2017 AGENDA

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Our agenda is designed to focus on high level topics in order to encourage all members of our multidisciplinary audience to learn from and contribute to all discussions.

(1) Neurogenetics: Genomic and Epigenomic Mechanisms Underlying Differences in Brain Development

  • Non-Invasive Fetal Testing Beyond Karyotype: What’s in it for the Fetal Brain? - Diana Bianchi
  • The Role of Gender in Fetal Brain Development - Eric Vilain
  • The Environment-Genome Interplay and the Emergence of Neuro-Epigenetics - Lubo Zhang

(2) Diagnosis and Consequences of Fetal Deprivation on Brain Development

  • Fetal Heart Rate:  What It Does and Does Not Tell Us - Alistair Gunn
  • Non-Invasive Quantitation of the Fetal Circulation and Oxygenation - Mike Seed
  • Fetal Brain Development in an Environment of Chronic Hypoxia - William Pearce

(3) Supporting Brain Development in the Ex Utero Fetus: How Far Are We From Achieving Optimal Intrauterine Conditions?

  • Quantitative Comparison of Brain Development in the In Utero versus Ex Utero Fetus - Catherine Limperopoulos
  • Nutritional Influences on Brain Development in the Ex Utero Fetus - Michael Georgieff
  • Optimal Oxygenation for Ex Utero Fetal Brain Development - Emin Maltepe

(4) The Emergence of Consciousness and Pain Sensation

  • The Emergence of Consciousness and Pain Sensation - Hugo Lagercrantz
  • Pain in the Ex Utero Fetus: Does It Play a Role in the Altered Neurodevelopment of Prematurity? - Ruth Grunau
  • Emergence of Electrocortical Activity: the Underpinning of Emerging Consciousness - Sampsa Vanhatalo

This year, in addition to our general sessions, we are excited to offer breakfast breakout sessions with practical clinical applications designed to address needs and answer questions for all members of our multidisciplinary audience. They will be broken out as follows:

  1. The Essentials of Neurogenetic Testing - Meg Menzel and Andrea Gropman

  2. Using MRI to Advance Fetal Neurodiagnosis - Charles Raybaud and Matt Whitehead

  3. Developing a Transitional Fetal-Neonatal Program - Taeun Chang and Sarah Mulkey

  4. Fetal Ultrasound: the Cornerstone of Fetal Neurodiagnosis - Ashley Robinson and Dorothy Bulas