We are very pleased to be joined by renowned keynote speakers, talking on topics such as the psychology of decision making, cancer in pregnancy, fetal wellbeing, Caesarean scar and animals.

Professor at the KU Leuven in Belgium and at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Professor Frédéric Amant, MD, PhD is Professor in the Department of Oncologyat the University of Leuven, Belgium and a specialist in Gynecologic Oncology in UZ Gasthuisberg, Leuven. As the principle investigator of an international study on cancer in pregnancy and a key member of multiple European specialist groups, including EORTC and ENITEC, Professor Amant has been described by The Lancet as ‘leading the agenda on cancer in pregnancy’. He also chairs the International Network on Cancer, Infertility and Pregnancy (INCIP). Recent publications include a series on malignancy in pregnancy published in the Lancet Oncology and Journal of Clinical Oncology, which presented new evidence on the treatment of cancer during pregnancy. During the ISUOG keynote lecture Professor Amant will give an overview of cancer treatment modalities during pregnancy. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy are possible under certain conditions without jeopardizing fetal chances. He will show that children suffer more from prematurity than from antenatal exposure to chemotherapy. In addition, the need for a multidisciplinary approach and high risk obstetrical unit will be emphasised.
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Stuart Campbell Award for Education winner, 2018

Prof. Dr Rabih Chaoui, was born and schooled in Beirut, Lebanon. His medical studies and specialisation in obstetrics and gynecology were undertaken at the Charité Medical School, Humboldt University, in Berlin, Germany. Between 2001 and 2004, he was professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Charité University Hospital, Berlin and since 2004 he has worked at the Center of Prenatal Diagnosis and Human Genetics in Berlin. An ISUOG member since 1994, he has been a Board member from 2003 to 2013, including two terms as Chair of the Education Committee, and received the Stuart Campbell Award for Education in 2018.

Prof. Dr Chaoui has written three books on fetal ultrasound and more than 250 papers and monographies. Since 1986, his major interest has been in fetal ultrasound to include fetal heart, fetal 3D, first trimester ultrasound, ultrasound in genetic diseases and high-resolution ultrasound.

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1999 Gold Medal Award article

Prof. Kypros Nicolaides is Professor of Fetal Medicine at King’s College Hospital, London. He was born in Cyprus and studied medicine at Kings, training in obstetrics and gynecology and specialising in fetal medicine. He has carried out extensive research in many aspects of fetal diagnosis and therapy leading to the publication of more than 1400 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. His research publications on imaging and prenatal diagnosis have transformed ultrasound practice and his work to implement quality control for nuchal translucency has led to this technique becoming an established screening test of Down's syndrome and other genetic conditions. He was awarded the ISUOG Ian Donald Gold Medal in 1999 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field.

He has provided training in fetal medicine to more than 500 doctors from 50 countries and has supervised more than 50 doctors to undertake research leading to PhDs and MDs. In 1995 he founded the charity The Fetal Medicine Foundation, which has donated more than £45 million to promote research and training in fetal medicine throughout the world.

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Director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

Dr Gerd Gigerenzer is Director of the Harding Centre for Risk Literacy, at Berlin’s Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB), and partner of Simply Rational, Institute for Decisions. He was formerly Director of Adaptive Behaviour and Cognition Centre at MPIB and Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago.

He has trained US federal judges, German physicians and top managers in decision-making, understanding risks and uncertainties. Awards for Dr Gigerenzer’s work include the German Psychology Award and Communicator Award of the German Research Foundation. His award-winning popular books Calculated risks, Gut feelings: the intelligence of the unconscious and Risk savvy: how to make good decisions, have been translated into 21 languages. His academic books include Simply rational and bounded rationality, a collaboration with Reinhard Selten (Nobel Laureate in economics) and Better doctors, better patients, better decisions with Sir Muir Gray, where he shows how better informed doctors and patients can improve healthcare while reducing costs.

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Professor and chair of wildlife reproduction medicine at the Free University of Berlin.

Prof. Dr Thomas Hildebrandt is a member of the Credential Committee of the European College of Zoological Medicine, as part of the European Board of Veterinary Specialists. He holds the honorary appointment of professorial fellow of biosciences at the University of Melbourne and is also head of the Department of Reproduction Management at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin.

A recipient of numerous awards, Prof. Dr Hildebrandt was given the Conservation Legacy Award in 2015 for his substantial donation to conservation projects at Pittsburg Zoo and PPG Aquarium, USA. Prestigious science journals, such as Science and Nature, have reported on his wildlife conservation work.

Prof. Dr Hildebrandt has totalled more than 250 hours lecturing at 18 national and international universities. He has participated in fundraising a total of approximately €2.7 million for more than 15 externally financed projects.

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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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Prof. Asma Khalil is a Professor of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at St George’s University Hospital (University of London). She is a subspecialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, specialising in scanning women and babies with complications in pregnancy. She is the lead for the Multiple Pregnancy service at St George’s Hospital, the referral unit for the South West London region, but also cares for women with low risk pregnancies.

Prof. Khalil gained her MD at the University of London in 2009 following two years’ research into pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnancy). She also has a Masters degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and an MRC scholarship. She has published more than 45 peer reviewed research papers in medical journals, and many review articles and book chapters. She has been awarded many research prizes, at both national and international meetings.

Her research interests include hypertensive disease in pregnancy, multiple pregnancy, and other complications of pregnancy.

You can follow her on twitter @ProfAsmaKhalil

Notable publications: She has published more than 45 peer reviewed research papers in medical journals, and many review articles and book chapters. Read more.

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics; Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; multiple pregnancy; preeclampsia; prenatal diagnosis; fetal therapy; interventional procedures during pregnancy.

Languages: English; Arabic

"I am committed to supporting ISUOG’s membership growth and providing educational opportunities in underrepresented regions of the world. I have contributed to the Society’s scientific program, speaking at their Intensive education courses and even running two Approved courses of my own, which have become popular in their own right. One of these courses takes place in Egypt, the other in the UK, where there is a shortage in opportunities for basic training in the field. Through these initiatives I have introduced more than 70 new members to the Society in the last year alone and strive to continue delivering ISUOG’s resources in areas where there is most in need."

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