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27.02.2024 10:40

Chasing the Chameleon: Leopoldina International Virtual Panel discusses the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis

Caroline Wichmann Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina

    Worldwide, an estimated ten percent of women of reproductive age are affected by endometriosis, a chronic disease characterised by the growth of endometrium-like tissue outside of the uterus. This leads to symptoms such as severe pain, especially during menstruation, or infertility. Despite its prevalence, endometriosis is often incorrectly diagnosed, and the cause of the disease is still largely unknown. On Thursday 7 March, experts will examine the causes, symptoms, and treatment of endometriosis in an international virtual panel discussion.

    Leopoldina International Virtual Panel
    “Chasing the Chameleon: Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometriosis”
    Thursday, 7 March 2024, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    Online via Zoom

    The Leopoldina International Virtual Panel provides a platform for exchanging knowledge, ideas, and perspectives on ongoing research efforts. In addition to the latest research findings on the causes and symptoms of endometriosis, the panel will also discuss strategies for diagnosing, treating, and supporting patients from an evidence-based perspective. The Leopoldina will welcome the following experts to the panel discussion.

    • Professor Stacey Missmer, Sc.D., Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids/USA and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Cambridge/USA
    • Professor Dr Bettina Toth, Head of the Department of Gynaecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine at the Medical University of Innsbruck in Innsbruck/Austria
    • Professor Dr Matthias Beckmann, Member of the Leopoldina, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg/Germany and Director of the Endometriosis Center at the University Hospital Erlangen/Germany
    • Professor Nicky Hudson, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Sociology, Centre for Reproduction Research, De Montford University in Leicester/UK

    More information on the event is available here:

    This event is open to all interested parties and will be held in English. Admission is free of charge. Registration is required: Following registration, a confirmation email with a link and password for the virtual meeting will be sent. When using the Zoom video conference system, the privacy policy of the provider applies:

    Journalists who would like to attend should register by email at

    This event is part of the Leopoldina’s “International Panel Series”, organised in cooperation with its international partners. The virtual panels provide a space for dialogue between leading scientists and the general public. Previous panels addressed the coronavirus pandemic from different angles, including vaccination, multimorbidity, mental health, contact tracing, and long COVID.

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    About the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina:
    As the German National Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina provides independent science-based policy advice on matters relevant to society. To this end, the Academy develops interdisciplinary statements based on scientific findings. In these publications, options for action are outlined; making decisions, however, is the responsibility of democratically legitimized politicians. The experts who prepare the statements work in a voluntary and unbiased manner. The Leopoldina represents the German scientific community in the international academy dialogue. This includes advising the annual summits of Heads of State and Government of the G7 and G20 countries. With around 1,700 members from more than 30 countries, the Leopoldina combines expertise from almost all research areas. Founded in 1652, it was appointed the National Academy of Sciences of Germany in 2008. The Leopoldina is committed to the common good.

    Media Contact:
    Caroline Wichmann
    Head of the Press and Public Relations Department
    Tel: +49 (0)345 472 39-800

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