Sympozjum Neonatologiczne


Izabela Andrzejewska (London, UK)

She is a neonatal and research nurse, who has been working at the Neonatal Unit Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust from 2007. Izabela trained as a nurse in Poland. After finishing a master’s degree in Public Health Management at the University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Izabela moved to the United Kingdom and undertook further training in Special and Intensive Care of the Newborn at the University of West London.  As well as being a senior neonatal nurse coordinator, Izabela is the project manager of the BUDS (Better Use of Data to improve parent Satisfaction) project within neoEPOCH. She links the medical and nursing team, with parents and the research team. Along with the CWplus charity, she has implemented an innovative programme “Just breathe” to support parents in the neonatal intensive care unit. She is committed to advance nursing practice to achieve excellence in the neonatal care. She is leading a nursing research team, providing an adequate training and encouraging medical staff to participate and collaborate in the research projects.



Prof. Topun Austin (Cambridge, UK)

Professor Topun Austin is a Consultant Neonatologist at Cambridge, and Honorary Professor of Neurophotonics at University College London. He is the Director of the Evelyn Perinatal Imaging Centre (EPIC), based at the Rosie Hospital, Cambridge. His main research interests are in brain development and injury in the newborn, using novel monitoring and imaging technologies and their translation into routine clinical care. He has an active collaboration with Professor Marek Czosnyka and Dr. Peter Smielewski in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in Cambridge, investigating cerebrovascular regulation in preterm infants using near-infrared spectroscopy. Professor Austin is the co-director of neoLAB, which is a collaborative group between EPIC and Biomedical Optics Laboratory at UCL. The group has been involved in developing am integrated optical-EEG system to study neurovascular coupling as well as a unique fast optical tomography system for 3D imaging of regional blood flow and oxygenation is sick newborn infants with acquired brain injury.



Dr Witold Błaż (Rzeszów, Poland)

works in the Department of Newborns with the Intensive Care Unit of the Newborn and Provincial Cardiac Clinic for Children of the Clinical Provincial Hospital No. 2 in Rzeszow. The main interests are haemodynamics, cardiopulmonary interactions, comprehensive care of a premature baby on the verge of survival.



Dr Catalin Cirstoveanu (Bukarest, Romania)

specialist in neonatology. Lecturer in Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology at M.S. Curie Children’s Hospital, Bukarest, Romania, consultant (Senior Specialist) Neonatologist at Surgical and Medical Neonatal Intensive Care -27 beds and Head of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Counsellour of the Ministry of Health, 2016. Interests and Activities: critical care at newborns and small infants, rematurity and associated morbidity, developing medical care for sick children in Romania and cancer alternative treatments.



Dr Willem de Boode (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

He obtained his medical degree at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Since 1999 he is member of staff of the Department of Neonatology of the Radboudumc Amalia Children’s Hospital in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.  The focus of his research is on Advanced Haemodynamic Monitoring. Willem de Boode is founder and council member of the “Dutch Working Group on Neonatal Haemodynamics”, council member of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) and secretary of the Section “Circulation, Oxygen Transport and Haematology” of the ESPR. He is the chair of the ESPR/ESN special interest group “Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography”, that is currently formulating European guidelines regarding the use of echocardiography on the NICU and constructing a governance structure for accreditation and certification of NPE in Europe. He is the project leader of the BeNeDuctus Trial, an international multi-center, randomized non-inferiority trial of early treatment versus expectative management of patent ductus arteriosus in preterm infants, that is funded by The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw).



Dr Paul Govaert (Gent, Belgium)

Head of the department of Paediatrics at Koningin Paola Kinderziekenhuis Antwerpen from february 2011 to march 2013. Neonatologist at ZNA Middelheim ZH (related to Koningin Paola Kinderziekenhuis Antwerpen) from march 2013. Brain ultrasound specialist in the neonatal unit at UZ Brussel from may 2013. Research advisor at Revaki (revalidation and physical therapy) in Gent University Hospital from may 2015. Focus on neonatal stroke and early rehabilitation. Member of the European Neonatal Brain Club, (brain ultrasound teaching network in europe).



Prof. Gorm Greisen (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Current workplace: Rigshospitalet, Department of Neonatology. Research profile and leadership experience: Heading research in neonatal brain perfusion, oxygenation, brain injury, and neurodevelopmental deficits and perinatal growth. Primary investigator in the SafeBoosC project. Clinical coordinator of the NEOMUNE project. Steering committee member in four European research and educational projects. President for the European Society of Paediatric research and for the International Pediatric Research Foundation. Chairman of a regional research ethics committee. Chairman of The Danish Council of Ethics. Invited speaker at more than 100 international meetings. Organiser of the European society of Paediatric Research conference 1999, chairman of the scientific committee 2013. Supervisor for more than 30 phd-students. Publications: More than 300 in PubMed, H-index in WebofScience: 40. Main research areas: causes of brain injury in preterm infants, cerebral blood flow and cerebral oxygenation, systematic follow-up studies to evaluate outcomes later in life, growth before and after birth, consequences of growth in the perinatal period for later health, interventions in the newborn period to improve health later in life, ethics of medical research.



Dr Mathias Hansen (Copenhagen, Denmark)

MD, PhD student at Department of Neonatology, Copenhagen University Hospital, and Trial Manager of the multinational randomised clinical trial SafeBoosC III.



Prof. Ewa Helwich (Warsaw, Poland)

Head of the Neonatology and Intensive Therapy Clinic of the Mother and Child Institute in Warsaw. National Consultant in the field of neonatology. The main areas of interest are early brain damage, their clinical evolution and their impact on development.



Dr Sandra Horsch (Berlin, Germany)

Consultant neonatologist at Helios Klinikum Berlin Buch, Germany, with a special interest in neonatal neurology and neuroimaging.
She did her PhD at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden, on the comparison of ultrasound and MRI in extremely preterm infants at term equivalent age. She is a board member of the EurUS.brain group which is a group of neonatologist specialized on neonatal cranial ultrasound.



Dr Kevin Ives (Oxford, UK)

Consultant Neonatologist and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecture in Paediatrics,Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in Cambridge, London and Brighton and has been a Consultant Neonatologist in Oxford since 1991. His MD research was on Neonatal Jaundice, a subject for which he has been chapter author in the last three editions of The Textbook of Neonatology (Rennie and Roberton). He contributed to the 2010 NICE Guideline on Neonatal Jaundice, aiming to provide conformity of treatment and a reduction in kernicterus in the UK. Over the past fifteen years he has been an unashamed evangelist for the technology of nasal High Flow Therapy, and has received invitations to share his experience and enthusiasm across Europe and in the USA. He was a contributing author of an ‘International Consensus Document on the use of nHFT in Neonatology’ 2017, and has recently collaborated with Dr Peter Reynolds in a randomised crossover study of automated oxygen control for preterm infants receiving nasal High Flow. He has 33 peer reviewed publications and is the author of 7 book chapters, including ‘Medical Malpractice in Neonatology’ for the Encyclopaedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Elsevier Academic Press, 2015.



Justyna Karolak (Houston, USA)

Adjunct at the Department of Genetics and Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences. During her postdoctoral training at the laboratory of Professor Paweł Stankiewicz, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, she conducted research on the genetics of lethal lung developmental disorders in newborns, including acinar dysplasia, congenital alveolar dysplasia, and alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins. Member of the Polish Society of Human Genetics, the European Society of Human Genetics, and the American Society of Human Genetics.



Prof. Katrin Klebermass-Schrehof (Vienna, Austria)

Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Division of Neonatology, Pediatric Intensive Care and Neuropediatrics, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Her main research focus is to understand newborn brain development and neurological injury of preterm and term born infants; especially she is interested in early brain maturation (physiological and pathological) of preterm infants. Another aim of her research work is to establish reference values for different electrophysiological methods (conventional EEG, polysomnography, amplitude-integrated EEG, evoked potentials) and for different maturational ages in preterm and newborn infants. Neuromonitoring within neonatal intensive care and early detection of brain injury within preterm infants is also important to her as to analyze the ontogenity of sleep in newborns, as this is an early sign of brain integrity.



Dr Ronny Knol (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

He is from the Netherlands and he obtained his Medical Degree at the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen. Pediatric training was completed at the University Medical Centre Utrecht in 2009. Subsequently his specialized Neonatal training started, including one year at the University Hospital Gasthuisberg in Leuven (Belgium). He is a consultant neonatologist at the Department of Neonatology of the Sophia Children’s Hospital – Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam since 2011. He developed a special interest in newborn transition and is collaborating with Dr. Arjen te Pas (Leiden University Medical Centre) on this subject. Together they coordinate the Aeration, Breathing and then Clamping project.



Prof. Ryszard Lauterbach (Kraków, Poland)

graduated from the Jagiellonian Medical University in Krakow. A specialist in pediatrics and neonatology. Head of the Neonatology Clinic of the University Hospital in Krakow. In the years 2001–2002 he was the National Consultant in the field of Neonatology. Currently a Provincial Consultant in the field of Neonatology. Member of the Polish Pediatric Society, Vice-President of the Polish Neonatal Society, member of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.



Prof. Liisa Lehtonen (Turku, Finland)

graduated from the University of Oulu, Finland. A specialist in pediatrics and neonatology. Head of the Neonatology Clinic of the University Hospital in Turku, Finland. Honorary member of the American Pediatric Society. Author of 105 original papers published in English and 8 chapters in textbooks. Supervisor of 13 doctoral thesis.



Silke Mader (EFCNI Germany)

Silke Mader is the Chairwoman of the Executive Board and co-founder of EFCNI. In 1997, her twins were born in the 25th week of pregnancy. Unfortunately, one of them died a few days after birth, leaving the parents and the sibling behind. During her time in hospital and afterwards, she was faced with the non-existence of support of any kind, the absence of public awareness and the lack of information and education for parents during pregnancy. She felt that no parents should ever undergo such an awful experience again. Silke Mader is author, co-editor and technical editor of reports and publications on the situation of preterm birth and newborn health in Europe and beyond. Several times she has been awarded on national and international level. Since 2014 she is Honorary Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 2015,
Silke Mader became an Ashoka Fellow.



Jerzy Owsiak (WOŚP, Polnd)

founder of WOŚP Charity Fund.



Prof. Luca Ramenghi (Bergamo, Italy)

Professor in Pediatrics. Chief of „Mother and baby” Department and Medical Director of Neonatal Intensive Care at Gaslini Children’s Hospital, Genoa, Italy. Author of 144 international publications reviewed on PubMed. He has index scores of 32 (Hirsch index) and he has 25 reviewed quotes on Scopus.



Prof. Charles Roehr (Oxford, UK)

Charles Christoph Roehr (M.D., PhD.), a neonatal intensivist and clinical scientist, is Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Oxford. He is the newly Clinical Director at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU), Medical Sciences Division, Dept. Population Health, University of Oxford. Charles previously worked for 5 years (2014 - 19) as clinical consultant neonatologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust in Oxford, UK. Charles is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK and Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford. His main interests are in resuscitation and non-invasive ventilation, on which he has published over 100 peer reviewed scientific articles. On the European level, Charles is very active as President of the European Society for Paediatric Research (ESPR) and he is the NLS Scientific Co-Chair (European Resuscitation Council). Charles is also a co-author of the international liaison committee on resuscitation (ILCOR) working group on neonatal stabilization/ resuscitation.



Dr Iwona Sadowska-Krawczenko (Bydgoszcz, Poland)

profesor UMK - lekarz pediatra neonatolog i epidemiolog, aktualnie pełni obowiązki kierownika Katedry Neonatologii Collegium Medicum im. L. Rydygiera w Bydgoszczy Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu, przewodnicząca Oddziału Kujawsko-Pomorskiego Polskiego Towarzystwa Neonatologicznego.




he is a Consultant Neonatologist and Paediatric Cardiologist at Cambridge University Hospitals in the UK. He is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and he holds an Honorary Consultant position at Great Ormond Street Hospital London. He has special interest in neonatal haemodynamics, functional echocardiography and advanced functional echocardiography. He is the lead author for the “Expert Consensus Statement on Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NPE) in the UK”. He is a member of the European Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography Steering group. He is a course director at ‘Cambridge Paediatric and Neonatal Echocardiography Course’. As an expert in functional echocardiography, he is frequently invited to give talks in the international conferences and he has facilitated over 20 echo workshops / courses in UK, Europe, USA, and beyond.



ANNA STOLAŚ (Poznań, Poland)

Psychologist (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań) and midwife (Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences in Poznań). She works in the Women’s Hospital in Poznan. Scientific and professional interests include the issues of various types of crises and traumas in human and family life, especially in the perinatal and early parenthood. Member of the 2nd International Closeness Survey research team.



Dr Steggerda Sylke (Leiden, The Netherlands)

She performed her medical training at the University of Utrecht and worked as a resident in pediatric neurology at the Wilhelmina Childrens’ Hospital in Utrecht. Afterwards she performed a residency in pediatrics and a specialization in neonatology at the Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands. She obtained a PhD on the neonatal cerebellum. Since 2006 she works as a staff member at the department of neonatology at the Leiden University Medical Center, with a special focus on neonatal neurology and neuro-imaging. Besides her clinical work as pediatrician-neonatologist she is now training other young investigators in neonatal neurology. She has a special interest in neonatal cerebellar injury and in neonatal cranial ultrasound. Sylke teaches neonatal neuro-imaging, both in the Netherlands and abroad.




former Head of Infection Clinic of Newborns of the Medical University of Poznan. Long-term President of the Polish Neonatological Society, co-founder of the European Union of Neonatological and Perinatological Societies, editor-in-chief of the “Postępy Neonatologii” (Advances in neonatology) magazine. His scientific interests concern the issues of pathology and intensive care, with particular emphasis on infections of the neonatal period.




pediatrician and neonatologist, deputy head of the Department of Neonatology of Poznan University of Medical Sciences, head of the Neonatal Biophysical Monitoring and Cardiopulmonary Therapies Research Unit at the Department of Neonatology of Poznań University of Medical Sciences. Board member of the Polish Neonatal Society. NLS National Course Director. Member of the Science and Education Committee (NLS) of the European Resuscitation Council. European Board of Neonatology (European Society for Pediatric Research) - Officer of Education and Training - he is responsible for training and education issues (e.g. organization of EBN courses and participation in the organization of the largest European pediatric and neonatological congresses, training on -line, standardization of specialized training in Europe). Member of the Steering Group of the European Inhaled Nitric Oxide Registry. He has a special interest on optimization of respiratory support, neonatal monitoring and resuscitation.




Head of the Department of Neonatology at the Medical University of Poznan. Chairwoman of the Polish Society of Perinatal Medicine, Provincial Consultant for Neonatology. Main scientific interests: research on breathing mechanics, neonatological and paediatric aspects of in vitro fertilization, foetus and newborn infections.



Dr Eva Valverde (Madrid, Spain)

M.D, PhD, Staff at the Departament of Neonatology, University Hospital La Paz. Associated profesor of Paediatrics at Autonoma University Madrid, Spain. Member of the steering group EurUS.brain (European Brain Ultrasound). Area of interest and research focus on etiopathogenesis and prognostic biomarkers of newborn brain damage. Director of courses on cerebral ultrasound and amplitude-integrated EEG.




Dr Antonius van Kaam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

he is currently professor of neonatology and the chief of the neonatal intensive care units at the Emma Children’s Hospital in the Amsterdam University Medical Centers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He did his medical and pediatric training in Rotterdam at, respectively, the Erasmus Medical Center and the Sophia Children’s Hospital. Following his certification in 1997 he moved to the Emma Children’s Hospital in Amsterdam, where he did is training in Neonatology until 1999. Since then, he has been working as a consultant in Neonatology and obtained his PhD degree in 2004. In 2010 he was appointed chief of neonatology at the Emma Children’s Hospital and in 2018 also at the VU university medical center. In 2014 he was appointed as full professor of neonatology. His main research interest is on lung physiology, control of breathing, respiratory support, ventilator induced lung injury and lung protective ventilation in neonatology. In this field he has done both experimental and clinical research. He is currently also involved in large national and international clinical trials.



Prof. Maximo Vento (Valencia, Spain)

Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, University and Polytechnic Hospital La Fe (Valencia; Spain). Principal Investigator Neonatal Research Group & Scientific Director Health Research Institute La Fe (Valencia; Spain). President of the Spanish Neonatal Society. Member of the American Pediatric Society and Deutsche Gesselschaft für Kinderheilkunde. National Coordinator of the Maternal, Neonatal and Developmental Network SAMID funded by the Health Research Institute Carlos III (Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities; Kingdom of Spain). Chairman of the European Board of Neonatology and Member of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Pediatric Research. Areas of interest: Physiology and physiopathology of the fetal-to-neonatal transition with special emphasis in oxygenation. Oxygen metabolism, biomarkers of hypoxia, oxidative stress, oxidative damage and DNA methylation in animal models and clinical studies. Genomics applied to newborn infection. Scientific contributions: 225 peer-reviewed scientific papers published in international journals. >100 conferences in international scientific meetings. Investigator in International and National funded research projects.



Prof. Luc Zimmermann (Maastricht, The Netherlands)

From 2012-2017 he was President of the European Society for Paediatric Research. From October 1st 2019 he will start as senior medical director at European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI). He will keep a parttime position as Professor in Pediatrics and Neonatology in Maastricht UMC+. His main research interest is in neonatal lung development and related neoanatal lung problems. He was (co-)organiser of several (inter)national meetings and conferences, such as the Fetal and Neonatal Physiology Society meeting in Maastricht in 2008 and 2018, the European Society for Paediatric Research conference in Porto in 2013, the European Academic Pediatric Societies conferences in Barcelona in 2014 and Geneva in 2016, the European Conference on Perinatal Medicine in Maastricht in 2016, the Joined European Neonatal Societies Conference in Budapest 2015, Venice 2017 and the coming Joined European Neonatal Societies Conference in Maastricht in 2019.