Jacques Donnez, MD, PHD
Director of the SRI (Infertility Research Unit)
Jacques Donnez was born in Tournai (Belgium) on 16 July, 1947.
He studied at the Catholic University of Louvain.
He defended his PhD thesis in 1984, entitled “The fallopian tube: normal and pathological histophysiology”.
He became Full Professor and Head of the Department Gynaecology and Andrology in 1986. He also founded the Academic Infertility Research Unit of the Catholic University of Louvain in 1986.
He has focused his research activities on three main topics: tubal infertility, endometriosis and finally, ovarian cryopreservation and transplantation.
He published over 700 original articles in peer-review journals.
Prof. Donnez was the founding president of ESGE (European Society of Gynecological Endoscopy) and the first president of WES (World Endometriosis Society) Prof. Donnez was the first President of the International Society for Fertility Preservation (ISFP).
He has been elected in Februari 2009 at the Royal Belgian Academy of Medicine. Since 2012, he is Professor Emeritus at the Catholic University of Louvain and Director of SRI (Société de Recherche pour l’Infertilité) in Brussels.
Member of several SAB (Scientific Advisory Boards), he is still involved in several clinical international multicenter studies on endometriosis and uterine fibroids, and collaborates with the Academic Unit of Prof. M.M. Dolmans, project leader and pioneer in the field of fertility preservation in women.