Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive a pregnancy after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse. Infertility affects about 1 in 6 Australian couples of reproductive age. Now nearly 5% of children born in Australia result from IVF treatment. Causes of infertility are many and varied and involve male, female or a combination of factors. This includes problems with the production of sperm or eggs, the structure or function of male or female reproductive systems; and/or hormonal and immune conditions. The impact infertility has on individuals and couples can be overwhelming.

The panel represents some of the leading clinician researchers and academics in Queensland who are working hard to understand the causes of infertility, the impact it has in local communities and develop the next frontier in fertility treatment.

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 Dr Sonia Henriques
Dr Ingrid Rowlands
Dr Ingrid Rowlands is a Research Fellow within the Centre for Research Excellence in Women's Health in the 21st Century (CREWH21) at UQ’s School of Public Health. Dr Rowlands combines her training in health psychology and epidemiology to examine women's adjustment to adverse reproductive events including miscarriage. Dr Rowlands’ current work uses data from one of the biggest studies ever conducted on Australian women, the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH), to examine the psychological and social aspects that shape women’s reproductive health.
 Dr Sonia Henriques
Professor Hayden Homer
Professor Hayden Homer is a Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. He’s won numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Medical Research Society Young Investigator Award. He was the first UK Walport Lecturer across all specialties to be awarded Clinician Scientist status. He’s been published in top tier journals and cited by the Faculty of 1000 Experts. Professor Homer worked as a Consultant and Senior Lecturer at University College, London before being recruited to the University of New South Wales in 2014 through their Strategic Priority Funding route. He’s currently the Christopher Chen Chair in Reproductive Medicine at UQ, where he’s set up a reproductive biology research lab.
 Associate Professor Anusch Yazdani
Associate Professor Anusch Yazdani
Associate Professor Anusch Yazdani is a subspecialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and the Director of Clinical Research and Development at the Queensland Fertility Group. Following a fellowship in endoscopic surgery he returned to Brisbane, applying his expertise in minimally invasive surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Mater Hospitals. His appointments include Associate Professor at UQ, Associate Editor for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Counsellor at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and President of the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgical Society. He’s the Program Director for the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Advanced Endoscopic Surgery Training specialist training programs. A/Prof Yazdani is in public and private practice in Brisbane, specialising in reproductive care.

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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