Updating PCOS international guidelines

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PCOS experts from around the world met as part of the PCOS Guidelines Development Groups (GDGs) to update the international guidelines for PCOS which are due to be released in 2023.

Updating the PCOS international guidelines is part of the work of the NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence in Women’s Health in Reproductive Life, which is led by Prof Helena Teede, CIA of the Centre and MCHRI. 

The update of the international Polycystic Ovary Syndrome guidelines specifically addresses identified gaps and new knowledge generated under the Centre.  The Centre is also updating the international guidelines for infertility and early menopause.

The five groups met in Midway City – California, Prato – Italy, Melbourne – Australia, with a range of international experts – researchers, clinicians and consumers attending different meetings.  The Centre’s early and mid-career researchers were involved in the systematic reviews and metanalysis, which was great exposure and a fantastic opportunity.  This included MCHRI’s Dr Aya Mousa, Dr Jillian Tay and Loyal Pattuwage. 

The GDGs have created and expanded necessary data sets and all these outputs will be directly integrated into the guidelines. The updated international guidelines will have a very significant health impact on the health and lives of women with PCOS and will be released in 2023.

The five Guidelines Development Groups and their members are listed below.  Thank you to all those involved.

Guidelines Development Group 1
Screening, diagnostic assessment, risk assessment and life-stage.
14 & 15 November 2022 – Prato, Italy

Chair – Prof Joop Laven, Deputy Chair Dr Anju Joham
Members – Prof Duru Shah, Prof Sharon Oberfield, A/Prof Carolyn Ee, Prof Helena Teede, A/Prof Marla Lujan, Lorna Berry, Prof Ronald Ma, Prof Fahimeh Ramezani Tehrani, Prof Ricardo Azziz, Dr Malika Patel, Dr Alexia Pena Vargas, Prof Weibke Arlt. 

Guidelines Development Group 2
10 & 11 November 2022 – Prato, Italy
Prevalence, screening, diagnostic assessment and management of emotional wellbeing and models of care

Chair – Prof Anuja Dokras, Deputy Chair – Prof Jacky Boivin
Members – A/Prof Tania Burgert, Prof Elisabet Stener-Victorin, Dr Rhonda Garad, Dr Melanie Gibson, Prof Helena Teede, Dr Mala Thondan, Maureen Busby, Leah Brennan.

Guidelines Development Group 3
5 & 6 December 2022 – Melbourne, Australia
Lifestyle management

Chair – A/Prof Lisa Moran, Deputy Chair – Prof Leanne Redman
Members – Prof Kathleen Hoeger, A/Prof Leah Brenna, Prof Chandrika Wijeyaratne, Dr Cheryce Harrison, Lorna Berry, Dr Mala Thondan, Dr Kate Marsh, Prof Helena Teede.

Guidelines Development Group 4
17 & 18 November 2022 – Melbourne, Australia
Management of non-fertility features

Chair – Prof Terhi Piltonen, Deputy Chair A/Prof Jacqueline Boyle
Members – A/Prof Alexia Peña Vargas, Prof Selma Witchel, Prof Rong Li, Prof Poli Mara Spritzer, Prof Eszter Vanky, Dr Daniela Romualdi, Prof Helena Teede, Rachel Morman, Prof Bulent Yildiz, A/Prof Carolyn Ee, Prof Wendy Brown

Guidelines Development Group 5
27 & 28 October 2022 – Midway City, California
Screening, diagnostic assessment and management of infertility

Chair – Dr Michael Costello, Deputy Chair – Prof Robert Norman
Members – Prof Roger Hart, Prof Luk Rombauts, Prof Adam Balen, Dr Edgar Mocanu, Prof Shakila Thangaratinam, Prof Helena Teede, Prof Richard Legro, Prof Dongzi Yang, Cailin Jordan, Dr Lisa Bedson, Dr Ho Manh Tuong, Dr Kim Hopkins.

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