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2018 Theme : The Transition

Each session consists two of short cutting edge, provocative talks and a moderated panel discussion by experts in the field with an opportunity to have YOUR questions answered.

I: Cardiovascular Physiology

Expert bench-to-bedside scientific presentations which will shed new light on the fields of Fetal and Perinatal Pulmonary Vascular Resistance and the Role of Oxygen with a panel of scientists discussing:

  • The transitional role of the ductus arteriosus

  • What are the modulators of ductal closure and flow?

  • Modulators of pulmonary vascular resistance in the transitional period

  • The role of delayed cord clamping

  • Possible avenues for preventing intraventricular hemorrhage

II: Clinical Cardiovascular Complications

Important clinical dilemmas surrounding the treatment of Transitional Pulmonary Hypertension in Term and Preterm infants and how to implement a Physiological Approach to Transitional Hypotension will be addressed by our expert speakers.  The panel will take on the discussion of such controversial topics as:

  • Prophylactic closure of the ductus arteriosus

  • The use of inhaled nitric oxide in premature infants

  • The choice of alternative pulmonary vasodilator therapy [e.g. milrinone, sildenafil, Bosentan]

  • A rationale for the selection of cardiovascular agents

III: Advanced Imaging

Novel imaging methods are being developed and adapted for the neonatal population.  Cutting edge presentations will aid neonatologists in Refining Echocardiography Techniques to Assess Heart Function and take our cardiovascular imaging Beyond Echocardiography. The panel will address questions including:

  • The pitfalls of conventional echocardiography

  • Neonatologist-performed echocardiography - What is the role?

  • How long does it take to learn echo?

  • Novel echocardiography methods: tissue Doppler imaging & strain analysis

  • The role of cardiac MRI in the neonatal population

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