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University Medical Center Groningen

prof. dr. C.M. Bilardo

Professor in Fetal Medicine
prof. dr. C.M. Bilardo

Personal record


Name                                  Bilardo


First names                          Caterina  (Katia)  Maddalena 


Address                               Lassuslaan 54


Postcode and residence         3723 LL Bilthoven


Telephone                            +31(0)302287153  Mobile phone: +31(0)653204064


Date and place of birth: 7 January 1954, Savigliano (Cuneo), Italy

Marital status                          married to G.H.A. Visser

Children                                Maddalena (1991) and Maurits (1994)



 1969-1973        Classical Lyceum G. Arimondi, Savigliano, Italy Diploma di Maturità Classica 50/60

1973-1979         Medical study at the University of Torino, Italy (cum laude)

 1979-1984        Specialization in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Clinic for Obstetrics & Gynae­cology, University of Torino, Italy

1986-1989         Fellowship in Fetal and Perinatal Medicine Kings’s College Hospital, Department of Obstetrics& Gynaecology (head Prof. S. Campbell)


1991                    Registration Dutch Specialist Committee (SRC) 

2008                    Sub-specialization Perinatology

Academic Achievements

 MD Thesis 1979     Placenta previa: entita’statica o dinamica Turin (Italy) October 22, 1979

Specialization Thesis 1983        Studio Doppler della circolazione fetale. Turin (Italy) July 8, 198

PhD Thesis  1994     Doppler studies of the fetal circulation in hypoxaemic hypoxia and anaemic hypoxia. University of        Groningen (NL)  February  9th  1994. Promoter. Prof. dr. H. J. Huisjes, co-promoters prof. S. Campbell    and prof. K.H. Nicolaides

 Appointment as Professor in Feto-Maternal Medicine, Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal therapy 2011 University of Groningen, March 1st 2011


Other qualifications:

 1987     Family Planning Course Diploma 1987, King’s College Hospital, Londen

2004     Advanced Fetal Heart scanning Course, King’s College Hospital (January 2004)

2005     Management Course for Medici, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam

2006     Course Feed-Back giving, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam


Job experience

 1984-1985     Staff Gynaecologist-Obstetrician at Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Sma. Annunziata  Hospital  Savigliano (CN, Italy)

 1985-1989     Senior Research Fellow, Honorary Senior Registrar Department of Obstetrics &Gynaecology (Head: Prof. S. Campbell) King's College Hospital London, U.K.

 May -August 1989     Staff Gynaecologist, University Hos­pital Gronin­gen, NL                                   ­

 1990-1991                Staff Gynaecologist- Obstetrician Martini Ziekenhuis, Groningen, NL

 October 1992-April 2010    Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, (Academic senior Specialist) Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam.

Within the same position:

   -1993                     Head of the Ultrasound Unit

  May 2000              Head of the Department of Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Medicine Unit

  January 2007         Director Prenatal Screening Association Noord Holland Amsterdam en omstreken(SPSAO)

 Since April 2010         Head of the Department of Fetal Medicine and Prenatal Diagnosis University Medical Centre Groningen,

Director Prenatale Screening Association North-East Netherlands (SPSNN)

Research Grants and Awards:    

1980-1981 Grant from Italian National Research Institute C.N.R.

“ Progetto finalizzato medicina Preventiva Perinatale”: King’s College Hospital London (prof. S. Campbell) Research project on “fetal blood flow measurements by Doppler technique” 

1994   Grant from Stichting Klinisch Genetica Amsterdam

Project: First Trimester Ultrasound Screening for Chromosomal anomalies

2002  Award Development and Research  Fetal Medicine Foundation

Presentation: Relationship between monitoring parameters and fetal outcome in fetal growth restriction

  London 31august-3 September 2002

2011 Research grant UMCG Pilot study Project First trimester prediction of pre-eclampsie: the Perc study


 Other Professional activities

  • Board member of the Dutch working Party of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1999-2007)
  • Member of the Dutch Society of Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Member of the Committee “ Prenatal Screening” of the Dutch Health Council (Gezongheidsraad)
  • President of the Dutch Working Party Obstetrical Ultrasound, (since April 2004)
  • Board member Dutch Fetal Medicine Foundation
  • Member Dutch Prenatal Screening Organization committee of the CvB RIVM, Bilthoven
  • Member Scientific Committee International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (since 2007)
  • Active reviewer for the following journals:

 Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Prenatal Diagnosis, Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, British Medical Journal, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Early Human Development, European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Human Reproduction

  • Screenings coordinator / Director Stichting Prenatale Screening SPSAO (2007-2010) and therefter SPSNN

 (2010- )

  • Editorial Board  Member Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (since October 2007)
  • Board member International Society of Ultrasound in obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) (since September 2009)
  • Since September 2013 Chair of the Education Committee of the International Society of Ultrasound in obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG)

Research Areas

  • Doppler study of the utero-placental and fetal circulation (chief researcher Truffle study)
  • Fetal dysmorphology ( 2 and 3D studies)
  • Diagno­sis and management of pathological pregnan­cies (fetal congenital anomalies, Rhesus isoim­munization, intra-uterine growth retarda­tion)
  • First trimester ultrasound Down syndrome screening
  • Pathophysiology of enlarged nuchal translucency
  • Twinning (mono-amniotic twin pregnancy)
  • Psychological aspects of Screening
  • Fetal cardiology



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