PROF SILKE JULIANE DYER

 

 

Overview

  1. Qualifications
  2. Professional Experience
  3. Research Publications
    • International peer-reviewed articles
    • Books chapters
  4. Research: Scholarly Presentations at International Congresses
  5. Research in progress
  6. Editorial activity
  7. Leadership, Management and Administration
    • University
    • Hospital
    • Department
  8. Professional organisations
  9. Recognition from Peers

 

  1. Qualifications
PhD, University of Cape Town, 2006

Thesis Title: ” Infertility in the public health care system in South Africa: Patients’ experiences, reproductive health knowledge and treatment-seeking behaviour”

 

MMed (O&G), University of Cape Town, 1997

Thesis Title: “Strategies to improve artificial insemination by donor”

 

Facharzt fuer Gynaekologie und Frauenheilkunde (German equivalent of FCOG), Germany,1993

 

FCOG (SA), 1992 (College of Medicine of South Africa)

 

MBChB, University of Munich, Germany, 1985

 

2.      Professional Experience

Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa (promoted ad hominem from Associate Professor)

 

 

January 2014 – Current

 

 
Head: Clinical Unit, Groote Schuur Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, South Africa May 2013 – Current  
Deputy Head of Department, University of Cape Town/Groote Schuur

Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, South Africa                     January 2010 –  Current

 

 
Associate  Professor (promoted  ad hominem from Senior Lecturer) January 2007 –   December 2013  
Designation: Head of Clinical Unit (Reproductive Medicine), Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa February 2006 – April 2013  
Senior Specialist: Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa July 1996 –April 2013  
   
Specialist: Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa       July 1993 –June 1996  
 

Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology,  University of Cape Town/Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa

 

   January 1989 – June 1993

 
(Including 6 months as a Senior Registrar in sub-speciality training in Reproductive Medicine and 6 months as Senior House Officer in training in Neonatology)

 

 
Senior House Officer,  Groote Schuur Hospital, South Africa

 

 

Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology,  Medical University Luebeck, Germany

 

August 1988 – December 1988

 

   June 1985 – March 1988

 
   
   
  1. Research Publications
    • International Peer-reviewed Articles (last 5 years)
Dyer S, Archary P, de Mouzon J, Fiadjoe M, Ashiru O. Assisted reproductive technologies in Africa: first results from the African Network and Registry for Assisted Reproductive Technology, 2013. RBMOnline 2018; DOI information: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2018.11.00

 

Adamson GD, de Mouzon J, Chambers G, Zegers-Hochschild F, Mansour R, Ishihara O, Banker M, Dyer S. International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technology: world report on assisted reproductive technology, 2011. Fertil Steril 2018; 110(6):1067-1080.

 

Botha B, Shamley D, Dyer S. Availability, effectiveness and safety of ART in sub-Saharan Africa:

a systematic review. Hum Reprod Open 2018; issue 2, 1 February 2018, hoy003.

Zegers-Hochschild F, Adamson GD, Dyer S, Racowsky C, de Mouzon J, Sokol R, Rienzi L, Sunde A, Schmidt L, Cooke ID, Simpson JL, van der Poel S. The International Glossary on Infertility and Fertility Care, 2017. Fertil Steril. 2017 Jul 28. pii: S0015-0282(17)30429-doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2017.06.005.

Dyer S, Chambers GM, de Mouzon J, Nygren KG, Zegers-Hochschild F, Mansour R, Banker M, Adamson GD. International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies world report: Assisted Reproductive Technology 2008, 2009 and 2010. Hum Reprod 2016; 31(7), 1588-1609.

Ishihara O, Adamson GD, Dyer S, de Mouzon J, Nygren KG, Sullivan EA et al. International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies: World Report on Assisted Reproductive Technologies, 2007. Fertil Steril 2014; doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2014.11.004

 

Mansour R, Ishihara O, Adamson GD, Dyer S, de Mouzon J, Nygren KG, Sullivan E, Zegers-Hochschild F. International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies world report: Assisted Reproductive Technology 2006. Hum Reprod 2014; Advance Access published May 2.

 

 

3.2.      Books chapters

 

Dyer S, Archary P, Adamson GD. ART Surveillance in Africa. In: Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance. Eds. D Kissin, D Adamson, G Chambers and C De Geyter. In press.

Dyer S, Patel M.  The economic consequences of infertility. In: Infertility and Assisted Conception in the Tropics. Coordinating Ed  L Omo-Aghoja.

 

4.      Research: International Scholarly Presentations (last 5 years)

Dyer S. “Infertility definition, prevalence and burden” presented at the WHO Global Summit Meeting on Safety and Access to Fertility, Geneva, Switzerland 2018 (invited presentation).

Dyer S. “Registry and Regulation: an African update” presented at the 8th Annual International Association of Fertility and Reproductive Health Conference, Lagos, Nigeria, September 2018 (invited presentation).

Adamson GD, Zegers-Hochschild F, Dyer S, Chambers G, Ishihara O, Mansour R, Banker M, De Mouzon J. “ICMART World Report 2014”

Chambers G, Fitzgerald O, Dyer S, Zegers-Hochschild F, Adamson GD. “Gender inequality and utilisation of assisted reproductive technology: an international analysis”.                                  presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, Barcelona, Spain, July 2017

Dyer S. “National, regional and global ART registries” presented at the IFFS 2018 International Symposium, Kampala, Uganda, March 2018. (invited presentation)

 

Dyer S. “Global access to infertility care: building reproductive networks” presented at the Updates in Infertility Treatment 2018 meeting, Madrid, Spain, January 2018 (invited keynote lecture).

 

Ishihara O, Zegers-Hochschild F, Dyer S, Adamson D. “Cultural and social determinants on the number of embryos transferred at ART” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Medicine, Osaka, Japan, October 2017.

 

Dyer S. “ANARA workshop” conducted as pre-congress workshop at the 1st  Annual Meeting of The Fertility Society of Ghana (FERSOG), Accra, Ghana, September 2016.

 

Dyer S. “Building the African Registry for ART” (invited lecture)

Dyer S. “Overview of the African Registry for ART” (invited pre-congress workshop lecture)

Dyer S. “Managing our Data” (invited pre-congress workshop lecture)

Fiadjoe M, Gwet-Bell E, Gwet BB, Aduayi AC, De Mouuzon J, Dyer S. “Place of G IERAF in ART in Africa and the world” (invited pre-congress workshop lecture)

presented at the 7th Annual International Conference of the Association of Fertility and Reproductive Health (Nigeria), Abuja, Nigeria, September 2017.

 

Adamson GD, de Mouzon J,  Ishihara O, Dyer S, Banker M, Mansour R, Chambers G, Nygren KG, Zegers-Hochschild F. International Committee Monitoring ART (ICMART) Preliminary World Report 2013 (Invited presentation).

Zegers-Hochschild F, Adamson GD, Dyer S, Racowsky C, de Mouzon J, Sokol R, Rienzi L, Sunde A,  Schmidt L, Cooke ID, Simpson JL,  van der Poel S. The International Glossary on Infertility and Fertility  Care, 2017 (invited  presentation).

33rd Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, Geneva, Switzerland, July 2017.

 

Dyer S.  “Barriers and strategies for the development of an African Assisted Reproductive Technology Registry” (invited lecture) presented at the 13th General Meeting of the Latin American Network and Registry for Assisted Reproductive Technology, Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 2017.

 

Dyer S. “Infertility – An African perspective” (Invited lecture) presented at the RCOG World Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, March 2017.

 

Dyer S. “Contempory issues  in ovarian stimulation for ART” (invited lecture) presented at the 6th Annual International Conference of the Association of Fertility and Reproductive Health (Nigeria), Port Harcourt, Nigeria, September 2016.

 

Adamson GD, de Mouzon J,  Ishihara O, Dyer S, Banker M, Mansour R, Chambers G, Nygren KG, Zegers-Hochschild F. International Committee Monitoring ART (ICMART) Preliminary World Report 2012 (Invited presentation).

Dyer S, F Zegers-Hochschild, J de Mouzon, R Mansour, M Banker, G Chambers, O Ishihara, K Nygren, D Adamson. ICMART in Africa. (invited presentation)

Dyer SJ, Vinoos L, Ataguba J. Poor financial recovery from out-of-pocket payment for Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) in the public-academic health sector of South Africa.

32nd Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, Helsinki, Finland, 2016.

 

Dyer SJ. Psychological consequences and financial impact of infertility. (Invited presentation). Seminar: Thirty Years of IVF in Egypt. Luxor, Egypt, 2016.

 

Adamson GD, de Mouzon J,  Ishihara O, Dyer S, Banker M, Mansour R, Chambers G, Nygren KG, Zegers-Hochschild F. International Committee Monitoring ART (ICMART) Preliminary World Report 2011 and Update on ICMART World Health Organization (WHO) Glossary. Invited presentation.  31st  Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, Lisbon, Portugal, 2015.

 

Dyer SJ. ART Monitoring in Africa: Need and opportunity. International Conference on Global access to Infertility Care: The Walking Egg Project. Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2014.  

 

Sullivan E,  Adamson D,  Zegers F, Nygren K,  Ishihara O, Mansour R, de Mouzon J, Banker M, Dyer S. ICMART data – the global view. 7th World Congress on Mild Approaches in Assisted Reproduction (ISMAAR 2014), Sydney, Australia, 2014.

 

Adamson D, Zegers-Hochschild F, Ishihara O, Sullivan E, Mansour R, Nygren KG, Banker M, de Mouzon J, Dyer S. ICMART World Report: Preliminary data for 2010. 30th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, Munich, Germany, 2014.

 

  1. Research in progress

The African Network and Registry for Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ANARA)

Starting in 2015, I initiated the formation of ANARA under the guidance and in collaboration with ICMART: the International Committee Monitoring ART; and the Latin American Registry for ART. We have established key contacts in Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius, Kenya, Cameroon, Togo and Mali; and I organised a first and very successful training workshop in November 2016 in South Africa at which 30 delegates from 10 countries participated. In addition I have written a full project proposal, successfully attracted funding from both NRF and Industry, have presented ANARA as invited speaker at two ESHRE conferences, successfully launched a website (www.anara-africa.com) and have generated an online data collection platform. Data collection is commencing in selected centres in January 2017.

 

The International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technology (ICMART)

After being initially a regional representative (Africa), I am now a member of the board of ICMART. ICMART collects and reports annually on global data pertaining to the utilisation, effectiveness and safety of ART. I was first author of the latest world report comprising three years of world data. The publication was accompanied by a press release and Editorial (Human Reproduction, 2016). ICMART also leads the work on the ART Glossary which, through a process of extensive communication and collaboration and with participation of WHO, establishes common, consensus definitions and terminology in ART and infertility as a pre-requisite for the collection of global data; in addition, terminology and language influence policy and access to reproductive health services.

 

The South African Register of Assisted Reproductive Techniques (SARA)

Starting in 2007, I have spearheaded the formation of this data register which was the 1st of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, and I am the chair of the SARA committee.  The register collects and pools national, anonymous data from participating ART clinics.  It documents to what extent ART needs are met in South Africa (which is approximately 6%) and the effectiveness and safety of treatment.

As a result of my work related to SARA I was invited to join the committee of ICMART: the International Committee Monitoring ART.

 

 

  1. Editorial activities:
  • Associate Editor, Human Reproduction (January 2016 – to date)
  • Associate Editor for the new International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) journal, Global Reproductive Health (January 2017)

 

  1. Leadership, Management and Administration

7.1. University

  • Member of University Senate since 2014

 

7.2. Faculty

  • Member of Board of Faculty since 2007
  • Intermittent Member of Dean Advisory Committee (2010 – current)
  • Member of Faculty Research Committee (2001- 2015)
  • Member of Human Research Ethics Committee (2010 – 2012)

 

7.3. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

  • Deputy Head of Department (2010 – current)
  • Consultant in charge: Gynaecology
  • Consultant in charge: Post-graduate students
  • Head of Clinical Unit: Reproductive Medicine Unit

 

 

  1. Professional Organisations

Appointed to FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) Reproductive Medicine Committee, 2010 – 2018

 

Committee member: ICMART (International Committee Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Techniques), 2010 – current

 

Committee Member, Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy [SASREG], 2000- current

 

Chair: South African Register of Assisted Reproductive Techniques [SARA] (under the umbrella of SASREG), 2009-current

 

 

  1. Recognition from Peers (selected)
Fellowship Honoris Causa awarded by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for dedication and achievement in supporting and advancing healthcare for women, 2017.

 

Boet Dommisse Award for Special Contributions to the Department, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Cape Town, 2008 and 2011

 

Health Professions Council of South Africa Award for Excellence in Health Care, 2005

 

JC Coetzee Prize for Best Original Research in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Cape Town, 2014, 2004 and 1999

 

J. Behrman Scholarship for Best MMed Dissertation, Department Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Cape Town, 1997

 

Daubenton Medal for Best National Candidate in the FCOG II Examination, 1992