This ISUOG approved course will take place on 8-11 May 2019. This meeting is headlined by three prominent clinicians in their respective fields, all working together as one faculty: Professor Christoph Lees (ISUOG Board Member), Professor Tom Bourne (ISUOG Board Member) and Professor Phil Bennett. Other members of the ISUOG International Faculty speaking at this course are Prof. Dirk Timmerman (ISUOG Board Member), Mr Davor Jurkovic, Prof. Gordon Smith and Prof. Jim Thornton. This new meeting is a a one stop-shop - everything you need to know about fetal medicine, early pregnancy and pre-term.

Early-bird discounts are available now until 31 January 2019. For more information and registration, click here.

Day 1: Wednesday 8 May    
EARLY PREGNANCY    Professor Tom Bourne    
Day 2: Thursday 9 May    
PREMATURITY    Professor Philip Bennett    
Days 3 & 4: Friday & Saturday 10 & 11 May    
FETAL MEDICINE    Professor Christoph Lees

You can view the programme here:

Expert Pregnancy Imagine programme 2019

ISUOG International Faculty members speaking at this course include:

Executive Committee, Finance Committee (Chair), Safety Committee (Chair), Scientific Committee, Governance group, Perinatal Doppler and Vascular Focus Group (Chair), Simulation Task Force

Christoph Lees is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialist, Consultant Obstetrician and Head of Fetal Medicine at Imperial College London where he is Clinical Reader. He is visiting Professor, KU Leuven, Belgium, was RCOG inaugural National Ultrasound Officer 2010-2013 and Vice Chairman, RCOG Subspecialty Committee 2011-2013. His research focuses on pre-eclampsia, cardiovascular adaptation, Doppler, intra-uterine growth restriction and non-invasive fetal surgery.

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; preeclampsia; safety of ultrasound

Language: English

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Treasurer (2015-20019), Bids Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Nominations Committee, Governance group

Prof. Tom Bourne is an authority on early pregnancy complications, emergency gynecology and gynaecological ultrasound. He is known both nationally and internationally for his expertise in terms of “hands on” clinical care and his extensive clinical research. He has edited seven books and published over 300 papers.

In 1994 he worked at University of Göteborg, Sweden as Swedish Medical Research Council visiting scientist. He wrote his Ph.D. on detecting ovarian & endometrial cancer. Following this, he was appointed consultant gynaecologist at St George's University Hospital, London in 1996, he obtained MRCOG in 1990 and FRCOG in 2003. Prof. Bourne was appointed Reader in acute gynecology & gynaecological ultrasonography at University of London (2005) & Visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium (2007). In 2014 he was awarded honorary fellowship of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) & honorary membership of Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) in 2016.

He is President of the UK Association of Early Pregnancy Units (AEPU), Trustee of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust and on the steering committee of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) trial.

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UOG Editorial Board

Prof. Dirk Timmerman  is a Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at KU Leuven, Belgium, and Clinical Head of benign gynecology and early pregnancy UZ Leuven. He is also Vice-chair of the Medical Council at the University Hospitals Leuven and Senior Clinical Investigator of the Scientific Research Fund (FWO) Flanders. He is coordinator of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) collaborative group, including more than 50 centres for ovarian cancer diagnosis throughout the world. The IOTA group aims to develop new algorithms and liquid biopsies to diagnose and detect ovarian cancer and provide optimal care of adnexal tumors (included patients n>22,500). He has been awarded the Inbev Baillet-Latour Prize for Clinical Research 2014, Fellowship ad eundem from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG, London, 2014) and the William J. Fry Memorial Lecture Award from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine  2016 at AIUM Annual Convention, New York.

Country: Belgium

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; early pregnancy

Languages: English; Dutch; French

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Davor Jurkovic is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Director of Gynaecology Diagnostic and Outpatient Treatment Unit at University College Hospital London.  His main clinical and academic interest is the use of ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of early pregnancy and gynaecological abnormalities.  He has pioneered the use of colour Doppler in gynaecology and early pregnancy as well as the use of three-dimensional ultrasound for the diagnosis of congenital uterine anomalies. He has published more than 250 papers in the international peer review journals and has edited five books on gynaecological ultrasound. Read more.

Country: UK

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Endometriosis, early pregancy complications, ultrasound in gynaecology, benign gyanecological conditions, diagnosis of uterine and ovarian cancer.

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Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cambridge, UK.

Prof. Smith is Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cambridge, UK. His clinical training took place in Glasgow and he subsequently received three doctoral degrees from there (MD, PhD and DSc). Prof. Smith was awarded two Wellcome Trust clinical research training fellowships based in Glasgow University and Cornell University, USA. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science in 2010 and is clinically active as a Consultant in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Rosie Hospital, Cambridge.

Prof. Smith’s research aims to identify novel approaches to prevent adverse outcomes relating to complications of pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction and preterm birth. A major focus is the outcome of stillbirth, the single major cause of death of the infant in the
perinatal period.


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At ISUOG 2017 Jim Thornton will be speaking about Small babies, large babies and older mothers, when shall we induce?

 Jim Thornton qualified from Leeds University  in 1977. Between 1979 and 1983 he worked at  the Chogoria mission hospital in Kenya. Since 2001 he has been working as a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Nottingham University where he has been undertaking research in clinical trials. Including, most recently, a clinincal trial into the induction of labour at 39 weeks for women aged over 35 (35-39 trial).

He has previously worked as the editor for European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and British Journal of Obstretrics and Gynecology. He is currently the chair for, Swedish Research Council, Vetenskapsrådet, Clinical Therapy Research Board. In 2005 he stood for Parliament (Conservative Party) in Nottingham East 2005. Lost by a mile! 


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