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IBSA Educational Program

Clinical management of ovarian stimulation and endometrial receptivity: challenges and solutions

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
 6pm (CEST), 12pm (EDT), 12am (HK)


Speaker: Prof. Andrea Borini

Andrea Borini is Clinical and Scientific Director at Tecnobios Procreazione, Centre for Reproductive Health in Bologna, Italy and he is Scientific Director of 9.Baby Fertility Network, Italy.

After completing his MD degree at the University of Bologna, Dr Borini obtained his specialization degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1991. He was also a Research Fellow at the Irvine University, California (1989–1991). He attained at University of Padova, Italy a Master’s degree in: Andrology (I and II level in 2008 and 2009) and Reproductive Medicine (II level in 2010).

He has been a past-Chairman of Italian Society of Fertility, Sterility and Reproductive Medicine (SIFES e MR) – Italy (2013 – may 2018). He has been a past-Chairman of the CECOS – Italy (2002 – 2008) and Profert -Italian Society for Fertility Preservation (2008-2013). Borini MD is member of the editorial board of Fertility and Sterility and associate editor for Reproductive BioMedicine Online and JARG.


Speaker: Prof. Shari Mackens

Shari Mackens graduated as a medical doctor from the Free Brussels University, Belgium, in 2012. Immediately afterwards, she started working at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine at the University Hospital Brussels, Belgium, as a PhD student and as a specialist in training in obstetrics and gynecology. From 2012 until 2017, she performed basic science research on endometrial receptivity and human embryo implantation. During these 5 years, she was funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). Her research was recently presented in her thesis entitled ‘Hypes and hopes for endometrial receptivity in ART’. She has authored 29 publications in peer-reviewed journals and lectures frequently at national and international meetings. At present, she is a gynaecologist at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine at the University Hospital Brussels, Belgium, with a specific interest in translational research focusing on the role of the endometrium in ART.


Chairman: Prof. Christophe Blockeel

Christophe Blockeel is Medical Director of the Centre for Reproductive Medicine at University Hospital Brussels in Belgium, and a visiting professor at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, at the School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He was the president of the Belgian Society for Reproductive Medicine from 2017 until 2020.

Professor Blockeel graduated from the University of Ghent, Belgium, in 2000 and became a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology in 2005. In 2008, he was recognised as a subspecialist in reproductive medicine and surgery by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology and the European Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He completed his PhD in 2012 with a thesis entitled ‘The optimisation of the follicular phase in GnRH antagonist cycles’ and became a professor at the Free Brussels University in the same year.

Professor Blockeel has worked in the field of fertility for several years, with an interest primarily in reproductive endocrinology. He has published more than 110 papers in peer-reviewed journals and lectured at numerous international meetings.

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