The International IVF Initiative - i3

Session 30: Secrets of Implantation

International IVF Initiative

Session 30: Secrets of Implantation

Session 30: Secrets of Implantation


Moderators: Dr. Colin Howles & Giles Palmer

Implantation - the final challenge in a complex treatment process
Dr. Juan Garcia Velasco, Spain

Zooming in on the most Fantastic Voyage
Dr. Yorgos Nikas, Greece

Is the Endometrium the new Embryo?
Professor Nick Macklon, UK


Dr. Juan García-Velasco

Dr. Juan García-Velasco

Juan García-Velasco, MD, PhD, is Director of IVI Madrid. He is also Full Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain, where he is Director of their Master’s Degree Programme in Human Reproduction.

Professor García-Velasco graduated from University Medical School, Madrid, in 1990 and received his obstetrics and gynaecology certification from La Paz Hospital, Madrid, in 1995. He completed his PhD in Medicine at Autonoma University, Madrid, in 1995, and from 1997 to 1998 studied at Yale University, New Haven, CT, under a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship.

Professor García-Velasco’s main research interests have been in IVF and endometriosis. He is the Principal Investigator of projects funded by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health in Spain, and has received awards from the Spanish Fertility Society, Spanish Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. He has published over 190 peer-reviewed articles and 28 book chapters on human reproduction, and edited 5 books. He is the Co-Editor of the journal Reproductive Biomedicine Online

Dr. Yorgos Nikas

Dr. Yorgos Nikas

Dr. Yorgos Nikas, born in Athens, Greece, attained his medical degree and specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Athens University. He then did research on human reproduction for ten years at Le Kremlin Bicetre in Paris, Imperial College in London
and Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.

Currently he is Scientific Director of the "Athens Innovative Microscopy" and top expert in electron microscopy. His studies on pinopodes and uterine receptivity are of international reputation and his imagery appears in numerous scientific magazines
and press worldwide.

Professor Nick Macklon

Professor Nick Macklon

Professor Macklon is Group Medical Director of London Women Clinic in the UK, and Professor at Zealand University Hospital, Denmark. After training in Edinburgh, he pursued his academic career in The Netherlands, becoming Professor and Departmental Chair at the University Hospital Utrecht in 2005. In 2009 he was appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Southampton where he co-founded the Complete Fertility Centre. In 2016 he was appointed Professor at the University of Copenhagen.
He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers, has been Associate Editor of Human Reproduction, Human reproduction Update and Reproduction and until recently was a member of the ESHRE Executive Committee. He is currently an Editor of RBMO Online.

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