International Neonatology Conference Highlights Critical Care of Pre-Term Infants

Leading experts in neonatology from 42 countries gathered at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach last month for the 35th Annual International Miami Neonatology Conference.

Among the topics covered by the three-day conference and one-day workshop were the role of genetics in prematurity, respiratory care, retinopathy of prematurity, blood transfusions, infections, stem cell therapy, and other aspects critical to the unique needs of premature infants.

The conference, one of the largest and most established neonatal meetings in the world, was attended by more than 800 neonatologists, nurses, and respiratory therapists. It featured nine of the most renowned neonatal and perinatal specialists from around the world, as well as 19 University of Miami faculty including Olaf A. Bodamer, M.D., Ph.D., professor of human genetics, who delivered the keynote address.

The conference also featured a reunion and luncheon for graduate fellows. This year, the group honored the program’s very first fellow, Lee Mockrin, M.D.

Under the direction of program co-directors, Eduardo Bancalari, M.D., professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology, and Charles R. Bauer, M.D., professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology, plans are already underway for the 36th Annual International Conference, which will be held October 31 to November 3, 2012.

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