Name: Christiani Amorim

Country: Belgium

Affiliation:

UCLouvain (University of Louvain), GYNE, Professor

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Address:

Catholic University of Louvain 
Institute for Experimental and Clinical Research 
Laboratory Gynecology 
Avenue Mounier 52, box. B1.52.02 
1200 Brussels  
Belgium

Research Interests:

Tissue engineering, fertility, reproduction, biomaterials.

Biography:

  • I hold a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine and a PhD in animal reproduction. 
  • For the past 20 years I have worked with follicles from a whole range of mammalian species. 
  • Initially, I focused on domestic animals, developing projects to safeguard native breeds from Brazil and Italy through the establishment of cryopreservation procedures for isolated follicles and ovarian tissue. 
  • Since 2007 I have been working with human preantral follicles. 
  • My major goal is to create a transplantable artificial ovary to restore fertility in cancer patients. 
  • Additionally, I conduct studies on ovarian tissue characterization, cryopreservation and xenotransplantation.

Publications:

  1. Reimplantation of cryopreserved ovarian tissue from patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia is potentially unsafe.
  2. Survival of human pre-antral follicles after cryopreservation of ovarian tissue, follicular isolation and in vitro culture in a calcium alginate matrix.
  3. Vitrification as an alternative means of cryopreserving ovarian tissue.
  4. IVF outcome in patients with orthotopically transplanted ovarian tissue.
  5. Study of preantral follicle population in situ and after mechanical isolation from caprine ovaries at different reproductive stages.
  6. Effect of the interval of serial sections of ovarian tissue in the tissue chopper on the number of isolated caprine preantral follicles.
  7. Vitrification and xenografting of human ovarian tissue.
  8. Cryopreservation of caprine ovarian tissue using dimethylsulphoxide and propanediol.
  9. A review of 15 years of ovarian tissue bank activities.
  10. Transplantation of an alginate–matrigel matrix containing isolated ovarian cells: first step in developing a biodegradable scaffold to transplant isolated preantral follicles and ovarian cells.

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