Diverse range of experts for Africa’s first fertility show

Some of the world’s leading fertility experts will be taking part in Fertility Show Africa.

They will be participating in the IFAASA Expert Talks – a cutting-edge talks programme, sponsored by the Infertility Awareness Association of South Africa, on current and pertinent topics that impact the journey to parenthood – presented by fertility and medical professionals and adoption specialists.

Today, according to research, one in 60 babies in America are born thanks to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and other artificial treatments. In Denmark, Israel and Japan the figure is more than one in 25 – and rising.

It is estimated that infertility in Africa affects one in six couples, which means that in Southern Africa alone there are eight million people who suffer from infertility. These include singles and same-sex couples as social norms change, and increasingly women who wish to postpone childbearing while they pursue a career and are therefore more likely to need help when they do eventually want to fall pregnant.


 

The list of speakers and the topics that they will be covering at IFAASA Expert Talks are:

Andrew Coutts
International Fertility CompanyCoutts is the managing director of the International Fertility Company and editor at FertilityRoad.com and is one of the world’s leading experts on fertility travel. Legally trained, Coutts has visited more than 150 fertility treatment centres across the world and advises patients who are considering travelling for fertility treatment. With offices in London and New York and an international referral clinic in the UK, the International Fertility Company and Fertility Road have forged a partnership which has seen them manage fertility events across the UK, Ireland, the US, Australia and India.Friday, March 6 at 13h30
Topic: What Makes A Good Clinic? Choosing the Right Fertility Clinic Abroad

 

Andrew Martin
Fertility Law
Andrew Martin, founder and director of Fertility Law and ConSign, is a practising attorney who works in the field of assisted reproduction and family law. Martin has gained extensive experience in drafting and negotiating surrogacy contracts (and bringing the necessary high court application), known egg, sperm and embryo donation contracts and advisory services to fertility clinics. Most recently, Fertility Law, under Martin’s guidance, became the first legal consultancy to offer clients the option of embryo and gamete disposition agreements. These agreements help to regulate what happens to clients’ embryos/gametes in the unfortunate event of death, divorce, separation, incapacitation or disagreements.Friday, March 6 at 14h30
Topic: Legal Issues around Donor Cycles

 

Dr. Anneen Venter 
PTA Fertility Centre
Dr Venter obtained her MBChB with distinction in 2008 at the University of Pretoria, where after she worked at Tembisa hospital for her internship and community service from 2009 to 2011. Dr Venter is currently registered for a fellowship in reproductive medicine. She has a passion for infertility, endocrinology and laparoscopic surgery and will consult patients with gynaecological, obstetric and infertility needs. On a personal note, she is married with a pigeon pair of toddler twins. She cherishes spending time with her family, travelling and creative arts. She commenced registrarship in 2012 at the University of Pretoria. The College of Medicine awarded her with both the GP Charlewood Medal for the highest achievement in Part 1 of the FCOG 2011 examination and the Daubenton Medal for the highest achievement during Part 2 of the 2015 FCOG examination. She completed her MMed (O&G) in April 2016 with distinction.Friday, March 6
Topic: The ins and outs of IVF

 

Beatrice & Nicola Rabkin and Rona Mirimi
Hormonal HarmonyTalk Sponsor: 3Sixty Biomedicine
Beatrice Rabkin (BSc Nutritional Medicine, Dip. Pharm, FAE) is a nutritionist, fertility awareness educator and reproductive health coach with a passion to serve the health of future generations, starting with the eggs and sperm. Nicola Rabkin (BSocSci EGS, MCRP) is a social and environmental activist, cycle awareness coach and women’s circle facilitator. Her personal experience with miscarriage started her path to building optimal fertile health for herself and others. Mirimi (BA in Communications; MA in Organisation) is a fertility awareness educator, reproductive health coach, and reusable eco menstrual solutions advocate. She began her journey with four miscarriages. This sparked her interest in fertility awareness and guiding women to make natural contraceptive choices.
Friday, March 6, at 14h00
Topic: Healthy lifestyle, diet and targeted supplements to optimise fertility Sponsored by 3Sixty Biomedicine

 

Dr. Christa North
GENEWAY™ and Supreme FertilityDr Christa North’s impressive qualifications include a BSc Dietetics (Cum Laude, NWU), Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics (UP), BSc Hon (Cum Laude, NWU), MSc Nutrition (Cum Laude, NWU) and PhD Nutrition (NWU). She started her career in London where she worked as a clinical dietitian and took care of radiotherapy patients in the Oldchurch Hospital. Upon her return to South Africa, North opened a private practice as a dietitian and managed that for 15 years until the opportunity to join GENEWAY™ and Supreme Fertility™ came along.Saturday, March 7, at 16h15
Topic: Fertility and your DNA

 

Christos Bouloutis
Feng Shui CorporationAfter graduating from the University of Pretoria in 1991 where he studied BSc animal science, Chris Bouloutis has dedicated his life to the study of feng shui. He has been a student of five of the world’s feng shui masters including Yap Cheng Hai. He received an award from Hai as the most diligent student and he is now among the 11 specially accredited instructors of the Yap Cheng Hai Academy worldwide (and the sole accredited instructor for South Africa and Greece). He is an internationally renowned speaker.Friday, March 6, at 12h00
Topic: Feng Shui – fertility the natural way

 

Dr. Danie Botha
SASREG
Dr Botha is the Clinical Director at FEMBRYO and is a Gynaecologist and registered sub Specialist in Reproductive Medicine. He practiced as a General Practitioner in Okahandja , Namibia before completing his post graduate studies at the University of Pretoria , obtaining his MMed (cum laude) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is a Fellow of the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist. He is an Honorary consultant at Stellenbosch University, currently the vice-president of the SASREG (Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy) Board and past president. His field of interest includes endometriosis and its impact on fertility, recurrent pregnancy loss and endoscopic gynaecological surgery.
Friday, March 6, at 15h00
Topic: The benefit of an early infertility diagnosis

 

Dr. Goolam Mohamed
Sandton Fertility Centre
Talk Sponsor: iNova PharmaceuticalsFertility specialist Dr. Goolam H Mohamed is chairman of the Sandton Fertility Centre. He earned his medical degree at King George’s Medical School in Lucknow, India in 1975 after which he obtained a master’s degree in obstetrics and gynaecology from the Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa). He has completed various courses around the world in infertility and assisted reproduction. Dr. Mohamed founded the Sandton Fertility Centre when he saw the need among people, both within and beyond South Africa’s borders, having difficulty conceiving. This includes the latest technology used to treat male infertility and couples where one partner is HIV positive.Saturday, March 7, at 11h30
Topic: Female infertility: PCOS (Sponsored by Noval Pharmaceuticals)

 

Greg Tinney-Crook
AevitasGreg Tinney-Crook is the laboratory director at Aevitas Fertility Clinic in Cape Town, recognised as a continent leader in the field of fertility where he heads up a vibrant team of world-class embryologists. As Aevitas serves as training unit for Stellenbosch University, he is also closely involved in training student embryologists in the science and skills of the fertility laboratory. Furthermore, he heads up a satellite clinic in Windhoek, Namibia, acting as pioneer in the field of fertility treatment in this region.
Saturday, March 7, at 13h45Topic: Embryo and Sperm Selection

 

Mandy Rodrigues
Clinical psychologist in private practiceRenowned clinical psychologist Mandy Rodrigues has worked in the field of infertility for the past 24 years. This includes working with individuals, couples and groups, helping them cope with the fertility journey and assist them with making life-changing decisions. A large part of her practice involves stress management and the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to infertility. Rodrigues has presented and published various books and articles on the subject.Friday, March 6, at 16h30
Topic: Dealing with Pregnancy/Infant Loss
Saturday, March 7, at 12h30
Topic: Support Zone Reminder

 

Molatelo Mainetje-Bossman
IFAASAMultiple international award-winning filmmaker and entrepreneur, Molatelo Mainetje-Bossman has spoken out about her infertility through her documentary film When Babies Don’t Come where she documents her 10-year struggle with infertility. Through the film, Mainetje-Bossman has not only inspired many people but has also given a voice to many men and women with the same condition. Mainetje-Bossman was appointed one of the directors of Infertility Awareness Association of South Africa (IFAASA) in 2018.Saturday, March 7, at 10h10
Topic: Infertility in the African Culture

 

Nicola Smuts-Allsop
Fertility astrologyNicola Smuts-Allsop is a consulting astrologer living in the UK. Originally from South Africa, she completed her first studies at the Rod Suskin School of Astrology in Cape Town and completed a diploma in medieval astrology with Astro Logos (Bernadette Brady) in the UK. Smuts-Allsop recently graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University, with a master’s degree in myth, cosmology and the sacred. Author of the newly published Fertility Astrology, A Modern Medieval Textbook, she has specialised in this field and has undergone fertility treatment herself. She lectures internationally on her fertility work.Saturday, March 7, at 14h45
Topic: Fertility Astrology

 

Dr. Olufemi Olarogun
Specialist: obstetrics and gynaecology, reproductive medicine and infertility.Dr. Olufeni Olarogun is well-known in Cape Town for his years of work and commitment to reproductive medicine in both the private and public health sectors. He retains a keen interest in endoscopic surgery as well as academic medicine. After studying medicine in Nigeria, Dr. Olarogun qualified as an obstetrician/gynaecologist at the University of Cape Town in 2000. He continued his sub-specialisation at the university, working at Groote Schuur Hospital until 2007 when he left to enter full-time private practice. His work has also taken him further afield to New Zealand and Namibia. In South Africa, he ran his own private IVF unit at the UCT Private Hospital. He continues to head one of the gynaecologist firms at Groote Schuur Hospital.Saturday, March 7, at 14h15
Topic: Egg Freezing & Oncofertility

 

Professor Patrick Bouic
SynexaProfessor Patrick Bouic trained as an immunopathologist in France and graduated with his PhD from the University of Claude Bernard, Lyon. He has been a board-certified immunologist with the HPCSA since 1994 and has been with the University of Stellenbosch Medical faculty since 1984 in the division of pathology. He started the private company Synexa Life Sciences in Cape Town in 2002 where he is one of the founding directors, and serves as Chief Scientific Officer. Currently the company has its headquarters in Cape Town but also has a laboratory in London and will soon open a new facility in Berlin, Germany. These laboratories provide biomarker support services in Europe for large pharma companies as well as the smaller biotechnology groups. Prof. Bouic was personally involved in the development of a natural immune supportive supplement (ModucareTM) which was launched in the South African market in 2000 which is currently sold globally. He co-authored a book entitled The Immune System Cure with Lorna van den Haege which received the Gold Medal for two years running as best seller by the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA).  The book outlines natural remedies which can be used to manage chronic diseases as well as those used to prevent immune conditions.Saturday, March 7, at 10h30
Topic: Immunology: your best chance of success?

 

Robynne Friedman
Surrogacy attorney Robynne Friedman is a mother through surrogacy. She has her own law firm specialising solely in surrogacy and fertility law matters.Saturday, March 7, at 15h25
Topic: Surrogacy: The legalities involved

 

Samala Kriedemann
Mama NurtureSamala Kriedemann is a qualified social worker and the owner of Mama Nurture. She is also an internationally accredited birth, bereavement and adoption doula with SBD (StillBirthDay) University and a member of PLIDA (The Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance). Kriedemann is a trained traumatic incident reduction therapist and offers counselling to mothers going through the heart-breaking journey of grief. She also offers birth debriefing for any mother who has experienced a traumatic birth. In addition, she is a member of PATCH SA (Palliative Treatment for Children South Africa).Friday, March 6, at 16h00
Topic: Baby Loss Support

 

Dr. Marienus Trouw
PTA Fertility Centre
Talk Sponsor: 3Sixty BiomedicineDr Trouw studied Medicine at the University of Pretoria and qualified as a gynaecologist in 1994. Dr Trouw completed infertility and endoscopic training in Leuven, Belgium as well as in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is associated with the university of Pretoria’s reproductive unit at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, and is actively involved in training reproductive medicine specialists. His passion for reproductive medicine ignited early on in his training. Dr Trouw has never stopped learning about and becomes truly excited about new developments and research in the fertility field.Friday, March 6, at 17h00
Topic: Myths and facts about PCOS 

 

Tertia Albertyn
NurtureTertia Albertyn is co-founder of Nurture Egg Donation Programme. An accomplished speaker and published author, as well as an ex-infertility patient herself, Albertyn is known across South Africa and internationally for the work she does in infertility. She has an MBA from the University of Cape Town and lives in Cape Town with her husband and three children.Saturday, March 7, at 15h05
Topic: Egg Donor Cycles – the process and role of an Agency

 

Dr. Thato Maoto
Femicare Fertility ClinicDr Kalantsho Maoto is a registered obstetrician and gynaecologist with a keen interest in reproductive medicine. He successfully completed his fellowship examination in obstetrics and gynaecology (FCOG) with the College of Medicine of South Africa. He also holds a Masters in Medicine (obstetrics and gynaecology) with the University of Pretoria. He has a passion for teaching. He is a master trainer in the Essential Steps in Managing Obstetric Emergencies (ESMOE). Dr Maoto was involved in trying to decrease maternal mortality in Limpopo. He is a member of the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.Saturday, March 7, at 12h45
Topic: Male Infertility

 

Dr. Tony Rodrigues
MEDFEM Fertility Clinic Dr. Rodrigues completed his undergraduate and post graduate degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand. He entered private practice specialising in assisted reproduction and minimally invasive surgery in 1990. He co-developed Medfem Clinic in 1991 and is a director of Medfem Fertility Clinic. He has an MBA from Henley London. He co-authored the book Faster Better Sicker – Time-Urgency Perfectionism Stress. He co-developed Staminogro, a natural product for fertility and general health. He has a special interest in time-urgency perfectionism stress and its influence on fertility. He also co-developed an online self-help interactive stress management programme, www.tups.co and has published internationally and co-authored chapters in books in the fields of hyperinsulinism in male fertility and stress and its role in infertility.Saturday, March 7, at 12h00
Topic: Natural cycles and mild IVF

 

Dr. Yossi Unterslak
Vitalab
Talk Sponsor: AnaStellarDr. Yossi Unterslak completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and went on to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has a passion for reproductive medicine and endocrinology with a special interest in ovarian stimulation. Dr Unterslak recently completed his Master of Medicine during which he extensively looked at the prevention of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). He has a special interest in the prevention of recurrent pregnancy loss.Friday, March 6, at 15h30
Topic: Recurring Pregnancy Loss – the Superfertile Uterus. Sponsored by AnaStellar

 

Dr Yusuf Dasoo
BioART/LifeARTDr Yusuf Dasoo graduated with his MBBCh in 1988 from the University of Witwatersrand. He then commenced his internship at Baragwanath Hospital where he began laying a solid foundation in obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G). Due to his special interest in infertility, he then went on to achieve his Master of Science (MSc) in Reproductive Physiology from Stellenbosch University in 2005. Dr Dasoo forms part of a very small number of doctors in South Africa that have specialised in fertility and HIV/Aids research. As a respected fertility specialist, Dr Dasoo, together with Dr Cassim, currently heads up BioART Fertility Centre, a hi-tech, world-class fertility centre in Saxonwold.Saturday, March 7, at 11h00
Topic: Female infertility: Endometriosis

 

Zoë Cohen
Social worker in private practice Zoë Cohen has a BA Honours in Social Work and specialises in providing adoption and related services, both locally and internationally. Cohen has been involved in the field of adoption for more than 20 years. She is a specialist in adoption, infertility, grief, statutory and family preservation, surrogacy, forensic and other legal issues. Cohen has worked in private practice and for a number of social development and child protection organisations.Saturday, March 7, at 15h45
Topic: Adoption in South Africa

 

Dr. Zozo Nene
Head: Reproductive & Endocrine Unit – Steve Biko Academic Hospital
Talk Sponsor: Adele van der Walt AttorneysDr. Zozo Nene is a reproductive medicine specialist and an obstetrician and gynaecologist. She is Head of the Reproductive and Endocrine Unit at Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the University of Pretoria. She has qualifications from the College of Medicine of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FCOG and Cert in Reprod Medicine) and a MMed in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the University of Pretoria. She presently chairs the reproductive medicine sub-specialist committee at the College of Medicine of South Africa. She is a South African representative of WHO-FIGO collaboration on contraception and has given presentations for the WHO in that capacity. She participated in the WHO and Partners Stakeholders’ Technical Consultation meeting on Hormonal contraception and HIV. She is part of the National Department of Health’s technical expert advisory team on contraception and infertility. Dr. Nene is lead author of the SA National guidelines of safe conception and infertility.Friday March 6 at 13h00
Topic: Transgender Care: Reproductive options

 

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