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Nutrition and Preterm Birth Symposium

A Satellite Symposium of PREBIC (Preterm Birth International Collaborative)


Thursday, May 7th 2015   Modena, Italy


08.45 am – 17.30 pm

The Preterm Birth International Collaborative and the Italian Society of Perinatal Medicine are proud to present a one day symposium on nutrition and preterm birth.

The programme includes talks from field leaders on topics such as the use of probiotics in the prevention of preterm birth, the pregnancy microbiome and placental genomic alterations related to obesity.
You can discuss the details of the program of presentations and share your impressions of the symposium on our website in the write my discussion post section.


Tickets will be available for purchase at the venue

REGISTRATION FEE: 100 euro (+22% VAT)


08.45 Opening addresses

Irene Cetin -President Italian Society of Perinatal Medicine -SIMP-

Craig Pennell -President Preterm Birth International collaboration   -PREBIC-


Chairperson:Tullia Todros (TO),Maria Rosaria di Tommaso (FI)

09.00 – 09.20 Preterm birth a global crisis, clinical management and need for international consortia

Craig Pennell (Australia)

09.20 – 09.40 Current interventions in preterm birth

Hanns Helmer (Austria)

09.40 – 10.00 Preterm Birth prevention– A deep look into Progestagens

Fabio Facchinetti (Italy))

10.00 – 10.20 Why do antioxidant supplementations fail to prevent preterm birth?

Menon Ramkumar (USA)

10.20 – 10.50 Discussion

10.50 – 11.10 COFFEE BREAK


Chairperson: Menon Ramkumar (USA),Leo Greco (FE)

11.10 – 11.30    Microbiome and preterm birth 

Phil R. Bennet (UK)

11.30 – 11.50   Probiotics and preterm birth prevention

Bo Jacobsson (Sweden)

11.50 – 12.10   Vitamin D and preterm birth

Calvin Hobel (USA)

12.10 – 12.30 Alpha lipoic acid as an effective anti-inflammatory agent

Romolo Di Iorio (Italy)

12.30 – 12.50 Discussion

12.50 – 14.00 LUNCH

SESSION 3                       14.00 – 15.45

Chairperson: Enrico Ferrazzi (MI),Federico Mecacci (FI)

- Obesity and preterm delivery: 5 years analysis of a Tuscan Population.

M.P. Rambaldi (FI)

- Alterations of mitochondrial content in placentas of obese women.

G. Anelli (MI)

- Lifestyle changes in obesity and Preterm birth

E. Petrella (MO)

- Weekly gestational weight gain in chronically hypertensive pregnant women: adverse pregnancy outcome risk according to IOM guidelines

P. Algeri (MB)

- Diet restriction, probiotics and preterm delivery

G. Masuelli (TO)

- Omega-3 and Preterm Birth. A metanalysis

G. Saccone (NA)

- Markers of oxidative stress in preterm babies

M. Colella Gaslini (GE)

15.45 – 16.00 Discussion


Chairperson: Fabrizio Ferrari (MO), Luca Ramenghi (GE)

16.00 – 16.20  Outcome of very low birth weight infant: where are we now, where are we going

Roberto Bellù (Italy)

16.20 – 16.40 In utero nutrition and neonatal development

Vassilios Fanos (Italy)

16.40 – 17.00 Discussion

17.00 – 17.15 CONCLUSIONS

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