Summer Meeting 2021

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Summer Meeting 2021

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We welcome abstract submissions of original science for presentation. The deadline is 5pm on Thursday 20th May 2021 and abstracts should be submitted online.

The maximum capacity for on-site attendance is predicted to be 75 people, however this number may decrease depending on government guidance expected to be released in mid May, or conversely may increase if the UK government roadmap goes to plan in late June.

We will currently take bookings for a maximum of 75 people to attend in person onsite at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Presenters will be prioritised for on-site attendance (however ability to attend in person or not will not be considered when abstracts are selected). In-person attendance tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to members and non-members from scientific and healthcare backgrounds.

The cost is £75/day for on-site attendance or £50/day for trainees who are presenting. The number of online attendees is unlimited and will be open to non-members. The cost is £20/day for members, £30/day for non-members and £15/day for trainees.

All tickets can be booked here and registration will open on Wednesday 21st April at 9:00am UK time.

If the UK government’s roadmap changes or social distancing rules for conferences mean that an on-site meeting is prohibited or unfeasible then we will move the whole meeting online and refund any in-person ticket fees.

The full programme will be available in due course.

The Tizard Lecture

Professor Neil Marlow, UCL

‘Long Term Outcomes after Extreme Prematurity: Fit for the Future’

The David Harvey Senior Fellowship lecture

Professor Linda de Vries, UMC Utrecht

 ‘Advances in diagnosis, prognosis and management of perinatal brain injury over three decades’

Keynote lecture

Professor Debby Bogaert, University of Edinburgh

 ‘Development of the respiratory microbiota and its role in susceptibility to infection’

Young Investigator lecture 2020

(carried forward) Dr Subha Mitra, UCL

 ‘Optical neuromonitoring in neonatal encephalopathy’

Young Investigator lecture 2021


 ‘Optical neuromonitoring in neonatal encephalopathy’

Meeting Virtual Link: To be emailed to delegates on 3rd March 2021

10.30. P Clarke, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Vitamin K1 deficiency in exclusively human milk-fed preterm infants in early infancy

10.45. S Greenbury, Imperial College London
Patterns of postnatal weight gain in very and extremely preterm babies: a 12 year, whole population study

11:00. S Uthaya, Imperial College London
Early versus delayed initiation of parenteral nutrition after very preterm birth

Session 1: Chair – Professor Helen Budge. Moderator – Professor Lucy Chappell.

10:00. A Aiyengar, Homerton University Hospital
A systematic review of complaints received by neonatal units

10:15. W Alyahya, University of Glasgow
Early feeding with fortified mother’s own, donor milk and formula in very preterm infants

11:15. W Lammons, Imperial College London
Involving parents, patients and clinicians in the design of a UK national double-cluster pragmatic randomised controlled trial

11:30. Tea / coffee

Session 2: Chair – Professor Andy Ewer.

11:45 Keynote Lecture
Professor Tim Nawrot, Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Belgium The impact of pollution on perinatal development

12:45. Lunch break

Session 3: Chair – Professor James Boardman. Moderator – Dr Kevin Goss.

13:45. M Fernandes, University of Southampton
The INTERGROWTH-21st Project International INTER-NDA standards for child development at two years of age: An International Prospective Population-based Study

14:00. A Bonthrone, King’s College London
Individual differences in brain development and cognitive outcome in infants with congenital heart disease

14:15. T Hurley, Trinity College Dublin
Melatonin alters systemic cytokine production in neonatal encephalopathy

14:30. V Ponnusamy, Queen Mary University of London
Apoptotic neuronal cell death in neonatal encephalopathy is regulated by the Hippo-YAP-let-7b axis

15:45. S Pregnolato, University of Bristol
Regulation of neuroinflammation and glutamate transport in a term newborn rat model of hypoxic- ischaemic brain injury

15:00. S Williams, Brighton & Sussex Medical School
Assessment of the repeatability and reliability of ultrasound measurement of the new-born corpus callosum and comparison with MRI

Session 4: Chair – Professor Karen Luyt. Moderator – Professor Andy Ewer.

15:30. E Wheater, University of Edinburgh
Association between preterm birth, differential DNA methylation and brain dysmaturation

15:45. O Rivero-Arias, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford
Neonatal health care cost of preterm babies born between 27-31 weeks in England: Retrospective analysis of a national birth cohort using the OPTI-PREM dataset

16:00. M Casacão, University College Cork
Early life oxygen dysregulation and gram-positive bacterial challenge in a neonatal rat model induces an inflammatory response but ventilatory control is maintained during normoxia

16:15. N Aiton, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Using 3D photography and imaging analysis to detect prenatal alcohol exposure

16:30. Prize for best presentation by a trainee

16:40. McCance Lecture – Introduced by Professor James Boardman, President

Professor Deborah Lawlor, MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, University of Bristol Early life determinants of cardiometabolic health; separating cause from association

17:40. Close of meeting

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