Programme Organising Committee 



R. John Aitken, PhD, President, ISA (Australia)
John Aitken’s research career began with a PhD in reproductive biology from the University of Cambridge in 1974. Following a series of post-doctoral positions in Europe he joined the Medical Research Council’s Reproductive Biology Unit, University of Edinburgh in 1977, to establish a research group focusing on the cell biology of gametogenesis, fertilization and early embryonic development. Since 1998 he has been at the University of Newcastle, NSW where he is currently Acting Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Health, Laureate Professor of Biological Sciences and Co-Director of the Priority Research Centre in Reproductive Science. His primary research interests address the molecular basis of gamete differentiation and function and a consideration of how environmental factors influence the trajectory of embryonic development by acting through the germ line.


Maria Christina W. Avellar, PhD (Brazil)
Dr. Avellar received her BSc in Biomedical Sciences (1985) and MSc in Pharmacology (1988) from Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP-EPM), and her PhD in Sciences (1992) from State University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil. After doing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Laboratories for Reproductive Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill (NC, USA), she returned to UNIFESP-EPM where she has remained and is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Section of Experimental Endocrinology. Dr. Avellar´s research interests focus on reproductive biology, male reproductive tract, cell and molecular biology of epididymal function, androgen and glucocorticoid action, innate immunity and inflammation.


Janice Bailey, PhD (Canada)
Janice Bailey is Professor of Animal Sciences and Vice Dean of Research of the Faculty of Food & Agricultural Sciences at Laval University in Québec City, Canada. She is a member of the Reproduction, Development and Intergenerational Health Research Centre, a unique bi-faculty team composed of researchers from the Faculties of Medicine and Food & Agricultural Sciences. Her research focusses on three interconnecting themes: (1) sperm biology and fertilization; (2) sperm cryopreservation; (3) paternal transmission of environmental contaminants to his future generations. Currently Vice President, she will be President of the Society for the Study of Reproduction in 2016-17. She is active in other societies, notably the American Society of Andrology, and has served on the Editorial Boards and as Associate Editors of several journals. 


Arthur L. Burnett, MD (USA)
Dr. Arthur (Bud) Burnett received his A.B. degree in Biology from Princeton University and MD and MBA degrees from Johns Hopkins University. His post-graduate training in general surgery, urology, and reconstructive urology and urodynamics was performed at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He received an American Foundation for Urologic Disease scholarship and joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is currently the Patrick C. Walsh Professor of Urology and is the Director of the Basic Science Laboratory in Neuro-urology of the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute and Director of the Male Consultation Clinic. He is an alumni member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Charlie Degui Chen, PhD (China)
Charlie Degui Chen is a Professor at the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the director of Shanghai key Laboratory of Molecular Andrology. He did his PhD at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Postdoc and Adjunct Assistant professor at UCLA. He co-discovered the androgen receptor as a drug target for castration resistant prostate cancer and co-invented a recently FDA approved drug Xtandi and a drug in phase II clinical trial named ARN509. He went back to China in 2006 and has been working on histone methylation. His laboratory identified and characterized 8 histone demethylases among a total of 20 demethylases identified and are studying the role of histone methylation in sperm biology.


Gail A. Cornwall, PhD, Chair (USA)
Dr. Cornwall received her PhD in reproductive biology from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  She currently is Professor of Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Cornwall’s research interests focus on epididymal function with an emphasis on the CRES subgroup of cystatins including their roles as functional amyloids in the epididymis and spermatozoa.  Dr. Cornwall served as President of the American Society of Andrology and on several Editorial Boards including that for Biology of Reproduction and currently is an associate editor for Andrology.


Ralf Henkel, PhD (South Africa)
Dr. Henkel studied Biology and Chemistry at the University of Marburg, Germany, and obtained his PhD in 1990 on investigating the protein secretion of rabbit blastocysts during early pregnancy. Subsequently, he commenced working in Andrology in Giessen and Jena, Germany, and is currently Senior Professor for Reproductive Biology at the Department of Medical Bioscience at the University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa. He published more than 85 papers and 26 book chapters, and supervised 51 postgraduate students. Ralf Henkel is member of the Editorial Boards of five international journals and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Andrologia. His special research interest is on the impact of oxidative stress on sperm functions, DNA fragmentation and fertilization, as well as the effects of Traditional Medicine on male reproductive functions.

  Csilla Krausz, MD, PhD, Treasurer, ISA (Italy)
Csilla Krausz obtained her MD in 1990 and her specialization in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases in 1995 at the University of Florence, Italy; and her PhD in Human Genetics in 2001 at the Institute Pasteur/University Paris 7,  France. Currently she is Professor in Endocrinology and research group leader at the University of Florence, Italy. Her first research field was spermatology with special interest in oxidative stress, whereas from 1995 she is focusing on genetics and epigenetics of male infertility, cryptorchidism, testis tumor and genomic instability of the male gamete. She is author of more than 110 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals and her H citation index is 42.  She is an Academician of the European Academy of Andrology (EAA) and was elected as the President of the EAA for the period 2014-2018.




Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts, MD, PhD, DMSc (Denmark)
Dr. Rajpert-De Meyts is a senior scientist (research group leader) in the Department of Growth & Reproduction of Copenhagen University, which is also a unit of main research hospital (Rigshospitalet) in Denmark. Her background is in medicine (paediatrics) but she trained in basic endocrinology of glucocorticoid receptors (De Duve Institute in Brussels, Belgium), in molecular biology of gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase and related enzymes (Children’s Hospital & University of Southern California, Los Angeles), and in development of the human gonads and testicular cancer (in Denmark). Her current main research interests are: the phenotype and genotype of germ cell tumours with focus on carcinoma in situ testis, developmental aspects of human reproduction, disorders of sex development, and genetics of male infertility. She contributed to more than 200 scientific publications, most of them in international peer-reviewed journals. Her publications have been cited >7400 and her H citation index is 47.  She is co-Chief-Editor of the new journal, Andrology and currently serves on the Council of European Academy of Andrology and the Scientific Committee of European Testis Workshops.




Mitinori Saitou, MD, PhD (Japan)
Mitinori Saitou received his MD from the Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine in 1995, and received his PhD in 1999 for his study of the structure and function of tight junctions under Shoichiro Tsukita in the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine.  He then moved to the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research Campaign Institute (present name: Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute), where he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Azim Surani’s laboratory, focusing on the origin of the germ line in the mouse.  He was appointed team leader at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in 2003.  He continued to work on the origin, properties and regulation of the germ line in the mouse.  He was appointed Professor at the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in 2009.  He was appointed Director of the JST ERATO program in 2011.  His work now focuses on the mechanism and reconstitution in vitro of germ cell development in mammals.


Stefan Schlatt, PhD, Secretary, ISA (Germany)
Prof. Stefan Schlatt, PhD is Full Professor and Director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Andrology as well as the Institute of Regenerative and Reproductive Biology at the University Münster since July 2008 when he returned from an Associate Professor position at the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology of the University of Pittsburgh. As a basic researcher he has obtained training in Germany, Australia and the US and gained experience in male reproductive research for more than 25 years exploring the genetic, cellular and physiological mechanisms of testicular development and function primarily in non-human primates. His research focus is on preclinical research towards male fertility including disturbances in spermatogenesis, development of male contraceptive approaches, in vitro spermatogenesis and the physiology and application of spermatogonial stem cells.




Jorma Toppari, MD, PhD (Finland)
Jorma Toppari, MD, PhD, is the Professor and Chairman of Physiology in University of Turku and the Chief Physician of Pediatric Endocrinology in Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland. He is also an adjunct Professor in the Department of Growth and Reproduction in University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has served as a chief editor of International Journal of Andrology 2001-2009, an editor of European Journal of Endocrinology 1995-2003, Organogenesis 2005 -, Spermatogenesis 2011 - , editorial board member of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2009-11, Endocrinology 2013- , and Andrology 2013-. He is the president of the European Academy of Andrology. He has published more than 200 articles on testicular development and function.




Yi-Fei Wang, MD (China)
Professor Yi-Fei Wang is the Senior Advisor of the School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. During 1988-1997, he served as the President of Shanghai Second Medical University, and then from 1995-2001 Medical Officer, Department of Reproductive Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. His major research interest is reproductive biology and reproductive medicine, especially sperm biology. He is the honor President of Chinese Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Editor-in-chief of Asian Journal of Andrology.