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the unofficial 99nicu blog! Thoughts, ideas and opinions piling up while working in the 99nicu HQs

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The Future of Neonatal Care will happen in Copenhagen

The Future of Neonatal Care will happen in Copenhagen

Register for the 99nicu Meetup! In the virtual 99nicu Headquarters, we are now very busy with all preparations for our upcoming Meetup, AKA the Future of Neonatal Care conference. This third conference will take place in Copenhagen, 7-10 April, and we are already thrilled about what to come. Our vision for the 99nicu Community is to offer an Internet platform where neonatal staff from all over the world can share questions, experiences and expertise. Therefore, we are grateful to see,

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

Survive and thrive - the WHO take on transforming care for every small and sick newborn

Survive and thrive - the WHO take on transforming care for every small and sick newborn

I would just like to share a new document by the World Health Organization, WHO. In a report that come out the other week, WHO present its key findings from an upcoming publication "Survive and thrive: transforming care for every small and sick newborn." While we commonly think about neonatal care and preterm infants in high-resource settings, there is really a lot of public health work to be done when it comes to improve neonatal care in low-/mid-resource contexts. In fact, the world

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

Great thesis on telomeres, immune development and oxidative stress in preterm infants. And a funny card :)

Great thesis on telomeres, immune development and oxidative stress in preterm infants. And a funny card :)

My colleague Ewa Henckel defended her thesis at Karolinska Institutet on "Cellular consequences of preterm birth : telomere biology, immune development and oxidative stress" last week, including four projects on  telomere length, inflammation and lung function viral respiratory infections and cellular aging  immune system development and environmental exposures hyperoxia-induced lung damage and the capacity to counter-act surfactant inactivation with a novel antioxidan

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

99nicu – a Forum with a Future

99nicu – a Forum with a Future

Since the October issue of Neonatology Today, I and @Francesco Cardona will alternate in writing a column where we will share bits and pieces from the 99nicu community, mixed with more general reflections. This column is the start of a extended partnership between 99nicu and Neonatology Today.  In case you don't know, Neonatology Today is a peer-reviewed monthly newsletter that is available free of charge, and has a mission to provide timely news and information the care of newborns and the

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

First 13 confirmed speakers at our Meetup 2019!

First 13 confirmed speakers at our Meetup 2019!

We now have 13 confirmed speakers for the Copenhagen Meetup 7-10 April next year! Generally, we'll stick to the successful format we have had at the previous meetings: 45 min slots split into a 30 min lecture and a 15 min discussion. We'll continue to use the sli.do smartphone app to facilitate the discussion and allow every delegate to share questions and comments. In addition to the lecture program 7-9 April, we are also planning workhops and mini-symposia on the 10th of April. We'll

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

First five confirmed speaker at the 2019 Meetup!

First five confirmed speaker at the 2019 Meetup!

I just want to share some brief news about our next Meetup, 7-10 April 2019 at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen/Denmark. We (i.e myself, @Francesco Cardona @RasmusR @Christian Heiring , Gorm Greisen and Morten Breindahl) are currently working on the program lectures and workshops. I just want to share the first five confirmed speakers and their topics: Morten Breindahl: Neonatal transports – how to do them safe and easy Ola Andersson: Cord Clamping, 1.0 and 2.0 Ravi Pat

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

We have become >7000!

We have become >7000!

I just realized that the 99nicu community has grown to >7000 members. An amazing number for an independent grass-rotish project, that aims to create a virtual space for neonatal staff around the world. Naturally, there are members that registered more than 10 years ago who have completely forgotten about 99nicu. But still, we know that our newsletter is recieved by ~6200 members. Regardless of the exact number,  we have engaged a lot of people over the years, who have been conn

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

Big Thinking at the Dept of Brilliant Ideas

Big Thinking at the Dept of Brilliant Ideas

We are on important missions in the NICU. From time to time, we all sense the strong rewarding feeling that our work mattered a lot. I love the hands-on work in the NICU, but I also believe strongly in pursuing work at the meta-level of things. That we can change care and improve outcomes through research, quality improvement, and taking our professionalism outside the box. And to the web! Naturally, the 99nicu “global village” is one of those meta-level journeys for me. I have shared

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

the Global Village(-s) of Neonatology

the Global Village(-s) of Neonatology

I must admit that it is a bit exciting to think about that 99nicu.org went live 12 years ago, at a time when Facebook and other “social media” web sites was yet to be invented. (@Zuckerberg, no offense here. Obviously, you created something far greater than 99nicu, still a grass rot project. BTW – could we apply for funding from you Foundation?) When starting 99nicu.org in 2006, we nourished an idea that experiences and expertise should not be hindered by geographical boundaries. In so

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

The World will come to Vienna!

As you know, our conference the Future of Neonatal care in Vienna is approaching! When we went through the registrations yesterday, it struck us that delegates will come from all corners of the world. There are already delegates coming from 21 countries! Just to visualize, we marked the countries on the map below. It will be great to meet up with all of you coming! And, although we will represent many different context, I also believe it is a very good example of how a great diver

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

EBNEO lectures on Youtube!

The Society for Evidence-Based Neonatology (EBNEO) had its 4th International Conference in Hyderabad, India, last November. Although being baised, as the chairman of EBNEO, the conference was a huge success, thanks to that the EBNEO was held in association with Indian Association of Pediatrics Neonatology Chapter. Without the IAP/NEOCON committee led by Dr Srinivas Murki, we would not have managed to set this conference up, that counted many hundreds of national delegates from all regions of Ind

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

Mother Tongue by Rebekka Karijord - a record we all should listen to

Our every-day job is to meet parents and their preterm infants. We have our professionalism, skills and family-centered care strategies. But how do we understand the large gap those families need to bridge, and how parenthood evolves when a child arrives too early? For myself, music has always been important (even essential!) in my own reflections about wider scopes. When it comes to parenthood, I can strongly recommend the record Mother Tongue by Rebekka Karijord, a Norwegian composer and

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

Swedish Dads FTW!

The photographer Johan Bävman is touring around the world with a photo exhibition about "Swedish Dads". The exhibition shows fathers on parental leave.  Swedish newspapers recently wrote about the reactions in Sydney, Australia (see exhibition before 26/9).  A (female) columnist in Sydney Morning Herald referred to the exhibition like "porn for stressed moms". I wouldn't agree on that headline but the column itself is interesting, and the reasoning about how the society could/should become

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

Science Showcase

I subscribe to the small Youtube channel Science Showcase curated by Andrew Maynard, a very enthusiastic researcher! Science Showcase collect video clips with scientific content aimed for a broader (public) audience. There is a contest going on and the best video will win 2000 USD. Just wanted share two interesting clips that are sort of relevant for neonatal staff. The first video is about epidemiology and its basic concepts. As you know, there are tons of clinical studies in neonata

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

99nicu Meetups - the previous one and the next one

First of all, my sincere thanks to everyone involved in the 99nicu Meetup, delegates for attending, speakers for giving great lectures, and partners for support! Despite a lower number of delegates than we had planned for (we did not pick the perfect dates for the Meetup...), I think we managed very well. We needed to downsize and slimline a lot, including changing the venue. But, content was king thanks to great lectures, and all interactions and networking. Given the great feedback

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

24 hours to go...

There is now only 24 hours until until the 99nicu Meetup starts. The roll-up arrived in time Today, I and @Francesco Cardona are printing and packing delegate folders, preparing USB-sticks and getting snacks for the welcome reception tomorrow night.  We are very excited to meet some of you tomorrow IRL, it will be a great meeting! Now back to our work here in the HQ's!

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

Busy HQ before the 99nicu Meetup next week

There's a lot going in at the 99nicu Headquarters right now, as we prepare for the 99nicu Meetup starting on Monday 12/6. USB-sticks and lanyards in preparation Really looking forward to the meeting. Depending on how things run, we may twitter semi-live, and we will also video-record as many lectures as our memory cards allow. It won't be pro-quality but good enough to view and learn. Ciao for now! Stefan

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

Thoughts on future Meetups

During final preparations for the 99nicu Meetup (yes, there are still empty seats, so you can still register ), we have discussed how to think out-of-the-box for future Meetups. Is it really the best idea for us to run by the classic conference format and setup? Given the experience for this years Meetup, maybe not. Especially since regular meetings are connected to larger financial risks, and 99nicu is still an project that runs on philanthropic fuels. One idea is that the 2018 Meetu

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

99nicu Meetup and the Periscope test run

For the 99nicu Meetup, not only the venue but also the budget is down-sized  So, there won't be funding for the kind of web cast we originally planned.  Instead we plan to use Periscope, the live streaming service that (I think) is a Twitter-owned service. It seems from the Periscope test run below, that the image quality from using a smartphone is not superb (despite having the latest model!) but if you plan coming to the 99nicu Meetup and are experienced with Periscope Producer, plea

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

99nicu Meetup, the same great program in a down-sized venue

Maybe we were a bit too optimistic about the 99nicu Meetup, when we booked a big and fancy venue However, we will not be 200 people on the meeting, or at least, we cannot take the risk NOT becoming 200 people. While you will still be able to book accommodation at the Clarion Hotel, we will run the conference in a smaller aula for 80 people at "my hospital". The aula (i.e. our hospital) is within 1200 meter walking distance from Clarion Hotel. So, in short, the same great program i

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

Why the 99nicu Meetup is priced at ~630 USD, and how we aim to release it for free

As you may have noticed, we have opened the registration for the 99nicu Meetup 12-15 June. I hope many of you will be able to come! Click here for more infor! We got some feedback from a member in an African country about the fee for the meeting, which is 5600 SEK (excl VAT) corresponding to ~630 USD, and whether we had plans to add a differentiated lower fee for members coming from middle- and low-income countries. I really wished we could offer a reduced fee but to with a limited num

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

First registrations filed to the Meetup in June

As planned before the end of 2016, we have completed the program for the 99nicu Meetup in June 2017. You can find the program on this page, where we will also post the registration link around the 20th of January 2017. However, we have already the first two members registered who wanted to spend remains of educational funds for 2016   I look forward very much to this meeting, the program is great and it will be a joy to meet you IRL!

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

Evidence-Based Neonatology

I am waiting to board the flight from Stockholm to Philadelphia, to attend the 3rd Evidence-Based Neonatology (EBNEO) conference. Although being biased (as part of the organizing committee), I think the meeting will be great! You can follow the meeting on www.ebneo.org, on the hashtag #ebneo2015 And, I think the EBNEO Society, the principal organizer of the conference, has an important mission: to increase the knowledge about evidence-based neonatology, and how to apply its principals in neonata

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

99nicu - around the world

As Internet is everywhere (sort of), 99nicu.org has become a truly global network!   From Google analytics we could see that people browsing 99nicu the past month (May 9 - June 8) comes from all over the world.   The final goal for our outreach is Greenland and countries in Central Africa.

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

 

Link to like: Evidence Updates

I know - many of us want less emails... But the emails from Evidence Updates are great! Evidence Updates (a collaboration project by the BMJ Group and McMaster University) assists your reading of new research by grading articles by "Relevance" and "News-worthiness". For example, this trial on D-vitamin supplementation of preterm infants showed up in an email alert, an article I had missed otherwise.   1. You need to Register (here!) 2. Choose your clinical interest ("Pediatri

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

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