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 delegates had understanding for our precautions.
The venue for 2nd EBNEO was the Gonan Hotel in Istanbul, a very nice hotel close to the Ataturk international airport.
During 2.5 intense days, we could hear in lectures covering a wide range of topics. Naturally, the focus of the conference was evidence-based clinical care of newborn infants, but we also learned more about the basic science of preterm brain damage and got new insights the fetal-neoantal transition. Importantly, we also heard about follow-up care and long-term outcomes of high-risk infants. As we put so much efforts and resources after delivery, we have an equally strong obligation to put efforts and resources in follow-up care.
The 2nd EBNEO conference was not broadcasted on the web as the 1st conference (still available here), but we did our best to live-tweet the most important content. Take a look at the @ebneo twitter feed!
Before I finish (and board the plane to Stockholm) I would like to, on behalf of the EBNEO Founding Board, to thank:
- Hesham Abdel-Hady and Abdel-Rahman El-Mashad, for being President and Secretary General for the 2nd EBNEO conference
- ICC, the conference agency, for all practical work and not the least for taking a great financial responsibility for all arrangements
- all speakers and all delegates for coming and for sharing expertise, comments and questions
The EBNEO project will now travel across the Atlantic. Professor Haresh Kirpalani will be the president for the 3rd EBNEO conference, and it will be held in Sept 2015 in Philadelphia/USA. I am already confident that the 3rd EBNEO will be as succesful as this conference in Istanbul.