Programme of HAPPY PREGNANCY 2014 workshop

Tartu, Centre of Genetics and Biotechnology Omicum, Riia 23b lecture hall 105

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 


I Clinical research in pregnancy success 

09.00-09.40 Prof. Helle Karro, MD, PhD, Women’s Clinic, Tartu University Hospital & 
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tartu 
                    “Changes in the perinatal health care indicators during past 20 years in 
                     Estonia (Estonian Medical Birth Registry)” 

09.40-10.30 Prof. Christopher Redman, MB., Bchir., Nuffield Department of Obstetrics 
and Gynaecology, University of Oxford 
“Heterogeneity of Pre-eclampsia“

10.30-11.20 Prof. Ole B. Christiansen, MD, PhD, The Fertility Clinic, University 
Hospital Copenhagen & Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 
Aalborg Hospital 
“A randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial of intravenous 
immunoglobulin to women with secondary recurrent miscarriage”

11.20-11.50 Coffee break 

II Clinical research in andrology 

11.50-12.30 Dr. Margus Punab, MD, PhD, Andrology Center, Tartu University Hospital 
Department of Surgery, University of Tartu 
“Andrology in Estonia - from clinic to science”

12.30-13.20 Prof. Jorma Toppari, MD, PhD, Departments of Physiology and Pediatrics, 
University of Turku 
                    “Cryptorchidism as an early sign of testicular defect” 


III Cancers of reproductive system 

14.30-15.20 Prof. Trine Berit Haugen, PhD, Oslo and Akershus University 
College of Applied Sciences
"Testicular Cancer - Epidemiology and Genetic Susceptibility“

15.20-16.00 Dr. Niels Jørgensen, MD, PhD, University Department of Growth and Reproduction, 
The Juliane Marie Centre, Copenhagen Rigshospitalet
”FSH promoter and receptor polymorphisms in Danish testicular cancer
                     patients ” 

Riin Ehin, MSc, Chairwoman of the Board, Competence Centre for 
Cancer Research,Tallinn
                    “New drug candidate against endometrium cancer”

Thursday, May 22, 2014

IV Placental function 

09.00-09.50 Prof. Berthold Huppertz, PhD, Institute of Cell Biology, Histology and Embryology, 
                    Medical University of Graz 
“Placental oxygen and preeclampsia: Where is the association?“

09.50-10.40 Prof. Yoel Sadovsky, MD, Magee-Womens Research Institute, 
University of Pittsburgh                             
“Placental microRNA and other non-coding RNAs: Implications for a happy

10.40-11.30 Dr. Miguel Constância, PhD, Metabolic Research Laboratories, 
MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, University of Cambridge
“Epigenetics of fetal growth disorders“

11.30-12.00 Coffee break 

V Molecular and ‘omics’ approaches in reproductive biomedicine 

12.00-12.40 Prof. Andres Salumets, PhD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tartu & 
Competence Centre on Reproductive Medicine and Biology 
                    “Genomics of folliculogenesis and oocyte quality” 
12.40-13.30 Prof. Rafael Oliva Virgili, MD, PhD, Hospital Clinic Barcelona & 
University of Barcelona
                   “Proteomics and epigenetics of the sperm cell: implications for basic and 
clinical science“

13.30-14.45 Lunch 
14.45-15.35 Prof. Ilpo T. Huhtaniemi, MD, PhD, Institute of Reproductive and 
Developmental Biology, Imperial College London, UK  
                   “The plasticity of gonadotropin action“ 

VI Retrospective and prospective approaches in reproductive biomedicine 

15.35-16.15 Dr. Piret Veerus, PhD, National Institute for Health Development & 
Pelgulinna Maternity Hospital, Tallinn 
                    “Register-based studies in reproductive health research” 

Prof. Maris Laan, PhD, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu
                    "Happy Pregnancy project - overview and progress“ 
The workshop is granted by the project „Development of novel non-invasive biomarkers for fertility and healthy pregnancy“ (HAPPY PREGNANCY) (Project No 3.2.0701.12-0047), Graduate School in Biomedicine and Biotechnology (Project No 1.2.0401.09-0073) and Doctoral School of Clinical Medicine (Project No 1.2.0401.09-0078).