4 reasons to attend Innovations in Neonatal Care 2017

If you’re a newborn medicine specialist interested in cutting-edge therapies that are shaping the future of the specialty, consider attending Innovations in Neonatal Care, August 7-9, in Austin, Texas.

This conference focuses on “how current techniques and treatments affect long-term outcomes in neonatal practice,” said Timothy Biela, MD, MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist in San Antonio, Texas, who also serves as conference director. With a different theme each year, Innovations 2017 offers a closer look at neonatal nutrition. An array of speakers will explore new methods, best practices and therapies of tomorrow. Woven in will be discussions of ethics, quality and safety.

Since 2011, Innovations has grown from a conference that primarily attracted regional attendees to one with national and international appeal.

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If you’re a neonatologist, neonatal nurse practitioner, dietitian, pediatric gastroenterologist, developmental medicine specialist or neonatal nurses, here are four reasons why you should make plans today to attend Innovations.

The topic of nutrition is universally important for neonatal medicine.

The conference planning committee chose nutrition as the 2017 focus “because it is definitely one of the most important things we can do for babies,” said Biela. “It improves long-term outcomes, reduces morbidity and increases wellbeing in the NICU,” he said.

 Global Conference Objectives:

 At the completion of this educational activity, a learner will:

  1. Identify inborn factors that predispose newborn infants of various gestational ages to compromised growth and development.
  2. Discuss a variety of feeding modalities and strategies utilized to enhance the growth of children with significant anatomical and/or physiologic challenges related to the provision of nutritional support.
  3. Apply knowledge acquired from experts in neonatal nutrition to develop strategies to optimize both nutritional and developmental outcomes.

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Hear from local and national experts at the forefront of neonatal nutrition research and practice.

“Each year, after the planning committee has selected a theme, we conduct an extensive review of current literature and reach out to academic centers to find leaders in current evidence,” said Biela.

The 2017 speaker lineup includes:

Camilia Martin, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, brings vast expertise in infant nutrition and will speak about prudent application of new therapies.

Kent Thornburg, PhD, M. Lowell Edwards Chair, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director for the Center for Developmental Health at Knight Cardiovascular Institute, and Director of the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness at Oregon Health & Science University, will further examine the topic of epigenetics, drawing on his collaborations with Dr. David Barker.

Steve Abrams, MD, Chair of Pediatrics and Director of the Dell Pediatric Research Institute at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, will expand on his research into lipids as treatment for short gut.

Sudarshan R. Jadcherla, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Division Chief of Neonatology and Academics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, will detail the successes being made at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the area of difficult feeding.

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Help fulfill your CME or CNE credit requirements.

Along with the information you’ll gain on this essential topic, you will also have to opportunity to earn continuing education credits. The MEDNAX Center for Research, Education, Quality and Safety is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Full participation at Innovations in Neonatal Care includes up to:

  • Continuing Medical Education: maximum of 18.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • Continuing Nursing Education: 18 continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours

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Enjoy downtime in a trending city.

Austin, Texas, makes many “Top 10” lists for its appeal, vibe and entertainment. Similar to Nashville, Austin is known for its music scene and food culture. The conference venue of JW Marriott Austin places you at the heart of this southwest city, and conference sessions ending at 5 p.m. allow ample downtime to explore the town.

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Registration is now open for Innovations in Neonatal Care 2017.

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Do you have questions about Innovations in Neonatal Care? Email us at innovations@mednax.com.

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