59th Annual Meeting, Victoria, BC – 2013

Mari Teitelbaum, B.Sc.H MHA
Vice President, of Technology and Chief Information Officer
Mari Teitelbaum is the Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer for CHEO. Her unique background and her passion for applying technology to improve health care systems make her an asset to our team.

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François Bissonnette, MD
The Cost of Funding IVF: The Quebec Experience
Dr François Bissonnette est directeur du service d’endocrinologie de la reproduction et infertilité du département d’obstétrique-gynécologie de l’Université de Montréal. Il est professeur agrégé de clinique et récipiendaire du prix Van Campenhout pour la qualité de son enseignement. 


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Maude Lefebvre, MD, FRCPC
What Medical Genetics Know about Fertility

Dr Maude Lefebvre a complété son doctorat en médecine à l’Université de Montréal en 2007 et a terminé sa formation de médecin généticien à l’Hôpital Ste-Justine, Université de Montréal, en 2012. Elle a obtenu son certificat du Collège Royal des médecins et chirurgiens du Canada (génétique médicale) en 2012.

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Martin Johnson, PhD
A History of Assisted Reproduction

Martin H Johnson is an Editor of Reproductive BioMedicine Online and joint Senior Editor of Reproductive BioMedicine and Society. He was Visiting Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Sydney Australia (1999-2004) and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study at La Trobe University Melbourne (2005-2006), and, in 2005, he was elected an Honorary Academic Fellow of St Paul’s College, Sydney University.

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Martin Johnson, PhD
A History of Assisted Reproduction

Martin H Johnson is an Editor of Reproductive BioMedicine Online and joint Senior Editor of Reproductive BioMedicine and Society. He was Visiting Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Sydney Australia (1999-2004) and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study at La Trobe University Melbourne (2005-2006), and, in 2005, he was elected an Honorary Academic Fellow of St Paul’s College, Sydney University.

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Jan Brosens, MD, PhD
Molecular Basis of Early Pregnancy Loss

Professor Jan Brosens’ research centres on the role of steroid hormone signalling in the human endometrium, especially in the context of prevalent reproductive disorders, such as infertility, endometriosis and endometrial cancer. his major translational interest is focused on improving the management of miscarriage, the most common complication of pregnancy.

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Gail Knudson, MD, MPE
Transgender Family Building

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Chris Verhaak, PhD
How to Measure and Diminish the Burden of Fertility Treatment: Quality of Care

As a clinical psychologist, i am interested in the relationship between psychological characteristics and adjustment to subfertility and pediatric diseases. Current projects involve the development of e-health applications that support the interaction between patients/ parents and health care professionals to improve disease management in child diabetes and child asthma.

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Judith Daniluk, PhD
The F Word: Recognizing and Dealing with Counselling Failure

Women’s sexuality and reproductive health; Voluntary and involuntary childlessness; Clinical supervision; Developmental transitions in adult life.

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Lauri Pasch, PhD
Are distressed Infertility Patients Offered Help and do they Receive Mental Health Services?

Lauri Pasch is a psychologist at the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health as well as an assistant professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. Pasch specializes in infertility, family building and reproductive health. She has been part of the Center for Reproductive Health team for more than 10 years. Pasch conducts consultations for the center’s patients. She also coordinates its stress reduction program, support groups and psychoeducational workshops on topics such as egg donation, adoption and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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David Mortimer, PhD
Quality Management

David Mortimer is the President and co-owner of Oozoa Biomedical. During the last 24 years he has provided a wide range of consultancy in various areas of reproductive biology and medicine in human, domesticated and laboratory species covering products, equipment and services from both the diagnostic and therapeutic perspectives. Major projects have included setting up state-of-the-art IVF centres, andrology laboratories and cryobanks, based on the principles of Total Quality Management.

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Alan Thornhill, PhD
Risk Management

Dr Thornhill currently works for Illumina in the market development team with the unit of Reproductive and Genetic Health. Dr Thornhill has worked in the field of reproductive biology for 20 years and has been a clinical embryologist for more than 15 years, working in public and private sector IVF centres in the UK (Kings College Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital, London Fertility Centre, The Bridge Centre, Guys Hospital) and US (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota).

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Juergen Liebermann, PhD
Vitrification of Human Blastocysts

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Belen Aparicio, PhD
Time Lapse Monitoring in Clinical Laboratory

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Alex Hartman, MD
First Trimester Ultrasound

Dr. Alex Hartman, Director of Imaging at TNI and head of research, is considered the world expert in various forms of ultrasound. He lectures extensively locally, nationally and internationally and is the Chair of Imaging for the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

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Alex Hartman, MD
Imaging Controversies Difficult Cases… Pretty Pictures

Dr. Alex Hartman, Director of Imaging at TNI and head of research, is considered the world expert in various forms of ultrasound. He lectures extensively locally, nationally and internationally and is the Chair of Imaging for the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

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Hananel Holzer, MD
Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients

Dr. Hananel Holzer, Attending Physician, the McGill Reproductive Centre; Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University; Program Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship.

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David Adamson, MD
Global Registries of ART: Access, Effectiveness and Safety

David Adamson, M.D., is a fertility doctor with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation located in Palo Alto and San Jose, California. David Adamson, M.D. is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist and surgeon and Director of Fertility Physicians of Northern California in Palo Alto and San Jose, California. Dr. Adamson is committed to evidence-based, evidence-linked medicine focused on achieving the patients’ goals as safely, quickly and cost-effectively as possible in an emotionally supportive environment.

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Michael Alper, MD
To Err is Human, Even in IVF

Dr. Alper co-founded Boston IVF in 1986. Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, he received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He fullfilled his residency at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, where he also completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. In addition, he completed two years of post-graduate research at the University of Ottawa in Canada.

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John Schimenti, PhD
Genetics of Male Infertility

My laboratory uses the mouse as a model system to investigate the genetics of mammalian development, gametogenesis, and cancer. We have used forward and reverse genetic technologies to mutagenize the mouse genome and identify novel genes involved in these processes. With respect to cancer, we are studying mutations in DNA replication genes that cause genomic instability and cancer. One of our models causes cancer in nearly all animals, but the type of cancer depends on genetic background.

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Margaret Morris, PhD
Effect of Paternal Obesity on Offspring Metabolic Risk

Fields of research: Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics, Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology), Endocrinology, Dietetics and Nutrigenomics, Neurobiology, Nutrition and Dietetics
Campus: Randwick

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Jeffrey Friedman, CA, CPA
Business Process Improvement

Jeffrey Friedman is a chartered accountant with more than 25 years of corporate CFO experience. He started his career and worked as a public accountant for 6 years before he made his way towards industry. He is an experienced entrepreneur and a financial leader who drives corporate initiatives to enhance productivity and profitability

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Paul Mohapel, PhD
How physicians impact the culture of the organization

Paul Mohapel began his career as a neuroscientist, and while working in Sweden he had an epiphany that inspired him to leave science and move towards leadership. Today, he uses his knowledge of the brain, psychology and leadership to consult, facilitate and educate with organizations.

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Clementine Crooks, BA
Maximizing Social Capital in the Workplace: How to engage and motivate the natural influencers within your organization

My services provided are always growing and evolving as I continue to explore my own thirst for ongoing education. I bring to the table a desire to work with you and your team to build your strengths and to support and develop personal growth within each of your team members. I am professional, driven, hard working, energetic and passionate and I look forward to working with you and your organization.

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Bruce Murphy, PhD
Global analysis of regulation of transcription in ovarian cell differentiation

Nous avons étudié le rôle des récepteurs nucléaires orphelins dans les processus de l’ovulation et de la lutéinisation en utilisant une délétion tissue – spécifique du gène codant pour le « liver homolog receptor-1 (NR5A2)» dans les ovaires de souris qui induit une anovulation et une infertilité. Nous avons observé le phénotype ovarien de manière plus approfondie et révélé plusieurs altérations de l’expression de gènes impliqués dans les voix de trafic du cholestérol, dans la stéroidogenèse, dans l’adhérence et l’expansion du cumulus oophorus et dans l’ovulation.

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Lane Christenson, PhD (Kansas
Noncoding RNAs and Ovarian Events

Fertility control is a major health concern for premenopausal women. Research in my laboratory focuses on understanding the terminal events involved in follicular development, ovulation and luteal tissue formation. The studies have direct implications in development of a fertile healthy oocyte, contraception and disease conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and ovarian cancer.

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Blanche Capel, PhD
Systems analysis of gonadal cell differentiation

The Capel laboratory is interested in the biology of sex determination, and the basic questions it raises about how patterning decisions are made during organ development. Unlike most organs whose fate is pre-determined, the gonad arises as a bipotential primordium that can chose to follow one of two developmental pathways.

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Blanche Capel, PhD
Systems analysis of gonadal cell differentiation

The Capel laboratory is interested in the biology of sex determination, and the basic questions it raises about how patterning decisions are made during organ development. Unlike most organs whose fate is pre-determined, the gonad arises as a bipotential primordium that can chose to follow one of two developmental pathways.

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Mats Brännström, MD
Mom-to-Daughter Uterus Transplants

The main goal is to improve diagnostics, treatment and postoperative care for a number of common female health issues by performing experimental, clinical and epidemiological studies.

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Debate : Jason Hitkari, MD and Michael Dahan, MD
Debate: IVF first line treatment or last resort

Dr Jason Hitkari
Michael Dahan MD FACOG FRCSC

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Rachel Epstein
Exploring Models of Care: LGBTQ people and fertility clinics

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