Meet our faculty of the 13th European Congress on Menopause and Andropause
and learn more about our 60+ professionals from around the world,
their backgrounds, their work and their achievements.
Kathy Abernethy is Director of Menopause services at Peppy Health and immediate past Chair of the British Menopause Society (BMS), of which she is founding member and current Trustee. With a Masters in Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Healthcare, she co-leads an award winning NHS London Menopause service and has a private clinic in South West London. She has extensive clinical experience working with women at and after menopause. She contributed to the BMS Handbook “management of the menopause’ for health care professionals and her book for women: “Menopause: The One Stop Guide” was Highly Commended in the BMA Book Awards 2019. She is Director of ‘the menopause course’, an educational initiative for nurses and is widely published in the lay and medical press. Kathy raises awareness of the impact of menopause at work and through www.peppy.health enables employers to support their staff with personalised menopause support packages.
Dr. Panagiotis Anagnostis has completed his basic medical training (MD) (2002), received his PhD from the Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) (2013) and MSc degree from the Open University of Cyprus (2016). He has acquired the specialty of Endocrinology at the Department of Endocrinology of Hippokration Hospital of Thessaloniki (2012). Having had a scholarship from the European Society of Endocrinology (ESE), he completed his post-doctoral training at the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College of London, and at menopause clinics in Queen Charlotte and Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals (2014). He has received a postgraduate award for Distinguished Research Activity (AUTH), grant from the Hellenic Atherosclerosis society for post-doctoral training abroad and the 2021 Jens Sandahl Christansen Award by the ESE. He has achieved 212 publications in PubMed, has delivered numerous lectures and chaired in several congresses.
Torbjörn Bäckström, MD. PhD., is senior professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Umeå University, Sweden. Head of Umeå neurosteroid research center, Main scientific area is neurosteroid effects in the brain. Published +450 papers, editor of textbooks and author of chapters in educational books. Founder of three drug development companies among them Asarina Pharma AB. Board member of four biotech companies and have shares in five companies.
Johannes Bitzer is Former Chairman and Professor em of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospitals of the University of Basel. Former Head of the Division of Psychosomatic and Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Basel. Past president of the European Society of Contraception and Past President of the International Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology and member of several international executive and advisory boards in family planning, sexology and menopause. Past member of the Executive Committee of the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Director of the knowledge based assessment in the education committee of EBCOG. Treasurer and representative of EBCOG at the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee of Sexual Medicine He was member of the Board of Trustees of the International Menopause Society and chair of the Education Commmittee and he was Board member of the European Menopause and Andropause Society Director of the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Sexual Medicine at the Advanced Study Center of the University of Basel Editor in Chief of The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care and Associate Editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. During his specialisation in Ob/Gyn he was trained in behavioural sciences and psychotherapy. His research and practical interest are in contraceptive and menopause counselling as well as menopausal therapies and contraceptive technology, epidemiology, sexual and reproductive health and the interface between obstetrics/gynecology and psychology/psychiatry, which includes infertility counselling, psychooncology. Life course approach in SRH He has more than 200 peer reviewed publications, has edited three books, written 40 book chapters and given more than 350 invited lectures and workshops.
President Italian Society of Menopause (SIM)(2019- ) President Elect Italian Society of Contraception (2019) Editorial board of Minerva Ginecologica, Journal of Clinical Medicine, Eur J Contraception Reproductive Health Care; Associate Editor di Human Reproduction Update (past) Organizer of 6 international and 52 national meeting Since 2005 invited speaker to more than 360 meetings 665 Scientific publications of which 248 in peer reviewed journal. 1988-1992. PhD in perinatology at the University of Perugia,Italy. 1989-1992. Reserach Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at the Università dell California, San Diego, USA 1/09/2019-. Full Professor, Chief of the Obstetric and Gynecology Clinic, San Martino University Hospital-IRCCS, Genova.
Antonio Cano is full Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Valencia, Spain, and Head of the Obstet Gynecol Department at the Clinico University Hospital-INCLIVA in Valencia. Graduated at the University of Valencia, doctorate as scholar at the Royal Spanish College in the University of Bologna, and postdoctoral fellow of British Council in the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London, UK. He has authored several books and around three hundred articles written in English or Spanish, many of them in the field of menopause and women’s health. Member of the Board in the journals, Maturitas, Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation, and Pregnancy Hypertension, and editor for Gynecology of the European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. Current President of the European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS).
LINDA CARDOZO OBE MD FRCOG Professor Urogynaecology Linda Cardozo is Professor of Urogynaecology and Consultant Gynaecologist at King’s College Hospital, London. She heads a busy and productive multidisciplinary tertiary referral urogynaecology department undertaking a large clinical workload dealing with complex urogynaecological problems. The department offers a wide range of diagnostic procedures conservative and drug therapy and prides itself on the ability to undertake many invasive procedures in an ambulatory setting. However, there are also appropriate facilities for both day surgery and more major inpatient procedures. Professor Cardozo believes that education is of paramount importance and the unit prides itself on teaching medical students and training junior doctors and other healthcare professionals. To date, 9 subspecialty trainees and over 50 fellows have developed their urogynaecological skills at King’s generating 18 higher degrees, MD’s and PhD’s as well as numerous publications and presentations at International meetings. Professor Cardozo has directed this clinical research and her publications include more than 700 original papers in peer review journals, 26 books and 150 book chapters. Her H factor is 72 and she is a member of the Editorial Board of 6 scientific journals.
Current employment • Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest • Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology I, “Dr. I. Cantacuzino” Clinical Hospital, Bucharest, Romania • Member in the University Senate and in the Council of the Medicine Faculty of the “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest • Member of the Working group for National Guidelines in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, for the Romanian Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology • Member of Board of the European Menopause and Andropause Society (2012-2016, 2019 -2023) Education and training: • “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, • Medical University “Rene Descartes” Paris, France • University of Montpellier, Faculty of Medicine, France, MANOSMED • Medical University, Lund, Sweden • American-Austrian Foundation, University of Salzburg, Duke University and Cornell University, US, and University of Medicine Vienna • Cedars Sinai Medical Centre, LA, US
Peter Chedraui, MD, PhD, is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Instituto de Investigación e Innovación en Salud Integral of the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil, of Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is Past President of the Ecuadorian Menopause Society, member of several international scientific society boards of which he has served two full periods for the International Menopause Society; one for the EMAS and 2 for the ISGE. He is currently Associate Editor for Climacteric and Editor in Chief of Gynecological Endocrinology. His field of expertise is women”s health (reproductive and non-reproductive stages), with focus on preeclampsia, obesity, the metabolic syndrome, menopausal symptoms and cardiovascular risk, all endorsed by more than 200 peer reviewed publications, many of which are part of a joint effort of a Latin American scientific network.
Giuseppe Coppini received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence in 1980. Since then he has been a researcher at the Institute of Clinical Physiology of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-IFC , Pisa), where he is currently a Senior Researcher. He is author and co-author of more than one hundred scientific papers published in international peer-reviewed journals. From 1988 to 2008 he held courses in biomedical technologies at the Universities of Padua and Florence. His main research interests include: Medical imaging, Computer vision methods for medical image understanding, Computer aided diagnosis systems and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. In recent years, he has focused his activity on personalised unobtrusive self-monitoring for individual health and well-being. In this frame, he has been the Scientific and Technical Coordinator of the EU FP7 Project SEMEOTICONS (Semeiotic Oriented Technology for individual cardiometabolic risk assessment and self-monitoring).
Professor Susan R Davis AO, MBBS FRACP PhD FAHMS is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Director, Monash University Women’s Health Research Program, Consultant Endocrinologist and Head, Specialist Women’s Health Clinic, Alfred Hospital Melbourne and consultant at Cabrini Medical Centre. Her research has advanced the understanding of gender-specific health needs of women. Prof Davis is a past President of the Australasian Menopause Society and immediate past President of the International Menopause Society. She has over 425 peer-reviewed publications and has received numerous national and international prestigious research awards. In 2021 Prof Davis was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia distinguished service to medicine, to women”s health as a clinical endocrinologist and researcher, and to medical education.
Proffesor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and infertility specialist. I have completed my visiting fellowship between 1987 and 1990 in Reproductive Endocrinology and infertility division of Ob/Gyn department at Johns Hopkins University Hospital Baltimore USA.I have been working as Ob/Gyn specialist for the last 35 years.As a faculty ,almost 22 years in Marmara University School of Medicine Istanbul. In the early 1990’s. I was the founder of Menopause clinic and Reproductive Endocrinology division at Marmara University Hospital .I have been working in Turkish Society of Menopause and Osteoporosis for the last 20 years. I am also board member of Turkish Society of Menopause and Osteoporosis .Since from the beginning of my academic career, I have been engaging in Reproductive Endocrinology and Menopause.I am still giving lectures related to Reproductive Endocrinology and Menopause in Istanbul Medipol International School of Medicine. I have been a board member of EMAS.
MD 1970, Specialist Ob-Gyn 1975, Ph.D. 1976, Ob-Gyn Fellowship UCLA 1978-80, Board/President Finnish Gyn Assoc 1989-99, Board/President Finnish Menopause Soc 1990-97, EBCOG Council 1997-2001, EAGO Exec Board 2001-03, UPIGO Exec Board 2001-03, Nordic Menop Assoc Exec Board 2001-. Resident, Consultant, Turku University Hospital 1970-78, Assistant Professor 1980-94, Professor and Chairman, Dept Ob-Gyn, University Hospital, Turku, Finland 1994-2010. EMAS Exec Board 2019-2021, 2021-23. 380 peer reviewed publications, 120 reviews or chapters.
Alessandra D Fisher
Dr. Alessandra D. Fisher is a Clinical Research scientist and a Clinical Staff Physician at the Andrology, Women’s Endocrinology and Gender Incongruence Unit, Careggi University Hospital, Florence (Italy). She is leading the clinical research group on GD/GI at Florence University Hospital, within the multidisciplinary team (psychiatrists, psychologists, surgeons) involved with GD/GI. Her research activities are mostly focused on medical support of GD/ GI adults and adolescents. She is an elected board member of the Europpean Association for Transgender Health (EPATH), as well as a board member of the Italian Society for Andrology and Sexual Medicine (SIAMS). She is a member of the European Society of Sexual Medicine (ESSM) education tansgender committee, and young researcher committee of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM).She has authored or coauthored more than 80 scientific international, high impacted journals papers and book chapters mostly GD/GI
Ivan Fiston, MD, PhD Specialist in Obstetrics & Gynecology Subspecialist in Human Reproduction Born in Zagreb, Croatia, March 28, 1955. Assist. Prof. at the Medical School University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia Assist. Prof. at the Department of Health Studies University of Split, Split, Croatia Prof. at the University of Applied Health Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia Senior research fellow at the Medical School University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia Head of the Institute for Women’s Health, Zagreb, Croatia Founder and board member of the Croatian Menopause Society Senior lecturer at the Laser and Health Academy (LAHA), Ljubljana, Slovenia Croatian representative in Council of Affilated Menopause Societies (CAMS) of the International Menopause Society (IMS) Advisory Board member at the European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) Court expert in Ob/Gyn. Fields of interest: human reproduction, menopause, reconstructive and aesthetic gynecology, noninvasive laser and radiofrequency applications in gynecology. Pioneer in non-invasive laser treatment of the stress urinary incontinence and vaginal relaxation syndrome.
Prof. Oscar H. Franco is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland. Furthermore, Oscar is Adjunct Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and ErasmusMC, Rotterdam, and scientific advisor for the French television channel France24. Prof. Franco has published over 700 publications.
Andrea R. Genazzani, MD, PhD, HcD, FRCOG, FACOG Born in Florence in 1942, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Univerisities of: Cagliari (1980-1982), Modena (1982-1994), Pisa (1994-2012) • President of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology (ISGE) • President of the European Society of Gynecology (ESG) • General Secretary of the International Academy of Human Reproduction (IAHR) • Editor-in-Chief of GREM Gynecological and Reproductive Endocrinology and Metabolism, since 2020, an official open-access Journal of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology (ISGE) • Board’s Editorial Member of EGO European Gynecology & Obstetrics, the official open-access Journal of the European Society of Gynecology (ESG) • Editor of Frontiers in Gynecological Endocrinology, Springer, since 2014 • Author of more than 850 papers in peer reviewed journals and Editor of more than 50 books.
Dr Godfrey received his BEng in electronic engineering and PhD in biomedical electronics from the University of Limerick, Ireland. He also holds the MBA from Newcastle University, UK. He leads the Digital Health and Wellbeing research group in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University. His major research is in algorithms for data science and analytics in healthcare. This includes areas of AI, data mining and multidimensional signal processing. He has published over 100 papers on those topics in various engineering and medical journals. He serves as Deputy Editor for npj/Nature Digital Medicine, Editor for Maturitias and Associate Editor for Journal of NeuroEngineering & Rehabilitation. He is an International Advisory board member for Physiological Measurement. Dr Godfrey is a Member of the Institution Engineering Technology (MIET) and Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (SMIEEE). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Steven R. Goldstein •Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York University School of Medicine •Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Gynecologic Ultrasound •President, International Menopause Society •Past President and Fellow, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine •Past President, North American Menopause Society •Past Chairman, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Section •Published seven books on women’s health topics, including menopause, perimenopause early pregnancy monitoring, abnormal uterine bleeding and gynecologic ultrasound •Authored more than 60 chapters as well as over 140 original research articles •One of the most highly recognized and regarded individuals in the field of vaginal probe ultrasound worldwide •Guest faculty member, invited speaker, visiting professor or course director over 400 times throughout the United States and the world •Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists •In 2016 he received the Clarkson Award from NAMS for lifetime achievement in menopause research.
Prof. Dimitrios G. Goulis, M.D., Ph.D., Professor in Reproductive Endocrinology, Unit of Reproductive Endocrinology, First Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece President, Hellenic Society of Andrology (2013 – 2017), Vice-President and President-Elect, European Menopause and Andropause Society (2019 – 2021), Treasurer, International Society of Andrology (2020 – 2025), Secretary-General, European Academy of Andrology (2014 – 2018), Secretary-General, European Menopause and Andropause Society (2017 – 2019) | Training center director, European Academy of Andrology (2013 -), Director, MSc in “Research Methodology in Medicine and Health Sciences”, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2018 – 2021), Co-chair, Guidelines Committee, European Academy of Andrology (2017 – 2021)
Consultant Gynaecologist, Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at King’s College Hospital, London. Clinical Lead for the Menopause Services at King’s College Hospital. Chairman British Menopause Society.
Position: Senior Lecturer in Organisational Health and Wellbeing, Centre for Organisational Health and Wellbeing, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University, UK. Profile page: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/health-and-medicine/about-us/people/claire-hardy Education: PhD in Applied Psychology, 2011 MSc in Occupational Psychology, 2005 BSc (HONS) Psychology, 2004 Specialist Training: Chartered Psychologist, registered with the British Psychology Society since 2011 Main areas of interest: Organisational psychology and employee health, wellbeing and productivity including the areas of female reproductive health and work such as the menopause, premenstrual symptoms and disorders, workplace interventions and behaviour change, employee psychological resilience, international and cross-cultural working.
Sophia Kalantaridou is Professor of Obstetrics – Gynecology and Infertility at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine, Athens, Greece. She is the Director of the MsC Program “High Risk Pregnancy” of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine, Athens, Greece. She is the coordinator of the Working Group on Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialization of the Central Health Council, Ministry of Health, Athens, Greece.Her postdoctoral training in Reproductive Endocrinology took place at the Section on Women’s Health, Developmental Endocrinology Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA (Fogarty International Fogarty Award). She has performed clinical research in primary ovarian insufficiency and menopause.
Ludwig Kiesel, MD,PhD,is Chairman of the Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics at the University of Münster School of Medicine, Germany. He has studied at the University of the Heidelberg School of Medicine Germany,and the Royal Free Hospital Medical School at the University of London UK.Thereafter he earned a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland from 1981-1982. Following his residency at the University of Heidelberg he was faculty member at the University of Tübingen until 2000.Professor Kiesel is the president of the German Society of Gynecological Endocrinology and Fertility (DGGEF) and member of the board of the European Menopause and Andropause Society(EMAS).He has served previously as president of the German Menopause Society, German Joint Societies of Reproductive Medicine, the German Endometriosis Society and as board member of the World Endometriosis Society.His main interests are endometriosis, menopause, minimal invasive surgery and mechanisms of endocrine regulation.
Michalis Kontos is Associate Professor in Breast and General Surgery at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He is the Lead of the Breast Service of the Surgical Department of Laiko University Hospital and his field of expertise involves breast, oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery as well as axillary targeted surgery. He is the author of more than 100 PubMed indexed publications and of several medical books oriented for medical students, surgeons or lay people. He is also the National coordinator of two multi centric prospective trials, Member of national and European Committees related to Breast Cancer Research and Treatment and Vice President of the Hellenic Association of Breast Surgery.
Dr Lambrinoudaki is Professor of Endocrinology in the 2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School, University of Athens, Greece. She has been responsible for educational, clinical and research activities in her Department since 2000. She has authored 242 publications (May 2021) in peer-reviewed international journals, mainly on gynecological endocrinology, menopause, hormone therapy and osteoporosis. She is President of the Hellenic Society of Climacterium and Menopause, Past President of the European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS, 2015-2017), Scientific Director of EMAS (2017-today) and Editor in Chief of the journal MATURITAS, official journal of EMAS.
1988: M.D. Degree, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy) (with honors) – 1992: Specialization in Obstetrics and Gynecology – University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy) (with honors) – 1998: Ph.D in Prenatal Medicine, University of Rome of Tor Vergata – – 2014 (November)- today: Scientific Consultant for Endocrinological Gynecology,Pathophysiology of Menopause and Osteoporosis, Department of Woman and Child Health, Policlinico Gemelli Foundation-IRCCS, Rome, italy. – Invited Speaker in more than 400 national and international Scientific Events (Congresses, Courses, Workshops, Webinars) -Author of 174 scientific publications ((including papers in national and international scientific journals, book chapters, educational slide books, abstracts in national and international scientific meetings)
Angelica Lindén Hirshberg
Dr. Angelica Lindén Hirschberg is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. She is Head of the Women´s Health Research Unit and a Consultant Gynecologist in charge of Gynecological Endocrinology at the Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. Her research is focused on interaction between sex steroids and metabolism of importance for female reproduction, sports, as well as sexuality and general health in both reproductive age and postmenopausal women. Professor Hirschberg is a fellow of the Endocrine Society, board member of The International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology (ISGE) and the European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS), the official gynecologist of the Swedish Olympic Teams, medical advisor to World Athletics (IAAF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Angela Maas, MD, PhD is a clinical cardiologist since more than 30 years and has developed a main interest in heart disease in women over the past decades. She established the first outpatient clinic for women in the Netherlands in 2003. She focuses on the early identification of women at increased CV risk and symptom evaluation in women at middle-age. She has received many awards such as by the Dutch Society of female physicians (2010), the Radboud University (2014) and was knighted by the King in 2017. She is currently one of the most influential female doctors in Dutch healthcare and is the 2020/21 Women’s representative of the Dutch Government to the United Nations.
Antoinette Maasen van den Brink
Dr. Antoinette Maassen van den Brink is Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She obtained her PhD degree on the cardiovascular side effects of antimigraine drugs at the Department of Pharmacology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, in 1999. Since then, she has been studying the neurovascular aspects of migraine, with a special interest in the role of female sex hormones on its pathophysiology. Her research is translational in origin, including animal in vivo experimental models, human isolated tissue models, as well as human in vivo clinical models. She is a board member of the Dutch Headache Society, Dutch Pharmacology Society and founding board member of the Dutch Society for Gender and Health. Further, she serves as a board member for the European Headache Federation and the Federation of European Pharmacological Societies.
Dr. Pauline M. Maki is Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She also serves as Senior Director of Research at the UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender. Dr. Maki received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging. For the past 25 years, she has led a program of NIH-funded research on women, cognition, mood and dementia, with a particular focus on the menopause. Dr. Maki is Past President of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), Current Trustee of the International Menopause Society, and Chair of the Society for Women’s Health Research Interdisciplinary Network on Alzheimer’s Disease. She won the 2018 Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women’s Association and the Thomas B. Clarkson Outstanding Clinical and Basic Science.
Blazej Meczekalski MD, PhD Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Endocrinology.Graduated from Poznan University of Medical Sciences (1993). Received PhD in 1997. Chairman Department of Gynecological Endocrinology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland since 2007. President of Polish Society of Gynecological Endocrinology since 2012, Past President of Polish College of Osteoporosis (2008-2011) Fellowships : Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pisa, Italy (1997) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, US, (2001-2003) Center for Reproductive Medicine, Cornell University, New York City, US, (November 2013) Main areas of scientific focus : gynecological endocrinology with particular interest in hypothalamic amenorrhea, premature ovarian insufficiency, PCOS, menopause Member of International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology, Member of Advisory Board of European Society of Menopause and Andropause.
Professor Nicolas Mendoza is Full Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the, University of Granada. In addition, he is the current president of the Spanish Menopause Society and the Spanish representative in the Council of Affiliated Menopause Societies (CAMS) of the International Menopause Society. He has edited eleven books about Gynecology and 115 articles in Pubmed. He has directed 13 doctoral thesis and 25 end-grade or end master projects.
Maria Cristina Meriggiola Clinic of Gynecology and Physiopathology of Reproduction Associate Professor Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences University of Bologna and IRCCS Hospital of S Orsola, Bologna.
Ali Mobasheri is President of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) and Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology in the Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oulu in Finland. He also holds the position of Chief Researcher and International Advisor in the State Research Institute Centre for Innovative Medicine in Vilnius, Lithuania and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and the Departments of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands. Other positions: Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA Visiting Professor, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China Ali’s research in the area of cartilage biology and chondrocyte physiology focuses on cell physiology and immunometabolism. He is interested in the identification of new biomarkers of osteoarthritis using omics technologies. Ali has authored more than 300 papers and served on several editorial boards and international scientific advisory boards.
Maria Grazia Modena
MARIA GRAZIA MODENA E-mail [email protected] Citizenship Italian WORKING EXPERIENCE 1982 present at University and Policlinico Modena Assistant and Research Fellow in Cardiology Chief Cardiology Unit as Associate Professor Chief Cardiology Unit as Full Professor 1995-2000 Director Dept. of Cardiovascular Disease 2001-2011 Director Dept. Emergency Acceptance 2006-2011 Chief Heart Failure Clinic 2011 -2012 and present Professor of Cardiology Dept. Medical Surgical Science Professor of Cardiology, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia School of Medicine Department of Surgery, Medicine, Dentistry and Morphological Sciences Degree in Medical School, UNIMORE, maximum cum laude, Fellowship in Cardiology ,then in Pediatrics Research Grant “Italo-American Medical Association Foundation” New York University, NY Visiting Physician Texas Heart Institute, St. Luke”s Episcopal Hospital and Texas Children Hospital , Houston, Texas Stanford University, Echocardiography Laboratory.Stanford,CA Visiting Physician: and invited Speaker -Echocardiography Lab,Cardiac Imaging, Mayo Clinic ,Rochester,MN -Cath-Lab, Mayo Clinic,Rochester, MN -Congenital Heat Disease,Mayo Clinic,Rochester,MN -Women’s Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN President Italian Society of Echocardiography President Italian Society of Cardiology National Coordinator of the following studies/projects: RUTH (Raloxifene use in the Heart ) international trial RIACE in cooperation with Agenzia Italiana Farmaco National Projects on Gender Medicine in cooperation with Istituto Superiore di Sanità International Projects with Karolinska Institutet Stockolm and Charitè, Berlin National coordinator SPIRIT Woman Interventional Trial :A Clinical Evaluation of the XIENCE Everolimus Eluting Coronary Stent System in the Treatment of Women With de Novo Coronary Artery Lesions Published papers: 300 (in national and international indexed journals)
Dr. Taulant Muka is a medical doctor and epidemiologist who leads the Cardiometabolic Research Group at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern. He has a broad interest in cardiometabolic health with particular interest in the role of reproductive factors and sex differences in improving prevention and precise care in cardiometabolic disease such as iabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Muka has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles (H-index 32 on Google Scholar), co-authored three books on Elsevier in epigenetics, and supervised over 30 MSc, MD, or PhD students.
Full Professor of Ob/Gyn, Chief of the Research Center for Reproductive Medicine & Gynecological Endocrinology-Menopause Unit, IRCCS San Matteo Foundation, University of Pavia (Italy) MD, PhD Gynecologist, Endocrinologist, Sexologist Dr Nappi’s major interests are psychoneuroendocrinology of female reproductive and post-reproductive life with a special focus on women’s sexual health. She has published more than 300 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and international books with more than 16000 citations (HF Google Scholar 69). She is a well-known speaker on women’s health from adolescence to menopause. She has been very active in many international meetings and research projects in the field of contraception, menopause and female sexual dysfunction. She is past president of the International Society for the Study of Women Sexual Health (ISSWSH). At present, she is permanent member of the advisory board of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology (ISGE) and General Secretary of the International Menopause Society (IMS).
Stavroula A. Paschou
Stavroula A. Paschou, MD, PhD is Assistant Professor of Endocrinology at School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She was trained at St Bartholomew””s Hospital, University of London, UK and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. She has more than 140 publications in PubMed. She has received prestigious international awards and scholarships. Assist. Prof. Paschou regularly serves as Faculty at the Postgraduate Education Courses of EASD and ESE. She is member of the expert panel in medical devices of the European Commission – Directorate General for Health and Food Safety. She is member of the Board of Trustees of the Bioscientifica Trust, member of the ESE Science Committee and co-Chair of the ESE Young Endocrinologists and Scientists (EYES) Committee. She chaired the 7th EYES Meeting in Athens, Greece in 2019.
Margaret Rees has an international reputation of leadership in women’s midlife health and is the Executive Director of the European Menopause and Andropause Society. A gynaecologist, she is Editor in Chief of Case Reports in Women’s Health and Emeritus Editor of Maturitas. Her expertise has been recognized nationally and internationally, by appointments to a Readership in Reproductive Medicine at Oxford University; and visiting Professorships at Glasgow University and at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the University of Turku in Finland, and an Adjunct Associate Professorship at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey. In 2020 she received the Women’s Health Institute’s Woman of Distinction Award from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Dudley Robinson trained at the Royal London Hospital qualifying with MBBS in 1991. Throughout his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology he has worked in and around London prior to undertaking a 3 year research fellowship with Professor Linda Cardozo in the Department of Urogynaecology at Kings College Hospital, London. He has published widely in the field of urogynaecology and research interests include the effect of hormones and drugs on the lower urinary tract. His MD thesis at the University of London is entitled ‘Anti-diuresis in the management of daytime urinary incontinence’ and investigated the use of desmopressin nasal spray as a ‘designer drug’ for women with daytime urinary incontinence. Subsequently he completed a two-year sub-specialty training programme in Urogynaecology at Kings and was appointed as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a subspecialty interest in Urogynaecology at Kings College Hospital in July 2005. He continues to have an active role in research in lower urinary tract dysfunction within the department and supervises a subspecialty trainee and two research fellows. Currently he is Research and Development Lead in Women’s Services at Kings College Hospital. In addition he has an active role teaching both undergraduates and post graduates. He regularly gives invited lectures both nationally and internationally and is a section editor of the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology and on the editorial board of the International Urogynaecology Journal and Case Reports in Women’s Health. He has published over 130 peer review papers, 90 published abstracts and 37 book chapters. In addition he has co-authored two books on urinary incontinence. He was appointed as honorary senior lecturer at Kings College London in 2009 and as a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2010. He was President of the Royal Society of Medicine Obstetrics and Gynaecology Section in 2017 -2018. He is also a member of the International Continence Society (ICS), British Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP), UK Continence Society (UKCS), British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG) and International Urogynaecology Association (IUGA) and European Urogynaecology Association (EUGA). He is a Committee Chair of the International Consultation on Incontinence (ICI) and the International Urogynaecology Consultation (IUC). He is the past Treasurer of UKCS, past Scientific Chair of IUGA and past Trustee in ICS. Currently he is IUGA Secretary, Research Committee Chair of BSUG, and co-chair of the Educational Committee in EUGA. In addition he was the Abstract Chair for the RCOG Global Conference in London in 2019 and the co-chair of the RCOG Virtual Global Congress in 2021.
Professor Janice Rymer MBCHB MD FRCOG FRANZCOG FHEA Professor Janice Rymer qualified from Auckland University and did her specialist training in New Zealand and the UK. She is Dean for Student Affairs and Professor of O&G at King’s College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust. She is the National Specialty Advisor for NHSE/I for Gynaecology. Previously she was Vice President of the RCOG (2016-2019), and Dean of Undergraduate Medicine at KCL (2010-2013). Her areas of expertise include minimal access surgery, endometriosis, ovarian failure, female genital mutilation and medical education. She has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers and 16 textbooks.
CURRICULUM VITAE OF Prof. Giovanni Scambia HOSPITAL ADDRESS: Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore L.go Agostino Gemelli, 8 00168 Roma Italy TELEPHONE NO: (0039) 06- 30154979 EMAIL: [email protected] DATE OF BIRTH: December 24, 1959 PLACE OF BIRTH: Catanzaro, Italy NATIONALITY: Italian EDUCATION: 1983 Received the Degree in Medicine and Surgery 1983/1987 Residency, Dep. of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Catholic University Rome, Italy Post-gratuated Training: Gynecologic Oncology, Dep. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Catholic University Rome, Italy Gynecologic Oncology Catholic University Rome, Italy ACADEMIC POSITIONS: 1990 Assistant Professor at the Dep. of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Catholic University Rome, Italy 1998 to 2007 Associated Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, Dep. of Gynecology of the Catholic University Rome, Italy March 2007 to present Full Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Catholic University Rome, Italy CLINICAL AND SCIENTIFIC POSITIONS: 1992 to present Head of the Research Laboratory, Dep. of Gynecology, Catholic University Rome, Italy 2003 to 2007 Head of the Department of Oncology – Catholic University Campobasso, Italy.
Rosalia Silvestri, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Messina Medical School and the Director of the Regional Referral Center for the treatment of Sleep Disorders at the Messina University Hospital. She is specialized in both Neurology (1984) and Pediatrics (1988). Her primary research interests and clinical expertise include sleep-related movement disorders, especially RLS, gender differences in sleep pathology, epilepsy, parasomnias, and sleep dysfunction associated with neurological disorders. She currently serves as the President of the European RLS Study Group.
Rebecca C. Thurston, PhD is Pittsburgh Foundation Chair of Women’s Health and Dementia; Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Epidemiology; and Director of the Women’s Biobehavioral Health Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Thurston completed training at Stanford University, Duke University, and Harvard University. Dr. Thurston is an expert in the menopause transition, with over 170 publications on this topic. She is a Principal Investigator of the MsHeart/MsBrain studies on menopausal symptoms and cardiovascular and brain health. She is also a Principal Investigator of the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, a seminal study of the menopause transition. Additionally, Dr. Thurston leads the integration of behavioral health into midlife gynecologic care and directs the Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Research Training Program. Dr. Thurston is an International Menopause Society Henry Burger Awardee, a member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and Immediate Past President of the North American Menopause Society.
Medical School, internship and residency at the University Hospital of Toulouse Purpan (University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse III). Board certified (France) in endocrinology (1989). Postdoctoral fellowship in bone metabolism (Mineral Departement, University of Loma Linda, CA, USA) (1989-91). University Thesis in Reproductive Endocrinology (PhD)(University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse III) (1995). Habilitation to direct doctoral theses (HDR)(2002). Board member of EMAS (2009-2015) and IMS (2014-2018). Full Professor of reproductive endocrinology and head of the Menopause Center at the Paule de Viguier hospital (University Hospital of Toulouse) (2011). Founder member (2009) and President-elect (2019) of the Groupe d””Etude sur la Ménopause et le Vieillissement hormonal (GEMVi aka French Menopause Society). Research focus in osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases in postmenopausal women. More than 170 indexed publications and 15 book chapters.
After obtaining his Medical Degree in 2008, Nicola Veronese attended the school of Geriatric Medicine. He is currently senior researcher at the University of Palermo. Dr Veronese is the author of more than 450 articles, mostly on the epidemiology of chronic diseases in older people, published in international, peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he is the scientific director of the Italian society geriatrics hospital and territory (SIGOT) and leader of the SIG in systematic reviews and meta-analysis of the EuGMS.