|Dr Chris Cassady
Texas Children’s Hospital, USADr. Cassady is Chief of Fetal Imaging and of Interventional Radiology for the Edward B. Singleton Department of Pediatric Radiology at Texas Children’s Hospital, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. His training has been at UCLA, UC Irvine and the University of Washington, after which he was on the faculties of the Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, and the Lucile B. Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University before starting the Fetal Imaging program at Texas Children’s Hospital in 2001. He currently chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Radiology, and the Fetal Imaging Committee for the Society of Pediatric Radiology.
Univesité Claude Bernard, Lyon, FranceLaurent Guibaud is the Professor of Radiology at the Univesité Claude Bernard, Lyon, France. He is the Head of Fetal Imaging in the Department of Pediatric and Fetal Imaging at the Hopital Femme Mère Enfant in Lyon. He spent some time as a trainee in Canada, including periods as a research fellow in Montreal at Sainte Justine Hospital and McGill University. Professor Guibaud has published widely on a range of issues related to fetal imaging using both ultrasound and MRI. He is particularly well recognised for his work related to imaging of the fetal central nervous system.
|Prof Jo-Ann Johnson
Foothills Medical Centre, Calgar, CanadaJo-Ann Johnson MD is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and head of the Section of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Calgary. Her main areas of clinical interest are obstetric ultrasound and prenatal genetic screening and diagnosis. Her current research interests are in the evaluation of the role of cfDNA in prenatal diagnosis, and new biochemical markers in early pregnancy for prediction of aneuploidy and adverse pregnancy outcome.
|Dr Gregor Kasprian
Medical University of Vienna, AustriaGregor Kasprian is Chief Resident of the Department of Radiology, University of Vienna. He has completed residency training in Neurology and Radiology and is well recognised for his contribution to both research and the clinical development of Fetal MRI. Gregor has been involved in the Biannual Fetal MR meeting held in Vienna since its inception. He has published widely in this field and has played a key role in helping many European and Asian centres establish their Fetal MR service.
|Prof Wes Lee
Baylor College of Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, USA
Wesley Lee, M.D. is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Lee serves as Section Chief for Women’s and Fetal Imaging and a Co-Director of the Fetal Center at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. His medical degree was from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, and his OBGYN residency was completed at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Additional training included a Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Lee has authored over 137 peer-reviewed articles and 20 book chapters pertaining to maternal-fetal medicine, prenatal detection of congenital anomalies, 3D/4D fetal ultrasonography, and fetal magnetic resonance imaging. He is an Associate Investigator with the Perinatology Research Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and was also a Scientific Advisor to the World Health Organization. He has chaired Task Force committees regarding the development of practice guidelines for prenatal ultrasonography on behalf of organizations such as the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Other activities have included Chair, Clinical Standards Committee at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (2006-2010), Deputy Editor of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, and co-editor of a textbook, Sonography in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Principles and Practice, 7th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2011.
|Prof Sylvie Langlois
University of British Columbia, Canada
|Associate Professor Ricardo Palma-Dias
Royal Hospital for Women, Melbourne, AustraliaRicardo Palma-Dias is an obstetrician-gynaecologist with special interest in prenatal diagnosis and fetal medicine. He qualified as a subspecialist in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound in Brazil, where he also completed a MSc and a PhD in the area. Ricardo has worked with the Fetal Medicine Foundation (UK) in different research projects involving ultrasound in pregnancy and is a holder of their Diploma in Fetal Medicine. He is currently and Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne and head of the Fetal Medicine Unit at the Royal Women’s Hospital, one of the leading centres for fetal MRI in Australia. His main areas of interest and research involvement are fetal central nervous system anomalies, the role of MRI in prenatal diagnosis and the use of ultrasound in the prediction and prevention of prematurity.
|Prof Daniela Prayer
Medical University of Vienna, AustriaDaniela Prayer is Professor of the Department of Radiology, University of Vienna. She has completed residency programs in Neurology and Psychiatry then Diagnostic Radiology before specialising in Paediatric Neuroradiology. She has extensive clinical experience in Fetal MR and is widely recognised as one of leading experts in this rapidly developing field. Her research interests are wide ranging and include a focus on epilepsy, brain tumors, degenerative diseases and diffusion-tensor imaging (i.e. measurement of the diffusion of water molecules in the body tissue by using MRI) of peripheral nerves. Daniela is the driving force behind the Biannual Fetal MR meeting held in Vienna, recognised as the major international meeting for specialists in this field. She is the Editor of the recently published book ‘Fetal MRI’ which is recognised as being one of the seminal reference texts for this field. One critique described this as ‘providing a practical hands-on approach to the use of state of the art MRI techniques and the optimization of sequences’.
|Dr Vivienne Souter
|Dr Renato Ximenes