6th International Conference

29th & 30th October 2018

Chelsea Football Club, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS

Day One Programme: NEC Definitions, Subsets & Data Sets

1230 -1320: Registration followed by Lunch

1320-1330: Welcome, Introduction to SIGNEC and plan for the afternoon

Prof. Minesh Khashu MBBS, MD, FRCPCH, FRSA
Consultant in Neonatal Medicine, Poole Hospital NHS FT

Session Chairs: Prof. David Hackam/Prof. Kate Costeloe

1330-1400: NEC: the defining moment!

Minesh Khashu

1400-1430: What is wrong with NEC Data?

Phillip V. Gordon MD PhD
Prof. of Pediatrics
Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, Florida


1430-1500 Discussion with Phillip V. Gordon

1530-1605: Subset approach to NEC

Phillip V. Gordon

1605-1640: Current NEC definitions and considerations in redefining NEC

Ravi Mangal Patel, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
Emory University School of Medicine

1640-1710: Exercise/discussion

Ravi M. Patel
Minesh Khashu

1710-1755: Adopting a new definition that incorporates subsets.

A discussion and consensus building workshop.

Facilitators: RM Patel, M Khashu, PV Gordon, Nigel Hall

1755- 1800: Closing remarks

Minesh Khashu

1900 Reception/Dinner

Day Two Programme: Clinical research and improvements in practice

0900 -0930: Coffee & Registration

0930-0945: Welcome and plan for the day

Minesh Khashu
Consultant in Neonatal Medicine
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Session Chairs: Prof. Minesh Khashu/Dr.Misty Good

0945-1020: Our NEC journey

Marie Spruce
Mother, Nurse & Expert by experience

1020-1100: Intestinal Rehabilitation & Intestinal Transplantation

Dr.Girish Gupte
Consultant Paediatric Hepatologist
Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

1100- 1140: Improving the long term cognitive function of babies with NEC: from animal models to potential therapies

David J. Hackam, MD, PhD, FACS
Garrett Professor and Chief of Pediatric Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Cell Biology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief and Co-Director
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center

1210-1245: Quality Improvement to reduce NEC

Dr. Gopi Menon MD FRCPCH
Consultant Neonatologist
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
President British Association of Perinatal Medicine

Afternoon session

Session Chairs: Gopi Menon & Nigel Hall 

1400-1435: Novel treatment approaches to necrotizing enterocolitis: hope on the horizon!

Misty Good, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Newborn Medicine
St. Louis Children’s Hospital

1435-1510: Epidemiology of NEC in extremely preterm infants: incidence, trends and risk factors

Ravi Mangal Patel, MD, MSc

1540-1615: NEC Awareness day 17th May 2019

Minesh Khashu
Joanne Ferguson
Parent representative SIGNEC & Editor signec.org

1615-1650: Role of Ultrasound in the diagnosis of NEC

Caron Parsons, MB ChB PhD FRCR
Consultant Radiologist & Clinical Lecturer
Warwick Medical School, Health Sciences

1650-1725: Infant microbiome in health and disease: current understanding and future direction

Dr Christopher J Stewart, PhD
Faculty Fellow
Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University

1725-1750: Faecal volatile organic compounds and NEC

Professor of Neonatal Medicine
Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham
Honorary Consultant Neonatologist, Birmingham Women’s Hospital

1750-1800: Summary, next steps and close

M Khashu

Correspondence: Prof. Minesh Khashu
Consultant in Neonatal Medicine
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


As in previous years, application planned for accreditation for CPD points by RCPCH

Funded by an educational grant from Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition

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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.