Scientific Information

Organising Institutions

The European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) has been at the forefront of Paediatric medical care and innovation since 1958.

As one of the oldest and most prolific Paediatric research societies in Europe, the ESPR co-organises annual conferences, supports investigators with research grants, runs a mentoring programme and disseminates cutting-edge findings through its journal Pediatric Research, amongst others. It currently has ten sections representing different Paediatric sub-specialties.

Together with the European School of Neonatology (ESN), the ESPR’s educational branch, the society organises hands-on pre-congress courses, workshops, as well as summer and winter schools. These underpin key areas of practice within the European Curriculum and Syllabus for Training in Neonatology (ETR Neonatology). In addition, through the Neonatal Online Training and Education Programme (NOTE), a joint venture with the University of Southampton, the ESPR offers online postgraduate neonatal education to doctors and advanced neonatal nurse practitioners.

Based on its heritage and proudly looking back at a long list of achievements, the ESPR continues to promote scientific excellence and collaboration between different Paediatric specialties. This the ESPR does from ‘bench to bedside’ – meaning it fosters research to improve patient treatment and advance clinical practice.

Our mission: Developing and applying research to improve newborn and child health.

The European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) is the first pan-European organisation and network to represent the interests of preterm and newborn infants and their families. It brings together parents, healthcare experts from different disciplines, and scientists with the common goal of improving long-term health of preterm and newborn children. EFCNI’s vision is to ensure the best start in life for every baby.

The mission of the Union of European Neonatal & Perinatal Societies (UENPS) is to improve healthcare in the neonatal and perinatal medicine in the European countries. Main goals of UENPS are to improve quality in perinatal and neonatal care by integrating, coordinating and adding national and scientific societies’ efforts, to promote the knowledge of the perinatal indicators and to develop recommendations, guidelines, training of the healthcare providers and any other tool to achieve the best healthcare for every newborn and surveillance of neonatal rights wherever they are born.

Following on UENPS’ mission, a division named “UENPS Hall of Knowledge” has been established in 2019. Its aim is to gather all experiences and cultural activities developed throughout the years and offer a wider educational approach to the hot topics of neonatology.

Congress Committees

Executive Committee
 

Scientific Committee

 
 

Scientific Programme

PLENARY SESSION 1

17:30-19:00

OPENING CEREMONY

Chairs: Charles C. Roehr, United Kingdom; Silke Mader, Germany; Corrado Moretti, Italy

17:30-18:00

jENS Awards

18:00-18:20

TBD

TBD

18:20-18:30

Discussion

18:30-18:50

Speak on global paediatric / newborn health

Carlo Giaquinto, Italy

18:50-19:00

Discussion

PARALLEL SESSION 1

09:00-11:00

BRAIN 1 - Neuromonitoring

Chairs: Ana Alarcon, Spain; Jeroen Dudnik, the Netherlands

09:00-09:30

Computational tracking of functional brain age in preterm infants

Sampsa Vanhatalo, Finland

09:30-10:00

Automated EEG background analysis in hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

John O’Toole, Ireland

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 2

09:00-11:00

LUNG 1 - Mechanical ventilation / Non-invasive

Chairs: Wes Onland, the Netherlands; Sarah Kotecha, UK

09:00-09:30

Volume guarantee during CMV and HFO

Anton van Kaam, the Netherlands

09:30-10:00

Targeting arterial oxygen saturation in preterm infants – what to aim for and how to achieve it - is closed-loop automated oxygen control the solution?

Peter Dargaville, Australia

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 3

09:00-11:00

NUTRITION 1 - Nutrition and preterm infant outcome

Chairs: Magnus Domellöf, Sweden, Sissel Moltu, Norway

09:00-09:30

Human milk as immune booster

Hans van Goudoever, the Netherlands

09:30-10:00

Strategies to promote breatmilk in ELBW

Gitte Zachariassen, Denmark

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 4

09:00-11:00

PHARMA 1 - Why neonatal pharmacology?

Chairs: Karel Allegaert, Belgium; Sezin Unal, Turkey

09:00-09:30

How to use drugs in neonates: the role of clinical pharmacology

John van der Anker, United States

09:30-10:00

New drug opportunities in the NICU

Sinno Simons, the Netherlands

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 5

09:00-11:00

EPIDEMIOLOGY 1 - Inequaties in newborn health

Chairs: Jennifer Zeitlin, France; Hannah Blencowe, United Kingdom

09:00-09:30

The burden of fetal growth restriction and preterm birth in low and middle income coun-tries

Hannah Blencowe, United Kingdom

09:30-10:00

Malaria in pregnancy and its effect on fetal and neonatal health in sub-Saharan Africa

Valérie Briand, France

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 6

09:00-11:00

EFCNI 1 - Ethical aspects around new technologies and research trials

Chairs: Silke Mader, Germany; Luc Zimmermann, the Netherlands

09:00-09:30

The ethics of new technologies

Dominic Wilkinson, UK

09:30-10:00

Patient involvement in neonatal research and new technologies

Aisling Walsh country, Germany

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

11:00-11:30

COFFEE BREAK

PLENARY SESSION 2

11:30-12:30

RACISM AND INEQUITIES IN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Chairs: Sandra Horsch, Germany; Manon Benders, the Netherlands

11:30-12:00

Racism and perinatal health inequities Research: Where we have been and where we should go

TBD

12:00-12:30

Gender inequities in health care

Marceline Tutu van Furth, the Netherlands

12:30-13:30

LUNCH BREAK

13:30-15:00

5 POSTER SESSIONS

PARALLEL SESSION 7

15:00-17:00

LUNG 2 - BPD

Chairs: TBD; Luc Zimmerman, the Netherlands

15:00-15:30

Prediction models

Matt Laughon, United States

15:30-16:00

Enose-for detecting BPD

Wes Onland, the Netherlands

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 8

15:00-17:00

BRAIN 2

Chairs: Manon Benders, the Netherlands, Luca Ramenghi, Italy

15:00-15:30

Imaging and outcome of fossa posterior abnormalities in preterm infants

Sylke Steggerda, the Netherlands

15:30-16:00

EurUS.brain MRI update: which is the best scoring to use in infants with HIE

Lauren Weeke, the Netherlands

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 9

15:00-17:00

CIRCULATION 1 - Multimodal evaluation of shock in the NICU

Chairs: Bernhard Schwaberger, Austria; Patrick McNamara, United States

15:00-15:30

Methods for assessing shock in the NICU

Erik Nestaas, Norway

15:30-16:00

Integrating multimodal surveillance and clinical signs in the clinical work

Elisabeth Kooi, the Netherlands

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 10

15:00-17:00

NUTRITION 2

Chairs: Alexandre Lapillonne, France; Silvia Iacobelli, France

15:00-15:30

Effects of nutrition therapy on growth, inflammation and metabolism in immature infants

Sissel Moltu, Norway

15:30-16:00

Efficacy and Safety of Enteral Recombinant Human Insulin in Preterm Infants

Miguel Saenz de Pipaon, Spain

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 11

15:00-17:00

ESPR nursing and healthcare professionals - Sweet dreams

Chairs: Agnes van den Hoogen, the Netherlands; Esra Ardahan Akgül, Turkey

15:00-15:30

The benefit if neonatal EEG to improve sleep

Mary Ann Ryan, Ireland

15:30-16:00

The role of music interventions in sleep promotion

Jos Latour, United Kingdom

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 12

15:00-17:00

EFCNI 2 - The golden hour/patient safety

Chairs: Silke Mader, Germany; Luc Zimmermann, the Netherlands

15:00-15:30

Keeping the baby warm - thermoregulation

Lukas Mileder, Austria

15:30-16:00

Delayed cord clamping

Heike Rabe, UK

16:00-16:30

Kangaroo Mother Care/Skin-to-skin directly after birth – even with a very sick and preterm baby

Stina Klemming, Sweden

16:30-17:00

Oral Communications (2x15 minutes)

17:00-17:30

COFFEE BREAK

PLENARY SESSION 3

17:30-18:30

BENGT ROBERTSON AWARD

PLENARY SESSION 4

09:00-10:30

YOUNG INVESTIGATOR PRIZE SESSION

Chairs: Charles C. Roehr, United Kingdom; Petra Hüppi, Switzerland

10:30-11:00

COFFEE BREAK

PARALLEL SESSION 13

11:00-12:30

BRAIN 5 - Epigenetics and Brain development

Chairs: Deirdre Murray, Ireland; Monica Fumagalli, Italy

11:00-11:30

Epigenetics and the preterm brain

James Boardman, United Kingdom

11:30-12:00

The role of epigenetics in neurodevelopmental disorders

Jonathan Mill, United Kingdom

12:00-12:30

Oral Communications (2x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 14

11:00-12:30

LUNG 3 - Cross talk

Chairs: Barbara Schmidt, Canada; Oliver Baud, Switzerland

11:00-11:30

The lung and the gut

Sarah Kotecha, UK

11:30-12:00

The lung and the brain

MJ Dahl, USA

12:00-12:30

Oral Communications (2x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 15

11:00-12:30

CIRCULATION 2 - Time to integrate NIRS in neonatal care?

Chairs: Elisabeth Kooi, the Netherlands; Bernhard Schwaberger, Austria

11:00-11:30

Cerebral NIRS in the delivery room

Bernhard Schwaberger, Austria

11:30-12:00

Cerebral NIRS in the NICU

Mathias Lühr Hansen, Denmark

12:00-12:30

Oral Communications (2x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 16

11:00-12:30

EPIDEMIOLOGY 2

11:00-11:30

The Epidemiology of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy in the era of therapeutic hypo-thermia Results from the French national population-based cohort of infants with moder-ate and severe hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (LyTONEPAL Study)

Thierry Debillon, France

11:30-12:00

Prediction of outcomes and prognosis in infants with hypoxia ischemic encephalopathy treated with therapeutic hypothermia

Waldemar A. Carlo, United States

12:00-12:30

Oral Communications (2x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 17

11:00-12:30

EFCNI 3 - How can we improve preterm infant nutrition and feeding?

Chairs: Silke Mader, Germany; Mark Johnson, United Kingdom

11:00-11:30

How, when and what kind of fortification is needed to ensure an optimal growth and long-term development – what is the evidence?

Magnus Domellöf, Sweden

11:30-12:00

How to inform and involve parents in nutrition pathways

Luc Zimmermann, the Netherlands

12:00-12:30

Oral Communications (2x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 18

11:00-12:30

CMV

Chairs: Ana Alarcon, Spain; Eleanor Molloy, Ireland

11:00-11:30

Transmission of cytomegalovirus in fresh and freeze-thawed mother's own milk to very preterm infants

Chris van den Akker, the Netherlands

11:30-12:00

Pros and cons for routine screening for CMV during pregnancy

George Daskalakis, Greece

12:00-12:30

Oral Communications (2x15 minutes)

12:30-13:30

LUNCH BREAK

13:30-14:30

5 POSTER SESSIONS

WORKSHOP NO. 1

14:30-16:30

Care of the tiny infant - Panel discussion about everything around the care of extremely pretrem infants <25 weeks gestation

Richard Sindelar, Sweden; Angela Kribs, Germany; Charles C. Roehr, UK

WORKSHOP NO. 2

14:30-16:30

How to improve the quality of care/ safety on your unit


Error management and how to manage and evaluate the reporting
Jens Schwindt, Austria

Developing a blame free culture / or: Developing a valuing communication culture
Eva Schwindt, Austria

Using quality indicators
James Webbe, UK

WORKSHOP NO. 3

14:30-16:30

How to optimize neuroimaging for the best possible prediction of outcome

Manon Benders, the Netherlands; Luca Ramenghi, Italy
In this interactive workshop it will be discussed how you can optimize your CUS and MRI imaging with regard to optimizing scan quality by the right choice of CUS transducer, CUS modalities, CUS presets, choice of MRI sequences, timing of scanning, MR scanning in natural sleep and much more. After two lectures on these subjects we will have hopefully a very vivid case discussion. The panel is looking forward to discuss with the audience neuroimaging findings and prediction of outcome and how you would communicate this to parents.

14:30-14:50

How to optimize CUS Imaging in term and preterm infants

Sandra Horsch, Germany

14:50-15:00

Discussion

15:00-15:25

How to optimize MRI Imaging in term and preterm infants

Jeroen Dudnik, the Netherlands

15:25-16:30

Interactive Case Discussion

Audience with Panel
Review the neuroimaging of presented cases and tell us what you think what the neurodevelopment outcome of the patient will be and what would you say to parents?

WORKSHOP NO. 4

14:30-16:30

Ultrasound in the NICU


Lung Ultrasound
Francesco Raimondi, Italy

Abdomen Ultrasound
TBA

WORKSHOP NO. 5

14:30-16:30

Writing successfully for publication

Jos Latour, United Kingdom; Agnes van den Hoogen, the Netherlands; Eleanor Molloy, Ireland

14:30-14:50

Writing your first draft manuscript

Jos Latour, United Kingdom

14:50-15:10

Completing and submitting

Agnes van den Hoogen, the Netherlands

15:10-15:30

Writing an award winning conference abstract

Jos Latour, United Kingdom

15:30-15:50

The editors perspective

Eleanor Molloy, Ireland

15:50-16:30

Discussion

Round table with all speakers

WORKSHOP NO. 6

14:30-16:30

BRONCHOSCOPY

14:30-14:50

Introduction to paediatric bronchoscopy: equipment, indications and contradictions.

Fabio Midulla, Italy; Gretta di Mattia, Italy

14:50-15:10

Anatomical and functional findings in the upper and lower airways

Ernst Eber, Austria

15:10-15:30

Endoscopy in the neonate: clinical cases

Corrado Moretti, Italy

15:30-16:30

Practical hands-on workshop on airways model

All speakers

16:30-17:00

COFFEE BREAK

PLENARY SESSION 5

17:00-18:00

Newborn and mothers in war and crisis

Chairs: Esin Koc, Turkey; Charles C. Roehr, United Kingdom

17:00-17:30

War. (Speaker from Ukraine, WHO)

Denis Surkov, Ukraine

17:30-18:00

Perinatal outcome in refugees

George Daskalakis, Greece

18:00-19:00

MEET AND GREET

PARALLEL SESSION 19

09:00-11:00

BRAIN 4 - HIE / Neuroprotection

Chairs: Nicola Robertson, United Kingdom; Ela Chakkarapani, UK

09:00-09:30

What do we do with the infants that we do not cool? Long term outcome following mild HIE

Deirdre Murray, Ireland

09:30-10:00

COOLPRIME study: comparative effectiveness of treatment for mild HIE

Lina Chalak, United States

10:00-11:00

Oral communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 20

09:00-11:00

LUNG 4 - Longterm BPD

Chairs: Anna Lavizzari, Italy; Peter Dargaville, Australia

09:00-09:30

Adults with BPD

TBA

09:30-10:00

Long term effects of BPD

Keith Barrington, Canada

10:00-11:00

Oral communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 21

09:00-11:00

Challenges and opportunities in LMIC

Chairs: Ola D. Saugstad, Norway; Corrado Moretti, Italy

09:00-09:30

How to reduce neonatal mortality

Joy Lawn, UK

09:30-10:00

TBD

Sushma Nangia, India

10:00-10:30

TBD

TBD

10:30-11:00

Oral communications (2x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 22

09:00-11:00

NUTRITION 3 - Whole body and organ growth

Chairs: Miguel Saenz de Pipaon, Spain; Gitte Zachariassen, Denmark

09:00-09:30

Optimising growth in very preterm infants

Mark Johnson, United Kingdom

09:30-10:00

Congenital nephron deficit associated with a low birth weight

Silvia Iacobelli, French territories

10:00-11:00

Oral communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 23

09:00-11:00

I&I&I Sepsis - Covid19 and neonates multiorgan effects and MISC

Chairs: Chris Gale, United Kingdom; Carlo Pietrasanta, Italy

09:00-09:30

Does Covid 19 affect neonatal brain?

David Kimberlin, United States

09:30-10:00

Update on MISC/PIM-TS in neonates

David Kimberlin, United States

10:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 24

09:00-11:00

TBA

11:00-11:30

COFFEE BREAK

PLENARY SESSION 6

11:30-12:30

Artificial intelligence

Chairs: Sampsa Vanhatalo, Finland; John O’Toole, Ireland

11:30-12:00

Deep learning solutions. Introduction to neural network

Pawel Kulakowski, Poland

12:00-12:30

Artificial intelligence and machine learning in neonatology

Josef Neu, USA

12:30-13:30

LUNCH BREAK

13:30-15:00

5 POSTER SESSIONS

PARALLEL SESSION 25

15:00-17:00

BRAIN 5 - Neuroscience

Chairs: Pierre Gressens, France; Ursula Felderhof- Müser, Germany

15:00-15:30

Peripheral immune cells and perinatal brain injury: a double edged sword?

Josephine Herz, Germany

15:30-16:00

Building a regenerative scaffold for the focal brain injury - tails of spider venom and seaweed

Bobbi Fleiss, Australia

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 26

15:00-17:00

RESUSCITATION 1 - Intrauterine stabilisation

Chairs: Mario Rudiger, Germany; Max Vento, Spain

15:00-15:30

Stimulation of fetal breathing: experimental data

Graeme Polglase, Australia

15:30-16:00

Stimulation of fetal breathing: clinical data

Arjan te Pas, the Netherlands

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 27

15:00-17:00

NUTRITION 4

Chairs: Sissel Moltu, Norway; TBD

15:00-15:30

Enteral nutrition following intestinal surgery in neonates

Alexandre Lapillonne, France

15:30-16:00

Management of short bowel syndrome at a NICU – practical tips for the neonatologist

Magnus Domellöf, Sweden

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 28

15:00-17:00

CIRCULATION 3 - PDA

Chairs: Aisling Smith, Ireland; Samir Gupta, United Kingdom

15:00-15:30

What can we learn from PDA trials?

Willem de Boode, the Netherlands

15:30-16:00

Is it time to accept the null hypothesis, or do we need more PDA trials

Patrick McNamara, United States

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 29

15:00-17:00

What is the risk and impact of RSV infection for all infants?

Chairs: Ola D. Saugstad, Norway; Luc Zimmerman, the Netherlands

15:00-15:30

ResQFamily: Impact of Respiratory Syncytial Virus hospitalisation on Quality of life of Families – a multi-country study

Christina Tischer, Germany

15:30-16:00

RSV from the clinic to prevention strategies

Fabio Midulla, Italy

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 30

15:00-17:00

PHARMA 2 - Life course medicine

Chairs: Sinno Simons, the Netherlands; Giacomo Cavallaro, Italy

15:00-15:30

Maternal drug use and impact on neonates/breastfeeding

Robert Flint, the Netherlands

15:30-16:00

Paternal drug use and effects in offspring Maternal drug use and impact on neo-nates/breastfeeding

Genny Raffaelli, Italy

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications (4x15 minutes)

17:00-17:30

COFFEE BREAK

PLENARY SESSION 7

17:30-18:30

Pediatric research

Chairs: Pierre Gressens, France; Bobbi Fleiss, Australia

17:30-18:00

Artificial womb – update where are we now?

Alan Flake, USA

18:00-18:30

Stem cell research in primates

Marius Möbius, Germany

PARALLEL SESSION 31

09:00-11:00

BRAIN 6 - Seizure epilepsy syndromes

Chairs: Geraldine Boylan, Ireland; Maria Luisa Tataranno, the Netherlands

09:00-09:30

Neonatal presentation of genetic epilepsies: early differentiation from acute provoked seizures

Roberta Cilio, Belgium

09:30-10:00

Epilepsy following acute symptomatic neonatal seizure

Hannah Glass, USA

10:00-11:00

Oral communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 32

09:00-11:00

LUNG 5 - Apnea of prematurity

Chairs: Anton van Kaam, the Netherlands; Sinno Simons, the Netherlands

09:00-09:30

Non-invasive respiratory support in infants with apnea of prematurity

Anna Lavizzari, Italy

09:30-10:00

Pharmacological treatment of apnea of prematurity

Barbara Schmidt, Canada

10:00-11:00

Oral communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 33

09:00-11:00

NUTRITION 5 - NEC

Chairs: Camilla Martin, USA; Mark Johnson, United Kingdom

09:00-09:30

NEC – update on pathogenesis, preventive strategies and non-surgical treatment

Josef Neu, United States

09:30-10:00

Surgical treatment of NEC

Nigel Hall, United Kingdom

10:00-11:00

Oral communications (4x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 34

09:00-11:00

EFCNI 5 - Infant and family-centered developmental care – is this already standard of care?

Chairs: Silke Mader, Germany; Karen Walker, Australia

09:00-09:30

The COUSIN Study: defining outcomes for family-centred care

Jos Latour, United Kingdom

09:30-10:00

Introduction of the WHO Kangaraoo Mother Care STAGE Program

Karen Walker, Australia

10:00-10:30

Mother-Newborn Couplet Care from theory to practice to ensure zero separation for all newborns

Stina Klemming, Sweden

10:30-11:00

Oral communications (2x15 minutes)

PARALLEL SESSION 35

09:00-11:00

Dos and don´ts when planning a research project

Chairs: TBD

09:00-09:30

Dos and don´ts when planning a research project

Deirdre Murray, United Kingdom

09:30-10:00

Grant writing

Chiara Gabbi, Italy

10:00-10:30

Experience with ESPR award from a young researcher’s perspective

Maria Luisa Tataranno, the Netherlands

10:30-11:00

Experience

Marius Möbius, Gemany

PARALLEL SESSION 36

09:00-10:00

MISC 1

Chairs: Silke Mader, Germany; Sinno Simons, the Netherlands

09:00-09:30

Father in the NICU

TBD

09:30-10:00

Prevention of PTSS

Naomi Meesters, The Netherlands

11:00-11:30

COFFEE BREAK

PLENARY SESSION 8

11:30-13:00

CLOSING CEREMONY

Chairs: Charles C. Roehr, United Kingdom; Silke Mader, Germany; Corrado Moretti, Italy

11:30-11:50

Telemedicine for ROP screening

TBD

11:50-12:10

Telemedicine in DR

Mario Rüdiger, Germany

12:10-12:30

Telemedicine in neonatal neurocritical care

Juan Arnaez, Spain

12:30-12:50

Discussion

12:50-13:00

Closing