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PREBIC 2015 Meeting

PREBIC 2015
Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshop
Florence, Italy

Each year, PREBIC members meet to discuss the latest developments in preterm birth research, identify knowledge gaps, and plan future projects. This meeting is attended by clinicians, scientists and academics from a wide range of countries. This multidisciplinary team bring significant expertise and a wealth of resources to PREBIC projects.

In 2015, this meeting will be held in Florence, Italy at the Preis School, Instituto Degli Innocenti. The meeting will run for three full days on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and  Sunday 10th May.   

MEETING PROGRAMME    

FRIDAY 8TH MAY 2015

SESSION 1 – PREBIC: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Session Chair - Hanns Helmer MD

PREBIC Vice President; Department of Obstetrics & Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Medical University

Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Discussion Facilitator – David OlsonPhD

PREBIC Board Member, Professor, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics & Physiology, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada

0830-0840       Official Welcome and Meeting Overview   

Craig Pennell MBBS(Hons) PhD(Dist) FRANZCOG CMFM
PREBIC President, Associate Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

0840-0900       PREBIC’s future directions

Craig Pennell MBBS(Hons) PhD(Dist) FRANZCOG CMFM
PREBIC President, Associate Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

0900-0920       Q&A Session re: PREBIC future directions

            Moderator – Melanie White BMedSci(Hons)

PREBIC Treasurer, Research Programme Manager – Perinatal Genomics, The University of Western Australia

0920-1000       State of the Art Lecture 1

Aging begins in utero; may signal parturition         

Ramkumar Menon PhD

PREBIC Board Member (Past President), Assistant Professor University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

1000-1030       Morning Tea

1030-1130       State of the Art Lecture 2

Placental microbiome – friend or foe?

                        Indira Mysorekar PhD

                        Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis

1130-1200       OPERA – Development, progress and the future

                        David OlsonPhD

PREBIC Board Member, Professor, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics & Physiology, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada

1200-1300       Working Group Presentations

Achievements since the 2014 meeting and plans for 2015

                                   

New Investigators

                                    Systems Biology & PGP

                                    Nutrition

                                    Biomarkers & PBP

                                    Epidemiology

                                    Global Initiatives

1300-1400       Lunch

SESSION 2 – EXTREME PRETERM BIRTH

Session Chair – Siobhan Dolan MD MPH

Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Discussion Facilitator – Bo Jacobsson MD

Professor/ chief physician, The Sahlgrenska Academy Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

1400- 1440      State of the Art Lecture 5

The management of the woman at risk of extreme preterm birth; prevention rather than cure

            Phillip Bennett MB BS MRCOG MD PhD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology to Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust at Queen Charlottes and Hammersmith Hospitals

1440-1510       Birth between 16 and 24 weeks – does it matter?

Craig Pennell MBBS(Hons) PhD(Dist) FRANZCOG CMFM
PREBIC President, Associate Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

1510-1530       Facilitated Discussion

Is it time for definitions of preterm birth to change?

Does PREBIC have a role?

1530-1600       Afternoon tea

                       

1600-1730       Working group discussions - Tidying up loose ends

New Investigators

                        Systems Biology & PGP

                        Nutrition

                        Biomarkers & PBP

                        Epidemiology

                        Global Initiatives

1730-1830       Drinks to celebrate 14 years of PREBIC


SATURDAY 9TH MAY 2015

SESSION 3 – IATROGENIC PRETERM BIRTH – THE POOR COUSIN TO SPONTANEOUS PRETERM BIRTH?

Session Chair - Regina Torloni MD PhD

Post-Graduate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Department of Internal Medicine, São Paulo Federal University, Brazil; Assistant Director of the Brazilian Cochrane Centre

Discussion Facilitator –Joseph Hwang MD FACOG

Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School

0830-0920       State of the Art Lecture 3

Nutrition and Pregnancy Outcome

Bo Jacobsson MD

Professor/ chief physician, The Sahlgrenska Academy Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Gothenburg

0920-0935       Iatrogenic preterm birth – the poor cousin to spontaneous preterm birth?

Craig Pennell MBBS(Hons) PhD(Dist) FRANZCOG CMFM
PREBIC President, Associate Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

0935-1000       Facilitated discussion – PREBIC's potential role in prevention of preterm birth secondary to pre-eclampsia

1000-1030       Morning tea

1040-1120       State of the Art Lecture 4

Prevention of preterm birth secondary to fetal growth restriction

Gian Carlo Di Renzo MD

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy

1120-1200       INTERGROWTH Fetal Growth Charts – will these reduce the rate of iatrogenic preterm birth for intrauterine growth restriction?

Jane Hirst MBBS MPH FRANZCOG PhD

Nuffield Medical Fellow, University of Oxford, INTERGROWTH-21st Consortium

1200-1230       Facilitated discussion – PREBIC’s potential role in prevention of preterm birth secondary to intrauterine growth restriction         

1230-1330       Lunch 

SESSION 4 - PRETERM BIRTH PREVENTION IN LOW AND MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES

Session Chair – Nanbert Zhong MD PhD

PREBIC Board Member; Head, Laboratory of Developmental Genetics, New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island, New York, USA

Discussion Facilitator – Craig Pennell MBBS(Hons) PhD(Dist) FRANZCOG CMFM
PREBIC President, Associate Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

1330-1400       WHO and March of Dimes – Coordinating international preterm birth research

Joe-Leigh Simpson MD, FACOG, FACMG, FROCOG

SVP Research and Global Programs March of Dimes

A. Metin Gulmezoglu MD PhD

World Health Organisation

1400-1430       A global view of interventions to prevent preterm birth  

Hanns Helmer MD

PREBIC Vice President; Department of Obstetrics & Maternal-Fetal Medicine,

Medical University Vienna, Vienna, Austria

1430-1500       Practical considerations for PTB prevention research in LMIC

            A. Metin Gulmezoglu MD PhD

            World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland

1500-1530       Afternoon tea

1530-1600       PREBIC Guidelines for the global prevention of PTB

How does a guideline become a WHO guideline?

A. Metin Gulmezoglu MD PhD

World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland

           

1600-1700       Facilitated Discussion – PREBIC Guidelines for the global prevention of PTB

Round table discussion facilitated by Craig Pennell and A. Metin Gulmezoglu.

Scope, timelines, literature review, expertise and resources required


SUNDAY10th MAY 2015

SESSION 5 – PRETERM BIRTH PREVENTION – IS IT POSSIBLE?

Session Chair: Ronald Lamont MD FRCOG

Professor , Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Odense University Hospital

Discussion Facilitator: Phillip Bennett MB BS MRCOG MD PhD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology to Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust at Queen Charlottes and Hammersmith Hospitals

0830-0915       State of the Art Lecture 6

Preterm birth prevention – what is known and what is unknown?

            Angharad Care BSc, MRCOG

Clinical Research Fellow, Liverpool University/Liverpool Women's Hospital

0915-0945       Reducing rates of preterm birth in the United States – how did they do it?

Siobhan Dolan MD MPH

Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine

0945-1000       Facilitated discussion

1000-1030       Morning Tea

1030-1130       A molecular solution to the progesterone conundrum

Sam MesianoPhD

Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

1130-1200       The Odon Device

Dr Mario Merialdi MPH MD

Becton Dickinson and Company, Advisory Board Member - Maternal and Neonatal Directed Assessment of Technology

1200 – 1215    New PREBIC Publication

Ronald Lamont MD FRCOG

Professor , Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Odense University Hospital

1215 -1300 Lunch

SESSION 6 – THE FUTURE OF PREBIC

Session Chair - Ramkumar Menon PhD

PREBIC Board Member (Past President), Assistant Professor University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Discussion Facilitators

Joshua Vogel MD PhD

World Health Organisation

Craig Pennell MBBS(Hons) PhD(Dist) FRANZCOG CMFM
PREBIC President, Associate Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

1300-1430       PREBIC Guidelines for the global prevention of PTB

A strategic approach to guideline development

Melanie White BMedSci(Hons)

PREBIC Treasurer, Research Programme Manager – Perinatal Genomics, The University of Western Australia

Round table discussion facilitated by Craig Pennell and Hanns Helmer

Moving forwards, deliverables, completion and publication

1500-1530       PREBIC Annual General Meeting

Chair - Craig Pennell MBBS(Hons) PhD(Dist) FRANZCOG CMFM
PREBIC President, Associate Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

1530-1600       Afternoon tea

1600-1700       Working group summaries

1700-1715       The future of PREBIC Roundtable Discussion

What should PREBIC be tackling: discovery research, international collaborative research, guidelines, changing preterm birth definitions, preterm birth prevention, other topics?

1715-1730       Closing comments

Craig Pennell MBBS(Hons) PhD(Dist) FRANZCOG CMFM
PREBIC President, Associate Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

 

 


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