Thursday morning plenary

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New insights from 3D imaging and computer modelling

Professor Rohan Lewis, Professor of Placental and Integrative Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, UK

Presentation learning objectives:

  • The placenta and endometrium are complex systems involving the interaction of multiple processes across different scales.

  • Multiscale multimodal 3D imaging allows us to visualise the same structure across different scales.

  • Mathematical modelling provides a framework to study the interactions between biological processes and structures.

  • In combination, these approaches can help address fundamental physiological and pathophysiology questions.

Professor Lewis gained his PhD in 1997 from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, before undertaking postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge and then at the University of Southampton. He is now Professor of Placental and Integrative Physiology at the University of Southampton.

Professor Lewis’s research takes an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to understand placental function. This approach seeks to understand the mechanisms underlying specific placental functions and how these mechanisms interact to form a functioning placenta and support the development of a healthy baby. This work integrates laboratory transport and metabolism studies with 3D imaging and computational modelling. This work involves interdisciplinary collaborations with Engineering, Maths and Physics.

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Cesar Diaz-Garcia, Medical Director IVI London, Honorary Associate Professor EGA Institute for Women’s Health – UCL, IVI London, UK

Dr Cesar Diaz-Garcia completed his Bachelor’s degree in Medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid and Pitié-Salpêtrière University in Paris. He specialized in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at La Fe University Hospital of Valencia (University of Valencia), where he was awarded with the Best Resident Award in 2009. He obtained the European PhD at the University of Gothenburg and the University of Valencia under the supervision of Prof Mats Brannstrom.
His scientific career has been devoted to the field of fertility preservation, with special interest on ovarian cortex transplantation, uterus transplantation, follicular activation and poor response in IVF. Dr Diaz-Garcia was part of the first team achieving a live birth after uterus transplantation in humans and was the lead of the Valencian Program for Fertility Preservation, one of the largest fertility preservation programs worldwide.
His academic career goes back to 2011 as an Associate Professor at the Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Valencia and from 2020 at the EGA Institute of Women’s Health at University College London.

At present he is the Medical Director of IVI London, where he combines his medical duties in the field of infertility with his surgical activities and academic tasks.


Beyond semen analysis 

Dolores J. Lamb, Professor of Molecular Biology in Urology and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Urology Director, Center for Reproductive Genomics, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, USA

Dolores J. (Dorrie) Lamb, PhD, HCLD (ABB) joined Weill Cornell Medicine on March 1, 2018 as Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Urology, Director of the Center for Reproductive Genomics and Professor of Molecular Biology in Urology (tenured). She holds the Robert S. Dow Professorship of Urology. She recently was appointed as Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs. She maintains an active presence in both the academic and research communities at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is a former president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the American Society of Andrology, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (ASRM), Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (AUA), Society for Women in Urology (SWIU), Society for Basic Urologic Research, Women in Andrology, American Association of Bioanalysts and currently serves on the American Board of Bioanalysts as Secretary-Treasurer. She is a highly recognized NIH-funded researcher whose areas of investigation have focused on the genetics of male infertility, the genomics of genitourinary birth defects, steroid-regulated growth of male reproductive tumors, and other areas of benign urologic research.