Conference 2010 Newcastle

Newcastle, well technically Gateshead, provided the venue for the 2010, 14th Annual Conference which was held in the stunning Sage Gateshead a new landmark built as part of the project to regenerate the area's river frontage. The Sage adjacent to the Stirling Prize-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Tyne Bridge and made for a spectacular setting.

We had approximately 400 delegates with an overall attendance including speakers and exhibitors of nearly 500 people. Feedback from conference was again excellent. In particular delegates commented on the good mix of clinical and scientific abstract presentations.

Key note speakers included
Professor Torvid Kiserud- Management of fetal growth restriction
Professor Laura Magee- Proteinuria in pregnancy
Dr Erik Alexander- Long term implications of occult and clinical hypothyroidism in pregnancy 

ot topic sessions were well received and with diverse subjects such as dermatoses in pregnancy, decision to delivery, hypoxic brain injury and 3D/4D ultrasound. Meet the Experts sessions which have become a regular feature of conference provided opportunity for interaction on areas of controversy. 

The debate on ‘This house believes that one to one midwifery care would improve outcome more than 24 hour consultant cover on the delivery suite’ pitted Dr Maggie Blott (against the motion) against Professor Cathy Warwick (for the motion). 

The conference dinner was held in the unusual setting of the museum and whilst the food and after-dinner speaker were excellent many delegates were disappointed not to be able to strut their stuff.


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