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NEONATAL SOCIETY SPRING 2005 NEWSLETTER

Thank you for continuing to support the Neonatal Society. The society continues to thrive.

IMMINENT AND IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Friday 20th May 2005 Deadline for Young Investigator Prize
Friday 27th May 2005 Deadline for abstracts for summer meeting

PAST MEETINGS
We have had two very successful meetings since the last newsletter: the Autumn Meeting on November 17th 2004 and the Spring Meeting on the 17th March 2005.

The 2004 Autumn Meeting included the first Widdowson Lecture (sponsored by Chiesi). This lecture was given by Professor Hugo Lagercrantz - Professor of Neonatology, Stockholm, Sweden. He talked on "The Development of the Brain and the Emergence of the Mind". This was a superb lecture and covered topics such as history, medicine, neuroscience and philosophy.

The 2005 Spring Meeting included two McCance lecturers:

Professor Mark Hanson, British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Science, Centre for Developmental Origins of Health & Disease, University of Southampton, UK. He gave a very entertaining and fascinating talk on "Developmental origins of health and disease: concepts, mechanisms and implications".

The second McCance lecture was given by Professor Ola Saugstad, Professor of Paediatrics, Department of Paediatric Research, Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway. He gave an excellent talk on the topical subject "Air versus 100% oxygen for resuscitation of asphyxiated infants: time to decide."

The feed back about the RIBA as a regular venue for the London meetings has been very positive and we will continue to try and use it for the future London Meetings.

FUTURE MEETINGS

Summer 2005
The summer meeting 2005 will be held in Bristol at the Marriott Royal Hotel on the 30th June and 1st July. The conference dinner will be held in Bristol Zoo. Application forms and the letter of invitation are on the website. The meeting promises to be a very stimulating meeting - we have four invited speakers, Professor Marianne Thoresen, Professor Mark Gardiner, Professor Dieter Wolke and Professor Peter Soothill. In addition, the winner of the Young Investigator Prize will have the opportunity to give a talk on their research. As well as the usual oral presentations, we may also run a poster symposium session this year for the first time depending on the number of abstracts submitted. For further details on registration and deadlines please see the website.

Joint meeting of the Neonatal and Nutritional Society, Autumn 2006
This meeting will be held in November 2006 and will be spread over 2 days in Cambridge. The meeting is a celebration of the centenary of Elsie Widdowson. The precise location and dates are being discussed. So the meeting format in 2006 will be different to the regular pattern; in the place of the usual 2-day summer meeting traditionally held outside London, there be a one day meeting in London in June.

Future proposed summer meeting locations

2006 - London (1 day meeting) - The "out-of-London" meeting will take place in Cambridge in November jointly with the Nutritional Society

2007 - Portsmouth (provisional) - Richard Thwaites

2008 - Middlesborough - Sunil Sinha

2009 - Edinburgh - Andy Lyon

If anyone would like to host a future summer meeting please let me know.

Dates of meetings in 2005/2006

Summer 2005 - 30th June/ 1st July - Bristol

Autumn 2005 - 24th November  - London

Spring 2006 - 16th March - London

Summer 2006 - 29th June - London

Autumn 2006 - Joint meeting with the Nutritional Society (2-day meeting in Cambridge in mid-November)

The London venue will be the Jarvis Hall, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London.

THE YOUNG INVESTIGATOR'S PRIZE
We are now calling for nominations for the Young Investigator Prize. The closing date is Friday 20th May 2005; entries should be sent to the General Secretary, Andy Lyon. Nominations are invited from basic scientists and clinicians who are still in training. Entries will be judged on a summary (400 words) of their research plus a full CV. A letter of support is also required from the Head of Department. The winner will present a 30 minute lecture at the Summer Meeting in Bristol. All travel/accommodation costs will be paid by the Society.

PUBLICATION OF ABSTRACTS
The following abstracts have been published:

2003 Autumn Meeting (20th Nov) Early Human Dev 2004;77:109-127
2004 Spring Meeting (18th March) Early Human Dev 2004;78:137-154
2004 Autumn Meeting (18th November) Early Human Dev 2005;81(5)

NEW MEMBERS:
The following have been elected to the Society:
George Gavriel
Christine Malamenteniou
Nigel Kennea

We look forward to seeing you in Bristol in the summer!

Nikki Robertson
Meetings Secretary
20.4.05

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