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 eight sections representing different Paediatric sub-specialties.

Together with the European Board of Neonatology (EBN), 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. In addition, through 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 specialities. This the ESPR does from ‘bench to bedside’ – meaning it fosters research to improve patient treatment and advance clinical practice.
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 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

 

Scientific Committee

Scientific Programme

09:30-11:00

EBN COURSE EBN brain precongress course: neonatal stroke: PAIS and CSVT

09:30-10:00

Arterial and venous cerebral vascularization

Paul Govaert, Belgium

10:00-10:30

PAIS: MRI dagonosis and outcome

Niek van der Aa, the Netherlands

10:30-11:00

CSVT sinus trombosis

Luca Ramenghi, Italy

11:00-11:30

COFFEE BREAK

11:30-12:00

Stroke like lesions in CHD

Terrie Inder, United States

12:00-12:30

Neuromonitoring

Geraldyne Boylan, Ireland

12:30-13:30

LUNCH BREAK

13:30-14:00

Therapy: epileptic drugs, maintaince yes/no, epileptic surgery, outcome / or: testing infants with CP

Roberta Cilio , Italy

14:00-14:30

Early rehabilitation

Andrea Guzzetta, Italy

14:30-15:00

Preclinical studies

Pierre Gressens, France

15:00-15:30

Clinical trials

Nienke Wagenaar, the Netherlands

09:00-17:00

EBN COURSE

Anton van Kaam, the Netherlands
Pulmonology

09:00-17:00

PRE-CONGRESS

Jennifer Zeitlin, France
​​Epidemiology

09:00-17:00

PRE-CONGRESS COURSE

Mark Johnson, United Kingdom
Neonatal nutrition

09:00-17:00

PRE-CONGRESS COURSE

Paul Govaert/ Sylke Steggerda
Brain/CUS - State of the US

09:00-17:00

PRE-CONGRESS COURSE

Willem de Boode, the Netherlands
Circulation/ Neonatal Echo

09:00-17:00

PRE-CONGRESS EFCNI

Silke Mader, Germany
Dealing with parents in critical care decision

09:00-17:00

NURSING COURSE

Antonia Charitou; Monique Oude Reimer; Lena Vavouraki
with Translation to Greece

17:30-19:00

PLENARY SESSION 1 – OPENING CEREMONY

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

17:30-18:00

jENS Awards

18:00-18:30

The role of philosophy in medical practice

18:30-19:00

Impact of economic crisis on perinatal outcome

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 1 - BRAIN 1
HIE

Chairs: Nikki Robertson, United Kingdom; Deidre Murray, Ireland

09:00-09:30

Therapeutic hypothermia for mild HIE- do we have a clear answer?

Lina Chalak, United States

09:30-10:00

Azithromycin in HIE

TBD

10:00-11:00

Oral Communication

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 2 - LUNG 1
The Newborn Diaphragm

Chairs: Anton van Kaam, the Netherlands; Daniele De Luca, France

09:00-09:30

Monitoring of the diaphragmic function

Jeroen Hutten, the Netherlands

09:30-10:00

Diaphragmatic dysfunction

Jane Pillow, Australia

10:00-11:00

Oral Communication

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 3 - NUTRITION1
Strategies to prevent NEC

Chairs: Gitte Zachariassen, Denmark; Elisabeth Kooi, The Netherlands

09:00-09:30

Hemodynamic strategies to prevent NEC

Maria Carmen Bravo, Spain

09:30-10:00

Nutritional strategies to prevent NEC

TBD

10:00-11:00

Oral Communication

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 4 - PHARMA 1
Individualized Medicine

Chairs: Sinno Simons, the Netherlands; Anne Smits, Belgium

09:00-09:30

Machine learning in pharmacology

Caroline Hartley, United Kingdom

09:30-10:00

Pharmacogenetics

Ron van Schaik, the Netherlands

10:00-11:00

Oral Communication

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 5 - EPIDEMIOLOGY 1
Reducing neonatal morbidity through research and audits using medical and administrative registers

09:00-09:30

TBD

09:30-10:00

TBD

10:00-11:00

Oral Communication

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 6 - EFCNI 1
Improving quality of neonatal care

Chairs: Silke Mader, Germany; Nicoletta Iacovidou, Greece

09:00-09:30

ICHOM Standard Set of Preterm and sick newborns

Andreas Flemmer, Germany

09:30-10:00

How can Quality measurement makes a difference

Matthias Keller, Germany

10:00-11:00

Oral Communication

11:00-11:30

COFFEE BREAK

11:30-12:30

PLENARY SESSION
Safety

Chairs: Sandra Horsch, Germany; Terrie Inder, United States

11:30-12:00

Patient safety

Cynthia van Starre, the Netherlands

12:00-12:30

How can we change our health care system for better patient care?

Helen Bevan, United Kingdom

12:30-13:30

LUNCH BREAK

13:30-15:00

POSTER SESSIONS

15:00-17:00

PARALLEL SESSION 7 - LUNG 2
Mechanical Ventilation

Chairs: Boris Kramer, the Netherlands; Gianluca Lista, Italy

15:00-15:30

HFV or CMV?

Anton van Kaam, the Netherlands

15:30-16:00

NIV-NAVA or SNIPPV?

Howard Stein, United States

16:00-17:00

Oral Communication

15:00-17:00

PARALLEL SESSION 8- BRAIN 2
Outcome Assessment

Chairs: James Boardman; Samantha Johnson, United Kingdom

15:00-15:30

Outcome assessment in the 21st century

Deirdre Murray, Ireland

15:30-16:00

Outcome of the global child in the 21st century

TBD

16:00-17:00

Oral Communication

15:00-17:00

PARALLEL SESSION 9 - CIRCULATION
Cardiovascular consequences of IUGR

Chairs: Topun Austin, United Kingdom; Maria Carmen Bravo, Spain

15:00-15:30

From an obstetrician’s perspective

TBD

15:30-16:00

From a paediatric perspective

Eirik Nestaas, Norway

16:00-17:00

Oral Communication

15:00-17:00

PARALLEL SESSION 10 - NUTRITION 2
Parental nutrition and micronutrients

Chairs: M Skouroliakou, Greece, Viola Christmann, The Netherlands

15:00-15:30

Phosphorus and calcium homeostasis

TBD

15:30-16:00

Fluid and electrolytes

Sissel Moltu, Norway

16:00-17:00

Oral Communication

15:00-17:00

PARALLEL SESSION 11 - ESPR nursing and health care prof section

Chairs: Agnes van den Hoogen, the Netherlands; Mikael Norman, Sweden

15:00-15:30

Lower limits of viability in 22-23 week infants

Rosemarie Boland, Australia

15:30-16:00

Survival at the limits of viability – the Swedish perspective

Richard Sindelar, Sweden

16:00-16:30

The parent perspective

TBD

16:30-17:00

Oral Communication

15:00-17:00

PARALLEL SESSION 12 - EFCNI 2
Newborn screening (ROP(Hearing/Metabolic)

Chairs: Luc Zimmermann, the Netherlands; Gabriel Dimitriou, Greece

15:00-15:30

ROP

Ann Hellström, Sweden

15:30-16:00

Nursing talk about the nursing role for all screenings in the NICU

Monique Oude Reimer, the Netherlands

16:00-16:30

Metabolic Screening

Cor Oosterwijk, the Netherlands

16:30-17:00

Oral Communication

17:00-17:30

COFFEE BREAK

17:30-18:30

PLENARY SESSION 3 - BENGT ROBERTSON AWARD

Chairs: Charles C. Roehr, United Kingdom; Anton van Kaam, Greece

08:30-10:30

PLENARY SESSION 4 - YOUNG INVESTIGATOR PRIZE SESSION

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

11:00-12:30

PARALLEL SESSION 13 - BRAIN 3
Cerebral function

Chairs: Jeroen Dudink, the Netherlands; Deirdre Murray, Ireland

11:00-11:30

Genetic epilepsy

Roberta Cilio, Belgium

11:30-12:00

Sleep

Geraldine Boylan, Ireland

12:00-12:30

Oral Communication

11:00-12:30

PARALLEL SESSION 14 - LUNG 3
Surfactant

Chairs: Kajsa Bohlin, Sweden; Andreas Flemmer, Germany

11:00-11:30

Synthetic surfactant

David Sweet, United Kingdom

11:30-12:00

Congenital surfactant dysfunction

Oliver Danhaive, Belgium

12:00-12:30

Oral Communication

11:00-12:30

PARALLEL SESSION 15 - CIRCULATION 2
Transfusion of blood products, beneficial and adverse effects

Chairs: Heike Rabe, Germany; Topun Austin, United Kingdom

11:00-11:30

Thrombocytopenia - to transfuse or not to transfuse

Anna Curley, Ireland

11:30-12:00

Red blood cell transfusion- why? Why not? When? How?

Enrico Lopriore, the Netherlands

12:00-12:30

Oral Communication

11:00-12:30

PARALLEL SESSION 16 – EPIDEMIOLOGY
Epigenetics and biomarkers in epidemiological research

11:00-12:30

PARALLEL SESSION 17 - EFCNI 3
Safe and optimal nutrition

11:00-11:30

Early fortification and optimizing growth with an exclusive human milk diet

Amy Hair, United States

11:30-12:00

Challenges to ensure optimal and safe parenteral nutrition of VLBW infants

Christoph Fusch, Germany

12:00-12:30

Oral Communication

11:00-12:30

PARALLEL SESSION 18 – UENPS
Seeds for Life

Chairs: Corrado Moretti, Italy

11:00-11:30

Management of "the first golden hour" in developing Countries

Daniele Trevisanuto, Italy

11:30-12:00

Surfactant in low resources Countries

Chairs: Corrado Moretti, Italy,

12:00-12:30

Oral Communication

12:30-13:30

LUNCH BREAK

13:30-14:30

POSTER SESSIONS

14:30-16:30

WORKSHOP NO. 1
Safety

Chairs: Luc Zimmermann, the Netherlands; Pierre Kuhn, France

14:30-15:00

Auditing neonatal resuscitation using video recording

Elizabeth Foglia, United States

15:00-15:30

Simulation training

Jens Schwindt, Austria

15:30-16:00

Thermoregulation

Riccardo Pfister, Switzerland

16:00-16:30

Central venous lines

Jos Latour, United Kingdom; Agnes de Hoogen, the Netherlands

14:30-16:30

WORKSHOP NO. 2
Lung - Respiratory treatment in extreme preterm infants

Chairs: Anton van Kaam, the Netherlands; Olivier Danhaive, Belgium

14:30-15:10

Challenges in the respiratory support in the extremely immature infants 22-24 weeks

Richard Sindelar, Sweden

15:10-15:50

Hydrocortisone treatment to prevent BPD in extremely preterm infants

Wes Onland, the Netherlands

15:50-16:30

nHFO in extremely preterm infant

Hendrik Fischer, Germany

14:30-16:30

WORKSHOP NO. 3
NIRS-circulation-PDA

Chairs: William de Boode, the Netherlands; Topun Austin, United Kingdom

14:30-15:30

PDA - to treat or not to treat

Afif El-Khuffash, Ireland

15:30-16:30

NIRS and blood pressure / Safe boosc 3

TBD

14:30-16:30

WORKSHOP NO. 4
Systemic inflammation and multiorgan dysfunction

Chairs: Eleanor Molloy, Ireland; Irwin Reiss, the Netherlands

14:30-15:30

Sepsis and inflammation

Jim Wynn, USA

15:30-16:30

NEC and inflammation

Per Sanglid, Denmark

14:30-16:30

WORKSHOP NO 5
Basic neuroscience

Chairs: Pierre Gressens, France; Bobbi Fleiss, Australia

14:30-15:30

The mini-brain, the gut

Elisa Hill, Australia

15:30-16:30

Immunomodulation in perinatal brain injury

Bobbi Fleiss, Australia

14:30-16:30

WORKSHOP NO 6
Postdischarge interventions

Chairs: Terrie Inder; United States; James Boardman, United Kingdom

14:30-15:30

Very early intervention in infants at neurodevelopmental risk: state of the art and future perspectives

Andrea Guzzetta, Italy

15:30-16:30

Postdischarge interventions to improve outcome in preterm infants

Alicia Spittle, Australia

17:00-18:00

CORONA SESSION

17:00-17:30

Impact of Coronavirus/COVID-19 on special/intensive care for newborns – a parents'perspective

Silke Mader, Germany

17:30-18:00

TBD

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 19 - BRAIN 5
Nutrition and brain

Chairs: Niek van der Aa, the Netherlands; Anita Truttmann, Switzerland

09:00-09:30

Nutritional interventions

Nicholas Embleton, United Kingdom

09:30-10:00

Nutrition and brain development

Caroline Theije, the Netherlands

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 20 - LUNG 4
BPD

Chairs: Wes Onland, United Kingdom; Richard Sindelar, Sweden

09:00-09:30

BPD collaborative strategies

Leif Nelin, United States

09:30-10:00

Long term effects of BPD on lung function

TBD

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 21
Greek Societies Session

Chairs: George Mitsiakos, Greece; Antonia Charitou, Greece

09:00-09:40

Golden hour of neonatal life

Gabriel Dimitriou, Greece

09:40-10:20

NICU environment and the developing brain

Angeliki Nika, Greece

10:20-11:00

Fetal Neurologic Assessment

TBD

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 22 - NUTRITION 3
Own mothers milk

Chairs: Hans van Goudoever, the Netherlands; Miguel Saenz de Pipaon, Spain

09:00-09:30

Handling of expressed mothers’ milk

Gitte Zachariassen, Denmark

09:30-10:00

Early administration of own mothers’ milk and outcome

TBD

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 23
I&I&I Sepsis

Chairs: Eleanor Molloy, Ireland; Irwin Reiss, the Netherlands

09:00-09:30

Management of neo sepsis: what’s new?

Richard Polin, United States

09:30-10:00

Sepsis and cardiac functional management

Willem de Boode, the Netherlands

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 24- UENPS 2
What have we learned from COVID-19?

Chairs: George Daskalakis, Greece

09:00-09:30

COVID-19 in pregnant women

TBD

09:30-10:00

COVID-19 and the Neonatologist

Riccardo Davanzo, Italy

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications

11:00-11:30

COFFEE BREAK

11:30-12:30

PLENARY SESSION
Stress

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

11:30-12:00

Caring for the Caregivers - Why and How?

Terrie Inder, United States

12:00-12:30

Postnatal stress in preterm and term born infants

Alicia J. Spittle , Australia

12:30-13:30

LUNCH BREAK

13:30-15:00

POSTER SESSIONS

15:00-17:00

PARALLEL SESSION 25 - BRAIN 6
Novel therapeutics

Chairs: Bobbi Fleiss, France; Elisa Hill, Australia

15:00-15:30

Stem cell treatment in preterm encephalopathy

Pierre Gressens, France

15:30-16:00

miRNAs in prenatal brain injury

TBD

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications

15:00-17:00

PARALLEL SESSION 26 - RESUSCITATION 1
Pro - Con discussion - which level of oxygen to start with?

Chairs: Arjan te Pas, the Netherlands

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Low level:

Charles C Roehr, United Kingdom

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High level:

Janneke Dekker, the Netherlands

15:00-17:00

PARALLEL SESSION 27 - NUTRITION 4
Breastmilk fortification

Chairs: Virgilio Carnielli, Italy; Hans Van Goudoever, the Netherlands

15:00-15:30

Milk analysis using milk analyzers

Christoph Fusch, Germany

15:30-16:00

Use of bovine colostrum

Gitte Zachariassen, Denmark

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications

15:00-17:00

PARALLEL SESSION 28 - CIRCULATION 3
Congenital diaphragm hernia, the importance of underlying hemodynamic pathophysiology

Chairs: Ulrike Kraemer, the Netherlands; Willem de Boode, the Netherlands

15:00-15:30

Ventricular - arterial coupling in CDH patients

Neil Patel, United Kingdom

15:30-16:00

The role of iNO in CDH patients

Nim Subhedar, United Kingdom

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications

15:00-17:00

PARALLEL SESSION 29 - EFCNI 4
Taking care of infants and families in challenging situations

Chairs: Silke Mader, Germany; Kosmas Sarafidis, Greece

15:00-15:30

Taking care of newborns needing intensive care, coming from families in challenging situations

Helen Bouza, Greece

15:30-16:00

Ethical dilemmas

Dominic Wilkinson, United Kingdom

15:30-16:00

De-escalation strategies with parents

TBD

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications

15:00-17:00

PARALLEL SESSION 30 - PHARMA 2
Medical fetal therapy

Chairs: Karl Allegaert, Belgium; Charalampos Kotidis, Greece

15:00-15:30

The obstetricians perspective

TBD

15:30-16:00

The neonatologists perspective

Sinno Simons, the Netherlands

16:00-17:00

Oral Communications

17:30-18:30

PLENARY SESSION
Novel treatment strategies

Chairs: Pierre Gressens, France; Nienke Wagenaar, the Netherlands

17:30-18:00

Expanding intestinal stem cells- Hope for short bowl treatment?

TBD

17:30-18:00

Brain organoids as models to study the development and evolution of the human brain

Wieland Huttner, Germany

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 31 - BRAIN 7
Perinatal viral brain infection - imaging and treatment

Chairs: Paul Govaert; Belgium; Luca Ramenghi, Italy

09:00-09:30

Fetal CMV infection

Yves Ville, France

09:30-10:00

Congenital CMV infection - how can postnatal Imaging guide therapy

Ana Alarcon, Spain

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 32 - LUNG 5
Oxygen targeting

Chairs: Wes Onland, the Netherlands; Andreas Flemmer, Germany

09:00-09:30

Lessons from RCTs

Barbara Schmidt, United States

09:30-10:00

Closed loop oxygen control

Axel Franz, Germany

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 33 - NUTRITION 5
Quality improvement

Chairs: Mark Johnson, United Kingdom

09:00-09:30

Postnatal growth failure in preterm infants

Mark Johnson, United Kingdom

09:30-10:00

Own mother milk intake

Munish Gupta, United States

10:00-11:00

Oral Communication

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 34 - EFCNI 5
Long term outcome

Chairs: Nicole Thiele, Germany; Anastasia Varvarigou, Greece

09:00-09:30

Long term outcome (RECAP preterm cochort)

Samantha Johnson, United Kingdom

09:30-10:00

Growing up as a preterm infant

Juliette Kamphuis, the Netherlands

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 35 - UENPS 3
What is new in delivery room management?

Chairs: Mario Rüdiger, Germany and Gianluca Lista, Italy

09:00-09:30

Training of DR resuscitation in national societies

Boris Filipovic-Grcic, Croatia

09:30-10:00

Overview of current DRM trials

Heili Varendi, Estonia

10:00-11:00

Oral Communications

09:00-11:00

PARALLEL SESSION 36 - Greek Session

Chairs: Fani Anatolitou; Mariana Theodora, Greece

09:00-09:40

Complications of Monochorionic Twins

Makarios Eleftheriadis, Greece

09:40-10:20

Cardiovascular support in neonatal sepsis: an update

Kosmar Sarafidis, Greece

10:20-11:00

Antenatal care and Perinatal outcome of refugees in Greece

George Daskalakis, Greece

11:30-13:00

PLENARY SESSION - CLOSING SESSION
Artificial intelligence

Chairs: Gunnar Naulaers, Belgium and Manon Benders, Netherlands

11:30-12:00

Brain and Genetics

Martijn van de Heuvel, the Netherlands

12:00-12:30

AI for prediction of outcome in HIE

Geraldine Boylan, Ireland

12:30-13:00

AI for prediction of sepsis

David van Laere, Belgium

Invited Speakers

PRELIMINARY LIST OF SPEAKERS