Annual conference 2013


The Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland provided the venue for the 2013, 16th Annual Conference. Since opening in 2010 this landmark venue on the banks of the river Liffey has won numerous awards and provided excellent spaces for both the key-note speakers and poster browsing.

This year we had nearly 500 delegates with an overall attendance including speakers and exhibitors of nearly 600 people. Feedback from was overwhelmingly positive.

Key note speakers included Professor Ronald Wapner on the use of microarray technologies for karyotyping in prenatal diagnosis and Dr Frederik Froen on interventions to reduce stillbirth rates.

Hot topic sessions were once again well received with diverse subjects such as perinatal outcome in the small for gestational age fetus (Professor Eduard Gratacos), Vitamin D and adverse pregnancy outcomes (Professor Peter von Dadelszen) and advances in screening for risks of preterm labour (Professor Andrew H. Shennan).

There were a number of sponsored symposia and the BMFMS are grateful to SANDS, ALERE and GE Health care for enabling session on Stillbirth – can it be prevented? The role of parents, prevention policies and research, Early and accurate detection of placental dysfunction as a predictor of complications in hypertensive pregnancy and Ultrasound of the Fetal Brain to take place.

The BMFMS society lecture was given by Professor Kypros Nicolaides, Professor of Fetal Medicine, Kings’ College and University College London and covered the role of ultrasound in reducing maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity. This was a brilliant session on which to close the conference.



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