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Speakers

Professor Yousin Suh
Charles and Marie Robertson of Reproductive Sciences in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 
Professor of Genetics and Development
Director of Reproductive Aging in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University

Yousin Suh, Ph.D., is the Charles and Marie Robertson of Reproductive Sciences in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Genetics and Development, and Director of Reproductive Aging in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. She investigates the (epi)genetic component that underlies the interface of intrinsic aging and disease based on the identification of (epi)genome sequence variants associated with age-related disease risk or its opposite, i.e., an unusual resistance to such disease. read more

Professor William Ledger 
Head of Discipline of Women’s Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales
Director of Reproductive Medicine, Senior Staff Specialist at the Royal Hospital for Women and a fertility specialist at City Fertility in Sydney

Professor William Ledger is Head of Discipline of Women’s Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Director of Reproductive Medicine and Senior Staff Specialist at the Royal Hospital for Women and a fertility specialist at City Fertility in Sydney. He founded the Fertility and Research Centre (FRC), a joint venture between University of New South Wales and South East Sydney Local Health District as a centre for translational research in reproductive biology and reproductive medicine. read more

Professor Brian K Kennedy
Director, Asian Centre for Reproductive Longevity and Equality, NUS
Director, Healthy Longevity Translational Research Programme
co-Director, Centre for Healthy Longevity, NUHS

Dr. Brian Kennedy is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Physiology at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Singapore. He serves as co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Longevity at the National University Health System and Director for the Healthy Longevity Translational Research Programme and the Asian Centre for Reproductive Longevity and Equality. Collectively, NUS ageing research seeks to demonstrate that longevity interventions can be successfully employed in humans to extend healthspan, the disease-free and highly functional period of life. read more

Professor Wei-Jun Jean Yeung 
Director (Social Sciences) at Singapore Institute of Clinical Science at A*STAR 
Professor of the NUS Department of Paediatrics in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Professor Wei-Jun Jean Yeung is Director (Social Sciences) at the Singapore Institute of Clinical Science at A*STAR and a Professor of the Department of Paediatrics at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Professor Yeung is a leading expert in social demography and family studies. She is the inaugural President of the Population Association of Singapore and the founding Director of the Center for Family and Population Research at NUS. read more

Professor Andrea B. Maier
Oon Chiew Seng Professor in Medicine, Healthy Ageing and Dementia Research
National University of Singapore
Professor of Gerontology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Andrea B. Maier (1978), a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP), graduated in Medicine (MD) 2003 from the University of Lübeck (Germany), was registered 2009 in The Netherlands as Specialist in Internal Medicine-Geriatrics and was appointed Full Professor of Gerontology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands) in 2013. She was the head of Geriatrics at the Vrije Universiteit Medical Center from 2012 to 2016. From 2016 to early 2021 Professor Maier served as Divisional Director of Medicine and Community Care at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia, and as Professor of Medicine and Aged Care at the University of Melbourne, Australia. read more

Professor Robert B. Gilchrist
NHMRC Investigator
Research Lead, Discipline of Women’s Health
University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia.

Professor Robert Gilchrist is an oocyte biologist whose research encompasses basic and applied aspects of ovarian folliculogenesis, oocyte maturation and preimplantation embryo development. He conducts discovery research on oocyte-somatic cell interactions as a determinant of subsequent embryonic development. His work demonstrated that oocyte paracrine signalling determines cumulus cell differentiation and function. He identified cumulin, a heterodimer of GDF9 and BMP15, and showed that it regulates cumulus cell function and oocyte quality. In addition, he leads a translational research program with the objectives of improving oocyte in vitro maturation (IVM) procedures for treatment of infertility and fertility preservation in women/girls with cancer. He is a pioneer of biphasic IVM procedures which are now in clinical practice. read more

Professor Mary Zelinski 
Professor in the Division of Reproductive & Developmental Sciences at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, Oregon, USA and in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Her research is centered on understanding the basic mechanisms underlying the development and function of primate ovarian follicles with the goal of applying this knowledge through translational research in important areas of women’s reproductive health. She has over 30 years of experience using nonhuman primate models of infertility and contraception. read more

Professor Cuilin Zhang
Professor at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, NUS Medicine
Director of the Global Centre for Asian Women’s Health (GloW)
Lead, Population Health Study program, NUS Bia-Echo Asia Centre for Reproductive Longevity and Equality (ACRLE)
Adjunct Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Professor Cuilin Zhang is a professor at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and the founding Director of the Global Centre for Asian Women’s Health (GloW) (www.glownus.org), and the Lead for Population Health Study program of Asia Centre for Reproductive Longevity and Equity (ACRLE). Prof. Zhang holds an Adjunct Professorship at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. read more

Assistant Professor Ethan Greenblatt 
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

Dr. Greenblatt performed doctoral studies in biophysics in Ron Kopito’s lab at Stanford University, working on the endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation (ERAD) pathway. He identified a central role for membrane rhomboid pseudoproteases in the trafficking of misfolded secretory proteins to the cytoplasm en route to proteasomal destruction. He then joined Allan Spradling’s lab at the Carnegie Institution for Science for his postdoctoral fellowship, where he established a novel system for studying the biology of developmental arrest using quiescent mature Drosophila oocytes. This led to the identification of a key role for aberrant translation in the loss of oocyte function during normal aging or in the absence of disease-associated genes such as Fmr1.read more

Assistant Professor Queenie Li Ling Jun
Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Global Centre for Asian Women’s Health (GloW)

In Dr Li’s early career in research, she used advanced retinal imaging technology and state-of-the-art computer-based image analysis to study pregnancy outcomes and early life diseases. By examining retinal microvascular function and structure—a “window” of general microcirculation in vivo—her research investigated its diagnostic and predictive values in relation to maternal (gestational diabetes and gestational hypertension) and child health outcomes (fetal growth restriction and childhood obesity). read more

Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei 
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), Singapore

Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Singapore — the largest and the most active international business association in Singapore and Southeast Asia representing over 650 companies. Hsien is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, member of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Advisory Board, Vice President of the Precision Public Health Asia Society, board member of TalenTtrust, member of the United Women Singapore STEM Advisory Panel, board committee member of SATA CommHealth, and member of the 2023 FIRST Global Challenge host committee. read more

Georgette Tan
President, United Women Singapore

Georgette Tan is President of United Women Singapore (UWS), a non profit organisation advocating gender equality, women’s empowerment and focused on building the pipeline of future female leaders.
She is on the board of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) and is Chair of BoardAgender, an initiative of SCWO focused on increasing the number of women on boards in Singapore. She is also a board member of SG Her Empowerment (SHE), an NGO that gathers the views and input on issues surrounding the advancement of women and girls, land advocates policies that helps women and girls optimise their family, career and personal lives. read more

Dr. Huang Zhongwei
Deputy Director, NUS Bia-Echo Asia Centre for Reproductive Longevity and Equality (ACRLE) 
Consultant, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, NUH 
Deputy Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, NUS Medicine

Dr Huang completed clinician scientist residency training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and is currently a Consultant at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, National University Hospital, Singapore, subspecializing in Reproductive Medicine, IVF and Sexual Medicine. He completed his medical studies at the National University of Singapore and did his doctorate studies at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, on human oocyte biology and fertility research. read more

Dr Susan Logan
Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, NHS Grampian, Scotland, UK
Senior Clinical Lecturer (Scholarship), University of Aberdeen, Scotland UK

Dr Logan completed her under and post graduate training at the University of Aberdeen, UK. In addition to specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O & G), she also completed RCOG subspecialty training in Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (SRH), ATSM in Menopause care, obtained MFSRH and was awarded the higher research degree of MD (with commendation). She was a Consultant in SRH & Honorary Senior Lecturer O & G in Aberdeen from 2007 until moving to Singapore in 2012. read more

Dr. Adelyn Lim
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, NUS
Research Associate in the Centre for Family and Population Research NUS

Dr Adelyn Lim is an anthropologist and ethnographer of gender and sexuality, with a focus on cultures of fatherhood, reproductive health, as well as intersectional and transnational feminisms. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and a Research Associate in the Centre for Family and Population Research at the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Pek Jun Wei
Principle Investigator, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, NUS

PEK Jun Wei received his B.Sc. (Hons) (2008) and Ph.D. (2011) from the National University of Singapore (NUS). He did his graduate research in the laboratory of Dr. Toshie Kai at the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) where he studied the roles of nuage and small RNAs in the Drosophila germline. In 2012, he joined the laboratories of Drs. Joseph Gall and Allan Spradling at the Carnegie Institution for Science (Department of Embryology) as a Carnegie Collaborative Fellow. He developed a research program to study a novel class of noncoding RNAs (stable intronic sequence RNAs or sisRNAs) in Drosophila. read more

Dr. Lindsay Wu
Senior Res Fellow (NHMRC)
University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia.

Lindsay Wu is a metabolic biochemist whose lab studies the molecular and metabolic mechanisms that underlie biological ageing, with a focus on applications for female fertility. A key interest for the lab is the role of altered metabolism as a cause of reproductive ageing, including unexpected mechanisms for the biosynthesis of the redox cofactor nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+). read more