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 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

Dr Gemma Sullivan, University of Edinburgh

 ‘Optical neuromonitoring in neonatal encephalopathy’

Programme Thursday 24th June

9.00 Registration, coffee and exhibits

SESSION 1 Chairs: Professor Helen Budge and Dr Chris Gale

9:25 Welcome

9:30 Haslina Binti Abdul Hamid: Anti-reflux medication use among preterm infants in neonatal units in England and wales: a retrospective cohort study

9:45 Luke Mills: PREMFOOD: A randomised controlled trial of unfortified human milk, fortified human milk, and preterm formula as supplement to maternal milk for very preterm infants

10:00 James Webbe: Use of parenteral nutrition in the first postnatal week in England and Wales: an observational study using routinely recorded data

10:15 Rosie Cresner: Use of trans-anastomotic tubes in congenital duodenal obstruction

10:30 Sarah Richardson: The natural history of mild to moderate antenatally diagnosed renal pelvic dilatation (RPD) as determined by ultrasound findings.

10:45 Alexandra Downes: Variants in genes for familial cholestatic disorders contribute to the development of conjugated jaundice in preterm infants

11:00 Tea break and exhibits

11:30 Keynote Lecture: Professor Debby Bogaert, University of Edinburgh

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

12:30 Lunch, exhibits

SESSION 2 Chairs: Professor Andy Ewer and Dr Ela Chakarapani

14:30 Pratusha Babu: Learning from litigation in the care of neonatal patients

14:45 Martins Aso: Resuscitation of preterm infants in Nigeria – a national survey on process

15:00 Kate Hooper: Improving perioperative thermoregulation: evaluation of the use of the Criticool® cooling and warming machine for surgery on the neonatal intensive care unit

15:15 Susanna Sakonidou: The PEC (Parents’ Experiences of Communication in neonatal care) survey: the first UK survey validated for real-time parent feedback in neonatal care

15:30 Sarah Sturrock: Neonatal outcomes following a maternal SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnancy: A systematic review

15:45 Charles Roehr: Improving LP success with NeoCLEAR: Neonatal Champagne Lumbar Punctures Every Time – An RCT

16:00 Tea break and exhibits

16:30 David Harvey Fellowship Lecture: Professor Linda de Vries, UMC Utrecht
Advances in diagnosis, prognosis and management of perinatal brain injury over three decades

17:30 Close of day


Friday 25th June

9.00 Registration, coffee and exhibits

SESSION 3 Chairs: Dr Kevin Goss and Professor Helen Budge

9:25 Welcome

9:30 T’ng Chang Kwok: Association of postnatal dexamethasone timing with need for pressure support at 36 weeks in infants <32 weeks gestation: a population-based study

9:45 Diana Aguirre: Temporal trends in routine predischarge pulse oximetry screening: 6 years’ experience in a UK regional neonatal unit

10:00 Ela Chakkarapani: Impact of parents cuddling babies during therapeutic hypothermia and intensive care; a prospective observational intervention study (COOLCUDDLE)

10:15 Jenny Ingram: Parents and staff views of cuddling babies undergoing therapeutic hypothermia in neonatal intensive care (COOLCUDDLE)

10:30 Tea break and exhibits

11:00 Young Investigator Lecture 2020: Dr Subha Mitra, UCL

  Optical neuromonitoring in neonatal encephalopathy

11:45 Young Investigator Lecture 2021: Dr Gemma Sullivan, University of Edinburgh

12:30 Lunch, exhibits

SESSION 4 Chairs: Professor Andy Ewer and Professor James Boardman

14:30 K Harvey-Jones: Metabolic and haemodynamic optical reactivity indices provide an early assessment of injury and predict neurological outcome following neonatal

14:45 Lara Shipley: Birth in local neonatal units with and without active therapeutic hypothermia and seizure-free survival following hypoxic- ischaemic encephalopathy: a UK study

15:00 Susana Pereira: Can intrapartum CTG predict MRI patterns of brain injury in neonates with HIE?

15:15 Arthur Spencer: Mammillary body abnormalities and cognitive outcome in school-age children cooled for neonatal encephalopathy

15:30 Kadi Vaher: General factors of white matter microstructure in the neonatal brain

15:45 Marianne Thoresen: New MRI score predicts severe cerebral palsy with 98% accuracy after therapeutic hypotermia

16:00 Tea break and exhibits

16:30 – 16:35 Prize-giving – best oral presentation and best poster by trainees

16:35 The Tizard Lecture: Professor Neil Marlow, UCL

Long Term Outcomes after Extreme Prematurity: Fit for the Future

17:35 Close of Meeting

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