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NEONATAL SOCIETY AUTUMN 2004 NEWSLETTER

Summer meeting in Cambridge 1st-2nd July 2004

This was an excellent meeting both scientifically and socially in the beautiful setting of St John's College, Cambridge. We are extremely grateful to Jag Ahluwalia and his colleagues in Cambridge for organising this meeting and to the College for such a wonderful conference dinner and ambience.

The Tizard Lecture was given by Sir Iain Chalmers and titled Confronting therapeutic uncertainties in neonatal care. This was a stimulating and thought-provoking talk. In addition there were two keynote lectures: Dr Robert Tasker, University of Cambridge, discussed Hippocampal vulnerability, developmental amnesia, and what else? Dr Dino Giussani discussed Oxygen, fetal growth and cardiovascular development. This was a very inspiring talk.

This year there were two winners of the Young Investigator Prize. Dr David Gardner talked on Fetal adaptation to the intrauterine environment: short and long term consequences for physiological adaptation and Dr Karen Luyt talked on Metabotropic neurotransmitter receptors in oligodendrocytes: novel potential players in white matter development, injury and repair.

We continue to have presentations that are of extremely high quality; please continue to encourage young researchers to submit and present their work at the neonatal society.

Future meetings

The autumn meeting of the neonatal society will take place on Thursday 18th November 2004 in the Jarvis Hall at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD. We held last year's Autumn Meeting here and found the location and facilities to be excellent. I have already had many abstracts submitted for this meeting - the deadline for abstracts for this meeting is the 15th October 2004. Please note that new regulations have been posted on the web. Details on submitting abstracts can be found on the website. Please e mail abstracts to n.robertson@ucl.ac.uk and also fax to 0207 679 6103. Receipt will be acknowledged by e mail.

Professor Hugo Lagercrantz will give the Autumn Meeting Lecture (this year sponsored by Chiesi) titled The development of the brain and the emergence of the mind. This promises to be a fascinating talk.

The 2005 Spring Meeting will be on Thursday 17th March at the RIBA.

The 2005 Summer Meeting will be held in Bristol on the 30th June and 1st July 2005.

Travel expenses for junior members

This is to remind you that junior members i.e those in training below consultant grade can claim return standard travel expenses if they are presenting at the neonatal society meeting. Remember there is no registration fee for the Spring and Autumn Meetings.

New members

The following have been elected to the society: Dr Sarah McCullough, Dr Sabita Uthaya, Dr Ian Seetho, Dr Errol Gaillard.

Other matters

There is a study day on Tuesday 16th November 2004 on Fetal and neonatal brain magnetic resonance: new developments and future directions. This will be held in the British Institute of Radiology, 36 Portland Place. Booking can be done on the internet at www.bir.co.uk

We have decided that a poster symposium session will be held in addition to the usual oral presentations at the summer meeting - we had to reject many very good quality abstracts last summer and this session will enable more high quality abstracts to be discussed during the 2 day meeting.

Nikki Robertson
Meetings Secretary
October 11th 2004

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