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, as previous years, that our conference “footprints” our global outreach and attracts a truly international group of delegates. There are currently 130 delegates coming from 30 countries, from East to West, from North to South. Naturally, we have room for You as well!
What makes the Future of Neonatal Care conference different from other meetings?
First of all, our principal idea is the one of postgraduate learning. To provide evidence-based neonatal care, we all need to refresh and refine our knowledge base. That is pretty obvious, as our work as neonatology professionals gravitates around know-how. IMHO, we can all improve here.
Secondly, we believe conferences should be a place to exchange expertise and experience, and give anyone a chance to ask questions. Every 45 minute session typically includes a 30 minute lecture, to give sufficient time for discussion. Participants at our previous conferences especially enjoyed “very good discussions” and “plenty of time for questions”. We use the smartphone app sli.do (https://www.sli.do/) to allow immediate feedback from participants. Through polls and multiple-choice-questions during lectures, delegates learn from each other. Most importantly, lecturers also get an opportunity to comment directly on aspects popping up.
Thirdly, we aim to place topics in a forward-facing context, how neonatology will develop in the future. Why do we need to know about cord clamping? How should we support breathing of preterm infants? What inotropes shall we use when? Shall discharge MRIs be standard of care for preterm infants? Why do we need to rehearse simulated scenarios?
We are honored to welcome a great set of Faculty members to Copenhagen. To share a few examples:
- Barbara Schmidt and Haresh Kirpalani lead a workshop on when evidence should change the standard of care, and how to interpret non-inferiority trials
- Mortein Breindahl will lecture and lead a workshop on neonatal transports, together with Christian Heiring
- Victoria Payne will share her expertise on prevention of CLABSI
- David Edwards will challenge our minds about MRIs in preterm infants
- Liisa Lethonen and Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth will, for the third time, run their highly appreciated workshop on Family-based care
- Brett Manley will tell us if/how to “Go with (high) flow”
- Gorm Greisen, Ulrika Ådén and Eduard Verhagen will engage in several lectures and a debate on practices and ethics around the border of viability, and parent-participation in decision-making.
As you can see, we have lots to look forward to! Join us at the Future of Neonatal Care in Copenhagen 7-10 April!