The International IVF Initiative - i3


International IVF Initiative



Tuesday 14th September, 2021. 3PM EST/ 8PM GMT / 9PM CET

Episode III of RBMO's Webinar series.
The journal published by scientists and clinicians working in the fields of human reproduction, embryology and research-always online but now......LIVE!
Please join us for interviews, discussion, and showcase articles!

Moderators: Prof. Bart Fauser & Prof. Nick Macklon

Speed Sessions:

Donor-Conceived Adults' Motivations for Seeking Information About, and Contact with, Sperm Donors
Ms. Caitlin M. Macmillan

‘Luckily, I Don't Believe in Statistics’: Survey of Women's Understanding of Chance of Success with Futile Fertility Treatments
Prof. Talya Miron-Shatz

Futures and Fears in the Freezer: Danish Women’s Experiences with Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation and Transplantation.
Dr. Anna Sofie Bach

Discussion /Debate:

Autonomy and Decision Making
Prof. Guido Pennings, Prof. Jacky Boivin, Prof. Nick Macklon & Prof. Bart Fauser
discussing "Elective egg freezing and women's emancipation"

CAITLIN M. MacMillan 

Caitlin Macmillan was awarded a BA in Psychology at Deakin University, and Mres at Macquarie University in Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (Australia). She is currently working on her PhD investigating family relationships, parenting and offspring adjustment among various family forms in families with adult children.


Prof. Miron-Shatz has a PhD in psychology. She specializes in medical decision making, with over 60 academic publications on the topic, along with vast industry experience as a consultant to pharmaceutical companies, health advertisers, digital health, and corporates.
Prof. Miron-Shatz did her post-doc with Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman at Princeton University, and taught at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. She is currently full professor at the Ono Academic College, and visiting researcher at the University of Cambridge.
Her book: ‘Your Life Depends On It: What You Can Do to Make Better Choices about Your Health’ is launching this month (Basic Books, Hachette). It is a must-read for doctors, patients, and health systems.


Anna Sofie Bach is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Culture and Learning at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Copenhagen. Her work on ovarian tissue freezing is part of the interdisciplinary project Ice Age: Entangled Lives, Times, and Ethics of Fertility Preservation funded by The Independent Research Fund Denmark


Guido Pennings is a full professor of ethics and bioethics at Ghent University (Belgium) where he is also the director of the Bioethics Institute Ghent (BIG).
He has published extensively on ethical problems associated with medically assisted reproduction and genetics.
- past coordinator of the Special Interest Group on Ethics and Law of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE),
- member of the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics in Belgium
- chair of the Federal Commission on Medical and Scientific Research on Embryos in vitro
- advisor to the World Health Organisation (WHO).


Jacky Boivin is Professor of Health Psychology and Practitioner Health Psychologist (School of Psychology, Cardiff University). She has played a major role in psychosocial research and clinical developments in the fields of fertility, infertility and reproductive technologies. She has led many international projects, published extensively and produced many tools to support the care of people with fertility problems and barriers to family building. She is on the executive committee of the British Fertility Society, editorial board of RBM-Online and Human Reproduction-Open, advisor on the World Health Organisation Guidelines for Infertility Development Group. Her current research is focused on prevention of infertility, [in]fertility awareness, planning fertility futures, digital support, and global fertility health. .


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.


Bart CJM Fauser, MD, PhD, FRCOG, is a gynaecologist, Professor Em. of Reproductive Medicine, former Head of the Department for Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecology and former Chair of the Division of Woman & Baby at the University of Utrecht and the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.
He is a Fellow ad Eundum of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG), Honorary member of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), executive Board member and scientific director of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS), international member of the (US) National Academy of Medicine, Editor in Chief of Reproductive Biomedicine Online (RBMO), Night in the order of the Netherlands Lion, past member of the board of the Dutch Medical Research Counsel (ZonMW), and past Editor in Chief of Human reproduction Update.
He previously held posts as a Fulbright scholar at the University of California, San Diego; visiting professorships at Stanford University School of Medicine (California, USA), Free University (Brussels, Belgium), University of Siena (Italy), University of Southampton (UK), and the University of Adelaide (Australia). He was a past chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) steering committee for infertility guidelines.
His major research interests include the pathophysiology of human ovarian function (including PCOS, and POI), ovarian stimulation, IVF and women’s health (including contraception, menopause and healthy aging). He has published close to 500 peer-reviewed articles (Hirsch factor > 100), is one of the most cited authors in reproductive medicine and his work has been widely covered in the national and international lay press.

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