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      Stefan Johansson
      We are now moving to a dedicated email service for our newsletter. 
      From now on, we will use Sendinblue. With this professional provider of email services, including dedicated IP's, we will be more certain that members actually recieve our emails
      Given that our terms of use also includes that members need to have a valid email address, we will also be clearing the members' database from those with invalid email addresses. 
      If you want to quit your email subscription, there will be bullet proof link in every email.
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      Stefan Johansson
      As you have heard, our 3rd conference aka "99nicu Meetup" and "Future of Neonatal Care", will take place 7-10 April 2019, at Scandic Sluseholmen in Copenhagen, Denmark.
      We are very glad to open the registration today!
      Given that we already have 100+ pre-registrations from 30+ countries, we recommend you to sign today!
      From the pre-registrations, we also know that workshops will be popular. As workshops have a limited number of places, you should register ASAP if you plan to attend a workshop.
      Click here to register!
      Click here to download the program folder!
      If you have any questions about the registration, please email reg@meetingplanners.dk
      See you in Copenhagen! 
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      Despite that 99nicu.org has a very nice mobile interface (try https://99nicu.org on your smartphone browser ), a dedicated smartphone app for the 99nicu community is on our wishlist.
      Although not being our own, there is now a way to do use 99nicu through an app!
      We have integrated 99nicu with Tapatalk, a service that brings 99nicu to smartphones! Although the look-and-feel is not perfect with the Tapatalk App (and different from the mobile interface on the smartphone browser), you can browse, post, and message through the Tapatalk app. Most importantly, you'll also get notifications to your home screen.
      How to use Tapatalk
      Find the Tapatalk App on your smartphone app store. Once you have installed and created a Tapatalk account, search for 99nicu in the app. As on the regular web version of 99nicu.org, you also need to log in to 99nicu in the app.
      the Future
      The longterm goal is of course a dedicated 99nicu app. It is likely that the software IPB (that 99nicu is based on), will offer smartphone app's. Let's hope we'll be able to get that option in the near future.
      99nicu.org
      While we are still finalizing the program for the 2019 Meetup, we cannot wait to share what we know already

      The "Future of Neonatal Care" conference will be held 7-10 April 2019, in the Auditorium at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark.

      The program will include a great set of lectures and workshops with high clinical relevance.

      If you want to secure a seat, we advise you to make a non-binding pre-registration.
      On the conference web site, you can also subscribe to the dedicated conference newsletter.
      See you in Copenhagen next year!


      Stefan Johansson
      We proudly present MONIVENT as a new Supporting Partner of 99nicu!
      MONIVENT is a young medtech company dedicated to improve the emergency ventilatory care given to newborn babies in need of respiratory support at birth. About 3-6 % of all newborns end up in this situation, where healthcare personnel today are lacking tools to determine how effective their manual ventilation really is. 
      Monivent® Neo is a non-invasive monitoring device to be used during manual ventilation, measuring the air volume given to the baby with sensors wirelessly built-into the face mask, providing the caregiver with continuous feedback on several critical parameters. A target volume is presented and any volume given outside the recommended interval is clearly indicated by a color change on an intuitive display.
      MONIVENT recently introduced its first product - Monivent Neo training - used within simulation training on a manikin while a clinical product is currently under development.
      Learn more about MONIVENT on: http://monivent.se/

      Stefan Johansson
      In our Interview series, we are grateful to present this interview with  @Ryan McAdams , US, a neonatologist who is also a painter. We were curious to speak with Ryan about his art work, and the intersection of neonatology, child health and arts.
      Our previous interviews:
      Mats Blennow; Sweden Ruth Davidge, South Africa - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
      Could you please introduce yourself and where you currently work?
      I am Ryan McAdams, the Neonatology Division Chief and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program Director at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wisconsin. I’m married and have two wonderful children.
      How did your professional career lead you to this spot?
      After my fellowship training in San Antonio, Texas, I worked on a naval base in Okinawa, Japan, as an officer and neonatologist in the United States Air Force. I was the Air Transport director responsible for orchestrating and often going on flights to transport critically ill neonates throughout the Western Pacific who required care in the NICU. I met some amazing people in the military and learned a lot about other cultures. While in Japan, I became passionate about global neonatal health and did volunteer medical work in Mongolia, Cambodia, Zambia, and Malawi. After leaving the Air Force, my wife and I moved to Seattle, Washington, where I accepted a job at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. I continued to do global health work with colleagues in Seattle, mainly working in Uganda, with a focus on using education to empower local providers to deliver quality neonatal care. This global health work helped reinforce my strong belief that every baby everywhere is valuable and deserves the best opportunities to thrive.
      While in Seattle, I worked with a talented team of neonatologists, and was fortunate to have numerous opportunities to conduct translational and clinical research focused on understanding perinatal lung and brain injury. After eight enlightening years in Seattle, I was recruited to be the Neonatology Division Chief at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Since I was born and raised in Wisconsin, I was thankful to be close to my family again.
      You are also a painter - please tell us what led you into painting?
      As a child, my aunt gave me an oil paint set, which encouraged me to start painting. I have always had a keen interest in the myriad of colors and subtle details that abound in nature, so exploring the world through art has been a gratifying experience. In medical school, I decided painting would be a healthy creative outlet to stay well-rounded in the midst of intense studying. Short on money, I drove my grandmother to a local craft store and used her senior citizen discount to buy a plethora of art supplies. I built an easel and began to paint. At the time, I was a big fan of Salvador Dali, so his surrealistic style influenced my initial approach to painting. Throughout medical school, I often stayed up all night long painting, a method not always ideal for the rigorous demands of medical school. With my first big canvas painting, I entered an art contest in JAMA magazine and my painting “A Grasshopper Which Sprang From Indecision While a 3-Day-Old Peeled Banana Waited to Be Painted (JAMA. 1998; 280:1189) was a Grand Prize winner. This germinal success misinformed my understanding of how complicated, competitive, and cultivated the art world was, a realization that I learned while in my pediatric residency in northern California. I developed a quick sense of humility after peddling my painting portfolio around the art galleries in San Francisco where the exorbitant price tags of authentic Chagall and Miró prints led me to a somewhat disheartening assimilation of my place outside the circle of established artists. This epiphany led to introspection and a self-declaration that my painting needed to serve a purpose to bless others in a way unhindered by any motivation for supplemental income.
      While living in Japan, inspired by the woodblock masterpieces of Hokusai, I painted a contemporary series of acrylic paintings featuring a hybrid of themes from famous Japanese prints. I also began working on a collection of paintings illustrating the teachings and ministry of Christ described in the Gospel of Luke, a book written by Luke, who was a physician. As I became more involved in global health, the focus of my art centered on the plight of the impoverished and marginalized children of our world.
      Do you have art school training or are you an auto-didact?
      While I am certain formal training would have been advantageous, I am a self-taught painter.
      Can you expand on your themes in your paintings?
      As a neonatologist who has been privileged to do global health medicine and work in large medical centers NICUs, I have witnessed a substantial amount of suffering and death. I have also witnessed the incredible resilience of children and the awe-inspiring dedication and love of their families. These experiences shape why and what I now paint. Themes of social injustice, survival, pain, and grief are the basis for my art since these ageless motifs are still globally preeminent today.
      What messages to you want to convey to those viewing your paintings with neonatal themes?
      My paintings are an amalgamation of emotions constructed with colors, lines, and textures into a tangible declaration aimed at validating the importance of children who have struggled or died, regardless of the brevity of their life. My hope is that my art will validate the existence of these amazing children and provide insight for the viewer, who can contemplate the stories I have tried to capture in acrylics.
      Do you direct the painting to the general public or a more niched "neonatal audience"?
      I paint for the general public, recognizing that the medical community may be more accessible to share my work with, but hopeful that any viewer will pause to consider my art.
      Are those painting also part of your own processing of experiences?
      When I paint a subject or theme related to an intense event, such as the death of a child that I was privileged to care for, this experience provides me a way to work through my emotions and cope with grief. Engaging in this process often requires me to relive difficult experiences in a vivid and immersed manner, which can be quite overwhelming, at times resulting in tears, frustration, scrutiny, and speculation. When I paint a baby or child who died, I approach each painting with deep reverence, often engrossed in deep reflection and prayer about the child’s family, wondering what things would have been like had the child survived. In some ways, the final painting becomes a testimony that substantiates an otherwise untold story, a story that I hope will help others.
      After the unexpected death of my father, at a time when my neonatology work schedule was especially onerous and severe sciatica from my herniated disc was a constant torment, I used painting as I means to deal with my pain and grief. My painting, “Self-Portrait” conveys a period of darkness I experienced and now reminds me that my resilience prevailed despite my trying circumstances. I feel that all people have seasons of struggle and sorrow, so finding constructive coping mechanisms is key to overcome anticipated or unexpected adversity. Right before moving to Wisconsin, my mother, a comical and quick-witted woman who was avid reader and art lover, was diagnosed with lung cancer. A year later, after multiple bouts of chemotherapy, she died days after her birthday. Both my parents encouraged my creativity, so although I can no longer show my latest paintings to them, they still inspire me in a way that I feel I am able to share my work with them.
      Where have you presented your art?
      I have presented my work at small venues including a café, hair salon, church, and at a medical conference. No museums yet, but hopefully someday.
      And, those of us wanting to see more of your work - when to we go where?
      I have had 8 paintings published in medical journals (see links below), but I do not have a website to view my work, since I have not had sufficient time to develop and maintain a quality site.
      A Grasshopper Which Sprang From Indecision While a 3-Day-Old Peeled Banana Waited to Be Painted (acrylic on canvas). JAMA. 1998; 280:1189. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/JAMA/articlepdf/1838997/jms1007-5-1.pdf Original painting entitled “Transposition.” Academic Medicine 2010 Nov; 85(11): Cover Art. https://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2010/11000/Artist_s_Statement__Transposition.36.aspx Original painting entitled “Champei’s Petals.” Academic Medicine. 2012 Oct: 87 (10): Cover Art. https://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2012/10000/Artist_s_Statement___Champei_s_Petals.34.aspx Original painting and poem entitled “The Abruption.” Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2013 Dec: Cover Art (http://links.lww.com/AOG/A450). http://download.lww.com/wolterskluwer_vitalstream_com/PermaLink/AOG/A/AOG_122_6_2013_10_22_MCADAMS_000000_SDC1.pdf Original painting entitled “Wait and See.” Academic Medicine. 2014 Feb;89(2): Cover Art. https://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2014/02000/Artist_s_Statement___Wait_and_See.21.aspx Original painting entitled “The Orphans.” Academic Medicine. 2014 Sep;89(9): Cover Art. https://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2014/09000/Artist_s_Statement___The_Orphans.13.aspx Original painting entitled “The Girl in Blue.” Academic Medicine. 2016 May;91(5): Cover Art. https://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Pages/toc.aspx?year=2016&issue=05000 Original painting entitled “In the Face of Hunger.” Academic Medicine. 2017 Aug;92(8): Cover Art. https://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/toc/2017/08000 For newly graduated colleagues around the world - what would be your advice for their future professional and personal development, with regards to mixing of NICU work and creative work?
      I encourage anyone to explore the value of painting from a wellness perspective. Painting is an amazing way to engage your mind and body in an emotional outlet that provides mechanisms to relax, laugh, grieve, reflect, share, process, and cope with the variety of experiences we face in life. I feel everyone has creativity they can express and that a blank canvas should not be a daunting endeavor, but an amicable invitation to express yourself.
      And finally, what about your own future plans?
      While living in Japan, I conceptualized a way to help support orphans using art. I would love to develop a nonprofit organization where people can purchase online prints of original paintings and then choose a non-governmental organization of their preference to dedicate 100% of the profits to benefit children in need. My grander vision is to establish an international museum dedicated to orphans that would include donated art from global artists and would feature art from orphans around the world. This museum, which would serve as a voice for our most vulnerable children and represent a place where their importance is highlighted, could generate financial resources to support constructive programs, such as academic scholarships, that will help future generations thrive. I am grateful to be a neonatologist, a husband, a father, and an artist, so I look forward to further applying my talents to advocate for children.
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      Please find a selection of nine paintings by Ryan McAdams below.









       
      Stefan Johansson
      We want to share that September is the Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness (NICA) Month, designed to honor families experiencing a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit and the health professionals who care for them.
      The NICA Month is an initiative taken by the non-profit organisation Project Sweet Peas, an organisation coordinated by volunteers, who through personal experience have become passionate about providing support to families of premature or sick infants and to those who have been affected by pregnancy and infant loss.
      I add a very fine video, about "a place for beginnings" where "the word Family is redefined". 
       
       
      Stefan Johansson
      Our 2019 Meetup will take place at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark,  7-10 April 2019.
      While we have the dates and venue set, we have just started to brainstorm about the program.
      Please share your input on topics and speakers in comments below! As the previous years, we are specifically interested in topics with a high clinical relevance, shared by dedicated speakers.
      And yes, we will keep the same format, i.e. a rather short lecture of ~30 minutes, and a ~15 minutes interactive part with polls, questions and discussions IRL and through the sli.do smartphone app.
      See you in Copenhagen!

      Stefan Johansson
      99nicu has become 12 years  
      The first public post (screen shot below) was done on the 11th of May in 2006 by myself and a small group of neonatal friends.
      Thanks to everyone participating in discussions, sharing great advice and being supportive during these years!
       
       

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      The startup company Amnion Life, one of our supporting partners, is seeking a few NICU professionals for a consultancy team around their exciting projects. Read below and contact the CEO Amir Fassihi directly for more information (amir.fassihi@amnion.life)
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      Are you interested in joining an online team of NICU experts to help with design and development of innovative medical devices for preterm infants?  
      Amnion Life Medical Devices, a startup company and developer of Amniobed is proud to announce that they have just completed the second round of Seed funding.  The prototype for Amniobed has been built and is undergoing pre-clinical testing for safety.  The company is tasked with building the team of clinical experts to further advance design and development of Amniobed and other innovative medical devices for preterm infants.
      Amnion Life is looking to recruit one or two NICU experts from North America, Europe and Asia each for an initial team of 5-6 experts.  Consultants work in ten-hour blocks on tasks remotely from home.  
      Tasks include a review of Amniobed and other innovative NICU medical devices on design, user needs, hazard identification, risk management, systematic literature review and clinical trial design.  The company intends to draft the clinical trial protocols for FDA presubmission and approval by Q4 of 2018 and begin the initial clinical trials in Q1 or Q2 2019.  Company's preference is for consultants whomay be interested in further academic work serving as primary investigators on the clinical trials for Amniobed at the later phases of research and development.  
      If you are interested in working as an expert consultant for Amnion Life, please contact: amir.fassihi@amnion.life
      Thank you,
      Amir Fassihi M.D.
      CEO/Founder
      email: amir.fassihi@amnion.life

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