Faculty 2018

We were proud to following Faculty of the following well-regarded experts at our 2018 Meetup!

Daniel A Lichtenstein, France

Daniel Lichtenstein is medical intensivist, visiting Professor, working since 1989 at François Jardin’s medical I.C.U. Published in 1991 critical ultrasound as a holistic whole body approach to the critically ill with immediate therapeutic applications. Research mainly focused around lung ultrasound using simple equipment, in acute respiratory failure (BLUE-protocol), circulatory failure (FALLS-protocol), cardiac arrest (SESAME-protocol), procedures (thoracentesis, subclavian venous line insertions, …), and lung ultrasound in the neonate. One textbook (last and 6th Edition, Lung Ultrasound in the Critically Ill, 2016, Springer-Verlag), two dozens of original articles (critical, venous and lung ultrasound), 500 conferences. President of CEURF (international training center with personnalized training at the bedside).

Nadja Haiden, Austria

Nadja Haiden, MD, is a pediatrician specialized in Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care medicine. Her current position is head of the NICU of the Karl Landsteiner University, in St. Pölten, Austria. Nadja Haiden received her postdoctoral lecture qualification with the thesis: “Clinical studies on Epotherapy in premature infants: new aspects and strategies in the therapy of anemia of prematurity”. Current research relates to neonatal gastroenterology, nutrition, and hematology. Recent publications in international journals include papers on enteral and parenteral nutrition, as well as breast milk research. Nadja Haiden has earned grants from Austrian FWF, and National bank the Austrian Bürgermeisterfonds of the city of Vienna. Furthermore, Nadja Haiden is a Faculty member of the neonatal department of the Medical University of Vienna, head of the national committee of pediatric nutrition of the Austrian pediatric society, and member of the national nutrition committee of the federal ministry of health.

Berndt Urlesberger, Austria

Berndt Urlesberger, MD, is the Director of the Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics of the Medical University in Graz, Austria. Furthermore, he is the Director of the Research Unit for Cerebral Development and Oximetry Research of the Medical University of Graz. In 2012, he became Professor of Neonatology in 2012. Measurement of regional oxygenation, especially with the use of nearinfrared spectroscopy (NIRS), is the main research area of Berndt Urlesberger. Furthermore, the transitional period from fetal to neonatal life is the main focus of recent research. Here again, the use of NIRS and its possible clinical use during this period is the central topic. He authored 163 original publications and 10 book chapters.

Karel Allegaert, Belgium

Karel Allegaert, MD, PhD is pediatrician-neonatologist and clinical pharmacologist. He is associate Professor at KU Leuven (20%) and Consultant at Sophia children’s hospital MC Rotterdam, NICU/PICU (80%) and hereby aims to combine clinical research with clinical care. He is past president of the European Society for Developmental Pharmacology, former Board Member of the European Society for Pediatric Research (section clinical pharmacology) and holds editorial board memberships of international journals, like Archives of Diseases in Childhood, Neonatology, Clinical Pharmacokinetics and European Journal of Pediatrics, European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Hypertension. His scientific outcome is focussed on perinatal clinical pharmacology and neonatal intensive care, including perinatal pain treatment.

Hesham Abdel-hady, Egypt

Professor Hesham Abdel-hady is a professor of Pediatrics/Neonatology Mansoura University and also the Chief of NICU, Mansoura University Children’s Hospital, Egypt. His major research interests are neonatal pulmonology, hemodynamics, and neonatal sepsis. He published 44 research papers in international pediatric journals, and co-authored 8 books in Pediatrics and Neonatology. He supervised 39 M.Sc. and PhD theses in Pediatrics. Hesham Abdel-hady is a board member in the International Society for Evidence-Based Neonatology (EBNEO), Egyptian Neonatology Fellowship Program, and is an Editorial board member in 10 international pediatric journals. He was awarded the Late Dr. Mohamed Fakhry Mekawy prize in the field of Pediatrics from Academy of Scientific Research and Technology –Egypt, in 2011.

Thor Willy Ruud Hansen, Norway

Thor Willy Ruud Hansen is a (now retired) neonatologist and emeritus professor of pediatrics at Oslo University Hospital/University of Oslo, Norway. He has practiced medicine both in Norway, USA, and Angola. His main research interests have focused on the mechanisms of bilirubin brain toxicity, which was the topic of his PhD, as well as the practical management of neonatal jaundice. For the past 12 years he has been chair of the clinical ethics committee at Rikshospitalet/Radiumhospitalet in Oslo. Since 2011 he has also been Director of Clinical Ethics at Oslo University Hospital and is heavily involved in teaching bioethics. He has more than 200 publications, text book chapters etc, primarily focusing on neonatal jaundice and other neonatal subjects, but also on pediatric pharmacotherapy, bioethics, and medical history. He hasgiven more than 250 invited lectures and presentations and is the creator of www.pediatrics.no, a web-based teaching tool in pediatrics for medical students.

Mats Blennow, Sweden

Mats Blennow is senior consultant in neonatal medicine and professor in perinatal neurosciences at Karolinska Institutet and University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. He served as president for the European Society for Neonatology during the years 2008-14 and presided the scientific committee for the 2014 congress of European Academic Pediatric Societies in Barcelona with 3800 delegates. Mats Blennows main research interests are perinatal asphyxia and consequences of extreme preterm birth. In recent years Mats has involved himself in global health. So far, he has done three missions for Medicine Sans Frontieres working in Irbid, Jordan and Jahun, Nigeria. He is also member of the scientific committee for the MSF Paediatric Days.

Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth, Finland

Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth, PhD, is a researcher and university teacher within the department of psychology and language pathology at the University of Turku, Finland. She has also completed academic clinical specialization program in psychotherapy and is practicing parent-infant psychotherapy. Her research interests include the influences of the environmental and the psychosocial factors on parent-infant relationship and attachment during pregnancy, perinatal period and in early childhood. Sari’s clinical interest is in the implementation of the interventions that are based on attachment and early parent-infant relationship theories. She is one of the developers of the Close Collaboration with Parents training program.

Horacio Osiovich, Canada

Horacio Osiovich completed his medical degree and pediatric training at University of Buenos Aires. He is the Division Head of Neonatology at Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UBC. Horacio Osiovich was the Program Director of the Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program for 14 years, training more than 70 fellows from all over the world. In addition to 43 publications in peer-reviewed journals, he has actively participated in the development of Acute Care of at Risk Newborn(ACoRN) process , a Canadian program designed to teach neonatal stabilization, support the health care team providers, identify and care for babies who become unwell or are at risk of becoming unwell in the first few hours or days after birth. The ACoRN process follows an 8-step framework that enables the evaluation and management of babies irrespective of the experience or expertise of the caregivers.

Monika Olischar, Austria

Monika Olischar MD did her pediatric training at the Medical University Vienna, Austria. She was a research and clinical fellow at the the Royal Children’s Hospital, Department of Neonatology, Melbourne, Australia. Since 2010 she is a Consultant Neonatologist at the Medical University Vienna, Austria, and was appointed Associate Professor at the Medical University Vienna in 2015. Her research interest is in neonatal neurology and amplitude integrated EEG in particular.

Angelika Berger, Austria

Angelika Berger is a Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatologist and Researcher with special interest in the care of extremely premature infants as well as Infections and Immunology. She is Head of the Department of Neonatology, Pediatric Intensive Care and Neuropediatrics at the General Hospital
Vienna and tenured professor of Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care of the Medical University Vienna. Her research interests are innovative strategies of management of the extremely premature infant, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bacterial and viral infections of preterm infants, and the role of Ureaplasma species in the pathogenesis of preterm delivery as well as long- and short-term outcome of preterm infants. Angelika Berger is a member of several professional medical associations, Head of the Working Group on Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care in Austria since 2012, principal investigator of several large clinical trials and has published more than 90 articles in the field of peri- and neonatal medicine.

Katrin Klebermaß-Schrehof, Austria

Katrin Klebermass-Schrehof, MD, is Associate Professor at Medical University of Vienna and is working as a senior neonatologist caring for extremely low birth weight infants. Currently she is Deputy Head of Division of Neonatology, Pediatric Intensive Care and Neuropediatrics, Her major research interest  – besides implementing non-invasive respiratory managment strategies in extremely premature infants and neonatal simulation training- is neonatal neurology, mainly neuromonitoring in the NICU especially amplitude-integrated EEG. She has published 47 peer-reviewed articles in international journals mainly concentrating on maturational aspects of neurophysiological methods in the preterm infants, change of these within certain pathologies (intraventricular hemorrhage, posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus) and correlation of these to neurodevelopmental outcome (h-index 16). She collaborated with other international experts in the field in different grant-funded research projects and is regularly invited to speak at conferences and workshops.

Yogen Singh, UK

Dr Yogen Singh is a Consultant Neonatologist and Expertise in Paediatric Cardiology at Cambridge University Hospitals in the UK. He is an Associate Lecturer at the School of Clinical Medicine University of Cambridge and he holds an Honorary Consultant position at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He has special interest in neonatal haemodynamics, functional echocardiography and advanced functional echocardiography. He has published several papers in peer reviewed journal and he is the lead author for the “Expert Consensus Statement on Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NPE) in the UK”. He is a member of the European Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography Steering group.

Elaine Boyle, UK

Elaine Boyle is an Associate Professor in Neonatal Medicine at the University of Leicester, in the UK and Honorary Consultant Neonatologist at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. She initially trained as a nurse and worked in nursing for a number of years before changing direction to study medicine in 1993. Before taking up her current appointment in Leicester in 2006, Elaine Boyle trained in academic neonatal medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland and at McMaster University, Canada. During this time she gained an MD for work on the assessment and management of pain in the newborn, an MSc in Epidemiology, and a PhD focused on enteral feeding in preterm neonates. She remains active in each of these areas of research, most recently as a co-investigator and UK National Principal Investigator for the EU-funded Europain Survey, and as a co-investigator on the UK multicenter SIFT – Speed of Increasing milk Feeds Trial. Her current major research interest is the effects of gestational age at birth on neonatal and childhood outcomes, and in particular the effects of moderate-late preterm birth. She was the lead for the LAMBS – Late And Moderately preterm Birth Study, one of the first large population-based studies in this area.

Liisa Lehtonen, Finland

Professor Liisa Lehtonen, MD, is the Head of the Division of Neonatology at Turku University Hospital in Turku, Finland. Her research interest is to optimize the longterm outcomes of preterm infants. She leads the PIPARI Study group which has followed 232 very preterm infants since year 2001 with the aim to identify risks and protective factors for the brain development of preterm infants. As parents’ active participation in neonatal care seems to be an essential protective factor for longterm outcomes of preterm infants, professor Lehtonen and her team have developed in intervention to improve the skills of neonatal staff to collaborate with parents. The Close Collaboration with Parents training program is an intervention to make a change in neonatal care culture. A multidimensional evaluation study is ongoing to measure the impacts of the training from the perspectives of the staff, parents and the child.

Christof Dame, Germany

Christof Dame is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Vice-Director of the Department of Neonatology at the Charité – University Medical School of Berlin, Germany. He is trained in Pediatrics at the Medical School of the University of Bonn, Germany, and did his postdoctoral fellowship at the Division of Neonatology and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Gainesville, Florida. After accepting a tenure-track position in the field of Molecular Neonatology in Berlin, he completed his training in Neonatology. Prof. Dame is interested in developmental hematopoiesis with the ultimate goal to improve management of hematologic disorders and transfusion treatment in neonates. His laboratory research focuses on the specific regulation of erythropoietin (Epo) and its receptor in hematopoietic, but also non-hematopoietic tissues and the biology of thrombopoietin. He also very is interested in the use of recombinant Epo for neuroprotection in very preterm infants and term neonates with acute hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Thereby, he aims to establish innovative strategies of management of the extremely premature infant. Prof. Dame is a member of several national committees and medical associations in Neonatology and Pediatrics.

Nicola Robertson, UK

Professor Nicola Robertson (MB ChB, PhD) graduated from Edinburgh Medical School. Her initial pediatric training was in Edinburgh; following this she continued her training in Australia and London. Between 2003-2017, Prof Robertson worked at University College London (UCL) and University College London NHS Trust as an academic and consultant neonatologist. In 2012, Prof Robertson was awarded a Personal Chair at UCL as Professor of Perinatal Neuroscience. Since 2017, Prof Robertson has been setting up the neonatal neurocritical care service at Sidra Hospital, Doha.
She has contributed original knowledge in three main themes:
(i) Development of novel neuroprotective strategies in a pre-clinical model for the benefit of newborn babies with neonatal encephalopathy, (ii) Preterm Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Structure/Function Relationships, and (iii) Brain protection in low and mid resource settings (Ghana and Uganda).
Prof Robertson’s 10-year goal is to improve outcomes of babies with neonatal encephalopathy using a combination of adjunct therapies with cooling by personalizing neonatal neuroprotection.

Jubara Alallah, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Jubara Alallah is an Assistant Professor of pediatrics and consultant neonatologist at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU_HS), King Abdulaziz Medical city- Jeddah Ministry of National guard. She is also the director of perinatal-neonatal fellowship program and Saudi perinatal-neonatal fellowship program coordinator. Dr. Alallah obtained her medical college degree from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah; she then obtained her neonatal perinatal fellowship subspecialist at University of Manitoba, Canada. Dr. Alallah also a board member of the Saudi Neonatology Society and involved in a lot of scientific activities across the country. She published several papers and she is the editorial board of Journal of Clinical Neonatology. Furthermore, Dr Alallah is the director of Saudi Neonatal Resuscitation Program which focuses on basic and advanced resuscitation skills for newly born infants. She has developed the standard of national neonatal resuscitation program and has led many “train the trainer” and simulation courses in neonatal resuscitation across the country.

Sarah Stephenson and Jane Couch, UK

Sister Sarah Stephenson and Sister Jane Couch are senior neonatal nurses and have worked on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK for over 15 years. Together they lead the end of life and palliative care group on the unit. Over the last 2 years they have helped lead the creation of the Butterfly Project. This project developed out qualitative work with parents who had suffered the loss of a baby from a multiple pregnancy. The research findings led to a series of clinical guidelines and education packages translated into more than 8 languages. More recently, work with a further eight families, and health professionals helped establish the film based educational website www.neonatalbutterflyproject.org . This website hosts a series of short films made with parents and staff talking about their experiences, as well as free access to guidelines in different languages that are free to download.

Boubou Hallberg, Sweden


Kathryn Beardsall, UK


Hugo Lagercrantz, Sweden


Erik Borgström, Sweden


Dave Dyment, Canada