Medical and Scientific background
11.06.20 – 13.06.20
Abstract submission deadline
01.12.19 – 01.04.20
Focus of the conference
The topics of the conference on Maternal Hemodynamics are relate to the maternal health during pregnancy and to the relation between obstetric characteristics and remote maternal CV health in order to:
1. understand the interplay of placental characteristics, cardiovascular function, and hemodynamics in developing PE, HELLP-syndrome, gestational hypertension and fetal growth restriction.
2. to predict at early stage in pregnancy these pregnancy complications based on the development, interpretation and implementation of circulatory and biochemical assessment care in order to improve preventive measures
3. to develop novel ways to normalize or improve hemodynamic function or lower vascular strain before and during disease to preserve maternal condition and lower maternal disseminated disease and adverse offspring health consequences.
4. to understand the interplay between obstetric characteristics and cardiovascular function in relation to up to 8 times increased risk for CVD in these women.
5. to position pregnancy as sex specific, women sensitive cardiovascular stress test that will, if valued appropriately, change the remote cardiovascular health prognosis of women in the near future vitally.
The 4th edition of the congress follows the successful format of partying established and new researchers researches from Europe and other countries, to present the true international nature of the event. We have planned a very extensive and stimulating program on the 11-13th of June including keynote presentations and invited internationally acclaimed lecturers in the field of obstetrics, vascular medicine and cardiology.
Free communications and poster presentations continue to be a key feature of the program content and we have allowed time to encourage interactions and discussions of all of these presentations. During the congress lunch breaks, there will be ime to visit the poster presentations and get in touch with the medical companies and institutes that are sponsoring our event. Based on previous events We are expecting more than 250 participants to attend this congress.
Maastricht, the Netherlands
Marc Spaanderman, MD PhD, is chairs the department of Obstetrics in Maastricht University Medical Center MUMC. For over 20 years his research group focuses on maternal health and the capacity to balance cardiovascular stress before, during and after pregnancy. Care and His studies are structured around this topic in order to personalize treatments to prevent future health problems during pregnancy and after delivery. Ways to improve patient empowerment and participation in individuals’ care are central themes in promoting the health department programs. As initiator and president of the Limburg Obstetric Consortium, which is an obstetric-midwifery-maternity care and neonatology collaboration, he stands for a structured and consistent transparent care for pregnant women.
Maastricht, the Netherlands
Chahinda Ghossein-Doha is a medical doctor with experience in both Obstetrics and Cardiology. She graduated from Maastricht University as a medical doctor in 2010 and she obtained her PhD in 2015 in “Cardiac Adaptation During and after Hypertensive Gestation” for which she received the prestigious “Mosaic Fellowship” from the NWO in the Netherlands. In the last 5 years she has received twice the “Kootstra Talent Fellowship” for talented researchers, the first time was in 2010 as a PhD student and again in 2016 as a postdocm along with several other prizes and funds. Besides her clinical residency in cardiology, she is currently actively involved in the multidisciplinary and translational research line in Maastricht university on women specific cardiovascular diseases combining her knowledge from the field of obstetrics with her knowledge in ardiology.
London, United Kingdom
Christoph Lees is an Obstetrician and Fetal-Maternal Medicine subspecialist, Consultant Obstetrician and Head of Fetal Medicine at Imperial College Hospitals NHS Trust, London. Clinical Reader, Imperial College London and Visiting Professor, KU Leuven, Belgium. His research focus is on pre-eclampsia, cardiovascular adaptation, Doppler, intra-uterine growth restriction, intra uterine behavior and non-invasive fetal surgery. He is the Chief Investigator for the multi-center European TRUFFLE Study, co-founder of the International Working Group of Maternal Haemodynamics and Board Member, International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG)
Wilfried Gyselaers is a consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Ziekenhuis Oost Limburg, Genk Belgium, where in 1998 he founded the units for Obstetric Ultrasound Scanning and for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He became an Associate Professor in Physiology at Hasselt University, Belgium in 2008, where he is still running the Obstetric Research Program on Maternal Venous Hemodynamics. Together with Christoph Lees, they are the driving force behind the organisation of the International Congresses on Maternal Hemodynamics in Hasselt (2014), Rome (2016) and now in Cambridge.
Associate professor of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Tor Vergata University Rome Italy – Director of the Unit of Obstetrics and Gynecology Policlinico Casilino Rome Italy
Main subject of research: Maternal fetal medicine, intrauterine environment and fetal health, fetal growth, hypertension in pregnancy, maternal cardiac function in normal and pathological pregnancy, treatment of hypertension.
- Published more than 120 articles on national and international journals.
- Published several books on cardiotocography, fetal surveillance in labor, Obstetrical risk, Medical therapy in pregnancy.
- Member of the ethical committee of the Fatebenefratelli Hospital in Rome
- Was General secretary of Italian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2011-2013
- Member of International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy
Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Dr. Ralph Scholten currently works as a clinical fellow “Maternal and Fetal Medicine” at the Mount Sinai Hospital/ Sick Kids Hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, in Toronto Canada. He completed his clinical training at the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He successfully defended his PhD thesis “Hemodynamics in women with a history of preeclampsia” under the supervision of Marc Spaandermanm in 2016.
London, United Kingdom
Basky Thilaganathan was appointed Professor of Fetal Medicine at St George’s, University of London in 2008. Before that, he was appointed as Director of Fetal Medicine at St George’s Hospital in 1999. His research interests are focused on Maternal-Fetal medicine, with a particular interest on fetal growth, placental function, preeclampsia and cardiac function (TED talk: http://bit.ly/2i1SqDk).
He completed his postgraduate training at King’s College London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals, culminating in his Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) (1995), MD in Fetal Medicine (1996) and Certificate of Completion of Training (1998). He undertook his undergraduate training at King’s College London, where he obtained a BSc in Genetic Engineering (1995) and MBBS (1988). He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG) and an Honorary Doctorate (PhD) from Uppsala University in 2007.
He has authored two undergraduate and five postgraduate text books in obstetrics and fetal medicine. He is the lead trainer for the Maternal-Fetal medicine sub-speciality training programme at St George’s Hospital and Editor-in Chief of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the medical journal affiliated to ISUOG. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications in indexed journals. He is a Council Member on the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG), member of the National screening Committee and also the Clinical Lead for the the first dedicated high-throughput NIPT lab in the UK NHS to undertake cfDNA aneuploidy screening in pregnancy (www.theSAFEtest.co.uk).
Joris van Drongelen
Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Joris van Drongelen started his PhD project in the field of vascular adaptation in pregnancy and relaxin, which he completed in 2014. In 2011 he became a specialist in Gynecology working at Radboutumc where he is responsible for the outpatient clinic of Obstetrics. His fields of interest are: hypertensive disease in pregnancy, premature birth, and prenatal diagnostics and theraphy.
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Dr. Johannes J. (Hans) Duvekot is a consultant in obstetrics and perinatology at the Erasmus MC, University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. All through his clinical career, which started in 1984, he dedicated himself to the study of maternal hemodynamics and related disturbances like preeclampsia. During his residency at the University Hospital of Maastricht, he wrote his thesis on early changes in maternal hemodynamics and volume homeostasis. He participated in the Magpie trial that formed a milestone in prevention of eclampsia. Since 2003 he is working at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, where he is involved in clinical studies on maternal hemodynamics, postpartum hemorrhage and preeclampsia and the long-term effects of this disease on women. He published over 180 scientific articles and over 15 book chapters.
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Dr. Jérôme Cornette is a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
He graduated as an M.D. in 1999 and followed his specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University Hospital of Antwerp (UZA), the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and at the St-Augustinus Ziekenhuis in Antwerp, Belgium.
From 2004 to 2006 he completed a subspecialty training in perinatal medicine (maternal and fetal medicine) at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Where he is still working there as a consultant with special interest in obstetric critical care, maternal hemodynamics, congenital cardiology and prenatal diagnosis (fetal echocardiography). He completed his PhD on Hemodynamic Profiling in Complicated Pregnancies at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. His main research topics are hemodynamics in pregnancy, cardiac problems in pregnancy, pre-eclampsia and obstetric emergency training.
Obtained Master in Perinatal Medicine in 1985; in 1999 became Associated professor, and since 2007 he is appointed as a full-time professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In 2008, he moved to chair the Buzzi Maternity Hospital in Milan. Since November 2017, he chairs the largest Obstetric-MFM Centre in Italy, the Mangiagalli High risk maternity at the University of Milan.
His main areas of research focus on diagnostic ultrasound and maternal fetal medicine. My h-index and i10-index are 49 and 121 respectively, for 7600 citations. He is a founding member of the IWGMH and his present studies add genuine evidence that maternal hemodynamic studies in hypertensive disorders challenge the common temporal classification of preeclampsia and move toward an appropriate pathophysiological classification of this syndrome.