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NEONATAL SOCIETY SPRING 2004 NEWSLETTER

Since the last newsletter we have had two excellent meetings: the Autumn meeting on November 20th 2003 and the Spring meeting on the 18th March 2004.

The Autumn Meeting 2003 was held at the Jarvis Hall, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London as our usual venue at the Royal Society of Medicine was unavailable due to building work in progress. The RIBA was a very good choice; the size of the hall and its location are very suitable for our meetings. This meeting included the Curosurf lecture given by Professor Neil McIntosh, Professor of Child Life and Health, University of Edinburgh. He talked on Models, relevant models and what can be done with them. An illustration using the Edinburgh ROP model. This was an excellent talk both scientifically and visually and a superb example of translational research that can make a difference to clinical care.

One of the issues raised at the Annual General Meeting was the future science base of the Neonatal Society; one particular question was whether there should be a change of name for the Neonatal Society. This debate is on-going!

The Neonatal Society Committee was reshuffled in November 2003. The new President, Professor Andrew Wilkinson, came into office. Dr Andy Lyon started as the General Secretary and Dr Nikki Robertson started as the Meetings Secretary. We thank Dr Paul Johnson, President 2000-2003. We also thank Professor Terence Stephenson who was Meetings Secretary (1999-2001) and then General Secretary (2001-2003) for his dedication and hard work.

The Spring Meeting 2004 was held at the North Hall at the Royal Society of Medicine. This was a very popular meeting. As well as some interesting research papers, we had two excellent invited speakers who talked around the general theme of Perinatal Brain Injury. Olaf Dammann, Associate Professor in Perinatal Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Hanover Medical School, Hanover, Germany gave a talk titled Perinatal Brain Damage in Preterm Newborns - Dry Numbers versus Wet Lab. This was an thorough and very entertaining review of the literature and lesson in epidemiology methodology. The 10th McCance Lecture was given by Professor Linda de Vries, Professor of Neonatal Neurology, Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, Utrecht, the Netherlands. She talked on Neonatal Neuroimaging - the last 30 years. This was an excellent review of the role of neuroimaging in term and preterm brain injury and demonstrated how magnetic resonance techniques have dramatically improved our understanding of neonatal brain injury in the last 2-3 decades. The talk was extremely informative and filled with beautiful images of the developing brain using ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.

Future meetings
2004
The Summer Meeting 2004 will be in Cambridge on 1st/2nd July. Guest speakers will include Sir Iain Chalmers giving the Tizard Lecture, Dr Rob Tasker and Dr Dino Guissani. The closing date for the abstracts for the free papers is the 21st May 2004. The abstracts should be both e mailed and faxed to the Meetings Secretary, Dr Nikki Robertson. The details are on the website. More details about registration for the summer meeting will be available soon.

2005
The dates for meetings in 2005 are:
Spring Meeting March 17th
Autumn Meeting November 17th
The venue will be the Jarvis Hall, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London. This provides us with more space than the North Hall at the Royal Society of Medicine.
We are in the process of organising the summer 2005 meeting.

The Young Investigator's Prize
We are now calling for nominations for the Young Investigator Prize. The closing date is Friday 30th April 2004; entries should be sent to the General Secretary. Nominations are invited from basic scientists and clinicians who are still in training. Entries will be judged on a summary (400 words) of their research plus a full CV. A letter of support is also required from the Head of Department. The winner will present a 30 minute lecture at the Summer Meeting in Cambridge. All travel/accommodation costs will be paid by the Society. Further details can be found on the website.

New Members
The following have been elected to the Society: Dr Enitan Ogundipe, Dr Shi-Ling Chuang, Dr Elaine Boyle, Dr Michael Harrison

We look forward to seeing you in Cambridge in the summer!

Nikki Robertson
Meetings Secretary

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