The Fertility Hub were delighted to host the recent virtual Women’s Health Study Day on behalf of Herts Fertility. It was a fantastic day with an excellent agenda of experts in the field sharing their knowledge with colleagues. But, don’t worry if you think you have missed out, the day was recorded and registration remains open for a further 8 weeks!
Dr. George Soulakis, Speciality Trainee, West Herts Hospital NHS Trust – Audit of fertility services.
Dr George Soulakis works as post CCT Clinical Fellow in Watford General Hospital. He has a special interest in Benign Gynaecological Surgery and Endometriosis and over the last two years is focusing in the sector of Sub fertility as a part of his clinical duties and by participating in relevant meetings. He is a member of the organising team of the Women’s Health Study Day for the past two years. He presented an audit of fertility services and three poster abstracts.
Mr. Himanshu Borase, Lead Fertility Consultant, West Herts Hospital NHS Trust – Career opportunities in Fertility, UK and International Trainees.
After graduating in 2001, Mr. Borase completed his postgraduate diploma in obstetrics and gynaecology in Mumbai, India. He came to the UK in 2005 and worked in Wales initially. Then he trained in the South West of England where he gained wide exposure in obstetrics and gynaecology, by working in different hospitals and with experienced consultants and colleagues. He has specialised in infertility over the last five years and got an opportunity to work in the largest satellite clinic in the UK, the busiest delivery suite in the South West (Gloucester) and one of the largest IVF units in the UK (Oxford). This training helped him to gain knowledge and become confident in managing patients with subfertility issues. It also increased his competency in performing various surgical procedures. He likes to scan his own patients so he has all the required information. He is proficient in hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgeries required by infertility patients. He is Lead Fertility Consultant at West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust and runs a one stop fertility assessment at Spire Harpenden. His patients find him very calm, professional and relaxed as he explains things with drawings and gives them plenty of time to discuss their individual needs. He was recently nominated for the patient’s choice award at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. His presentation focussed on career opportunities for trainees both here in the UK and internationally.
Ms. Garima Srivastava, Fertility Consultant, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 3D ultrasound in Infertility.
Ms Srivastava works as consultant Gynaecologist. She is the clinical Lead and Person Responsible for HFEA. She is the trainer for various BFS modules. Her main interests are management and leadership in health care systems. She is passionate about patient and staff experience in the NHS. Her fertility focus is on fibroids, fertility preservation and luteal phase in frozen and fresh transfers. Her presentation looked at use of ultrasound in infertility.
Prof. Geeta Nargund, Founder, Medical Director, Create IVF, London, President ISMAAR – Mild Approaches in IVF.
Professor Geeta Nargund is Founder and Medical Director, CREATE Fertility and Lead Consultant for Reproductive Medicine services at St George’s Hospital, London.
President, International Society for Mild Approaches in Assisted Reproduction (ISMAAR).
Board Member of the British Red Cross.
Board of the charity- London Emergencies Trust.
Director, Walking Egg Foundation, a Belgian Charity.
Member of the Guild of Health Writers, UK.
Founder and CEO, CREATE Health Foundation.
Awards: Woman of the Year Award for Charity and Community work by RED magazine in December 2013.
RBS Chairman’s Award, as the Asian Woman of the Year at the Asian Women of Achievement awards ceremony, 2014.
Woman of the Year at the 60th Women of the Year Anniversary Lunch by Women of the Year, 2015.
Inspirational Woman Award at the 9th Inspiration Awards, 2015.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ) Heroes by the Daily Telegraph in 2015.
Top 10 most influential Asian women in the UK by the Asian Sunday Newspaper to mark International Women’s Day, 2016.
Doctor of the Year by the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin in November 2017.
Publications: Professor Nargund has published several peer-reviewed scientific papers including abstracts and also several book chapters in the field of reproductive medicine and advanced ultrasound technology.
Special interests: She is a regular blogger on Huffington Post on Health and Lifestyle.
She introduced Fertility Education in London Secondary Schools.
Campaigner for the welfare and safety of women in IVF.
Her presentation focussed on mild approaches in IVF.
Mr. Cesar Diaz, Fertility Consultant, IVI London – PGT and PGS updates.
Mr. César Díaz García, MD, PhD, MPH is the medical director of IVI London. His scientific career has been devoted to the field of fertility preservation, with special interest on ovarian cortex transplantation, uterus transplantation, poor response in IVF and follicular activation. He previously coordinated of the Fertility Preservation Unit at La Fe University Hospital, one of the largest Fertility Preservation programs worldwide.
Dr Diaz combines his clinical duties with active research and teaching at IVI Foundation, the University of Valencia and the University College London. He is a former Associate Editor of Human Reproduction, current Associate Editor of Human Reproduction Update and ad-hoc reviewer for different journals and he has published more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters. His presentation gave insight in to PGD and PGS latest updates.
Mr. Robert Milnes, CEO, Fertility Focus – Remote screening and monitoring for sub-fertility issues and treatment with continuous core body temperature.
Robert is an expert in financing and bringing ground-breaking medical technology to market, with over 30 years’ experience in the MedTech field and 20 years in women’s health. He has taken more than 20 products to market from inception through to clinical adoption. Robert is directly responsible for business and clinical development of the Fertility Focus business, and has been directly involved in OvuSense and OvuSense Pro clinical trials, statistical analysis and publications since 2012. He is co-author of 8 peer reviewed publications into core body temperature and co-inventor of 6 OvuSense related patents.
He presented on remote screening and monitoring for sub-fertility issues and treatment with continuous core body temperature.
Dr. James Barrett, Lead Clinician, Gender Identity Clinic, London – Transgender Fertility.
Dr Barrett originally trained as a liaison psychiatrist but these days works exclusively as an adult gender healthcare consultant. He has worked in this field for 35 years and over that time assessed about 15,000 patients. He was the Editor and predominant author of the first UK textbook on this subject and more recently is co-author of Trans and Non-Binary Gender Healthcare, published earlier this year. Aside from having children, he claims no particular expertise in fertility matters!
He gave a fascinating keynote address on transgender fertility and challenges faced by transgender people.
Ms. Barbara Scott, Reflexologist – Reproductive Reflexology Methodology and Data.
Barbara Scott is Chair of The Association of Reproductive Reflexologists, founder of Seren Natural Fertility and author of Reflexology for Fertility.
In 2017, she was awarded Complementary Therapist of the Year by the Federation of Holistic Therapists and has been nominated for several awards within the field of complementary therapy. In 2019 she was awarded the Innovation in Reflexology Award by the Association of Reflexologists.
Barbara speaks and lectures globally on her integrative approach to supporting couples having difficulties conceiving. She has spoken at many of the Fertility Shows and Fertility Fest.
Alongside her own busy clinics, she also trains practitioners in providing this integrative, approach to fertility and reproductive healthcare and well-being. The Association of Reproductive Reflexologists has trained practitioners globally from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe and most areas of the UK.
Her expertise and passion is advocating a patient-centred and integrative approach to supporting both men and women on their journey to parenthood.
Barbara presented on the latest reproductive reflexology methodology and data.
Mr. Raj Mathur, Fertility Consultant, St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – PCOS and OHSS updates.
Mr. Raj Mathur is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Manchester University NHS Trust. He has a long-standing research interest in Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). He is the lead author of the current Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology and British Fertility Society (BFS) guidelines on OHSS. Mr. Mathur is an External Advisor to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee. He is Chair-Elect of the BFS.
He will present on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and OHSS. PCOS is the commonest cause of anovulation. Sub fertile couples where the woman has an ovulation due to PCOS should be fully evaluated to plan treatment. Lifestyle advice, including weight management through a combination of calorie restriction and exercise is an effective way of improving fertility, but requires support and resources to empower patients. Clomifene is the most commonly used first line ovulation induction agent, but meta-analysis evidence supports the use of Letrolozole in reference to Clomifene. In women receiving clomifene, Metformin is associated with a shorter time to conception. If first line medical treatment fails, both laparoscopic ovarian diathermy and gonadotropin ovulation induction have similar efficacy. However, ovarian diathermy is more invasive, while gonadotropin administration carries a risk of multiple pregnancy and hyperstimulation.
Ovarian Hyperstimulaion Syndrome (OHSS) is an iatrogenic condition arising from inflammatory mediators produced by ovaries in response to FSH stimulation followed by HCG action. It is characterised by ovarian enlargement and fluid shift out of the vascular system and into the third space. Even in modern fertility practice, where GnRH antagonist regimes are predominantly used, OHSS remains a risk with a typical incidence of 1.6%. Preventative measures include GnRH antagonist regime, lower starting dose of FSH, agonist trigger and elective freeze-all of embryos. Management of OHSS focuses on establishing the correct diagnosis, providing pain relief, encouraging oral intake guided by thirst, thrombo-prophylaxis and drainage of ascites. Evidence suggests that earlier drainage of ascites is associated with a more rapid resolution of OHSS, and the STOP OHSS trailing the UK is examining whether this can be integrated into UK practice.
Mr. Mathur gave an excellent update on PCOS and OHSS.
Ms. Saghar Kasiri, Cryos, Denmark – Gamete Donation updates.
Saghar Kasiri, BSc, MSc, RC Path Diploma, MBA who is Director of European Operations ay Cryos International. Saghar is a Healthcare professional with an Executive MBA with Distinction from Cass Business School. Her background is in Clinical Embryology and Fetal Medicine. She has a track record of combining medical and scientific knowledge with commercial expertise. Saghar has managed departments both in the NHS and private sectors. She has received the Business Woman of the Year Award for providing an insight into the transformation of UK healthcare management.
Her background speciality is in Clinical Embryology and she has an MSc in Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis & Fetal Medicine with over 25 years’ experience working in the fertility field. She has advanced presentation skills obtained via high profile media appearances on TV, magazine and internet. She has provided expert opinion as a fertility specialist on current topics at the BBC World Service and in a Channel 5 News. Saghar has regularly presented on fertility issues for the past 9 years on Monoto TV. With over 150 episodes under her belt, this TV programme is viewed by over 20 million viewers worldwide.
Saghar gave an update on gamete donation at the online seminar.
Please click here to register. Places cost £50 for GPs and Consultants. £25 for fertility nurses, embryologists and other assisted reproduction professionals.