Jan 31, 2018

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Silja Ástþórsdóttir is CEO of The Endometriosis Association of Iceland. Earlier she was chairman of the board for six years. In co-operation with the association's board, she organized the first endometriosis conference in Iceland in 2012, Iceland's participation in the Million Women March for Endometriosis 2014, the association's ten year's anniversary event in 2016, a forum about endometriosis in 2017 as well as the association's yearly awareness week and participation in the Reykjavík marathon. As chairman, she has emphasized raising awareness about endometriosis. She has pushed for a multi-disciplinary approach to treating women with endometriosis and the establishing of a formal endometriosis center in Iceland. Silja strives for the association's main objective, which is to assist women with endometriosis. Silja has published numerous articles about endometriosis in Icelandic media and been interviewed repeatedly on the subject. She did a lecture at the AAGL Global Endometriosis Summit, in Reykjavík 2017.

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Tórur Dalsgaard, MD, Ph D 
Certified expert in endometriosis, advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery. Consultant in the Endometriosis team at Rigshospitalets Endometriosis Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark. Main research interests are endometriosis, minimally invasive surgery, ergonomics and simulation based training


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Aisha de Graaff
After graduating in 2005 from the University of Leiden, Aisha de Graaff worked for two years as a physician in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In 2007, she moved to the Maastricht University Medical Centre, to work as an IVF-doctor and commence work for her PhD thesis. In 2011 started as a resident in obstetrics and gynecology since 2016 she works as a resident in the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, in Amsterdam. In December 2016 she graduated at the University of Maastricht on her thesis ‘Endometriosis; genetics, imaging, quality of life’.  The clinical part of her  thesis focus on the effect of endometriosis on quality of life and sexual functioning. In 2014 she won the ‘Rodolphe Maheux Award’ for best clinical abstract during the World Congress on Endometriosis in Sao Paulo.

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Jon Ivar Einarsson, MD PhD MPH, Director of the Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School.

The MIGS Division is a referral practice for challenging surgical cases that otherwise may not be considered candidates for minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Einarsson has lectured and operated extensively nationally and internationally. He was published over 100 articles and book chapters and is the editor of a textbook entitled Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery: Evidence-Based Laparoscopic, Hysteroscopic and Robotic Surgeries. He is also a surgical innovator and a holder of 10 patents for medical devices. Dr. Einarsson is the immediate past President of the AAGL.

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Jens Fedder graduated from University of Aarhus in 1987. In 1986 he was MSc with a thesis in Reproductive Immunology (H-Y antigen and anti-H-Y antibodies), and in 1996 he defended his PhD thesis on non-sperm cells in human semen. In 1997 he became a specialist in gynaecology and obstetrics. He has been a consultant since 2000 and associate professor from 2003. From 2011 he has been full professor in Human Reproduction at Odense University Hospital / University of Southern Denmark. Since 1999 he has focused on all aspects of azoospermia, and he has published almost 100 peer-reviewed papers.


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Axel Forman is professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aarhus University Hospital, president-elect in the International Society of Neuropelveology, ambassador for the World Endometriosis Society and board member of the Danish Endometriosis Association. His focus areas comprise all aspects of endometriosis, general gynecology, complex pain conditions and neuromodulation for senso-motor rehabilitation in spinal cord injury.


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Reynir Geirsson-foto

Reynir T. Geirsson is professor emeritus and former Chief Editor of AOGS (Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand). I trained as an obstetrician-gynecologist first in Iceland and was then 8 years in the UK, in Glasgow, London, Dundee and finally Edinburgh. In 1994 I became professor and chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Landspitali University Hospital and University of Iceland in Reykjavik, Iceland, and held that position until 2014, when I retired. I am though still active in several ways, such as in the national bioethics committee and chairing work on specialist education in Iceland. My research interests were in obstetrics and prenatal screening, later in hypertension in pregnancy and in endometriosis, where I have been involved in genetic and epidemiological research.

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Annamaria Giraldi, Professor,  Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Professor Annamaria Giraldi is Senior Consultant in Psychiatry in the Sexological Clinic at Psychiatric Center Copenhagen and Professor of Clinical Sexology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where she also received her medical degree and PhD.

Professor Giraldi has been involved in the field of sexual medicine for many years, educating medical students, nurses, physicians and psychologists in sexual medicine.

Professor Giraldi has been involved in basic research on vascular and smooth muscle function in male and female sexual responses, clinical research on the pharmacological treatment of erectile dysfunction and female sexual desire and arousal disorders as well as in research on somatic disease, psychiatric problems and sexuality.

Clinically Professor Giraldi works with men, women and couples with sexual dysfunctions as well with transgender care.

Professor Giraldi has published more than 100 papers, editorials and book chapters in the field of male and female sexual medicine. She is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and has served as an Associate Editor for Sexual and Relationship Therapy and Sexual Medicine Among her many professional affiliations, Professor Giraldi was previously President of both the Scandinavian Society for Sexual Medicine and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, where she has also served on the Board and Scientific Committee. In addition, she was Chair of the subcommittee on Female Sexual Health for the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM), where she now sits on the faculty panel for the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine. Professor Giraldi is President Elect of the International Society for Sexual Medicine.


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Foto-Päivi Härkki

Päivi Härkki, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland

She is working on benign gynecological surgery and she has been accreditated with advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery by AAGL. Her main interest nowadays is medical and surgical treatment of endometriosis. Her scientific work is focused in addition on hysterectomies, fibroids, laparoscopic surgery and training.

She is a Past President of the Finnish Society for Gynecological Surgery which organizes annual congresses for Finnish doctors and nurses.  She is also a President of the Nordic Society on Gynecological Endoscopy. 

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Hjörtur Haraldsson, senior registrar at Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sydvestjysk Sygehus – Esbjerg.

Previous experience:
Experienced clinician with work in Iceland, Denmark and Norway.
Currently a 5th year resident in obstetrics and gynecology in the Region of Southern Denmark.
Clinical experience within general surgery, anesthesiology and family medicine.
Worked as a locum tenens physician within emergency medicine, internal medicine, orthopedics, neurology and psychiatry.

Areas of interest: 
Operative gynecology with a focus on endoscopic surgery.
Global promotion of women’s welfare and equality.


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Grigorios Karampas-foto

Doctor Grigorios A. Karampas works since 2014 as consultant in the “Department of Benign Gynecology” at Skåne University Hospital in southern Sweden and as lecturer of “Biostatistics and Research Appreciation” in Aegean College in Athens. He was born in Athens (Greece) and graduated from the “Medical School of Athens” in 2005. He fulfilled his specialisation in Obstetrics & Gynecology in Athens. He has a Master Degree in “Research in Female Reproduction” and a Doctorate Diploma in the field of “High Risk Pregnancy”. He is sub-specialised in “Minimal Invasive Gynecological Surgery” and certified by the European Society of Gynecological Endoscopy (ESGE) at the level of “Minimal Invasive Gynecological Surgeon”. Finally, he works as main researcher in the post-doc research protocol “Biomarkers with predictive value for severe preeclampsia – eclampsia” at Skåne University Hospital and as research assistant at the “Department of Gynecology” in Odense University Hospital (OUH). 


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Jacob Brink Laursen-photo

My name is Jacob Brink Laursen. I am a senior resident in department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Hvidovre Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.
My main interests and research areas are endometriosis, laparoscopic training and minimally invasive surgery.

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Edvard Marinovskij, MD

Edvard Marinovskij is a diagnostic radiologist with a 12-year career at the MR Centre, Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, Denmark. 

Edvards fascination of radiology is due to fact that he appreciates to have  knowledge within all areas of medicine:  internal, OB/GYN, pediatrics, orthopedics, neurology, trauma, infectious disease, etc. He finds it important and significant to play a critical, pivotal role in the delivery of excellent patient care.

His present focus is in MRI of Gynecology and Prostate.

Edvard Marinovskij has authored and co-authored 11 papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals. He lectures regularly in seminars for medical radiology residents - and has made presentations at scientific conferences. He pursues his research and publication activity at the  MR Centre, Aarhus University Hospital.
Edvard Marinovskij can be contacted at

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Christiab Moberg-foto

Christian Moberg is a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology and co-founder of the Endometriosis
Centre at Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden. His main clinical interest is in laparoscopic
gynaecological surgery, including robotic surgery, and endometriosis. He wrote his thesis on the human
endometrium with aspects on angiogenesis and endometriosis and continues to do research within the
same field.

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Matts Olovsson, Professor, Sweden


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Hans Kristian Opøien-foro

Hans Kristian Opøien
is a MD with PhD in endometriosis and reproductive medicine from the University of Oslo, Norway. Beside his research, he has a dual background in reproductive surgery and IVF, and has a special interest in the selection of patients to reproductive surgery.

Hans Kristian Opøien is currently working as a consultant at the Women´s clinic at Akershus University Hospital.

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Signe Perlman, Consultant, MD, Ph.d., Gynækologisk Klinik, Afsnit 4232, Rigshospitalet, Denmark


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Karin Bruun Plesner-foto

Karin Bruun Plesner, Consultant, Anesthesiologically Department, OUH Odense University Hospital, Denmark

Specialist in general medicine since 2006.
Have been working full time at different tertiary pain clinics since 2012.
Since 2014 consultant at Pain Centre South, Odense University Hospital.
Nordic Diploma in Advanced Pain Medicine in 2014 (SSAI).
Have been engaged in pain research since 2014. Special interest in chronic widespread pain, fibromyalgia and low dose naltrexone (LDN).


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Photo-Liisu Saavalainen

Liisu Saavalainen, MD, Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.
Special interest in benign gynecology, urogynecology.
Research on endometriosis. 

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Mikkel Seyer-Hansen-Photo

Mikkel Seyer-Hansen, MD, PhD, Ass. Professor.
Certified expert in advanced endometriosis, emplyoyed at the endometriosis clinic at Aarhus University Hospital. Main research interests are surgical training and endometriosis, especially focussing on transvaginal ultrasound of advanced endometriosis, surgical treatment of bowel-endometriosis and the influence of surgery on the fertility chance of women with endometriosis.


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Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir, Dr is a Project leader in the Department of Population Genomics, at the biotechnology company deCODE genetics in Iceland. With background in biology, she has 20 years’ experience in studying the effect of genetic variations on human diseases. Her main interests include metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and obesity and female reproductive disorders, including preeclampsia and endometriosis. 


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Line Holdgaard Thomsen - speaker

Line Holdgaard Thomsen, M.D.
Trainee Doctor in Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby and Horsens Regional Hospital.
Future Ph.D.-student at Odense University Hospital in endometriosis and ovarian cancer. Main Supervisor Jan Blaakær, DMSc, M.D. 

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Outi Uimari, MD, PhD, Clinical Lecturer, University of Oulu, Finland

Outi Uimari works as a Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Oulu, Finland. Her research focuses on two common gynaecological conditions endometriosis and uterine fibroids using classical and genetic epidemiological methodology. Outi works as a part time clinician at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and she is a contributing member of the multidisciplinary endometriosis team at the Oulu University Hospital. She also works as a visiting scientist for the Oxford Endometriosis CaRe Centre under the supervision of Professors Krina Zondervan and Christian Becker. Previously Outi held a clinical research fellow’s post in Oxford during years 2013 and 2016. Outi is establishing her own research group at Oulu University.


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Krina Zondervan-redigeret

Krina Zondervan, MSc  DPhil, Professor of Reproductive & Genomic Epidemiology, Co-Director, Oxford Endometriosis CaRe centre

Krina Zondervan is Professor of Reproductive and Genomic Epidemiology; Co-director of the Oxford Endometriosis CaRe Centre; and Deputy Head of Department at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Oxford. For over 20 years, her research has focused on understanding the causes of women’s health conditions through genomic and epidemiological (large population-based) approaches, in order to inform improved diagnostic and treatment options. Her work focuses in particular on endometriosis and associated symptoms and comorbidities. She leads a number of global collaborative initiatives in the field of endometriosis research including large-scale studies that have identified genetic variants involved in its development; and the World Endometriosis Research Foundation EPHect initiative that has standardised data and biological sample collection in endometriosis research globally. Krina has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, and in 2013 was recognised as Outstanding Female Scientist (AcademiaNet, Wellcome Trust nomination).


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