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Full-time Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway. Head of Research at the Oslo University Hospital, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Part-time work as a clinical consultant. Main research area is within molecular understanding of pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia, and future maternal cardiovascular health. Currently IFPA Executive Member (from EPG) and ISSHP Executive Committee member.

Brian Cox is an associate professor in the Dept. of Physiology at the University of Toronto and an expert in computational analysis of biological data sets with an emphasis on placental and trophoblast biology and pathology. He is an advisor to the NIH initiatives Placenta Atlas Tool and the Human Placenta Project.

Berthold is professor of cell biology and works on the human placenta since 25 years. He developed new concepts on the etiologies of preeclampsia and IUGR, pioneered the research on trophoblast apoptosis and identified new routes of trophoblast invasion. He has received the IFPA Award in Placentology (2009) and belongs to the most cited German speaking scientists in the field of reproductive biology (13,300 citations, h-index 60; google scholar).

Claire Roberts is the Lloyd Cox Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide and Deputy Director of the Robinson Research Institute. She is the current President of IFPA. She has expertise in placental development in a range of species but has a particular focus on the role of the placenta and modifiable maternal exposures in women that impact pregnancy outcome.

I am a biochemist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and I am currently working on my doctoral thesis focused on the characterization and effects of lipoproteins from hypercholesterolemic pregnant women on maternal vascular function.

David Hill is Scientific Director of the Lawson Health Research Institute inLondon, Ontario, Canada; is VP Research for London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London; and a Professor at Western University. His research has focused on the homeostatic mechanisms of β-cell expansion and insulin release, and the physiological changes underlying gestational diabetes and associated fetal development.

Elena Zambrano is a biochemistry scientist in the programming field. Her current research is on the DOHaD in maternal undernutrition and obesity and the effects on offspring metabolism, behavior, sexual development and reproduction. Her team works with rodents as an experimental animal model. In the obesity model the current research focuses on maternal intervention before and during pregnancy to prevent offspring outcomes due to maternal obesity. Affiliation: Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Subirán, Reproductive Biology Department.

Dr. Isabella Caniggia MD, PhD is a Senior Investigator at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Sinai Health System and a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Physiology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Caniggia is internationally recognized for her work on molecular mechanisms regulating normal placental development and diseases including preeclampsia and IUGR. More recently, she has established the relevance of sphingolipid metabolism in normal and pathological pregnancies and on placental cell death. She has received numerous honors and awards including the Ontario Women’s Health CIHR Mid-Career Award, the Castellucci Award from IFPA and, more recently, the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Placental Biology in Pregnancy and Disease for her innovative research. Her work is funded by CIHR, NIH and NSERC.

Gil Mor, M.D., Ph.D. is the John M. Malone Jr. MD, Endowed Chair Professor and Scientific Director of The C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development at Wayne State University. Before moving to Wayne State University he was a Tenured Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Yale University School of Medicine. In his research he examines topics related to the immunology of pregnancy and the role of inflammation in cancer formation and progression.

Graham is the Marshall Professor of the Physiology of Reproduction at the University of Cambridge and the inaugural Director of the Centre for Trophoblast Research. He has a long-standing interest in the early development of the human placenta.

John Aplin has spent many years researching implantation and placental development at the University of Manchester, UK. He has a particular interest in the development of in vitro models to overcome limitations in studying the early stages of pregnancy in human. He has contributed to IFPA meetings since the early days of the association.

Kent L.R. Thornburg is M. Lowell Edwards Chair and Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University where he directs the Center for Developmental Health. He studies how maternal influences alter placental function and fetal risk for later disease.

Dr Myatt has served as Editor of Placenta (1997 to 2004) and President of IFPA (2002 to 2004). He studies the effects of maternal obesity, gestational diabetes and sexual dimorphism on mitochondrial respiration in the placenta and their relationship to epigenetic regulation of placental function and fetal programming. He has published over 280 papers.

Dr. Parast is a perinatal pathologist by clinical training, and placental biologist by research training. Her research focuses of the role of trophoblast stem/progenitor cells and their differentiated progeny in placenta-based complications of pregnancy and abnormal fetal growth.

Dr Mancy Tong is a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Dr Vikki Abrahams at Yale School of Medicine. Mancy obtained her PhD from The University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2017 under the mentorship of Dr Larry Chamley. Her current research looks at innate immune function and signalling at the materno-fetal interface.

I am head of the Obstetrics, Nutrition and Endocrinology Group. I have published over 185 papers, 60 conference abstracts, 3 book chapters and delivered numerous lectures at national and international conferences. I have been the recipient of four postdoc fellowships and currently hold a University of Melbourne Senior Research Fellowship. My research interests include preterm birth and gestational diabetes. With respect to the gestational diabetes, a particular focus of the studies of my team is to unravel the cellular events involved in GDM, and test how modulating them can translate to improved outcomes.

Martin Knöfler is Associate Professor at the Medical University of Vienna and the current European Editor of Placenta. 2001. His main research interests include molecular mechanisms and signalling pathways regulating human placental development, trophoblast differentiation, decidualization as well as the trophoblast-decidual cross-talk.

Professor of Endocrinology, interested in determining how maternal signals influence molecular mechanisms governing human implantation and placental development/function. Clair of Local Organising Committee, IFPA 2017.

Department of Biological Regulation, Weizmann Institute, 76100 Rehovot, Israel

A/Prof Natalie Hannan has a dedicated focus on Women’s health and understanding serious pregnancy complications, especially preeclampsia. Her preclinical research has attracted substantial funding support and has led to exciting clinical trials. A/Prof Hannan is President of the Australian and New Zealand Placental Research Association and is a veski Inspiring Women Fellow.

After time spent at the MRC in London, UCSF and Rutgers studying placental transport and metabolism, Dr Illsley is now a Senior Scientist at Hackensack University Medical Center. In the Center for Abnormal Placentation he is investigating the differentiation of cytotrophoblast into extravillous trophoblast and the abnormalities observed in invasion pathologies such as placenta accreta and preeclampsia.

Professor Parolini is considered an international leader and reference point for placental stem cell research and their application in regenerative medicine. She is author of over 140 publications, 2 patents, 12 book chapters, and is Editor of a book entitled “Placenta the tree of life”.

Dr. Petroff was trained in the reproductive immunology laboratories of Joy Pate and Joan Hunt, and has made important contributions to our understanding of maternal immune tolerance to the fetus. Her work uses both human and murine models to understand mechanisms by which maternal immune cells respond to fetal antigens, and the contribution of the placenta in controlling this response.

Rich is Professor of Obs/Gyn, of Environmental Medicine and of Pathology & Clinical Laboratory Medicine. He is a founding member of IFPA and responsible for one of its predecessors – Rochester Trophoblast Conferences as well as Founding Editor of Trophoblast Research. He is Director of MotherToBaby UR Medicine and Co-Director of the NYS Children’s Environmental Health Center at URMC. His current research involves a number of NIH clinical studies in the USA and China focusing on the role of the placenta in predicting child health involving environmental exposures.

Professor Lewis is Professor of Placental and Integrated Physiology at the University of Southampton. His research takes an integrated approach to the mechanisms underlying placental transfer including membrane transport, metabolism and placental structure. He is them seeking to understand how these different factors determine placental transfer through the use of computational modelling.

Dr. Zamudio was trained in Evolutionary Biology/Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. Much of her work has focused on placental hypoxia (high altitude) and applied ultrasonography for quantification of blood flows, oxygen and nutrient delivery and uptake in mother and fetus. As Director of Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Center for Abnormal Placentation at Hackensack University Medical Center, she has been engaged in studies of Abnormally Invasive Placenta (AIP, aka Placenta Accreta Spectrum-PAS). Clinical-translational work, funded by the NIH Human Placenta Project, has focused on ultrasound-based quantitative diagnosis of AIP, clinical outcomes in mother and neonate, and the pathophysiology of AIP at the molecular level.

Dr. Jansson has a distinguished publication record, serves regularly on NIH study sections, and is Principal Investigator on numerous NIH grants and the recipient of several awards, such as the 2005 International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA) award and the 2017 President’s Achievement Award of the Society for Reproductive Investigation. His translational research explores the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate placental function in normal pregnancy and in pregnancy complications and to investigate the role of the placenta in determining fetal growth and long-term health.

Tracy L. Bale, Ph.D. is a Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry, and Director of the Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health and Brain Development in the School of Medicine. Dr. Bale completed her Ph.D. at the University of Washington and her postdoctoral work at the Salk Institute with Dr. Wylie Vale. She was previously a Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania for 15 years. Dr. Bale was recruited to the University of Maryland School of Medicine as a STRAP recruit and the Director of the Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health and Brain Development. Her research focuses on understanding the role of stress dysregulation in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric diseases, and the sex differences that underlie disease vulnerability. Her groundbreaking work has uncovered the molecular mechanisms by which the environment influences parental germ cell signals and placental trophoblast development, altering fetal brain development and maturation. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her research including the Richard E. Weitzman Memorial award from the Endocrine Society, the Medtronic Award from the Society for Women’s Health Research, the Daniel H. Efron award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the NIH Award from the International Federation of Placenta Associations, and the Joseph Erlanger Distinguished Lecturer Award from the American Physiological Society.

Professor Vicki Clifton is a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow who is currently the Program leader of Mothers and Babies Theme at Mater Medical Research Institute in Brisbane Australia and Co Lead of the Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners Mothers and Babies Theme. Vicki was employed at the Robinson Research Institute, School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health at the University of Adelaide from January 2008 to April 2015 after many years at the Mothers and Babies Research Centre in Newcastle, Australia. While at the Robinson Research Institute she was Director of Clinical Research at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide, Australia (2009-2014) and leader of the Allergy Research Priority. Prof Clifton spent many years as Treasurer and then President of the Endocrine Society of Australia (2004-2013). She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and obtained a Diploma of Management from the University of Adelaide. She is a past Editor of the Placenta Journal (2012-2018). She is currently an Executive member of the International Society of Endocrinology Board that oversees and supports the activities of the national societies of endocrinology in 80 countries around the world. Prof Clifton is internationally recognized for her research on asthma and pregnancy, birth cohort studies and her work in human placental physiology. Her current research focusses on the health of reproductive age couples and their children with a continued focus on pregnancy, placental function, fetal growth and childhood development. She leads the Queensland Family Cohort Study with a specific interest in the sex specific differences in the fetal-placental response to a complication of pregnancy.

M.D. and professor, previous President of the American Society of Reproductive Immunology and President-Elect of the European Society of Reproductive Immunology, Editorial Board member of Placenta, JRI and AJRI (Associate Editor).

Executive Director, Magee Womens Research Institute, Elsie H Hillman Chair of Women´sHealth Research, Distinguished Professor of OBGYN, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Associate Dean, Women’s Health Research and Reproductive Sciences.

Workshops speakers and organizers

  • Alejandro Schijman - INGEBI, Argentina
  • Alicia Damiano - University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri - University of Cambridge, UK
  • Ana Franchi – CONICET-Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Ana Zenclussen - Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany
  • Andrea Leiva – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Anne Staff - University of Oslo, Norway
  • Anthony Carter - University of Odense, Denmark
  • Carlos Escudero - Universidad del Bío Bío, Concepción, Chile
  • Cathy Vaillancourt - Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Montreal, Canada
  • Chris Redman - University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Christian Wadsack - Medical University of Graz, Austria
  • Christiane Pfarrer - University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany
  • Christianne Albrecht -Universität Bern | UniBe, Bern, Switzerland.
  • Claudia Duarte dos Santos - Instituto Carlos Chagas, Fiocruz, Río de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Claudia Perez Leiros - CONICET-Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Claudio Barbeito – CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Cristina Ibarra - Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Derek E. Wildman - University of South Florida, Tampa, USA
  • Dolores Busso - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
  • Elena Silva - University of Colorado, USA
  • Federico Jensen – Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Flavia Sacerdoti - Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Gang Sun, Shangai Jiaotong University Medical School, China
  • Gendie Lash - Women and Children's Medical Center, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China.
  • Hanna Allerkamp - University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Huishu Liu - Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center, China.
  • Ilaria Del Gaudio - Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria.
  • Indira U. Mysorekar - Centre for Reproductive Health Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, USA
  • James M. Roberts - University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Janet Catov - University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Julie Baker - University of Stanford, USA
  • Julienne Ruthorford - University of Illinois, USA
  • Kang Chen - Wayne State University, Michigan, USA
  • Mariana Farina- CONICET-Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Marijke Faas -University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Marta Viana - Facultad de Farmacia, CEU San Pablo University, Spain
  • Martin Post - Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
  • Nardhy Gomez-Lopez - Wayne State University School of Medicine, Michigan, USA
  • Natalie Hannan - University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Paola Casanello - Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Pasqale Chavatte Palmer - French National Institute for Agricultural Research, Paris, France
  • Paul Soumen - The University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas, USA
  • Priyadarshini Pantham - University of California San Diego, USA
  • Richard Saffery - University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Rosanna Ramhorst – CONICET-Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Silvia Daher - Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Stefan Hansson - University of Lund, Sweden
  • Theresa Powell - University of Colorado, USA
  • Ulrike Kemmerling - Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile, Chile
  • Verónica White - CONICET, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Wendy Robinson - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • William Parks - University of Toronto, Canada.