De Luca Daniele (France)

Director, Division of Pediatrics, Transportation and Neonatal Critical Care

Associate Professor of Neonatology

Secretary of the European Society for Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC)

respiratory Research Associate Editor

Fairchild Karen (USA)

Dr. Karen Fairchild is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at University of Virginia School of Medicine. Her primary area of interest is development of early warning systems for sepsis in the NICU. She also studies apnea of prematurity and directs a randomized clinical trial of ventilation during delayed cord clamping for extremely preterm infants (VentFirst).

Fanos Vassilios (Italy)

Photo byline: Anders Holmqvist.

  • Full Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cagliari-Italy
  • Director since 2003 of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Pathology/Puericulture Institute and Neonatal Section , Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria and University of Cagliari.
  • President of the National Pediatric Commissions on Risk Management of the Italian Society of Pediatrics,
  • Board Member of the Italian Society of Neonatology.
  • Founder, past Executive board member and Scientific Officer of UENPS (Union European Neonatal Perinatal Societies),
  • Permanent member of the International Perinatal Collegium.
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pediatric and Neonatal Individualized Medicine, peer-reviewed, open access ( official journal of the UENPS (Union Neoonatal Perinatal Society) and of the Portuguese Society of Neonatology, recently included also in Thomson Reuters’ Master Journal List (in the Emerging Sources Citation Index)
  • Consultant referee in more than 40 International Journals and board member in 10
  • Coordinator, investigator or coinvestigator of several multicentre clinical researches in neonatology

funded by public or private agencies. The last 2 are a FP7 European Project with 6.000.000 euros on metabolomics and a Marie Curie Project.

  • Author of more than 500 publications (of which 327 on PubMed, 10 in other journals with Impact Factor) in National and International Journals (including Lancet).
  • Referee for several International Agencies for funding, including British Medical Council, New Zealand Medical Council, Portuguese Medical Council, Imperial College-London, South African Medical College, United Arab Emirates University, Ministry of Health, Estonian Researc Council, Italian Ministry of Health.
  • Author of 21 books (4 in English, the first published book on neonatal nephrology [Neonatal Nephrology in Progress], 1 book on history of birth [Children of the Mother Goddess. History of Mediterranean Neonates], 1 in Developmental Nephrology: from embryology to metabolomics, 1 in Kidney Development in Renal Pathology, 1 Metabolomics and Microbiomics: personalized medicine from the fetus to the adult published in Italian in 2015, published by Elsevier in English 1n 2016), 8 Proceedings of Congresses (5 in English, Guest Editor in J Maternal Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, J Chemotherapy), Guest Editor in Curr Pharmac Design and Curr Med Chem. Clinica Chimica Acta, Author of several chapters (69) in National books (47) and International books (22).
  • Speaker in more than 120 International Congresses worldwide and hundreds of National Congresses.

More than 10 Magistral lectures on metabolomics.

Cumulative Impact Factor

  • Impact Factor > 650

Hirsh Index

  • Hirsh Index = 33 (Google Scholar)
  • Hirsh Index = 30 (Scopus)

Kissoon Niranjan (Canada)

Dr. Kissoon is Past President of the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies (WFPICCS); Vice-President, Medical Affairs at British Columbia (BC) Children’s Hospital and Professor, Pediatric and Surgery at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. He holds the UBC BC Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Acute and Critical Care for Global Child Health, is Vice Chair, Global Alliance for Sepsis (GSA), co-Chair, World Sepsis Day, International Pediatric Sepsis Initiative, and the Pediatric Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guideline Committee.
As the Vice Chair of the Global Sepsis Alliance, Dr. Kissoon has been instrumental in lobbying the World Health Assembly of the United Nations to adopt a resolution on sepsis which has recently been passed in May 2017 at the World Health Assembly
In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Kissoon was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Career Award by the AAP for his contribution to the society and discipline, in 2015 he was awarded the SCCM Master of Critical Care Medicine Award and the BNS Walia PGIMER Golden Jubilee Oration Award in India. In 2016 Dr. Kissoon received the UBC Canada Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence and in 2017, Dr. Kissoon has for the 6th time received a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine for outstanding contributions to the Society (this was previously awarded to him in 2001, 2003, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

Lista Gianluca (Italy)

Born in Rome, September 6th,1958
Graduate in Medicine in 1983 and Specialization in Pediatrics in 1987 at the public University of Milan,Italy
Bachelor’degree (PhD) in 2016 at Maastricht University ( The Netherlands).
Temporary Professor at the Pediatrics School of tej University of Milan since 2016 and at the Intensive Care Course of the University of Milan since 2007.
Reviewer of many Medicine journals. About 100 papers published on PubMed.

Perlman Jeffrey (USA)

Jeffrey M Perlman MB Ch B
Professor of Pediatrics
Division Chief
Newborn Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College New York

Training and Post Training Experience
• Graduated from the University of Cape Town South Africa – 1974
• Pediatric and Neonatal Fellowship Training- St Louis Children`s Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine-1979-1983
• Fellowship in the Study of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism – Washington University School of Medicine- 1983-1985
• Medical Director NICU – St Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University. 1983-1989
• Medical Director NICU Parkland Hospital, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas -1989-2003
• 2004- Division Chief, Newborn Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
• Member of Neonatal Resuscitation Committee ( currently Science Advisor) – 1997-
• Co-Chair Neonatal ILCOR (2003-2015)

Research Interests
• Pathogenesis of Neonatal Neurologic Injury including hypoxic-ischemic cerebral injury, hemorrhagic-ischemic injury involving white matter in the premature infant, perinatal cerebral infarction (neonatal stroke) and neonatal seizures
• Delivery Room Resuscitation
• Global Health- Reducing Neonatal Mortality in Tanzania and the Eastern Cape of South Africa
• Using Simulation as a method for training providers in dealing with neonatal emergencies

• Physician of the Year- Parkland Hospital 1997
• Physician of the Year- New York Presbyterian Hospital -2011
Peer Reviewed Manuscripts (n=176)
Book Chapters, General Articles and Reviews (n=82)
Guest Series Editor (n=7) related to Neonatal Neurology and Delivery Room Resuscitation
Letters to the Editor (n=19) including NEJM, Lancet
11 Other written communication

Pillow Jane (Australia)

Professor Jane Pillow is a clinical academic neonatologist at the University of Western Australia and Co-Director of the UWA Centre for Neonatal Research and Education and NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Preterm Infants. She is based at the School of Human Sciences in the Faculty of Science at UWA. Prof Pillow is acknowledged internationally as an expert in neonatal respiratory physiology and mechanical ventilation. She is internationally renowned for her particular expertise in high-frequency ventilation, having undertaken completed her PhD thesis in 2000 on “Optimising High-Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation in Neonates”. Since completing her PhD with Distinction in 2000, Prof Pillow’s research interests have expanded across the range of advanced ventilatory modalities and non-invasive ventilation with the goal of minimising lung and diaphragmatic injury after birth. Prof Pillow has obtained over $13.5 million AUD in research funding, the majority of which is from the NHMRC and the NIH. She has been fortunate to receive nearly continuous scholarship and fellowship funding from the NHMRC and Viertel Foundation since 1997. She is the Founding Director of the UWA Preclinical Intensive Care Research Unit (PICRU), which focuses on translational studies evaluating innovative new treatments to reduce multi-organ impacts of injury, inflammation and infection after birth. Her research group in Perth uses the preterm lamb as a model of neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, many of which are performed in collaboration with interstate and international colleagues. She also runs a neonatal lung function laboratory at King Edward Memorial Hospital, and is involved in follow-up functional studies of children born prematurely in addition to involvement in clinical trials. Her combined clinical and preclinical research team includes 2 postdoctoral researchers, 10 PhD students, 6 Honours students in addition to research support personnel. Prof Pillow has extensive involvement in peer-review activities relevant to neonatal research, mechanical ventilation and respiratory physiology, and in the wider academic scene. Prof Pillow is a Founding Member of the UWA Biozone group, leading the development of a transdisciplinary research network across Western Australia. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Prof Pillow is a Consultant Neonatologist in the Neonatal Clinical Care Unit at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) in Perth. KEMH has 100 neonatal beds including a 30 bed NICU, but often has up to 40 infants on mechanical ventilation or CPAP.

Senterre Thibault (Belgium)

Thibault Senterre is associate professor of neonatologist and pediatrics at Liege University (Belgium) and vice-president of the Belgian French-speaking Neonatologist Association. He has received his medical education and pediatric training at the State University of Liege, Belgium. He completed his pediatric education in perinatal and neonatal medicine at the University of Nancy, France (Maternité Universitaire de Nancy, 1 year) and at the University of Montreal, Canada (Hôpital Sainte-Justine, 2 years). He performed his PhD thesis on the optimization of nutritional support in premature infants under the supervision of Professor Jacques Rigo in 2012. His major field of interest concerns neonatal nutrition, breastfeeding, parenteral nutrition, and growth and development of premature infants. He was member of the Pediatric Parenteral Nutrition Guideline Writing Group who wrote the new 2018 guidelines for the ESPGHAN, ESPR and ESPEN. He also serves as a reviewer for many peer-reviewed international journal.

Urlsberger Berndt (Austria)

Berndt Urlesberger, MD, is the Director of the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics of the Medical University in Graz, Austria. Furthermore, he is the Director of the Research Unit for Cerebral Development and Oximetry Research of the Medical University of Graz. He received his medical degree in 1987 from the Medical School of the University of Graz. Dr. Urlesberger completed his pediatrics residency and neonatal fellowship at the Medical University of Graz. He became Associate Professor of Neonatology in 1999, and Professor of Neonatology in Graz in 2012.

Measurement of regional oxygenation, especially with the use of nearinfrared spectroscopy (NIRS), is the main research area of Berndt Urlesberger. Furthermore, the transitional period from fetal to neonatal life is the main focus of recent research. Here again, the use of NIRS and its possible clinical use during this period is the central topic. Berndt Urlesberger authored and co-authored publications in the field of Neonatology with the topics Neonatal Transition, Cerebral Oxygen Supply Mechanical Ventilation, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Cerebral Development, Neurodevelopmental Outcome. He authored 163 original publications and 10 book chapters.

Wong Hector (USA)

Hector R. Wong is a Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He also serves as the Director of Critical Care Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation. His research program is focused on sepsis, and spans the spectrum from laboratory-based research to translational research. The latter effort is centered on a multi-institutional genomic and clinical database of pediatric septic shock. The database has been leveraged for the discovery of novel therapeutic targets, novel insights regarding the pathobiology of septic shock, the discovery of gene expression-based subclasses of septic shock, and the discovery of novel stratification and diagnostic biomarkers.

Wyllie Jonathan (UK)

Professor Jonathan Wyllie has been a consultant neonatologist at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough since 1994 and was clinical director of neonatology until May 2017. He is Professor of Neonatology and Paediatrics at Durham University. He has a long-standing interest in resuscitation and neonatal haemodynamics as well as an interest in paediatric cardiology. He was one of the originators of the Newborn Life Support course in the UK and Europe. He is the chair of the Newborn Life Support (NLS) subcommittee, a previous chair and now a member of the Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (ARNI) working group for the Resuscitation Council (UK) and Science Co-chair of the European Resuscitation Council NLS Science and Education Committee. He is President of the Resuscitation Council (UK) and an invited board member of the European Resuscitation Council. He was European co-chair of the ILCOR neonatal task force for the evidence evaluation process of 2010, 2015 and continues as vice chair of the ILCOR neonatal task force at present. He is co-author of newborn resuscitation guidelines for Europe and the UK for 2005, 2010 and 2015. In 2010 he was awarded the Fellowship of the European Resuscitation Council for services to resuscitation and in 2015 given honorary membership of the Resuscitation Council (UK). In 2018 he was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. In his spare time he enjoys walking, mountain biking and more recently photography..

Younge Noelle (USA)

Dr. Noelle Younge is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at Duke University. She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and a Masters of Health Sciences degree from Duke University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota followed by a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Duke University. Her clinical and research interests include the development of the intestinal microbiome in preterm infants and the outcomes of infants born in the periviable period.