Efstratios M. Kolibianakis

Concise curriculum vitae

Professor Kolibianakis got his Medical Degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1991), and his MSc in Medical and Pharmaceutical Research (2002) and PhD on the optimization of GnRH antagonist stimulation (2004) from the Dutch Speaking Brussels Free University in Belgium. He also has an MSc in Healthcare Management from the School of Social Sciences at the Greek Open University (2014).

Professor Kolibianakis has published several chapters in books, 165 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals (PUBMED, 5/2020), has 7470 citations (SCOPUS, 5/2020) and a Hirsch Index of 50 (SCOPUS, 5/2020). Professor Kolibianakis has given more than 200 lectures at international meetings and has been on the editorial boards of Human Reproduction (2005-2009), BJOG (2017-2020), RBMOnline (2009-present), Fertility-Sterility (2011-present) and F&S Science (2020).

He has served as the the coordinator of the Special Interest Group Reproductive Endocrinology (SIG RE) of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) (2013-2015), as  the Chair of Special Interest Groups Committee of ESHRE(2017-2019) and he is currently past chair of the Special Interest Groups Committee of ESHRE.

Professor Kolibianakis is the Head of the Unit for Human Reproduction at the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and the director of the executive committee for the postgraduate training programs (MSc) in “Human Reproduction ” (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki).

Email: stratis.kolibianakis (@) gmail.com

Efstratios M. Kolibianakis

Concise curriculum vitae

Professor Kolibianakis got his Medical Degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1991), and his MSc in Medical and Pharmaceutical Research (2002) and PhD on the optimization of GnRH antagonist stimulation (2004) from the Dutch Speaking Brussels Free University in Belgium. He also has an MSc in Healthcare Management from the School of Social Sciences at the Greek Open University (2014).

Professor Kolibianakis has published several chapters in books, 165 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals (PUBMED, 5/2020), has 7470 citations (SCOPUS, 5/2020) and a Hirsch Index of 50 (SCOPUS, 5/2020). Professor Kolibianakis has given more than 200 lectures at international meetings and has been on the editorial boards of Human Reproduction (2005-2009), BJOG (2017-2020), RBMOnline (2009-present), Fertility-Sterility (2011-present) and F&S Science (2020).

He has served as the the coordinator of the Special Interest Group Reproductive Endocrinology (SIG RE) of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) (2013-2015), as  the Chair of Special Interest Groups Committee of ESHRE(2017-2019) and he is currently past chair of the Special Interest Groups Committee of ESHRE.

Professor Kolibianakis is the Head of the Unit for Human Reproduction at the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and the director of the executive committee for the postgraduate training programs (MSc) in “Human Reproduction ” (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki).

Email: stratis.kolibianakis (@) gmail.com

Elisavet Chatziioannou

My training

1997 Master of Science in Medical Genetics, with dinstiction, Medical School, University of Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
1996 Bachelor of Science in biomedical Sciences, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK
Care activity 2020 Assistant Lab manager Embryology/Adrology FIVI IVF Unit, Thessaloniki
2013-2020 Lab manager Embryology/Andrology lab, Biogenesis IVF Unit, Thessaloniki
2001-2020 Biogenesis IVF Unit, Thessaloniki, Greece, Clinical Embryology, Adrology, In Vitro Fertilisation and Genetics
1999-2000 Dutch speaking Academic Hospital, and Free University of Brussels, In Vtro Fertilisation, Medical Genetics.
1997-1998 Ippokration General Hospital, Paediatrics Department, Cytogenetics, Prenatal Diagnosis.

International certifications/ memberships

2018 European Society of Human Reproduction, Senior Clinical Embryologist Certification
Member of European Society of Human Reproduction (ESHRE)
Member of Helenic Society of Clinical Emberyologists (ΠΕΚΕ)
Member of Helenic Society of Medical Genetists (ΣΙΓΕ)

Laboratory skills

Highly skilled in embryo and oocyte biopsy
Highly skilled in Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
Experience in Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis of chromosomal and monogenic diseases

Research

1995 Basic technics in Electron microscopy and introduction to Human Corneal tissue, and Human Ovarian Histology. Histopathology department of Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
1995 Morphological Characterists of Bittner Carcinogenic Viruses, Histopathology department of Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki
1996 Hyper microscopical study of Human Corneal Dystrophy, University of Sunderland (Undergraduate Thesis)
1997 Search for Familiar Oedematous Polyposis Coli causing genes, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (Postgraduate Thesis)
2001 Aneuploidy Detection and Segregation Study in Human oocytes and Polar Bodies by FISH Free, Dutch speaking University of Brussels
2004 Double consecutive embryo transfer of cleavage embryos and blastocysts, A’ Obstetrics and Gynecological clinic, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
2005 Oocyte cryopreservation in different stages of maturity, 3rd Scientific Congress of Medical faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
2005 Oocyte Freezing, Journal of Medical Faculty, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
2006 Exposure Time to cryoprotectants influences oocyte survival rate, Journal of Biological Research.

Languages Greek (native)
English (fluent)
Contact me el.chatziioannou@interbalkan-hosp.gr
+ 30 2310 400 226

Violeta Karaxaliou

Academic Education and Certification

I graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Essex, UK. I continued to postgraduate studies at the University of Nottingham, UK and granted the Master of Medical Sciences in Assisted Reproduction Technologies. Following my postgraduate studies, I was initially trained on the practice of laboratory protocols on assisted reproduction in the Thessaloniki IVF and Fertility Center and continued my training on the gamete micromanipulation – ICSI and vitrification at the Embryokosmogenesis IVF Unit. I am currently a fully trained Senior Clinical Embryologist certified by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.

• Senior Clinical Embryologist Certification by ESHRE, 2019
• Initiation of PhD diploma, Democritus University of Thrace, 2015
• Clinical Embryologist Certification by ESHRE, 2013
• Master of Medical Sciences in Assisted Reproduction Technology, University of Nottingham, UK, 2006
• Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, University of Essex, UK, 2001

Work experience and Training

• Senior Clinical Embryologist – FIVI Fertility and IVF Center, Interbalkan Medical Center, 2020-today
• Deputy Lab Manager – Senior Clinical Embryologist, “Biogenesis” Unit of Assisted Reproduction and IVF, Thessaloniki, 2016-2020
• Lab Manager – Clinical Embryologist, “Embryokosmogenesis” Assisted Reproduction Unit of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, 2012-2016
• Clinical Embryologist, “Embryokosmogenesis” Assisted Reproduction Unit of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, 2009-2012
• Trainee Clinical Embryologist – Thessaloniki IVF and Fertility Center, 2008-2009
• Biochemist at “Cryogenomics SA” Advanced Biotechnology Services – Cord Blood Bank, 2007-2008
• Biochemist at the Laboratory for the Control of Immunosuppressed Patients, General Hospital of Athens “G.Gennimatas”, 2001-2005

Laboratory Techniques

My responsibilities as a clinical embryologist include the performance of assisted reproduction techniques such as in vitro fertilization, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, evaluation of oocytes and embryos, cryopreservation – vitrification, semen analysis and preparation. As well as, keeping records, analysis, and evaluation of laboratory results, updating the laboratory protocols according to international standards and legislation. I am also involved in the quality assurance and quality control of laboratory procedures as described in ISO 9001 and ISO 15224.

Teaching experience

I have participated in the postgraduate course, Master’s Degree Program “Human Reproduction”, Faculty of Medicine, Democritus University of Thrace, 2014, 2015.
Lecture presentation with topic “Transport of spermatozoa, capacitation and acrosomal reaction-transport of oocyte, fertilization, implantation, early stages of embryo development”
Practical laboratory sessions demonstrator “Basic Semen analysis and sperm morphology, Gamete micromanipulation – ICSI, Gamete and embryo cryopreservation and vitrification”

Member of Scientific Societies

Member of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology
Member of Panhellenic Union of Clinical Embryologist

Email: violettakarachaliou@gmail.com

Athina Karamouza

Education

• M. Med. Sci. in Assisted Reproduction Technology, Nottingham University (UK)
• Graduate Degree in Biology, Aristotle University, Greece, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Genetics

Work experience

• 2019 – Senior Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE certified
FIVI Fertility and IVF Center, European Interbalkan Medical Center
• 2011-2019- Senior Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE certified
THESSALONIKI IVF and Infertility Center
• 2008-2011- Clinical Embryologist, ACE certified
Assisted Conception Unit, Jessop Wings, Sheffield UK
• 2007- Trainee Biologist in Microbiology Laboratory
Εuromedica Blue Cross Medical Center, Thessaloniki, GR

International certifications

• 2019 ESHRE certification Senior Clinical Embryologist
• 2012 ESHRE certification Clinical Embryologist
• 2011 ACE postgraduate diploma Clinical Embryologist, Association of Clinical Embryologists UK

Laboratory skills/ Quality management

• Highly skilled and experienced in all aspects of embryology and andrology techniques since 2007
• Expertise in PGT embryo biopsy/ tubing and patient consultation
• Expertise in Laboratory Quality control (ISO 9001 /EN 15224).
• Internal Auditor for ISO 14000 and ISO 9001
• Responsible for Surrogacy program in FIVI center
• Experience in setting up and supervising a new IVF laboratory (FIVI)

Languages

• GREEK Native
• ENGLISH Fluent
• ITALIAN Intermediate (B2)
• FRENCH Intermediate (B2)
• RUSIAN Intermediate (B1)

Memberships

• Greek Community of Clinical Embryologists (PEKE)
• European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE)
• Panhellenic Union of Bioscientists (PEB)

Oral presentations • Oral presentation ” Surrogacy in Greece” European Interbalkan Medical Center Thessaloniki 2016
• Oral presentation “Culture media: Single versus one-step” ELEYIA Athens 2015
• Oral presentation ” Double embryo transfer in patients with previous failed IVF attempts” Karamouza A., Tzafetas M., Bousiaki E., Kyrou. P. ELEYIA Athens 2013
• Oral presentation “An ongoing study on the effectiveness of two-step (consecutive) embryo transfers” RCOG Athens 2011
• Poster Presentation “Blastocyst thaw data” Karamouza A., Clarke H., Saxton J., Winstone L., Osemeikhian O., Cutting R. Fertility Conference, Dublin Ireland 2011

• Email: a.karamouza@interbalkan-hosp.gr
• LinkedIn: https://gr.linkedin.com/in/athina-karamouza-75172b158

Eleni Bousiaki

Education

• M. Med. Sci. with Honors in Assisted Reproduction Technology, Nottingham University (UK)
• Graduate Degree (Ptychion) in Molecular Biology and Genetics, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

Work experience

• 2019 – Senior Clinical Embryologist,ESHRE certified – Quality Manager
FIVI Fertility and IVF Center, European Interbalkan Medical Center
• 2010-2019- Senior Clinical Embryologist ESHRE certified-Quality Manager
THESSALONIKI IVF and Infertility Center
• 2008-2010- Clinical Embryologist
Assisted Conception Unit, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, UK
• 2005-2007- Trainee Biologist-Embryologist in various Laboratories Thessaloniki, GR

International certifications

• 2015 ESHRE certification Senior Clinical Embryologist
• 2012 ESHRE certification Clinical Embryologist

Laboratory skills/ Quality

• Quality Manager of FIVI and Thessaloniki IVF center specializes in international standards of medical and assisted conception units
• Expertise in Laboratory Quality control (ISO 9001 /EN 15224) and other international standards (TEMOS).
• Internal Auditor for ISO 14000 and ISO 9001
• Highly skilled and experienced in all aspects of embryology and andrology techniques
• Expertise in PGT biopsy and consultation of patients
• Expertise in semen analysis and morphology assessment
• Experience in setting up and supervising a new IVF laboratory (FIVI)

Languages

• GREEK Native
• ENGLISH Fluent
• FRENCH Intermediate (B2)

Memberships

• Greek Community of Clinical Embryologists (PEKE)
• European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE)

• Email: e.bousiaki@interbalkan-hosp.gr
• LinkedIn: https://gr.linkedin.com/in/eleni-bousiaki-82ba2693

Polyxeni Kyrou

Education

1999-2000 IMPERIAL COLLEGE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE,
LONDON-UK
MSc in Human Reproductive Biology

1996-1999 UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, ESSEX-UK
BSc Honors in Cell and Molecular Biology

Work Experience

APRIL 2019- FIVI FERTILITY AND IVF CENTER

2007-2019 THESSALONIKI IVF AND INFERTILITY CENTER
EUROPEAN INTERBALKAN MEDICAL CENTER
Laboratory Manager since 2009
Senior Clinical Embryologist.

2003-2007 THE LISTER HOSPITAL, LONDON-UK
Senior Clinical Embryologist

2002-2003 CHELSEA & WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL, LONDON-UK
WOKING NUFFIELD HOSPITAL, WOKING- UK

2000-2002 ANDROLOGY DEPARTMENT / IVF ENDOCRINOLOGY DEPARTMENT
HAMMERSMITH HOSPITAL -LONDON-UK
Medical Laboratory Assistant

Skills

Highly trained in all aspects of clinical embryology with a long-standing experience in patient consultation and preimplantation genetic testing.
Trained in quality management and specifically in ISO9001/EN15224, ISO 17025, ISO 14001:2015.

Memberships

• Member of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology-ESHRE
• Member of the Pan-Hellenic association of embryologists- PEKE
• Certified as a clinical scientist/embryologist by the Health and Care Professional Council (hcpc) of Great Britain

Email: p.kyrou@interbalkan-hosp.gr
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/xeniakyrou/

Julia Bosdou

Concise curriculum vitae

Julia Bosdou was born on July 29, 1984. In 2009, she graduated from the Medical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with grade “excellent”. She received her MSc in Medical Research Methodology in 2011 and, subsequently, her PhD with “excellent with distinction” grade in Human Reproduction from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2016.

Dr Bosdou is an Obstetrician & Gynecologist specialist since December 2018 and she is currently a sub-specialist trainee in Reproductive Medicine at the Unit for Human Reproduction, at the 1st University Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in Thessaloniki, Greece. Her field of interest is infertility, reproductive endocrinology and research methodology. She has published several articles in international peer-reviewed journals and chapters in international books. Also, she has participated in several oral and poster presentations at international scientific Meetings/Congresses and has been an elected Junior Deputy member of the Special Interest Group (SIG) Reproductive Endocrinology of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) (2017-2019).

Email
juliabosdou (@) gmail.com

Konstantinos Dafopoulos

Dr. Konstantinos Dafopoulos is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, School of Health sciences, University of Thessaly in Larissa, and Head of the IVF Unit in the University Hospital of Larissa. Prof. Dafopoulos studied medicine in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

His doctorate thesis was on ovarian control of gonadotrophins secretion and his specialist training took place in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical School of the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece.

He trained in Reproductive Medicine and Endoscopic Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck in Germany.

He has published more than 100 papers in international peer reviewed journals and more than 20 chapters in books. He was an invited speaker in more than 100 national and international congresses and received 4 awards for his research.

He teaches in 9 postgraduate training programs (MSc) in the University of Thessaly, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Crete, Democritus University of Thrace.

He is member of the Administrative Boards of the Hellenic Society of Gynecologic Endocrinology and the Hellenic Society of Fertility Preservation.

His main research interests include ovarian and pituitary function, polycystic ovary syndrome, the role of ghrelin and adipokines in reproductive function and ovarian stimulation for IVF.

Georg Griesinger

Concise curriculum vitae

Georg Griesinger is a full Professor at Luebeck University and chair at the Department of Gynecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine, University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein, Luebeck, Germany. He trained at the University of Vienna, where he worked in trophoblast research for his MD thesis at the Department of Obstetrics, and then did postdoctoral studies at University College London, where he obtained an MSc in prenatal genetics and fetal medicine. His PhD was on ovarian stimulation for IVF using GnRH-antagonists. His research interests include the endocrinology of ovarian stimulation, evidence-based medicine in reproductive health care, epidemiological studies in IVF, and basic aspects of folliculogenesis and cryopreservation of human ovarian tissue. He has been an Associate Editor for Human Reproduction 2008-2012, for Fertility and Sterility 2010-2012, and for the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2013-2016. He is currently section editor for Reproductive Biomedicine Online and editor in-chief at Gynaekologische Endokrinologie. He is also member of the Cochrane menstrual disorder and subfertility group. As of 2012, Georg Griesinger serves as a Visiting Professor at the Dubrovnik International University in Croatia and is a member of the WHO Infertility guidelines group. Furthermore, he is past coordinator of the special interest group REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY of the ESHRE and serves on the Executive Committee of the ESHRE as of 2013.