3 & 4 September 2014

British Medical Association House, Tavistock Square, London


1. Probiotics, a clinical perspective: is it time for routine supplementation?

Professor Kate Costeloe, Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Barts & the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

2. Immune regulation of the intestinal stem cells in the pathogenesis of NEC

Prof. David J. Hackam, MD, PhD, FACS, Watson Family Professor of Surgery; Associate Dean for Medical Student Research; Professor of Surgery, Cell Biology and Physiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Attending Pediatric Surgeon, Co-Director Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

3. The role of the mucosal microbiome in NEC

Jőrn-Hendrik Weitkamp, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Vanderbilt University & Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

4. Dysbiosis with characteristic microbial signature anticipating necrotising enterocolitis in very premature infants

Kathleen Sim, BSc, MRCPCH, Clinical Research Fellow Department of Paediatrics, Imperial College, London

5. The role of amniotic fluid stem cells in NEC and tissue engineering of the intestine

Paolo di Coppi MD, PhD, Clinical Reader and Consultant, Head of Surgery Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital

6. Endotoxin tolerance of the fetus: a double-edged sword for NEC

Professor Boris Kramer MD, Phd, Professor of Experimental Perinatology, Maastricht University Medical Center, Director of Pediatric Research

7. Those three letters: a parent’s view of NEC

Zoe Chivers, Head of Innovations and Campaigns, Bliss

8. Decreasing the incidence of NEC through breast milk: the Canadian experience.

Professor Shoo Lee, MBBS, FRCPC, PhD

9. The contribution of NEC to the burden of long term impairment after preterm birth

Professor Neil Marlow DM FMedSci, Professor of Neonatal Medicine, UCL EGA Institute for Women’s Health, London

10. How short is too short in 2014?

Professor Susan Albersheim MD, FRCPC, PhD, Clinical Professor, Division of Neonatology, Department of Paediatrics, University of British Coloumbia; Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Subspecialty Residency Training Program, Neonatologist, Children’s and Women’s Hospital of British Columbia, Vancouver

11. Ethical conundrums: panel discussion

Prof. Susan Albersheim

Prof Neil Marlow

Prof David Hackam

Joanne Ferguson

12. Heart rate and cardio-respiratory analysis for early detection of NEC

Karen Fairchild MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, University of Virginia

13. Novel clinical approaches to immune regulation in NEC: small molecules, amniotic fluid and new formulae

Prof. David J. Hackam, MD, PhD, FACS,

14. UKNC – NEC Study

Dr Cheryl Battersby, Clinical Research Fellow, Neonatal Data Analysis Unit, Imperial College, London



Conference feedback

Excellent couple of days. GREAT to get so many diverse experts together.

Please continue to organise. These days are so valuable.

Great selection of speakers and exceptionally organised.

Fantastic day 1, hearing all the research around the world

Keep up the good work, these conferences are amazing (more students should attend).

Excellent event, will definitely come again next year! Please advertise more to Neonatal Nurses.

Fantastic conference, really enjoyed it and very inspiring.

Very enjoyable and interesting 2 days. I leave feeling more knowledgeable and updated.