Dr. Noémi Deslex-Zaïontz, past-president of the foundation, was a member of the committee since its inception until February 2017. Obstetrician - Gynecologist FMH since 1989. Trained in doctor-patient relationship and psychosomatic medicine already as a resident physician. Secretary and President of the Swiss Society of Psychosomatics in Gynecology and Obstetrics until its dissolution to found the Swiss Academy of Psychosomatic and Psychosocial Medicine (SAPPM). Specialized in children and adolescent Gynecology.
Dr Eliane Perrin, PhD, Prof. emeritus, was the secretary of the Dr Myriam de Senarclens Foundation and member of the committee since its inception until February 2017. As sociologist, the field of her researches was pain and suffering, sexuality, women health, contraception and termination of pregnancy, mainly in interdisciplinary teams. She collaborated with Myriam de Senarclens (1981-1993). She was internal referee of the National Research Council of the SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation, division Humanities and Social Sciences) from 2004 to 2012.
Michal Yaron, President
Dr Michal Yaron finished her medical studies and specialty in ObGyn in Israel. She followed her passion to Toronto where she completed a fellowship in pediatric and adolescent gynecology and ever since has been empowering young women in pursuing healthy sexuality. She is the head of the ambulatory gynecological consultations in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and head of pediatric and adolescent gynecology consultations at the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG). She is a committee member of the Swiss Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology since 2010. Dr Yaron teaches at the Geneva faculty of medicine and is a researcher in the domain of contraception, psychosomatic gynecology and pediatric and adolescent gynecology.
Manuella Epiney, Secretary
Dr Manuella Epiney, PD is a gynecologist obstetrician and head of the “Perinatality Unit” in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG). Her clinical expertise is in counseling, follow up and treatment of high risk pregnancies affected by psychosocial factors and emotional vulnerabilities. She is president of the Swiss Group of Psychosomatic Gynecology and Obstetrics of the Swiss Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (AAGO) and co-chair the “Perinatal Depression Program” in HUG. She is involved and have published different research projects, in the field of “stress and pregnancy” and the effects on the placenta, the foetus and the mother.
Dr Antje Horsch, PD, is a clinical psychologist and research fellow who leads the Perinatal Psychology Research Group at the Department of Maternal and Child Health, University Hospital Lausanne. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Oxford (UK) after which she worked simultaneously as a trauma expert in a tertiary traumatic stress service and as a lecturer at the University of Oxford before moving to Switzerland. Dr Horsch’s research focuses on the impact of stress and trauma in the perinatal period on parental and infant (mental) health. She is a committee member of the Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.
Judith Alder, PD, is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist working in her own practice in Basel, Switzerland, with a specialty in women’s mental health, sexual health and psychosomatic obstetrics and gynecology as well as psycho-oncology. She received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Berne, Switzerland and has worked and researched for many years at the University Women’s Hospital at Basel, with a focus in perinatal mental health, sexual health and psycho-oncology. She is a lecturer at the University of Basel, Faculty of Psychology.
Francesco Bianchi-Demicheli, MD, is head of Psychosomatic Gynecology and Sexual Medicine Consultation at the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Geneva University Hospital; medical referent for Sexual Medicine in Oncology Center and Prostate Center, Geneva University Hospital. He is Senior Lecturer on charge of pre-graduate and post-graduate medical education in Sexology and Sexual Medicine at the Medical School, University of Geneva and he is also teacher at Faculty of psychology for Clinical Sexology, University of Geneva. He is scientific director of the Certificate of advanced studies (CAS) in clinical Sexology, University of Geneva; head of a research group on “Functional organization of the human sexuality: from close relationships to cerebral networks”, University of Geneva. He was a founder and is Vice President of the Swiss Society of Sexology and he is member of the Scientific Committee of the University Funds Maurice Chalumeau.