Professor of Public Health, Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva Executive Director of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, headquartered in Geneva

Dr Borisch is an MD and a Histopathologist, MPH and Fellow of the Royal College of Pathology (UK). Her scientific research work delves into neoplastic lesions of the immune system and breast cancer. Her interests also include community-based oncology, health communication and global health.

She studied medicine and history at the Universities of Kiel (Germany) and Lausanne (Switzerland). She is appointed professor and head of the Institute of Clinical Pathology / University of Geneva in 1995. She becomes the president of the Swiss Cancer League’s program against breast cancer. She completes an MPH in 2005 and orientates her activities to Public Health and Global Health. She joins the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine in 2005 (from 2015 on: Institute of  Global Health).

She is Editor in Chief of "Pathobiology“ and the Co-Editor of "Journal of Public Health Policy“.  In addition to her academic work she acts as the Director and Head of the World Federation of Public Health Associations and holds positions at several Committees of Public Health oriented institutions.

She was president of Europa Donna – The European Breast Cancer Forum and Founding President of the Swiss Forum of Europa Donna. She teaches at the University of Geneva, the Swiss School of Public Health and she also teaches patient support groups.  She is (co)author of over 120 scientific papers.

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Finance Committee (Chair), Member of the Scientific Committee, Bids Committee

Prof. Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor and research team lead at Imperial College, as well as Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital London. He is visiting Professor and consultant at KU Leuven in Belgium. He has a specialist interest in the management of early pregnancy complications and the use of ultrasound for the assessment of gynaecological disorders. He is a medical advisor and trustee of the UK patient group, the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. He is on the steering committee of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) and International Endometrial Tumor Analysis (IETA) trials, as well as a number of other trials in the UK.

Country: UK

Field: Gynecology

Specialties: Gynecological ultrasound; gynecological oncology; early pregnancy; reproductive medicine

Language: English

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Rex de Ryke has been the Charge Sonographer within the New Zealand Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) Radiology services since 2003

He is current Chair of NZASUM and was appointed an ASUM director in 2016. Rex was the recipient of the ASUM Australasian Sonographer of the year award in 2017. He received an honorary ASUM fellowship, and humanitarian award in 2012 for his work during the Christchurch Earthquakes.

Rex is passionate about all aspects of clinical ultrasound, with a special interest in Fetal medicine, Fetal echo, and Emergency medicine ultrasound.

As well as his extensive clinical roles, Rex is involved in ongoing Sonographer education, is an examiner for ASUM, and is working with the Otago University of NZ in the development of a post-graduate ultrasound qualification.

He has presented at numerous national conferences and meetings, and has authored and co-authored several research papers and case presentations

A current focus is coordinating and supporting PoCUS ultrasound services within the CDHB, and the greater NZ community, with an emphasis on quality service provision with image recoding, review and audit.



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Dr Ronald McCoy graduated in medicine from the University of Malaya in Singapore. He later obtained Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London.

Dr McCoy is a past president of the Malaysian Medical Association and former member of the Malaysian Medical Council.

He has been actively involved in the worldwide physicians' movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons and served as co-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. He was also a member of the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in 1995-1996.

After the failed review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2005, Dr McCoy proposed that IPPNW change its strategy by initiating an International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

At the review conference of the NPT in 2010, it was agreed unanimously that any use of nuclear weapons would have catastrophic humanitarian consequences which would violate international humanitarian law at all times. This led to a declaration that there is a clear mandate to ban nuclear weapons.

Based on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, negotiations in the United Nations eventually led to the adoption of a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 7th July 2017 by a large majority of 122 states.

In December, ICAN was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize "for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of nuclear weapons."

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Dr. Neil O’Gorman is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and a subspecialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Necker Enfants-Malades Hospital in Paris, France.

Having completed a joint honours BSc from the National University of Ireland, he went to study medicine at the University of Glasgow. He then moved to London to train in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and subsequently became a subspecialty trainee in Maternal Fetal Medicine at King’s College Hospital, London. During this time, he developed an interest in first trimester screening for preeclampsia and was a member of the team that produced the ASPRE study. His doctoral thesis involved developing a 1st trimester preeclampsia prediction model with subsequent prospective validation across 12 hospitals in Europe.

In 2017, he moved to Paris where he works as a Chef de Clinique at Necker Hospital and Descartes University Paris. His special interests are 1st trimester screening for aneuploidies and preeclampsia, ultrasound quality control, fetal abnormalities, twins, high risk obstetrics, and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

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

He has five degrees from Glasgow University: BSc (1st class honours) 1987, MB ChB 1990, MD 1995, PhD 2001, and DSc 2012. His clinical training was in Glasgow, including sub-specialist training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He had Wellcome Trust clinical research training fellowships based in Glasgow University (1992-1993) and Cornell University, USA (1996-1999). His clinically orientated research focuses on using maternal, ultrasonic and biochemical data to predict adverse pregnancy outcome. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science in 2010.


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Professor Baskaran Thilaganathan is a consultant obstetrician with a specialist clinical interest in obstetric ultrasound, doppler assessment, multiple pregnancy, fetal growth restriction, pre-eclampsia and chorion villus sampling. Prof. Thilaganathan also has a clinical interest in fetal blood transfusion and fetoscopic laser treatment of twin-twin transfusion syndrome. He has a particular interest in medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies (materno-fetal medicine) with a focus on twin pregnancy, fetal growth, fetal abnormality and preeclamspsia. Prof. Thilaganathan's research methods include uterine Doppler and trophoblast invasion, screening for pre-eclampsia, echocardiography based studies of maternal cardiac adaptation to pregnancy, and clinical studies of twin pregnancies.

Notable Publications:

Singh T, Leslie K, Bhide A, D’antonio F, Thilaganathan B. Role of Second-Trimester Uterine Artery Doppler in Assessing Stillbirth Risk. Obstet Gynecol. 2012;119:256-261.

NICE Guideline Development Group. Antenatal care for twin and triplet pregnancies: summary of NICE guidance. BMJ. 2011;343:d5714. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d5714.

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; multiple pregnancy

Language: English

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