Many of you already know about my engagement in Neobiomics, a startup company now launching ProPrems® in Europe.
I was asked recently if there was a specific event that made me committed to close the gap between need and availability of a safe way to support the intestinal microbiota. Yes, there was a “Tipping Point” that I can share a few words about, without disclosing patient data.
The photo below shows the place in my NICU where a preterm infant stayed some years back, being well o
If you are to read one paper on neonatal ethics this year, I'd argue that this is the one.
Late last year, John Lantos, pediatrician and a leading medical ethicist, published a review in NEJM on the ethics around decision-making in the NICU. The paper is not open-access... but you can surely get it from within your hospital intranet or your university/hospital library.
We have a fantastic toolbox in the NICU. We can provide live-saving treatments and support. Most newborns in the NICU
Since 2016, I have been working “off-radar” with a group of dedicated people in the startup company Neobiomics. I think we have pushed boundaries for thinking and working outside-the-box, and with only small financial support from ALMI and Karolinska Institutet Innovations.
As you are aware, the intestinal microbiota is a hot topic in the neonatal community. For several years I was frustrated about the lack of a high-quality bacterial product. I shared this frustration within my closer netw
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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