Perinatal 2008

We were delighted with the response of the membership to Perinatal Medicine 2008 held in the Harrogate International Centre. This meeting was the first between four UK perinatal societies and attracted in excess of 800 delegates. It was also the first time conference had run over 3 days. It incorporated members of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, The Neonatal Society and the Neonatal Nurses Society. 

Feedback from all of the sessions was very positive and the quality of the scientific presentations really high. We were a little unprepared for the numbers of people wanting to attend the BAPM/Neonatal Society sessions which meant that the speakers

were playing to a packed house, but overall the general feedback about the venue, entertainment and programme was very positive.

Key note speakers included
Dr Susan Bewley- Older mothers
Prefessor Mark Hughes- Genetic Imprinting
Dr Michael Belfort- Pre-eclampsia 

A joint session was held on fetal growth restriction with talks from Professor Neil Marlow and Dr Jonathon Wells which enabled neonatologists and obstetricians to mix. Once again the meet the experts sessions, on topics ranging from big mums and big babies to fetal and long term consequences of ventriculomegaly, were extremely popular. 

Many members exhorted us to run future joint conferences and in response to this plans for Perinatal 2011 are underway. Whilst there were some issues with both the catering and access to poster viewing areas the overall feedback on the venue was positive. It is likely therefore that Perinatal 2011 will once again see us in Harrogate. 

Perinatal 2008 was the last conference with Professor Alan Cameron in the position of BMFMS president. It was fitting that he went out on a high as he had been instrumental, along with Professor Neil Marlow chair of BAPM in the organisation of Perinatal 2008. Professor Steve Robson was elected as our new BMFMS president.


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