Meet our Faculty

The NNFM Steering Committee proudly announces that the curated program emphasizes exceptional and meaningful lectures in the sphere of fetal medicine presented by outstanding field experts.

Simon Horsholt Thomsen

Simon Horsholt Thomsen is a young medical doctor and PhD-student at the Center for Fetal Diagnostics and Dept. of Clinical Genetics at Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital.

For the past five years, he has worked with placental mosaicism and is currently doing a PhD on this subject. He has previously presented his work at both national and international conferences and meetings

Michael Aertsen

Dr. Aertsen studied medicine in Leuven (Belgium) and completed his radiology training in Leuven (Belgium) and Cardiff (Wales, UK). Since 2015 he has been involved in all prenatal and post mortem studies at the University Hospitals in  Leuven and he has also been involved in trialling of artificial intelligence applications for fetal MR image reconstruction developed at University College London.  He received his Phd for a project entitlde ‘The role of fetal brain magnetic resonance imaging in current fetal medicine’ in 2022.

He is a member of the ESPR task force on postmortem imaging and in 2018 and together with Owen Arthurs he organized the first PM imaging workshop in Leuven in 2019.

Ganesh Acharya

Ganesh Acharya is a Professor and Head of Division of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC), Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. He also holds a clinical position as a Senior Consultant in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine at the Karolinska University Hospital and a chair as an Adjunct Professor at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.

He obtained his MD from Lviv State Medical Institute, Ukraine in 1987.  He worked in Nepal from 1988 to 1994 and in the UK from 1994 to 2001. He completed his specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the UK in 1999 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He has an MSc in Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) from the University of Hertfordshire, UK, a PhD from UiT Norway, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Perinatal Cardiology from the University of South Florida, USA.

Ganesh Acharya has been working in Scandinavia since 2001. He worked initially as a Consultant and Head of Fetal Medicine Unit at the University Hospital of North Norway. He was appointed as a professor at the University of Tromsø in 2008 and as a guest professor at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden in 2012. He has spent some time as an academic visitor/visiting professor at the University of Oxford, UK (2011), Fudan University, Shanghai, China (2015) and University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA (2015-2016). In 2016, he was appointed as a full professor at Karolinska Institutet.

Ganesh Acharya has more than 250 scientific publications and a H-index of 52. He was a Scientific Editor of BJOG from 2012 to 2015 and has been the Editor-in-Chief of Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica (AOGS) since January 2015.

His main areas of research Interest are clinical and experimental maternal-fetal medicine, fetal cardiovascular physiology, placental biology and imaging, reproductive medicine, and global maternal health.

Ingūna Lubaua

Paediatric and fetal cardiologist

Education
Latvian Medical academy, Faculty of Paediatrics
Fellowship  in paediatric  cardiology , Royal children hospital ,
Monash  Medical Center, Melbourne, Australia
Riga Stradins university , Doctoral studies in paediatric cardiology
Work experience
Children university hospital, paediatric and fetal cardiologist
Riga Stradins university, Department of Paediatrics , Asoc. Profesor, Study coordinator
Riga Stradins University , Faculty of Residency, Head of Paediatric cardiology study programme

Erik Iwarsson

Erik Iwarsson M.D. PhD, is Associate Professor of Medical Genetics at Karolinska Institutet and Senior Consultant at the Department of Clinical Genetics at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.

He obtained his MD from Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm followed by PhD, also at KI. He had his specialist training in Clinical Genetics at the Dept of Clinical Genetics, Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. Both clinical and research work have focused on preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) and genetic applications in prenatal diagnosis.

Bo Jacobsson

Professor Bo Jacobsson (MD, Ph.D.) is the Head of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery at the Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the head of the Perinatal Research Laboratory at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden. He is also a Senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway. He is Chief Physician in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Maternal/Fetal Medicine at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Professor Jacobsson is a leading expert on the mechanisms and epidemiology of preterm birth. His research group is the world's leading in the genetics of preterm delivery and the timing of birth. The main research aim is to identify and apply different strategies to prevent preterm delivery to improve the clinical outcomes of preterm-born children. He has also performed extensive clinical genetic diagnostic trials within fetal diagnostics. He is chairing the Genomic Medicine Sweden complex diseases group and is a steering group member of Genomic Medicine Sweden. He is also a Swedish Nordic Society of Human Genetics and Precision Medicine representative. He has also studied infections during pregnancy about pregnancy and child outcomes.

Professor Jacobsson has been involved in the work of different international Maternal and Child Health organizations for more than 20 years. He is presently the FIGO Division Director of Maternal and Neonatal Health (2021-2025) and the past chair of the FIGO's Committee of Preterm Birth 2019-2021. He is also leading the European Branch of PREBIC. Within the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, he is a board member and leads the special interest group of preterm birth. He is a part of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Knowledge and Evidence Working Group and co-leads the MNCH workstream. He co-edited the "Born-too-soon - the decade version" (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, PMNCH report) and co-chaired the Global Advocacy group for the same publication. He is also serving and has served as an expert on several WHO special task groups.

Prof. Jacobsson has published over 360 peer-reviewed papers between 2002-2024. Among other journals, he has published in Nature, Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Genetics, PLOS Medicine, and JAMA. In addition, he has been invited to lecture at more than 200 international scientific conferences.

H-index: 82 (Google Scholar), 60 (Web of Science) and 65 (Scopus) by January 2024.

Ida Vogel

Ida Vogel is a clinical geneticist, PhD, DrMSc. As a key person working between fetal medicine and clinical genetics she has been instrumental to generate new knowledge on advanced genetic techniques into prenatal care in Denmark (arrayCGH, exome and genome sequencing and now cell-based NIPT) and has pushed to implement these in clinical care. This diagnostic revolution has more than doubled the abnormal prenatal test results, has significantly increased reproductive choice, but also halved morbidity of newborns in Denmark. For those continuing pregnancy after an abnormal result a diagnosis likely improves postnatal care but is also known to increase parental coping. Through the Danish Health Board and the scientific organizations (DSMG, DSOG and DFMS) Ida Vogels research has impacted national guidelines (2004 and 2017) for a international level care for all women in Denmark. She became the first professor in fetal diagnostics in Denmark in 2019. An additional interest is patient empowerment and counselling issues. All these efforts are combined in the interdisciplinary research centre of which she is the research director: Center for Fetal Diagnostics, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University

Vita Zidere 

Vita Zidere MD FRCP is Consultant in Paediatric and Fetal Cardiology at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust since 2005. She qualified in medicine from the Riga Stradins University in 1994 and trained in paediatric and fetal cardiology at the University Children’s Hospital in Riga, Latvia, at Guy’s Hospital, London and at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Centre, Babies Hospital, New York, USA. Dr Zidere is a co-editor of Fetal Cardiology handbook, as well as written several book chapters for fetal medicine and paediatric cardiology books and has published more than 55 peer-reviewed papers with a major focus on prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease.

Lotte Andreasen

Lotte Andreasen is clinical laboratory geneticist, PhD at Dept. of Clinical Genetics at Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark. For the past six years, she has worked with analysis and interpretation of data from different advanced genetic techniques (arrayCGH, exome and genome sequencing, cell-free NIPT and cell-based NIPT), with a main focus on prenatal whole genome sequencing analysis. Sharing knowledge is crucial in this discipline, since many genetic findings are not yet associated with a prenatal phenotype.