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NEONATAL SOCIETY AUTUMN 2003 NEWSLETTER

Summer Meeting in Oxford, 26th-27th June 2003

The summer meeting in Oxford went well. Professor Lynne Murray from the Department of Psychology, University of Reading, gave the annual Tizard lecture and talked on 'Effects of maternal depression an social adversity on parenting: Implications for infant physiological development'. She reviewed how maternal depression can affect the longer term development of the baby and how antenatal stress is associated with poor infant growth.

There were two other keynote lectures. Professor Ronald Harper, Brain Research Centre UCLA, spoke on 'The role of forebrain and cerebellar mechanisms on cardiorespiratory control during development'. Dr Lucy Green, from the Centre for fetal origins of adult disease, talked on 'Programming of cardiovascular control and growth'.

Dr Mark Herbert from Oxford was the winner of the Young Investigator's Prize. His talk was entitled 'The relevance of the genome sequencing to neonatology'. The standard of applicant for this prize remains very high and we hope that this will continue in the years to come.

The standard of free papers was good with a wide range of subjects including infection, control of breathing, necrotising enterocolitis, brain injury and nutrition.

Thanks to Paul Johnson and his team for organising the meeting and the entertainment in the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Future meetings

The next meeting of the Neonatal Society along with the AGM will take place on Thursday 20th November 2003. Please note that we have changed from our usual venue in the Royal Society of Medicine. This is because the RSM is undergoing some refurbishment and they are not able to accommodate us on that date. Details of the venue are:

Autumn meeting and AGM of Neonatal Society
Thursday 20th November 2003
Jarvis hall
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
London
W1B 1AD

We have had good feedback from others who have used this venue. It is not too far from the RSM and should be just as easily accessible.

The deadline for abstracts for the Autumn meeting is Friday 17th October 2003 and they should be sent by e-mail to arrive by that date. Details on submitting abstracts can be found on this website. Travel bursaries are available to support researchers who are presenting at the meeting. Details are available on this website and from the treasurer, Professor Anne Greenough.

Professor Neil McIntosh will give the annual Curosurf lecture.

The AGM will be held at this meeting and this will include the election of new committee members. Nominations are invited for Meetings secretary and 3 Ordinary members of the Executive Committee. In particular we need to encourage non clinical members of the Society to take an active role in the Committee. Proposals in writing and signed by any two members of the Society must reach one of the secretaries by 9th October 2003. The list of candidates will be circulated with the agenda of the AGM.

The Spring meeting is on Thursday 18th March 2004. At present the venue is still the RSM but this may need to change.

Next year's summer meeting is in St John's College, Cambridge on Thursday 1st - Friday 2nd July. Jag Ahluwalia is already putting together a great programme so put the dates in your diaries.

Abstract publication

There has been some confusion regarding the publication of the abstracts in Early Human Development. This has been corrected and the abstracts below have now been published in that journal :

Spring meeting (7th March 2002) - Aug 2003;73:79-91

Summer meeting (28th - 29th June 2002) - Aug 2003;73:93-109

Autumn meeting (7th November 2002) - Feb 2003;71:89-98

Spring meeting (13th March 2003) - Aug 2003;73:111-123

New members

The following have been elected to the Society : RY Bhat, IU Cheema, S Counsel, O Kapellou, V Puddy, M Wong, A Jackson, JA Leipala, AK Sinha

Other matters

There is a Study Day on 'Infant Nutrition Perspective' to be held on September 30th 2003 and on 'Who cares? How can professionals cope with pregnancy loss and neonatal death' on December 2nd 2003. Both are in Queen Charlotte's Hospital and details can be obtained by e-mail and on the website www.confmed.co.uk/infantnutrition and www.confmed.co.uk/whocares.

Andrew Lyon
Meetings Secretary

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