripotent cells to differentiate into mesenchymal stem cells, endothelial and hematopoietic cells. He is certified for complex laboratory procedures and has run CLIA/CAP certified labs. He has extensive experience in human assisted reproductive technologies and IVF. Dr. Galat He obtained his BSc from Moscow University of Forestry and PhD (1998) from Moscow Institute of Biophysics.

OCM Member
Doctor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sanjay Orthopaedic Spine and Maternity Centre. , India
Biography :

Dr. Sujata Sanjay is not only an eminent and highly proficient and capable doctor of repute, but she is also sincerely dedicated to the cause of the poor people and particularly to those of the backward areas like Uttarakhand, where poverty reigns supreme and the people are virtually deprived of even ordinary medical. Dr. Sujata Sanjay has within a period of 6 year, treated more than 5800 patients in 201 free medical camps which have been regularly organized in the state of Uttarakhand. Her simple and sympathetic nature towards patients has been appreciated and has helped her establish her name in Uttarakhand. Dr Sujata had been awarded “# 100 WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARD” By Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Government of India. Awarded by President of India, Shri. Pranab Mukherjee, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on January 22 2016) only gynecologist from all over India “FOGSI the Padmashree Kamlabai Hospet Award” At 59th All India Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecology (AICOG) at Agra Jan 2016 (First time for Uttarakhand )

OCM Member
Professor
Affiliated Hospital of Guizhou Medical University , China
Biography :

Guanyou Huang has his expertise in reproductive immunology and embryo development potential improving the progress of assisted reproductive technique. He raises the hypothesis for prediction of embryo developmental potential and pregnancy based on immune characteristics. He intends to establish a system to assess embryo quality, namely, establish a new and effective system to assess embryo quality on the basis of secretory and immune function of corresponding embryo.

Research Interest :

Evaluation of in vitro fertilization outcomes using interleukin-8 in culture medium of human preimplantation embryos

OCM Member
Medical Director, Advance Fertility and Gynae Centre
Advance Fertility and Gynae Centre , India
OCM Member
Professor, Division of Histology and Embryology
Jinan University , China
Biography :

Xuesong Yang is currently a professor in, Jinan University Medical College, China. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Harbin Medical University, China and then received his doctorate in Tokyo Medical and Dental University School of Medicine, Japan. After having worked in University of Manchester and University of Dundee University, UK for 11 years, he took the position in Jinan University Medical College. His research interests contain: 1) exploring embryos as the possible models for stem cell applications on regenerative medicine. 2) the regulations of coordinated signaling pathways on mesoderm and neural crest cell migration during gastrula embryo development. 3) the investigation of gene-regulatory elements on birth defects. So far, he has published 86 SCI scientific papers including Developmental Cell, PNAS, Current Biology and Development, Developmental Biology and Oncogene.

OCM Member
Professor, Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences
China Medical University (CMU) and Hospital (CMUH) , Taiwan
Biography :

Professor Ju earned his PhD training from Department of Animal Science, Cornell University, New York, USA, in 1998, and then came back Taiwan to work for National Chung-Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan. In 2012, he moved to Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences, China Medical University (CMU) and the Hospital (CMUH), Taichung, Taiwan. He has been working on embryo/animal cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer, pluripotent stem cells, particularly in domestic species, and thermal impacts on embryo development and germlayer differentiation. He has also established a Core Lab for Stem Cell Research in CMUH to differentiate human, as well as animal, ES cells into three germlayer cell lineages, such as motor neurons, cardiomyocytes and hepatocytes from normal and disease individuals, for research and therapeutic purposes.

OCM Member
Professor
Iskenderun Technical University , Turkey
Biography :

Yusuf Bozkurt researches deal with conservation of fish gametes and embryos, reproductive biology of fish brood stock and also aquaculture of potential new species. He has authored a number of referred articles mainly on cryopreservation of fish semen. In addition, he conducts many research projects in the field of aquaculture cooperating with various freshwater and marine fish farms. His scientific activity in the field of aquaculture was internationally recognized and invited to editorial boards of international peer-review journals. Also, he supervised a number of international and national research projects. In addition, he has been involved Food and Agriculture Cost Action FA 1205.

Research Interest :

Conservation of fish gametes and embryos, reproductive biology of fish brood stock and also aquaculture of potential new species

OCM Member
Professor
Science Labs Medical Institute , Greece
Biography :

Dr. Anastasios Argyriou has 31 years of professional and research experience in Biology of Reproduction and Andrology. (Bachelor in Biology, University of Athens, Greece, D.E.A. in Endocrinology and Development, University of Caen, France, Diploma in Andrology, University Paris XI, France, Ph.D. in Physiology of Human Reproduction, University of Paris VI, France). As a Senior Clinical Embryologist in IVF Laboratories, has attended multiple seminars in advanced IVF laboratory methods, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students and published scientific papers and articles. He delivered lectures to academic and scientific audiences as a member of Greek and International Scientific Associations and a regular member of the National Committee of Medically Assisted Reproduction in Greece.

Research Interest :

Clinical Exome Sequencing screening of subfertile individuals participating in in vitro Fertilization program: a pilot study

OCM Member
Scientific consultant , Research associate
Juno Fertility , Canada
Biography :

Dr. Shlomit Kenigsberg is an independent scientific advisor. Her recent position was the director of scientific affair in a leading Canadian company for Life-Sciences products, and a senior Research associate at Create Fertility Centre from Toronto Canada. She obtained her Ph.D, studying DNA-methylation in the human malaria causing agent, Plasmodium falciparum, graduating in 2001, together with an MBA degree. Her first position was as a Product manager for QIAGEN, an international BioTech company. Shlomit then accepted a post-doctoral fellowship with the Department of Human Genetics at Ben-Gurion University, where she studied differential gene expression in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) using microarray technologies. This unique experience lead her to join Create Fertility Centre in 2006 as a senior research associate to establish a new reproductive biology research laboratory and basic research program. Her recent projects focused on isolation and characterization of exosomes from various body fluids and conditioned media in the IVF lab. The project included downstream applications such as small RNA qPCRs arrays, NGS technologies, bioinformatics analysis, and proteomics. Although her specialty is in ovarian biology, she was also involved in Mesachymal-stem cells (MSCs) and andrology related research projects.

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