Antolin Eugenia (Spain)

–              Primary Qualification: Medical doctor by University of Barcelona in 1991

–              Specialist Qualification: MIR in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the University Hospital Clinic, Barcelona (1992-1995)

–              Doctoral thesis by University of Barcelona, 1999. Cum laude.


Consultant in Fetal Medicine at the University Hospital La Paz from November’ 12. In charge of the Fetal Medicine Unit at the University Hospital La Paz from May’ 14-today.


–              October 2006- October 2007: Stay at the Fetal Medicine Unit of the Hospital Clinic, Barcelona (Spain), training in fetoscopic procedures under the supervision of Professor Gratacos


–              Accredited by the Ultrasound Section of the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SESEGO): “Expert” level (since 2001)

–              FMF Certificates of Competence in “11-13 weeks scan” (nuchal translucency and uterine Doppler) (since 2013)


–              Member of the Educational Board of the Ultrasound Division (SESEGO) of the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO) (since 2004)

–              Assistant professor at the University Complutense of Madrid, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital Gregorio Marañon  (2007-2012)

–              Assistant professor at the University Autonoma of Madrid, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital La Paz  (since 2014-today)

Teaching at nearly a hundred of National and International Courses on Obstetric Ultrasound and Prenatal Diagnosis


Faculty in more than thirty national congresses and in 12 international congresses in Obstetrics, mainly on Maternal and Fetal Medicine.


–              Main lines of research: 1. Prediction of pulmonary hypoplasia and hypertension in congenital diaphragmatic hernia; 2. Complications in monochorionic twins; 3. Cardiac function in TTTS; 4. Neurological damage in congenital heart defects.

–              Member of the followings research organizations: 1. Red SAMID (Maternal and Fetal Health and Development); 2. IdiPaz

–              Peer review in: 1. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology; 2. Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy; 3. Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology; 4. Progresos en Ginecologa y Obstetricia; 5. Diagnostico Prenatal

–              More than thirty book chapters and more than fifty papers in national and international journals with impact factor.


o             Board Member of the Asociacion Española de Diagnostico Prenatal (AEDP) (since 2011)

o             Board Member of Ultrasound Division of the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SESEGO) (since 2016)

–              Membership of the following scientific organizations:

o             International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) (since 1996)

o             Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO) and its Ultrasound (SESEGO) and Perinatal Medicine (SEMEPE) Divisions (since 1996)

o             Mediterranean Association for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (MED-UOG) (since 2004)

Antsaklis Aris (Greece)

Prof. Aris Antsaklis is the Chairman of the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Athens, “Alexandra” Maternity Hospital. He has spent his entire career working in Athens University. He trained in Perinatal Medicine Prenatal Diagnosis and in Obstetrics and Gynecology Ultrasound, at University College Hospital in London and at Yale University. At the national level he is a founder member, an executive board member and President of several bodies in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine, Ultrasounds and Fetal Maternal Medicine.

He is member of the Editorial Board of several Greek Medical Journals. At the International level he is Vice President and member of the Scientific Committee of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine, member of the Board of the International Society “The fetus as a patient”, member of the “Fetoscopy Working Group” since 1981, he served as President elect and president of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine (2002-2004). He is permanent member of the International Academy of Perinatal Medicine and Director of the Greek Branch of Ian Donald School for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vice President of the Mediterranean Society of Ultrasound in Ob/Gyn and President of the South East Europe Society of Perinatal Medicine. Prof. Antsaklis is the author and co-author of 400 publications in several International and Hellenic peer reviewed journals in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology and specifically on Prenatal Diagnosis, Perinatal Medicine, Fetal Diagnosis and treatment and ultrasound and has written 30 chapters in International and Greek Medical books.

Arabin Birgit (Germany)

1971-78: Medical School: Albert Ludwig University Freiburg & Free University Berlin

1978 -79: Research Fellow University Brussels/ Institute Perinatal Medicine Berlin

1979-85: Resident OBGYN University Heidelberg

1985-88: MFM Fellow Institute Perinatal Medicine Berlin

1988-93: Assistant Professor Free University Berlin

1993-2008: Consultant High Risk Perinatal Centre Zwolle -NL

2008-now: Head Academic Board & MFM /Prenatal Med. Consultant University Marburg-Germany

Sabbatical leaves:

Harris Birthright Center London/Prof. Nicolaides, Dep. of Prenatal Medicine Bonn/ Prof. Hansmann, Centre for Prenatal Therapy Poissy-Paris/ Prof. Ville


SMFM, ISUOG, IAPM, German Societies Perinatal Med, OBGYN,DEGUM III, Reviewer German Research Funding


Appr. 50 book chapters, >100 peer reviewed papers,

Medical Interests:

Prevention of preterm birth, fetal growth, fetal programming, twin pregnancy, public health concepts, national and international education, arts and medicine


Staude Pfannestiel Price, Ambroise Pare IAPM, Hackert price Prenatal Medicine, Pschyrembel Medal, Honorable doctorship Sorbonne, Paris


Founder Clara Angela Foundation Witten/Berlin

(supported by Dr. Arabin GmbH) trying to organize creative projects and meetings by combining arts and politics with medicine and science apart from main stream.

Ayres De Campos Diogo (Portugal)

DIOGO AYRES-DE-CAMPOS, MD, PhD is Associate Professor at the Medical School, University of Lisbon, Portugal (2017-). He was Associate Professor at the Medical School University of Porto (2008-2016) and Senior Consultant at the S. Joao Hospital in Porto (2015-2016), where he was the Director of the labour ward (2004-2008), and coordinator of post-graduate studies in Obtetrics and Gynecology (2008-2011).

His main scientific areas of interest are intrapartum fetal monitoring and obstetric simulation. He is co-inventor of the “Omniview-SisPorto®” program for computer analysis of cardiotocograms (Speculum, Lisbon, Portugal, 2006), the clinical record database ObsCare (VirtualCare, Porto, Portugal, 2012), and was medical consultant for the development of the “Lucina®” obstetric simulator (CAE Healthcare, Montreal, Canada, 2014). He was the principal investigator for the FM-ALERT randomised controlled trial, carried out in five UK hospitals.

He has published 108 papers in Medline-indexed journals, edited 4 books, authored 14 international book chapters, written 1 international book, and has given 132 invited lectures at international scientific meetings. He was Editor-in-chief of the “Acta Obstetrica e Ginecologica Portuguesa” (2006-2010), Associate Editor of “ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology” (2012-2014), and Associate Editor of “RBGO – Gynecology and Obstetrics” (2015-). He chaired the scientific committee of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd European Congress of Intrapartum Care.

He is the Secretary-General of the Federation of Portuguese Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2015-), co-ordinates obstetric simulation for the Portuguese College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2010-), is a Board member of the Subespeciality in Maternal-Fetal Medicine of the Portuguese General Medical Council (2012-) and presides over the National Commission for Reduction of Cesarean Section rates (2013-) that led to a 12% decrease in national cesarean section rates between 2009 and 2016.

He is Secretary-General of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine (2016-), Council Member of the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (EBCOG) (2010-), Co-ordinator of the EBCOG European Exam of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Evaluation of clinical skills (part 2) (2015-), member of the Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health committee at the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FIGO) (2010-), where he co-ordinated the 2015 revision of the FIGO guidelines on intrapartum fetal monitoring. He participated in the World Health Organisation consensus panels for Recommendations on Antenatal Care, Intrapartum Care, and Reduction of Unnecessary Caesarean Section (2016).

Bang Nes Ragnhild (Norway)

Ragnhild Bang Nes, psychologist and PhD works as a senior scientitst at The Norwegian Institute of Public Health and adjunct professor at The University of Oslo. Her main research agenda focus on stability and change in wellbeing and quality of life, genetic and environmental influences, and the links between wellbeing and mental disorders.

Barrett Jon F. (Canada)

Dr. Barrett is a preeminent Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist with multiple appointments, primarily at Sunnybrook Research Institute and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg in 1977 and completed his internship and a year of Ob/Gyn before moving to England.

He completed his specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1988 and received his Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. In 1990 he was awarded a two-year research fellowship which resulted in a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1992. He then moved to Toronto where he completed a two-year clinical fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto.He is currently the Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a full professor at the University of Toronto, and an elected Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He is the Program Research Director of the Women and Babies Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute, the co-director of Clinical Trial Services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and holds the Fred Waks Research Chair of Maternal Fetal Medicine Research. He is a World Health Organization advisor on Maternal Health, Vice Chair of the Board of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the International Society of Twin Research, and President of the Canadian Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine. He is a reviewer for many journalsand a grant reviewer for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Barrett is also a member of the expert panel of the Canadian Therapeutic Directorate. He is the Founder and Chair of the Southern Ontario Obstetrical Network (SOON), formerly the Greater Toronto Area Obstetric (GTA-OBS) Network. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 invited lectures, both nationally and internationally. He has been awarded many prizes including Best Paper from the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine in 2013, the Excellence in Research award from the Association of Professors of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of  Canada, and the Making a Difference Award awarded by Multiple Birth Canada in recognition of exceptional dedication and accomplishments within the community of multiple births. He has held more than $15M in grants, over the past 25 years. Dr. Barrett has a special interest in multiple gestation pregnancies, and his contributions to research can be seen on local, national and international levels.

Bartels Meike (The Netherlands)

Meike Bartels (1973) is University Research Chair Professor in Genetics and Wellbeing at the Department of Biological Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. After an internship at the Queensland institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia, she graduated in Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit. Her master degree is in Physiological Psychology, with special focus on Behavior Genetics.

She obtained her PhD degree in 2003 under supervision of Prof. Dorret Boomsma. The last months of her PhD she worked at the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavior Genetics, Richmond, VA, USA together with Prof. Edwin van den Oord. In 2014 she was appointed as full -professor under the competitive and honorary University Research Chair program of the Vrije Universiteit.  She published over 175 papers in peer-reviewed journal including the first molecular genetic evidence for well-being in PNAS and the first genomic variant for well-being in Nature Genetics. Over the course of her PhD, she increasingly realized that the majority of individuals remain free of psychopathology throughout their life. Ever since she broadened focus and became interested in well-being. She conducts and supervises several research projects to gain sight into the underlying sources of variation on Well-being. She envisions that with a focus on positive aspects the public health system will be broadened, so that the aim will no longer be to only help to heal the ill but also to increase overall happiness.

Baselmans Bart (The Netherlands)

During both my studies Psychology and Neuroscienes, I found it highly remarkable that for mental-illness such as depression, almost all scientific research is focused on individual’s at the outer end of the phenotypic distribution. Why focusing solely on individual’s high at risk, while unraveling the factors that protects people to develop mental-illness is also highly valuable information.

For instance, why are there so many individuals facing severe adversity, but still are able to remain mentally well and happy, while others develop mental-illness with no clear indicators at first sight? My PhD is at the department of Biological Psychology, which also houses the Netherlands Twin Register (NTR: Access to this longitudinal twin-family database, and working together with genetic consortia, allows me to perform interdisciplinary research to unravel biological and environmental factors causing individual differences in well-being and its overlap with mental-illness. Additionally, using large-scale molecular genetic data, I will be able to determine causal relationships between genetic variants associated with well-being and a broad range of ‘mood-phenotypes’ (e.g. depression and neuroticism). Within my PhD I want to identify shared influences between well-being and mental-illness that justify the promotion of well-being as an alternative for mental-illness prevention.

Bell Jordanna (United Kingdom)

I am based at the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London where we use computational genomics to study the genetic and epigenetic basis of complex traits in human populations. The main focus of my research group is to understand the processes that shape epigenetic variation in human populations, and its biomedical significance. An additional area of research is to characterise variation in the human microbiome and its link to human health. The central theme of my research is to improve our understanding of the biological processes underlying human complex disease through the application of genomic appro

Bennasar Mar (Spain)

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Berenbaum Sheri (United States)

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Berkhout Robbert (The Netherlands)

PhD-candidate in Reproductive Biology

Bilardo Katia (The Netherlands)

Caterina (Katia) M. Bilardo was born in Savigliano (Piedmont), Italy. After completingin cum laude her Medical studies in 1979 and the Specialization in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1983 at the University of Turin, she trained as Fellow in Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Medicine (1985- 1989)at King’s College Hospital, London, where she worked under the supervision of Prof. S. Campbell and Prof. K. N. Nicolaides.

Since 1989 she lives in the Netherlands where she has worked as Consultant and Head of the Prenatal Diagnosis Department at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam (1992-2010). In 1994 she defended her PhD thesis at the University of Groningen. Since 2010 she works at the University Medical Center Groningen where, in 2011, she has been appointed Professor in Fetal Medicine. In the Netherlands she has been President of the Dutch Working Party for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is currently member of the Committee Prenatal Screening of the National Health Council. She is also Director of the Prenatal Screening Association of North –East Netherlands. In October 2017 she has become Professor in Fetal Medicine at the Free University (VUmc) in Amsterdam

Since 2007 she is in the Editorial Board of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Ginecology.

Since 2009 she is Board member of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG). Since 2013 she is Chair of the Education Committee within ISUOG. In September 2016 she is ISUOG President elect.

Research Areas

  • Doppler study of the utero-placental and fetal circulation (chief researcher Truffle study)
  • Fetal dysmorphology ( 2D and 3D studies)
  • First and second trimester ultrasound Down screening for aneuploidies
  • Psychological aspects of Screening
  • Fetal cardiology

She has published more than 165 peer reviewed articles and has supervised numerous PhD students.

Blickstein Isaac (Israel)

Blickstein Isaac, MD

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, 1953; Married and father of two daughters.

Professional address: Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kaplan Medical Center, 76100 Rehovot, Israel.


The Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Academic affiliation: Associate Professor, The Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel; Affiliate Professor, University of Tampa, Fl.

Positions held to date:

Editor – 1 journal, Guest Editor – 4 journals, Associate Editor – 2 journals, Member of the Editorial Board of 8 journals, Reviewer of 40 journals.

Main Publications:

  • Over 260 Original articles and Editorials
  • 65 Chapters in books
  • 5 Books (including BMA Award winning for best medical book in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2005)
  • Over 400 presentations at International scientific meetings

Current office:

  • Faculty of the Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kaplan Medical Center, Unit of High Risk Pregnancy and Delivery Room
  • Chairman: The Working Group on Multiple Pregnancy of the International Society for Twin Studies, Research Committee on multiple pregnancy of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine
  • Board member: The Fetus as a Patient Society, The World Association of Prenatal Medicine, International Society for Twin Studies, Affiliate member of the International Academy of Perinatal Medicine

Sub-specialty: Perinatal Medicine, Main research area: Multiple Pregnancy

Hobbies: Medicine in art and history, gourmet food.

Booij Linda (Canada)

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Boomsma Dorret (The Netherlands)

Professor Dorret Boomsma trained in psychology and behavior genetics. Her research focus is on the causes of differences in health, cognition and development as a function of genetic and environmental influences. She established the Netherlands Twin Register, which over the past 30 years recruited >75,000 twins and > 100,000 of their family members, forming the basis for genetic studies of complex traits ( ).

Participants complete longitudinal surveys, undergo periodic testing, and donate DNA, RNA, blood, and other samples. Boomsma’s research has led to a better understanding of the influence of the genome on physical and mental traits through genetic epidemiology, characterizing the genes that are involved through genetic association studies and exploring the value of combined twin and ‘omics’ studies. Her work has led to >1000 published papers and numerous awards, including the Dutch Spinoza prize, the James Shield Award for lifetime achievement in twin research and the Dobzhansky Award for lifetime achievement in Behavior Genetics. She is a member of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea.

Briana Despina (Greece)

Despina Briana is Assistant Professor in Pediatrics-Neonatology in the Department of Neonatology and 1st Department of Pediatrics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens at “Aretaieion Hospital” and ‘Agia Sophia Children’s Hospital of Athens”, respectively, since August 2014. She graduated from the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and was trained in Pediatrics-Neonatology at the “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital of Athens, King’s College Hospital of London (Department of Child Health-Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and the General Hospital of Athens “Alexandra”.

She served as a Consultant in the Department of Neonatology/ Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the University Hospital of Thessaly. She worked as a Research and Clinical Fellow in the 2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She supported her doctoral thesis in 2010 and was awarded with the second prize from the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens for the academic years 2010-2012.

She has teached high school students and medical students as a scientific collaborator in the 2nd Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at “Aretaieion Hospital”. From August, 2014 she teaches medical students in the Department of Neonatology at “Aretaieion Hospital” and 1st Department of Pediatrics at “Agia Sophia Children’s Hospital of Athens”. She is mentor to four doctoral theses.

Dr. Briana participated in funded national and international research protocols. Her research interests include the effect of intrauterine growth restriction and fetal macrosomia on the function of various organ systems and molecular mechanisms of both mother and fetus/neonate, the role of adipose tissue as an endocrine organ in the physiology and pathophysiology of normal pregnancies and pregnancies complicated by abnormal fetal growth, the implication of bioactive substances of human milk in extrauterine adaptation and later metabolism, nutrition and neurodevelopment of the preterm neonate, as well as the developmental origins of adult heath and disease.

Eight of her studies, presented in International and Greek Congresses, were awarded with the first prize (including the Gold Medal in the Academic Olympics of UENPS-Union of European Neonatal and Perinatal Societies).

Budin-Ljøsne Isabelle (Norway)

Senior Adviser Isabelle Budin-Ljøsne addresses the ethical and societal challenges raised by the large-scale production of genetic and genomic data to facilitate the adoption of personalised medicine in her research work. Isabelle’s other research interests include the development of informed consent tools, stakeholder engagement, and the investigation of challenges related to international data sharing.

Calais Ferreira Lucas (Australia)

Lucas Ferreira is a phd candidate at the centre for epidemiology and biostatistics, the university of Melbourne, Australia. he received a masters degree in technology and innovation management from the university of Queensland, Australia, and a bachelor degree in business management from UFMG, brazil. His current research interests lay in how to build global networks and capacity for collaborative research involving twins as participants. He is the recipient of a phd scholarship from capes foundation, Brazil.

Chmait Ramen (USA)

Ramen H. Chmait, MD, is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, and Director of Los Angeles Fetal Surgery.

Christensen Kaare (Denmark)

Director of the Danish Twin Registry and the Danish Aging Research Center. Christensen has headed a long series of studies on twins and the oldest-old in order to shed light on the importance of genes and environment in aging and longevity. He is engaged in interdisciplinary aging research combining methods from epidemiology, genetics, medicine, and demography.

Clerici Graziano (Italy)

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Craig Jeff (Australia)

Associate Professor Craig leads the Early Life Epigenetics Research Group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and is an Honorary Associate Professor within the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne. He has established a number of longitudinal cohorts including the Peri/postnatal Epigenetic Twin cohort. Dr Craig is a passionate twin researcher and is Deputy Director of the Australian Twin Registry.

His work focuses on epigenetic changes associated with early development and the link between environmental factors, development and disease, in particular cardiovascular and neurodevelopmental disorders. He is currently developing epigenetic biomarkers to integrate into disease risk models.

De La Calle Maria (Spain)

Head of The Maternal Unit, Obstetrics Department, La Paz Hospital, Madrid.

Associated Professor, Autonoma University, Madrid

Derom Catherine (Belgium)


Master in Biology, Sept  1974, UGent, great honour

PhD in Biology  (Molecular Biology), January 1982, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Division of Biochemistry, University of Gent (Prof. W. Fiers)

Professional Positions

1974 – 1977           National research fund for Science and Industry – Research Assistant

1977 – 1982           Research Associate Laboratory of Molecular Biology, University of Gent (Prof. W. Fiers)

1982 –                    Post-doctoral Research Associate, part-time

Coordinator and executive manager of the East-Flanders Prospective Twin Survey, Centre of Human Genetics, Catholic University of Leuven, belgium

2007 –                    Boardmember of ISTS (International Society of Twin Studies)

2015 –                    Visiting professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospitals Ghent, BE



1987                    Prize of the International Society of Perinatal Epidemiology: Rome, for the study: “Genotyping Macerated Fetuses”



Dick Danielle (USA)

Danielle M. Dick, Ph.D. is a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Human and Molecular Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2001 from Indiana University and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics.

She was on the faculty at Washington University, St. Louis from 2003 – 2007 prior to joining VCU. Her research involves studying how genetic predispositions interact with environmental factors to contribute to patterns of substance use/dependence and related behavioral disorders across development.

She is the founder and current Director of the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute ( at VCU. She launched and directs the Spit for Science project (, which has enrolled over 10,000 college students in order to study substance use and emotional health outcomes across the college years. She has served as Principal Investigator (PI) or site PI on 10 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, and Co-Investigator on another 6 NIH grants, with grant funding totaling greater than 20 million dollars.

She is the previous recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship, a NARSAD Young Investigator Award, and an NIAAA K02 mid-career award. She has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, and has won numerous awards, including the Behavior Genetics Association Fuller and Scott Award for Outstanding Young Investigator in 2006, the Fuller Award for best paper published in the journal Behavior Genetics in 2007, the Research Society on Alcoholism Young Investigator Award in 2010, the World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics Richard Todd Award in Child Psychiatry in 2011, the World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics Theodore Reich Young Investigator Award in 2012, and the inaugural Indiana University Department of Psychology Young Alumni award in 2013.

DiLalla David (USA)

Dr. DiLalla earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and a postdoc at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at Colorado. He joined the SIU faculty in Fall, 1990. Dr. DiLalla’s research interests address relations between normal personality and psychopathology; genetic and environmental influences on personality and psychopathology; psychological assessment; computerized personality evaluation; developmental psychology; and interpersonal violence. He currently serves as Associate Associate Provost for Academic Administration.

DiLalla Lisabeth (USA)

Lisabeth DiLalla received her BA from Brandeis University in 1981 and her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Virginia under the direction of Prof. Irving Gottesman in 1987. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral genetics working with Dr. David Fulker at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado. She currently is a Professor of behavioral sciences in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Her research interests center around social cognitive development, specifically the development of aggressive and prosocial behaviors in preschoolers.

Gil Mira Maria Del Mar (Spain)

Qualified in Medicine, specialized in O&G and PhD in Madrid, Spain. Research Fellowship at Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine at King’s College Hospital, London. Currently, Consultant in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics at Hospital Universitario de Torrejon and Associate Professor in Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid.

Goldberg Jack (USA)

I have worked for more than 30 years to foster the development and use of twin registries in the United States.  My work has focused on developing and managing population-based twin registries. In the 1980’s, I co-created the Vietnam Era Twin Registry within the Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program.

I went on to develop twin registries of special populations including the disease-specific Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Twin Registry and the population-based Black Elderly Twin Study. More recently, I co-created the University of Washington Twin Registry, which is one of the largest twin registries in the U.S. Recently I served as co-Chair of VA Cooperative Studies Program Study #569: A Twin Study of the Course and Consequences of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Vietnam Era Veterans. This is a 20 year follow-up of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the Vietnam Era Twin Registry. I have extensive experience in teaching and mentoring across all levels of the academic spectrum from undergraduates to post-doctoral fellows.

Harris Jennifer (Norway)

Senior Researcher, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Hecher Kurt (Germany)


Dept. of Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine

University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

Hamburg, Germany


1981-1984Resident in General Medicine, Klagenfurt Hospital, Austrias
1984-1990 Resident in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Klagenfurt Hospital, Austria
1991 Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Klagenfurt Hospital, Austria
1992-1993 Research Fellow, Dept. of OB/GYN and Harris Birthrigth Research Centre for Fetal Medicine, King’s College, University of London
1994-2003 Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, Vice Chairman, Dept. of Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy, Barmbek Hospital, Hamburg, Germany
2004-present Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine,   University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf , Hamburg
2014-present Medical Director of the Center of Obstetrics, Paediatrics and Juvenile Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf , Hamburg


1992 Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship, Austrian Science Foundation
1992 Honorary Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King’s College School of Medicine, University of London
1996 Habilitation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Vienna, Austria
1999 Werner Otto Foundation Award for Clinical Research
2000 Hans L. Geisenhofer Foundation Research Award, Bavarian Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
2006 Honorary Member of the ‘Sociedad Chilena de Ultrasonografia en Medicina y Biologia’
2008 Dres. Haackert Foundation Gold Medal Award for Prenatal Medicine
2011 Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Ultrasound in OB/GYN
2011 Corresponding Member of the Chilean Society of OB/GYN
2012 Pschyrembel – Medal for achievements as a researcher and teacher in obstetrics




ISUOG (International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology)
President (2006-2008)
Editor ‘Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology’ (since 2003)
Deputy Editor-in-Chief since 2011
Chairman of the 19th World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (13-17 September 2009, Hamburg)

Hottenga-Jouke Jan (The Netherlands)

I obtained my PhD in the field of genetic epidemiology and human genetics from the Leiden University. My background is molecular genetics and statistical genetics, with a high affinity for data management and IT. My expertise includes GWAS studies, genetic linkage, genotype imputation, validation of used statistical methods and genotype quality control. My main research focus has been, and will probably always be, identifying genes that are involved in complex traits.

I have been successful in participating within large consortia to identify genes for a range of traits going from eye color to major depression, which resulted in publication of these results in over 200 research papers in high impact journals. Recently my main focus has been working on the automation and speeding up the process of genetic data cleaning, and better integration of these data across several genotyping platforms.

Hubinont Corinne (Belgium)

Co-head of the Department of Obstetrics

Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc (Université de Louvain)

10, avenue Hippocrate. B-1200 Brussels

phone:+3227641001 (direct line),



1980 MD
1988 PhD

« Contribution to the study of endocrine pancreas during pregnancy and lactation”


1980-1985 Residency in OBGYN, Erasmus University Hospital(U.L.B.), Brussels
1985-1987 Consultancy in OBGYN, Erasmus University Hospital (U.L.B.), Brussels
1987-1990 Research fellow in Fetal Medicine (Prof C.Rodeck) Queen Charlotte’s Maternity Hospital , London, UK
1990-1991 Research fellow in Diabetic Pregnancy Unit (Prof R.Beard) St Mary’s Medical School, London, UK
1991 Consultancy in OBGYN , Erasmus University Hospital (U.L.B.), Brussels
1992 Consultancy in MFM, Department of Obstetrics, St-Luc University Hospital (University de Louvain, UCL)s=”indent”>
2001 Co Head of the Department of Obstetrics, St-Luc University Hospital (UCL) Brussels


1995 Professor responsible for Academic teaching (chair of Obstetrics),
2001 Professor responsible for the Obstetrics Research Unit,
2007 Co-organizer and lecturer for 3d cycle postgraduate teaching


1983-1984 Research scholarship of the Erasmus Foundation
1987 Victor Lange Prize of Diabetology (U.L.B.).
1987-1988 Research scholarship granted by NATO.
1987-1989 Exchange scholarship Royal Society of London (UK)
1988 Medical scholarship granted by “European Council”.
1989 Travel scholarship from the British Council.
1989 Marie Derscheit-Delcourt Prize (National prize from the Belgian UniversityGraduated Women).
2004 LIVE grant for « The Cardiac Fetus » project
2005 Fondation Paul, Suzanne et Renée Lippens Prize
2006 LIVE grant for « The Cardiac Fetus » project Saint Luc Foundation Grant for the « Treat before birth » project
2007 Nominated to the Woman of the year Prize “Marie Popelin” 2007
2008 Saint Luc Foundation Scholarship « Visiting professorship » Brigham and Women Hospital and Children Hospital , Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
2011 “Femme d’Exception 2011” awarded by the Belgian Senate
2012 Femme d’Exception Parmigiani Fleurier- belgian laureate
2013 Trofémina Prize – laureate for Sciences, Medecine & TechnologyP14our la catégorie Sciences Recherche Médecine et Technologies
2014 Personal title of Baronness given by King Philippe of Belgium

90 papers in international peers review journals

Jelenkovic Aline (Finland)

Aline Jelenkovic is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. She has a degree in Biology and a Ph.D in Physical Anthropology from the University of the Basque Country. Her dissertation focused mainly on the quantitative genetics of anthropometric traits, and during the two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Helsinki she extended her research area to epidemiology and public health.

Aline Jelenkovic is currently working on the CODATwins project (PI Karri Silventoinen), which is a large collaborative project of development of anthropometric measures in twins. The main objective of the CODATwins project is to study how macro-environment modifies genetic and environmental effects on anthropometric traits such as height and body mass index (BMI). A more epidemiological aspect of the project involves the relationships of birth size with later height, BMI and education and the mechanisms underlying these associations. The next future research will be focused on the background factors of educational differences, educational inequalities in BMI and smoking, and how they differ between birth cohorts and societies.

Kaprio Jaakko (Finland)

Jaakko Kaprio, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, University of Helsinki, Finland since 2001. He currently holds a five-year research professorship funded by the Academy of Finland and is Director of the Institute for Molecular Medicine FIMM, a unit of Helsinki Institute of Life Science as of Oct 1, 2015.

Dr. Kaprio has worked in genetic epidemiology, with a focus on risk factors of non-communicable disease, especially smoking and alcohol use and dependence. He has worked with the Finnish Twin Cohort studies since 1976, and with other population-based samples in Finland and has engaged in extensive international collaborations, including NIH and EU funded projects. He has served as President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco European chapter, and has been active in tobacco-related NGOs in Finland. He was President of the Behavior Genetics Association 2015-2016. Jaakko Kaprio has 1033 papers listed in PubMed.

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Kilby Mark (United Kingdom)

Mark Kilby, Professor of Fetal Medicine, Birmingham Women’s & Children’s Foundation Trust / University of Birmingham.

Biography: Holds the Dame Hilda Lloyd Chair of Fetal Medicine and has been a Professor at the University of Birmingham since 2003. He is lead clinician & Director of the Fetal Medicine Centre at Birmingham Women’s & Children’s Foundation Trust.

  1. MB BS Guys Hospital Medical School, London. 1984.
  2. MD (Doctor of Medicine). University of Nottingham. 1990.
  3. MRCOG. 1991.
  4. FRCOG. 2007.
  5. DSc (Doctor of Science). University of Birmingham. 2011.
  6. FRCPI. Dublin. 2015.

Professor Kilby continued his general training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and after a research sabbatical at the University of Toronto in Canada he obtained general accreditation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1995. He then underwent a period of further subspecialist training, principally in Birmingham, to obtain full subspecialty accreditation in Maternal and Fetal Medicine in 1996.

Professor Kilby is a senior Consultant and one of six accredited subspecialists providing regional and supra-regional care in Maternal and Fetal Medicine to pregnant women in the West Midlands and regions of the Midlands and North England. The West Midlands Fetal Medicine Centre at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital has a catchment area covering a population of over 10 million people and therefore provides a large referral base for an extensive number of tertiary referral opinions including those with complex multiple pregnancies.

He has published over 350 peer reviewed original articles, chapters for books and review articles on topics relating to clinical Fetal Medicine and the basic science surrounding the pathophysiology of disease affecting both the mother and the baby. Over 350 publications. h-index of 57; i10 index of 161 and RG score of 53.7.

Lambalk Nils (The Netherlands)

Professor Lambalk is a gynaecologist/fertility specialist and works as professor of Reproductive Medicine and Scientific Director of de division of Reproductive Medicine at the department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of the VU University medical centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and guest professor in the Gynaeco-Urology/Reproductive Medicine, University of Gent, Belgium.

His scientific interests are: neuroendocrinology of reproduction (including GnRH-analogues), physiology of natural twinning, reproductive aging, PCOS, embryo quality assessment and implantation.

He has published over 200 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and is a member of the scientific board of several international and national organizations and editorial boards of a number of journals in de field.

Lewi Liesbeth (Belgium)

Prof. Dr. Liesbeth Lewi currently works as a Feto-Maternal Medicine Specialist in the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium, where she established a dedicated monochorionic twin clinic in 2002.

Hospitals Leuven is an international referral centre for fetal surgery in complicated monochorionic twin pregnancies. Liesbeth obtained a PhD degree in 2008 with her work on placental examination in complicated monochorionic twin pregnancies. In 2009, she spent a sabbatical year, working with Prof. Kypros Nicolaides in King’s College Hospital in London. She has published on the subject of monochorionic twin pregnancies in several peer reviewed journals and international textbooks. In 2014-2015, she followed the Global Clinical Scholars Research program at Harvard Medical School. She is the recipient of a postdoctoral clinical research grant from the Flemish government. She coordinates the TRAPIST trial on the timing of surgery in acardiac twins and participates in 3 RCTs on the prevention of preterm birth in twin pregnancies.

Lopriore Enrico (The Netherlands)

Head of Neonatology Department, LUMC, The Netherlands

Lyle Robert (Norway)

Robert Lyle, PhD. Department of Medical Genetics, Oslo University Hospital and School of Pharmacy, Univeristy of Oslo. I am a geneticist using high-throughput genomic technologies and analysis methods to understand genetics and epigenetics in Mendelian and complex diseases. Our group has an interest in how events in pregnancy (ART, drugs) can influence the epigenome later in life. To further understand this, we are using ES cells to develop experimental systems to understand how drugs can influence neuronal development. We are also developing new statistical methods to analyse DNA methylation data.

Malamitsi-Puchner Ariadne (Greece)

Ariadne Malamitsi-Puchner is Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatology and founder of the only Department of Neonatology at the University of Athens, Medical School. She received her MD with distinction from the University of Athens and her PhD from the University of Munich. She trained, with academic scholarships, in Pediatrics and Neonatology at the University Hospitals of Vienna-Austria, Munich-Germany, Uppsala-Sweden, Philadelphia -USA.

She is member of ten international and 11 Greek scientific societies. She has received 21 academic scholarships, honors and awards. She is elected member of the prestigious “International Perinatal Collegium”. She has been selected (2000) by Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden as Guest Speaker on the topic “Angiogenesis”, at the Nobel Forum, and invited by Karolinska Institutet, Sweden to nominate candidates for the “Marta Philipson Award in Pediatrics”. She has been invited, as Visiting Professor, at Harvard Medical School (2013) to give Grand Rounds Lecture at the Harvard Program of Neonatology. She is in the Editorial Board of important medical journals and reviewer for over 85 international scientific journals (among them Science). She is External Advisor for research programs of international institutions and governmental foundations. She has published a great number of peer-reviewed articles, focused on Neonatology/Perinatology, (cumulative impact factor over 360 and more than 3000 citations), mainly relating to fetal/neonatal growth (particularly intrauterine growth restriction/fetal macrosomia), and to bioactive/hormonal substances in maternal milk. She is also author of chapters in international medical books, textbooks for medical students and trainees, as well as in edited volumes. She is mentor to over 60 doctoral theses, concerning Neonatology/Perinatology. She has organized or participated at the organization of more than 100 international and Greek scientific congresses, seminars and symposia. She has been the Director of the “Sector for Mother-Child Health” of the Medical School-National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and is currently President of the National Committee for Perinatal Care -Central Health Council of Greece.

Manning Nicky (United Kingdom)

Qualified in Medicine from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and after general experience in London and Norwich began working in Prenatal Diagnosis in Oxford.

She jointly established the Fetal Cardiac Service at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, working in Fetal Cardiology, in Fetal Medicine and in Paediatric Cardiology.

For the last year she has been working in Fetal Cardiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London as well as at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Her current clinical interests relate to fetal structural and functional congenital heart disease and in the long term outcome of fetal cardiac disease, including in twins.

Martin Nick (Australia)

Nick Martin graduated with honours in Genetics from the University of Adelaide in 1972 and obtained his PhD in genetics at the University of Birmingham. In 1978 he returned to a Research Fellowship at the Australian National University where he founded the Australian Twin Registry.

After 3 years in the US he returned in 1986 to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research where he heads the Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory and continues longitudinal studies with twins of a wide range of complex traits of medical and behavioural interest. He also is involved in several large studies of cognition and brain imaging (EEG and MRI). His research over recent years has moved to genome wide association studies (GWAS) to locate genes influencing complex traits including anxiety, alcoholism, and dizygotic twinning. He developed methods for multivariate analyses and the analysis of gene-environment interactions. Most recently he has initiated projects to recruit large patient samples for GWAS of anorexia, depression and other psychiatric disorders. He has published over 1200 papers and is a fellow of the Australian academies of Science, Social Science, and Health and Medical Science.

Mbarek Hamdi (The Netherlands)

My research interests concern genetic and epidemiological analyses of fertility related traits and reproductive disorders. I have strong background in Molecular Genetics. My unique areas of expertise at the department of Biological Psychology are the use of bioinformatics skills to analyze high-throughput genomic data and the molecular and cellular knowledge to study the relationships between behaviour, lifestyle, traits, diseases and genetics.

I am interested in the genetics of twinning as a measure of fertility. I am leading an international collaborative consortium (the Twinning Genetics Consortium ) to study the genetics of twinning and birth weight in twins, which is an important risk factor for later outcomes. Recently, my paper for the twinning genes was cited in the press in over 40 countries all over the world. This paper was elected by readers and editors among the best of the groundbreaking genetics research published in AJHG from 2015 and 2016.

Mikhailov Anton (Russia)

Director and Chief Doctor of St-Petersburg Maternity Hospital # 17. Professor of Mechnikov North-West State Medical University, St-Petersburg. Chief Obstetrician-Gynecologist of Russian Ministry of Health in North-West Federal Region.

Was born in 1960  in Leningrad, graduated from 1st Leningrad Medical Institute, from 1983 till 2002worked at Ott Research Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. From 2003 – Director and Chief Doctor of St-Petersburg Maternity Hospital # 17.

In 1990 got a Ph.D and in 1999 a degree Doctor of Science in Medicine.

The fields of clinical and scientific  interest:  perinatal  medicine  – prenatal diagnostics and treatment of  congenital  and hereditary diseases , ultrasound diagnosis, fetal state assessment in pregnancy and delivery, intensive care in obstetrics and neonatology, fetal therapy, multiple pregnancy.

Invited Board Member of  European Association of Perinatal Medicine.

Board member  of International Society “Fetus as a patient”

Fellow of International Academy of Perinatal Medicine.

Member of executive committee of Russian Association of Perinatal Medicine.

Member of executive committee of Russian Association Ultrasound Diagnostics in Medicine.

Chair of  Executive Board of St-Petersburg Association of Ultrasound  Diagnostics in OB/GYN .

Chair of St-Petersburg  International  School of Perinatal Medicine and Reproductive Health.

Director of the St.Petersburg Branch of Ian Donald Inter-University School of Medical Ultrasound.

Member of editorial  board  of several Russian and international journals.

The author  of more than 250 scientific works, 3 monographs, editor of 5 international top medical books translated to Russian.

Nijhuis Jan G. (The Netherlands)

Jan G. Nijhuis works at the Maastricht UMC+ as head of the dept. Ob/Gyn, and as director of a division which includes the ‘mother and child centre’, the intervention and the oncology centre.

He is a member of the Dutch Health Council and member of the ‘Presidiumcommittee’ of that Council.

He is a member of the Supervisory Board of “Perined” (Dutch Perinatal Registry and Audit) and the representative for The Netherlands in the “Euro-Peristat-working group” on perinatal health care in the EU.

He is a former chairman of the Dutch Society of Ob/Gyn (NVOG), and former president of the Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society (FNPS).

His research focuses on high risk obstetrics, fetal monitoring, fetal behaviour and organization of perinatal care.

Ollikainen Miina (Finland)

Miina Ollikainen is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow and a Docent in Epigenetics at the University of Helsinki. She received her PhD from the University of Helsinki in 2007, and spent years 2007-2010 as a postdoc in Early Life Epigenetics group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, where she studied epigenetics in newborn twins

After returning to Finland she joined the Finnish Twin Cohort Study, and in 2013 established her research group of Epigenetics of Complex Diseases and Traits at University of Helsinki.

Miina’s group aims to understand the role of genetics and environment in epigenetic processes, and how they relate to the development of common diseases and complex traits. Her group’s epigenetic projects involve the well phenotyped and genotyped trait discordant and concordant MZ and DZ twin pairs from the Finnish Twin Cohort Study.

Ordonana Juan Ramon (Spain)

Juan R. Ordoñana (PhD) is professor of Genetics and Evolution of Behavior at the Department of Human Anatomy and Psychobiology at the University of Murcia, Spain, and principal investigator at the Murcia Institute for Biomedical Research (IMIB-Arrixaca-UMU). He coordinates the Murcia Twin Registry since its inception. His main research interests center in the convergence between psychobiology and health, focusing on the genetic and environmental structure of complex phenotypes.

Peters Henrike (The Netherlands)

Medical Doctor and PhD Student at VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam

Petersen Inge (Denmark)

Inge Petersen has an academic background in natural science, but has since 2003 been affiliated with the Danish Twin Registry as a research assistant, a PhD-student, a postdoc and, most recently, as a data manager. Inge Petersen defended her PhD thesis in health science at University of Southern Denmark in May 2011. The title of her dissertation was “Twin-singleton differences in Denmark in the 20th century” and was based on a linkage between the Danish Twin Registry and several national administrative databases. Since 2011, Inge Petersen has been extensively engaged in the IGEMS consortium (Interplay of Genes and Environment across Multiple Studies) which has the aim of pooling and harmonizing survey data from sixteen twin surveys in five countries for research purposes.

Poon Liona (Hong Kong)

Liona Poon was awarded MBBS from University of London in 2002 and undertook her specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in London. She gained a 3-year training fellowship from the Fetal Medicine Foundation and during this time, established a major screening programme for early detection of preeclampsia, which led to a Doctorate of Medicine (Research) in 2011.

She then undertook subspecialty training in maternal fetal medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with Mr TG Teoh and Professor KH Nicolaides as supervisors.

Her main research interests are in the prediction and prevention of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. These include developing screening models for the prediction of aneuploidies, preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction, gestational diabetes, macrosomia, stillbirth, spontaneous preterm birth and induced labour. She has recently completed a pan-European multicentre randomised controlled trial of Aspirin vs. placebo in the prevention of preterm preeclampsia (ASPRE), which was funded by the EC FP7 scheme. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the top quartile of international journals in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Hypertension.

Rankin Monica (Australia)

I am the Chairperson of International Council of Multiple Birth Organisations and have held the position for the past five years. I live in Australia where I have been actively involved in multiple birth support organisations since my twins were born 28 years ago.

Romero Roberto (USA)

Roberto Romero, MD, D.Med.Sci., is Chief of the Perinatology Research Branch of the NICHD/NIH. He trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Yale University, where he was Director of Perinatal Research, before joining NIH.

Dr. Romero’s team has made seminal contributions to the diagnosis and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies, prediction and prevention of preterm labor/delivery, and the role of infection/inflammation in preterm and term parturition. An author of over 1000 peer-reviewed publications, he is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of 13 Doctorate Honoris Causa and Honorary Professorships from Universities worldwide. Dr. Romero has been honored by national and international professional societies for his medical and scientific contributions, including the Ian Donald Gold Medal, the Erich Saling Award from the World Association of Perinatal Medicine, and also, the Maternité Prize in Obstetrics, awarded by the European Association of Perinatal Medicine.

Dr. Romero has been an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology for 10 years, and was appointed Editor-in-Chief for Obstetrics in 2014.

Segal Nancy (USA)

Dr. Nancy L. Segal received a B.A. in psychology and literature from Boston University (1973), and an M.A. (1974) and Ph.D. (1982) in the Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago. From 1982-1991 she was a post-doctoral fellow and research associate at the University of Minnesota, affiliated with the well-known Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart. She is currently Professor of Psychology at CSU Fullerton and Director of the Twin Studies Center, which she founded in 1991.

Dr. Segal has authored over 200 scientific articles and book chapters, as well as several books on twins. Her latest book, Born Together-Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study (2012, Harvard University Press) won the 2013 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association. Her other books include Someone Else’s Twin: The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth (2011), Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins (2007) and Entwined Lives: Twins and What They Tell Us About Human Behavior (2000). She is currently working on two new books. The first, Twin Mythconceptions (Elsevier, February 2017), describes the false beliefs and fables surrounding twins and provides much needed correction. The second book, Accidental Brothers (St. Martin’s Press, April 2018) follows the life histories of two sets of identical Colombian twins who were inadvertently exchanged at birth, and provides a number of interesting research findings.

Dr. Segal has received several international awards, including the James Shields Award for Lifetime Contributions to Twin Research (International Society for Twin Studies) and the International Making a Difference Award (Multiple Births Canada). She is the 2016 recipient of the Wang Family Excellence Award from the California State University administrators and trustees for “exemplary contributions and achievement.” She was recognized as CSUF’s Outstanding Professor of the Year in 2005 and as the Distinguished Faculty Member in Humanities and Social Sciences in 2007 and 2014.

Dr. Segal has contributed to, and been featured in, national and international print media and television, most recently the New York Times (Does Breast Milk Have a Sex Bias?” January 2017, “The Closest of Strangers,” May 2014; “Holding a Mirror to Their Natures,” August, 2014, “The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá, July, 2015 and “The Whites of Our Eyes,” July 2015) and CBS Sunday Morning (Chinese Twins Reared Apart, February 5, 2017). She has been a frequent guest on national and international television and radio programs, including the Martha Stewart Show, Good Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show and The Forum (BBC). Dr. Segal has variously served as a consultant and expert witness for the media, the law and the arts.

Stern Claudio (United Kingdom)

Claudio Stern was born in Uruguay, and moved to the United Kingdom where he took a BSc in Biological Sciences and PhD at Sussex University, followed by postdoc at University College London. After a year as Demonstrator in Cambridge he was University Lecturer and a Student (Fellow) of Christ Church in Oxford (1985-1994), then Chair of Genetics and Development at Columbia University, New York.

He returned to UCL in 2001 as “J Z Young Professor” and Head (until 2011) of the Department of Anatomy (now “Cell and Developmental Biology”). Claudio Stern has been elected a Fellow of many academies including the Royal Society (FRS), Academy of Medical Sciences, Latin-American Academy of Sciences, Academia Europaea, Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (USA) and member of EMBO and was awarded the Waddington Medal from the British Society for Developmental Biology and the Ross G. Harrison medal of the International Society for Developmental Biology (ISDB) in 2017. He was also President of the ISDB (2010-2013). He currently has many other international activities including sitting on Scientific Council of the Pasteur Institute in Paris, member of the Board of the Latin-American Society for Developmental Biology and Board of Directors of the International Society for Differentiation and Chairs the review panel of the International Exchanges scheme of the Royal Society.

Claudio Stern’s research focuses on the processes that establish cell diversity and pattern in the early embryo, particularly to understand how complexity is set up and how the “programme” for embryonic development is encoded in the genome. A major aspect of this is understanding the cell interactions, molecular signals and genetic network underlying the initiation of axis formation in the embryo and the mechanisms that establish embryonic polarity. In this context, the lab has a major interest in twinning. This research combines molecular studies, bioinformatics, embryological manipulations in animal models and human population genetics.

Steves Claire (United Kingdom)

Claire graduated first class in Medicine from Cambridge University in 1997, and went on to pursue clinical studies in the East End of London, graduating with multiple distinctions in 2000.  She spent several years working the acute medicine wards in central London, specializing in Geriatric Medicine.

Finding so many unanswered questions about how we treat, and how we might prevent frailty, in 2009 she undertook a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship in the TwinsUK cohort, gaining a PhD in Epidemiology in 2014. During this time, she significantly revised the clinical phenotyping of the cohort to ensure ageing is captured optimally, adding in particular, cognitive and physical fitness and frailty measures.   She believes the twin model and its ability to direct genetics and environment can provide fantastic insight into ageing.  She took up her current post in 2014 as Senior Clinical Lecturer currently lead a team investigating frailty in this ageing cohort, with a particular focus on the impact of gut, salivary and urinary microbiota on frailty syndromes in ageing. She remains clinically active, and am a consultant physician and geriatrician at Guys and St Thomas’s Hostpitals, specialising in the management of acute delirium in hospital settings and dementia in medically complex patients.

Research Interests:

The impact of gut, salivary and urinary microbiota on frailty syndromes including dementia

Predictors of frailty and cognitive ageing in the general population

Relationship between ageing trajectories across organ systems

Physical activity, muscle strength and mass and cognitive ageing

Sung Joohon (South Korea)

1999 – 2007          Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at Department of Preventive Medicine, Kangwon National University

2003 – 2004          Staff Scientist, Department of Genetics, SFBR, SA, TEXAS, USA

2005 – 2006          Associate Visiting Scientist, Genome Center and Taub Institute, Columbia University

2008 – Current      Professor at Department of Epidemiology, Seoul National University School of Public Health

2007 – 2009          Deputy Director, National Central Cancer Registry of Korea, National Cancer Center, Korea

2007 – 2009          Director, Department of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Prevention Program, National Cancer Center, Korea.

Szymusik Iwona (Poland)

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Tan Qihua (Denmark)

Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at Dept. of Public Health, and Unit of Human Genetics of Dept. of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark. Major research interests are omics of human aging and development using twins.

Van Dongen Jenny (The Netherlands)

I have a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in neurosciences. I currently work as a postdoc researcher at the Netherlands Twin Register (VU University Amsterdam), where I also obtained my PhD in 2015.   I am particularly interested in epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation. My current work focuses on studying the causes of variation (genetic and environmental) in genome-wide DNA methylation levels in humans and on studying the role of DNA methylation in complex traits such as aggressive behavior

I work with data collected at the Netherlands Twin Register ( and with data collected within the Biobank-based Integrative Omics Studies (BIOS) consortium ( I am currently leading an epigenome-wide association study meta-analysis project of aggressive behavior, which is a collaborative effort between many (twin and non-twin) cohorts.

Van Klink Jeanine (The Netherlands)

Child psychologist and postdoctoral researcher specialised in child development following fetal interventions for monochorionic twin pregnancy complications

Veglia Manuela (Italy)

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Voto Liliana (Argentina)

Prof. Liliana S. Voto graduated with honors at the School of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires in 1973 and obtained her PhD in Medicine at the same university in 1984. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1979 and five year later she joined the faculty of the School of Medicine of Buenos Aires University as Assistant Professor.

In 1992 she became specialist in Public Health (Salvador University) and recertified as Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, degree granted by the Buenos Aires Obstetrics & Gynaecology Society.
Prof. Voto was appointed Associate Professor of Obstetrics at Buenos Aires University in 1991 and promoted to Full Professor in 1997.
She was also made Full Professor of Obstetrics at Barceló University in Buenos Aires in 1996 and in July 2009 she became Research Faculty of the Health Sciences University Institute, School of Medicine of  Barceló Foundation.
In 2012 she received the recertification of the Argentine Society of Hypertension.
She was Director of the III Global Congress on Maternal and Infant Health of the Course of the IAN DONALD SCHOOL OF ULTRASOUND in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 16 – 19, 2013.
She was Director of the OB/GYN Department of the School of Medicine of Buenos Aires University and continuous at present as a member of the Council.
She is also instructor of the Rotation Internship, of the OB/GYN Rotation at the School of Medicine, Health Sciences University Institute Barceló Foundation.
Prof. Voto’s main contributions have been in the field of Rh Isoimmunization, Hypertension in Pregnancy, Fetal Therapy, High Risk Pregnancy, Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Early Pregnancy Losses She has been  author or coauthor in over 40 books and scientific publications, and over 280 important scientific papers and articles.
She has attended training courses in Argentina and abroad. She has lectured extensively at both local and international meetings and has organized innumerable national and international meetings and congresses:  ISUOG (1999); WAMP (1999), the XXIst Fetus as a Patient Congress held in Buenos Aires in April 2005, the III Global Congress of Maternal and the Infant Health, Ian Donald School of Ultrasound in Buenos Aires,  Argentina on November 16 – 19, 2013, the 10 International Meeting of the International Academy of Perinatal Medicine on November 6-7, 2014 at the National Academy of Medicine of Buenos Aires.
In 1989 Prof. Voto was fellow and co-investigator at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Queen’s Medical Centre, University of Nottingham, England.
From 1992 to 1993 she was coordinator in Argentina of the collaborative project “Collaborative Low-Dose Aspirin Study in Pregnancy for the Prevention and Treatment of Pre-eclampsia and Intrauterine Growth  Retardation” (CLASP), organized in Oxford, England, by a Committee including Drs. C. Redman, de Swiet, P. Rubin, E. M. Symonds and M. Elder.
From 1993 to 1995 she was Director of the Argentina-England collaborative project “Prevention and promotion of maternal and perinatal health in critically impoverished populations”, carried out by Miguel Margulies  Foundation for Perinatal Research, the British Council and the British Embassy in Argentina.
In 1995 she became a Clinical Investigator for the National Council for Research in Science and Technology (CONICET).

Wielgos Miroslaw (Poland)

Professor Miroslaw Wielgos is a specialist in obstetrics&gynecology and perinatology. His main interests are related to prenatal diagnostics and therapy. He implemented several invasive procedures to practical using in Poland. In his academic career Prof. Wielgos served as a Dean of the 1st Faculty of Medicine at the Medical University of Warsaw. Now he is a Rector of this University.