BMFMS Conference 2012

The SECC Glasgow provided the venue for the 2012, 16th Annual Conference. Whilst the SECC was officially opened as long ago as Nov 1996 it remains Scotland's premier venue for conferences and concerts and is a landmark building on the  banks of the river Clyde.

Once again we had approximately 400 delegates with an overall attendance including speakers and exhibitors of nearly 500 people. Feedback from conference is currently being collected using a new on-line system which will also allow delegates to collect their attendance certificates. 

Key note speakers included
Professor Timothy Crombleholme-Open fetal surgery:is there still a role?
Professor Jose Miguel Palacios-Jaraquemada- The management of the morbidly adherent placenta
Professor Lucilla Postson-Predicting pre-eclampsia

Professor Ben Mol spoke at a very well attended meet the experts session on The Global Obstetric Network (GONet) initiative. GONet is a collaborative group of international investigators who perform clinical trials and observational studies in maternal fetal medicine and obstetrics.

Hot topic sessions were once again well received and with diverse subjects such as Fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia and vaginal birth after Caesarean section.  

This year the debate was replaced by a hot topic session with Professor Peter Brocklehurst presenting the outcomes from the Birthplace in England Study. This was a brilliant session on which to close the conference. 

The conference dinner was held in the Arches a music and art venue in the city centre which used to form part of Glasgow central station and has in the past been the venue for a committee members performance art. We were welcomed by Glasgow councillor and bailie Iris Gibson. Professor James Drife
gave a very entertaining after-dinner speech prior to a vibrant performance by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers 


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