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The Neonatal Society was founded in 1959 to bring together scientists and clinicians with an interest in the fetus and newborn. The object of the Society is the promotion of Neonatal Science.

The Society meets three times a year. In the spring and autumn there are one day meetings in London. These are free meetings and non-members of the Society are welcome and encouraged to attend. In particular, The Society is keen for young researchers in training to present their work at these meetings. In summer there is a meeting, held over two days, at a different venue each year, including some outside Great Britain. At each meeting original papers are presented along with talks from invited speakers.

McCance travel bursaries are available to support researchers who would otherwise be unable to attend the Societyís meetings in the UK. The Society also hosts three annual commemorative lectures, the McCance lecture at the spring meeting, the Widdowson lecture at the autumn meeting and the Peter Tizard lecture at the summer meeting.

There is an annual prize for a researcher in training who will give a lecture on their work at the Summer Meeting of the Society

The Society has an official place in the History of Medicine with an archive box in the Wellcome Museum in London holding committee minutes and abstract books.

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