HONORARY INVITED GUEST SPEAKER
Dr Liza Johannesson MD PhD is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital and researcher at the University of Gothenburg.
Her clinical work and research focus on uterus transplantation. Dr Johannesson received her MD in 2005 from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, after an internship at the Hallands Hospital in Varberg (2005-2007) she joined the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in 2008 where she subsequently did residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (received board certification in 2012) and her PhD titled “Uterus Transplantation: an experimental study in primates” which was awarded as the “Best PhD thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg” in 2012.
The same year she was one of the surgeons who performed first ever mother to daughter uterus transplantation and so far, together with the team she has been involved in caring for all 9 patients enrolled in the Uterus Transplantation trial.
She is the author of numerous peer reviewed articles and lectures extensively at the international scientific conferences, including ESHRE, IHCTAS and COGI.
Dr Aleksandra Chodecka, PhD -Graduated in Psychology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland; completed postgraduate course “Psychological Aid in Sexuology” and courses in Gestalt therapy, Family Therapy, Transactional Analyses; member of The Polish Association of Sexuology; deals with sexuological problems, interpersonal problems, coping with stress.
Daniel GUERRIER, PhD, is a tenure senior scientist of the INSERM (National Institute for Health and Medical Research, France) specialized in developmental genetics. His research activities (Paris, France) were first focused on the molecular mechanisms of gonadal differentiation, using the anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) gene regulation as central model of investigation. This led to the discovery of the first mutation in this gene responsible for the Persistent Müllerian Duct Syndrome (PMDS) in the male. In 2001, he co-created the research team “Normal and pathological development of the femal genital tract” at the Institute for Genetics and Development of Rennes (IGDR), Faculty of Medicine – University of Rennes I, France. Here, he created the French National PRAM network (Research Program on Müllerian Aplasia) in collaboration with the University Hospital of Rennes and many others French centers, and is still the scientific supervisor and coordinator of this network. From this time, he has mainly focused his research activities on the genetics of MRKH syndrome, in collaboration with the French MAIA and MRKH-Rokitansky associations.
Karina Kapczuk, MD, PhD, specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, endocrinologist, IFEPAG. She’s an academic at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland and she works in the Division of Gynaecology at the University Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and in the Division of Paediatric Endocrinology and Rheumatology at the Karol Jonscher University Hospital. Her clinical and research activities concern paediatric and adolescent gynaecology and congenital malformations of the female genital tract (utero-vaginal aplasia, obstructive anomalies).
Dr Karine Morcel, MD, PhD is a physician specialized in reproductive medicine, gynaecology and obstetrics at the University Hospital of Rennes in France. She is in charge of the clinical unit of reproductive medicine. She is an active infertility and genital malformation clinician and scientist, with scientific interest in genetic causes of genital tract malformations.
Dr Katarzyna Walczyk-Matyja Phd is a psychologist working in an Obstetrics and Gynecological Clinic at the University Hospital of Poznań in Poland. Since 2001 her work has focussed on the quality of life for cancer patients. ( Phd thesis 2006 on Poznań University of Medical Sciences)
For the past 2 years Dr Walczyk- Matyja Katarzyna has been involved with the pschological issues and sexual anxieties associated in some cases for patients with genital tract malformations such as MRKH. ( research and psychological support)
She is active in organising support for all the family affected by MRKH.
She is also the Author and co-author of a few scientific papers and chapters in medical books. Her passion has led her to be an experienced clinical psychologist for depression and anxiety linked to infertility and even fertility.