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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Stock

Dr Sarah Stock is a Wellcome Trust Clinical Career Development Fellow at the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh; and a Consultant and Subspecialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She received her medical degree from Manchester University Medical School and has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Her specialist and subspecialist clinical training was undertaken in Edinburgh, with periods in Glasgow, London and Australia.

Her research focuses on preterm birth and how this can affect the long-term health of the child, as well as how to diagnose fetal inflammation, and how to optimise treatments for this issue. Her research into this leverages population health data to explore the effect of environment on pregnancy and the effect of antenatal treatments on perinatal and childhood outcomes.

She now leads data-driven research into pregnancy treatments, including the international Co_OPT collaboration, which aims to establish the effects of inappropriately timed antenatal corticosteroids in babies and children. Dr Stock is also the Chief Investigator for UK large multicentre observational cohort studies inducing QUIDS (Quantitative Fibronectin to help Decision-Making in Women with Symptoms of Preterm Labour) and CHOICE (Cervical ripening at home or in-hospital) studies.

Bruce Bekkar

Dr Bruce Bekkar, M.D. is a women’s health physician, author, and educator who has been engaged with the climate crisis since 2007. As a full-time activist since 2013, he has worked with numerous local and national United States organizations, including The Climate Reality Project, the American Lung Association, Environment America, and ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health Ambassadors Advisory Committee. A writer and frequent speaker on climate and health, Dr Bekkar has addressed the California State Senate Environment Committee, the American Meteorological Society, Genentech, Citizens Climate Lobby and the Sierra Club. He recently shared original research on the risks to pregnancy in the U.S. at national meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Lesley Regan

Prof Lesley Regan was the 30th President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG); only the second woman to ever hold this role and the first in 64 years.

Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St Mary’s Hospital campus, Imperial College London, Prof Regan is also director of Women’s Health Research Centre and co-director of the UK Pregnancy Baby Bio Bank. Prof Regan is the Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction co-chair of the People and Cultur­e Committee (Athena SWAN).

She is also a member of the RCOG Council and International Executive Board, Secretary General of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and Chair of CHARM – the Charity for Research into Miscarriage. She is also PI for the Recurrent Miscarriage Tissue Bank.

Having graduated from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London, in 1980 Lesley pursued her career at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where she first became enthused by clinical and laboratory research, completing an MD on miscarriage.

Prof Regan combines her clinical and research work on recurrent miscarriage and uterine fibroids with a passion for communicating to the wider public, writing two successful books on miscarriage and pregnancy for the general reader and presenting a series of eight BBC ‘Horizon’ documentaries. In 2015 she received an Honorary Fellowship of the American College and a Doctorate of Science from University College London for her contribution to women’s health.

Todd Ponsky

A/Prof Todd Ponsky is currently a professor of surgery at the University of Cincinnati and director of Clinical Growth and Transformation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is currently the president-elect of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG), Chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Telementoring, and holds leadership positions in APSA and SAGES.

A/Prof Ponsky was the first to perform and report single port surgery in children and modernised the methods of the laparoscopic paediatric hernia repair. He is involved in both outcomes and animal research with a focus on inguinal hernia physiology, surgical telementoring, endoscopic repair techniques for pure oesophageal atresia, and innovations in education. He founded GlobalcastMD and Stay Current in Surgery, both of which serve to modernise the way we teach and learn surgery.

He has published over 100 manuscripts, edited one textbook, and authored over 20 book chapters. He has directed over 50 American andinternational courses and has given over 160 visiting lectureships. He is the associate editor for the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, and serves on three editorial boards.
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