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Day 1: Thursday, August 24th

Session 1: 8:15am-12:00pm

 Brain Development in an Unsupportive In Utero Environment - Diagnosis and Consequences

  • 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

Session 2: 1:00pm-4:30pm

Supporting Brain Development in the Ex Utero Fetus: How Far Are We From Optimal?

  • 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 - Mike Georgieff
  • Optimal Oxygenation for Ex Utero Fetal Brain Development - Emin Maltepe

Cocktail Reception: 4:30-6:30PM

Day 2: Friday, August 25

Breakout Breakfast Sessions: 7:00am-8:15am

Session 3: 8:30am-12:00pm

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

Session 4: 1:00pm-4:00pm

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

Conference End: 4:00pm

Breakfast Breakout Sessions:

  1. The Essentials of Neurogenetic Testing - Meg Menzel and Annapurna Poduri

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

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

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

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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.