South African Society for Ultrasound
in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Congress 2015

Invited International Faculty

Prof Lindsey Allan
King's College Hospital (UK)

Dr Allan is a medical graduate of Glasgow University, qualifying in 1969. She became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1972. She became interested in prenatal diagnosis during a research year in genetics, which led to an interest in ultrasound of the fetus towards the end of the 70s while training at Guy's Hospital in Paediatric Cardiology. As this was just the moment when a moving image became possible in technical terms on ultrasound, she was one of the early investigators in fetal cardiology, authoring one of the first publications in this field in 1980.
Technical advances have allowed examination of the fetal heart to become more sophisticated over the years, such that there is now a high degree of accuracy of diagnosis, from as early as 12 weeks of gestation. Extending the ability of heart
examination to general ultrasound practitioners rather than specialists, has led to the concept of screening the general obstetric population for congenital heart malformations. As a result, most major heart conditions can now be diagnosed before birth, and are in most developed countries. This can allow appropriate management of the pregnancy, delivery and immediate neonatal care of the affected child.
Dr Allan worked at Guy's Hospital between 1980 and 1993, becoming Professor of Fetal Cardiology in 1992. She subsequently worked in New York at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital between 1993 and 2000 and in London again at King's College
Hospital between 2001 and 2013 when she retired.
Prof Eduard Gratacòs
Hospital Clinic of Barcelona (Spain)
Eduard Gratacós is Director of BCNatal, a referral centre in Maternal-Fetal medicine, and Professor at the University of Barcelona. Member of the Board and Scientific Chair of ISUOG (2006-2014). Member of Eurofoetus, the pioneering group in fetal surgery in Europe, he participated in the design of fetal treatments currently used, and has an experience of over 16 years and +1600 interventions in fetal surgery. Scientific reviewer of the European Commission as well as several national research systems in Europe. Editor-in-chief of Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy. Director of the Erasmus Mundus European Doctorate in Fetal Medicine (Barcelona, Leuven, Lund), coordinator of four European Projects, Director of 24 doctoral theses, he has
published over 320 peer-reviewed papers.
Prof Kypros Nicolaides
Fetal medicine Foundation, King's College Hospital (UK)

Professor Nicolaides is Professor of Fetal Medicine at King's College, London, Director of the Fetal Medicine Centre and Founder and Chairman of the Fetal Medicine Foundation (1995). The Foundation is a charity which promotes research into the leading causes of perinatal mortality as well as training in Fetal Medicine throughout the World.
Prof Nicolaides introduced new methods of fetal therapy (including transfusions, shunts and endoscopy) and described new methods of screening for fetal abnormalities (including spina bifida and Down's syndrome) which are now the accepted methods of screening throughout the world. He also introduced a new approach for early screening for pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia, preterm delivery, gestational diabetes, miscarriage and stillbirth, macrosomia and fetal growth restriction.
Prof Nicolaides published 1,238 peer-review papers in Scientific Journals, edited several books and introduced internet based courses for health care professionals and patients in 20 languages. He provided training in Fetal Medicine to more than 500 doctors from 50 countries and supervised 40 PhDs and MDs.
Prof Nicolaides has received numerous prestigious awards for his work, including the Ian Donald Gold Award for Highest Contribution in Ultrasound of ISUOG, 1999, and the Eric Saling Award for Highest Scientific Contribution in Perinatal Medicine of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine, 2001. He is an honorary fellow of the AIUM and holds Honorary Doctorates in
Medicine for several Universities, in Europe and in China. He is universally recognised as a world leader in Fetal Medicine.
Prof Lil Valentin
Lund University (Sweden)

Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lund University, Sweden, since 2002
Head of the Ultrasound Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Skåne University Hospital, Malmö, Sweden, since 1994
Major research interest: Obstetric and Gynecologic Ultrasound, Gynecologic Doppler in particular.
200 scientific publications
Invited speaker at more than 75 scientific meetings since 2005
Teacher at more than 100 national and international courses in obstetrics and gynecology (mainly ultrasound courses)
Course organizer of 30 postgraduate courses in ultrasound
Editor of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2005 – 2011
Honorary officer of numerous scientific associations and committees over the years
Member of the ISUOG standards committee 2007-2015, the safety committee (ECMUS) of the European Federation of Ultrasound Societies in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB) 2002-2012, and chairperson of the educational committee of EFSUMB 2002-2006 .
Fellow ad eundum of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK)