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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

Link to like: Newborn's photo gallery

If you need to show images of common and less common physical findings, the "Link to like" is the photo gallery compiled by MD Janelle Aby, at the Stanford School of medicine. Perfect for teaching of students and fresh fellows.   I used it myself today when we discussed nose deviations of the newborn, and I could illustrate differences between a nose septal dislocation and the much more common septum deviation due to the fetus having the nose "stuck" in the uterine wall.   The photo gallery is "

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

Happy holidays!

I just want to say Happy Holidays to everyone, on behalf of the whole 99nicu Team! We don't share any New Year's promises for 2014, but there are exciting news in the pipeline. Besides polishing corners off the new software, we have plans for at least one educational activity...   Sincere thanks to everyone contributing with questions, expertise and experience in the forums!   Best wishes for the New Year!

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

Link to like: mrineonatalbrain.com

Next in the series "Link to like" is a fantastic web resource by Mary A Rutherford, a pediatric neurologist with 20 years of experience of MRI. She has made her book "MRI of the neonatal brain" available as a free e-book on the web. Sometimes there is a free lunch Link to like: www.mrineonatalbrain.com

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

Tips To Interpret Scientific Claims

Do we not read and talk about research findings more often than we critically discuss methods that led to the findings we discuss? Trained in clinical epidemiology, I often believe we should discuss methods more, especially before we move into processes of changing clinical protocols on treatments and diagnostic methods. EBM! Nature published a very nice article about how to interpret research claims. The idea was rather to aim the article towards non-scientists but I think their advice is

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

Link To Like: Neonatalresearch.org

Back in the early Internet days, Portals with link collections were hot and big business. Today, we use search engines and "google" whatever we need to know. And, we have learned the URLs to the sites we use most often by heart.   But, there are still a some really good web based resources that is worth to be promoted and high-lighted. That's my idea with a series of posts with "Links to like"   First out is neonatalresearch.org, a professional and yet personal blog by professor Keith J. Barring

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

99Nicu - Alive And Kicking (Again)

Although there are still things to polish on 99nicu.org, I am relieved that the web site is back on-line again.   With time, the technology became out-dated and we came to a point where we had to do something to vitalize and update 99nicu.   I am certain that the new software we use for 99nicu will improve your experience. However, as content is king, the vitality of 99nicu will rely on activity by all members making up this community.   Our move to a more solid ground, technology-wise, will be

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

Neoknowledge.org - Freshly New Web Site With Neonatology Content

Take a moment and visit www.neoknowledge.org, a freshly new web site with neonatology content. On of the 99nicu members, associate professor Gautham Suresh, working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon/NH, USA, started this e-resource. It has only been online for a few months but already contains lots of useful information. The web site is principally a portal. One of the great features it the collection of educational videos. The video clip on endotracheal intubation of newbor

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

2nd EBNEO in Istanbul – as succesful as in Stockholm 2011

I write this while waiting at the Istanbul airport, on my way home to Stockholm. Still full of impressions from the 2nd EBNEO conference that ended earlier today.   The conference was originally planned to be held in Cairo, Egypt, but in the last minute we took the decision to change to a venue in Istanbul. We worried about that the current social and political instability in Egypt could interfere with the conference. Although such a risk was probably very small I think most speakers and delegat

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

EBNEO2013 - follow the conference on Twitter!

I am on the way to the 2nd EBNEO conference, waiting in the airport to board. As you probably know, the 2nd EBNEO conference was scheduled in Cairo/Egypt. Due to current circumstances, the conference was moved in the last minute to Istanbul/Turkey. I am very glad and grateful towards the conference president Hesham Abdel-Hady (aka hehady here at 99nicu). It is really a major achievement to make EBNEO happen a 2nd time! There will be no webcast this time, but you will be able to follow

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

Snow cannot interfere with my datasets

I have a week off clinical duties for research. After the weather forecast yesterday, I brought my laptop and dataset home, as I realized it could be difficult to get to work. So, now I sit here analysing the effect of maternal BMI on infant health (more to be read in journals near you in 2013...), with a great snow storm outside our house. It's winter, and a very good one ! Almost as good as the exciting odds ratios coming up on my laptop screen!

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

24weekers - a movie that affirms the value of life

@24weekers started to follow our twitter account @99nicu - which draw my attention to "24weekers" - a film project by the journalist/film producer Alan Entwistle who became the father of a baby born at 24 weeks gestation. A film that "affirms the value of life". The project seeks crowd-sourced funding through Kickstarter (here!). Moved by the trailer, I really hope that enough people will contribute. This movie would be important document, for the public, for health care professionals, for

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

It's not all about motherhood in maternity wards and NICUs

Sweden is a good country for parents and when it comes to becoming a father, I think our society is becoming more and more "inclusive". Illustrated by the welcoming photo outside the maternity ward, an infant - with the father in the background. In our Karolinska NICUs we are "rooming-in" parents in family rooms, where the baby is taken care of by the parents as much as possible. We promote the presence of both parents. When only one parent is staying over, it is not uncommon that the fathe

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

Scrutinizing the near-final programme for EBNEO 2013...

I am just reading the yet unofficial and near-final programme for the 2nd EBNEO-conference, scheduled 13-16 March 2013 in Egypt. Topics will (probably) include: Mode of delivery and morbidity in the preterm infant? Developing a cheap surfactant for the third world – planning stages of a large RCT Survival without disability to age 5 years after neonatal caffeine therapy for apnea of prematurity Resuscitation of the preterm infant Implementation of evidence based neonatology -

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

The >5000 members' milestone reached!

99nicu reached 5000 members the other week! A big achievement that you, me and all other members have contributed too. Our next goal is 10000 members, let's get there together! Spread the word about 99nicu to colleagues and neonatal friends!

Stefan Johansson

Stefan Johansson

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