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TSMU scientists participated in the XXXIII International Symposium of the Polish Neonatology Society

The Symposium of the Polish Neonatology Society took place in Cracow, Poland on October 12-14, 2017. Participatin in it were well-known Polish scientists Prof. Maria-Katarzyna Borszewska-Kornacka, Prof. Janusz Skalski, Prof. Ewa Helwich, Prof. Ryszard Lauterbach, Prof. Jolanta Sykut, Prof. Janusz Gadzinowski, Prof. Jan Mazela, Prof. Ewa Gulczyńska, Prof. Janusz Książyk, as well as scientists from Ukraine: Prof. T.K. Znamenska, Prof. T.M. Klymenko, Prof. Y.S.Korzhynskyi. Joining them were international experts from the United States (Prof. Monica Epelman, Prof. Smeeta Sardesai), Germany (Prof. Christopher Fusch), Italy (Prof. Paolo Manzoni), Austria (Prof. ChristaEinspieler), Switzerland (Prof. Johannes Häberle), and UK (Dr. Jonathan Wyllie). TSMU researchers, Head of the Department of Pediatrics, prof. Halyna Pavlyshyn and assistant professor of the  Iryna Sarapuk represented our university on this forum.

Prof. Halyna Pavlyshyn and assistant prof. Iryna Sarapuk.

Participants in the XXXIII Neonatology Symposium showcased the recent achievements in the field, especially those linked to clinical practice; discussed diagnosis, care and treatment of infants and premature babies, as well as pressing issues about making changing medical practice protocols in response to the recent scientific findings.

Greeting address from the rector of the Jagiellonian University prof. Wojciech Nowak.

Opening of the Symposium – Presentation by prof. Maria-Katarzyna Borszewska-Kornacka.

Special attention was given to modern diagnostic approaches of necrotic enterocolitis in term and premature babies, comparative diagnostic value of ultrasound and X-ray in patients of different age groups (Prof. Monica Epelman – Florida State University, University of Central Florida Nemours Children’s Hospital , USA), as well as the diagnostic and prognostic value of assessing motor disorders in the neonatal period of preterm babies and those with asphyxiation in regards to cognitive and motor development dysfunctions in the future (Prof. Christa Einspieler – Research Uniti DN, interdisciplinary Developmental Neuroscience, Medical University of Graz, Austria).

A number of presentations focused the characteristics of enteral and parenteral feeding of newborns, including deeply preterm infants (Professor Christopher Fusch, Chief of Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Nuremberg, Germany).

The question of management of children with infectious pathology in intensive care units also received significant interest,  in particular strategies for reducing overuse of antibiotics and prevention of infection in ICU (Prof. Paolo Manzoni – Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology, St. Anna Hospital, Torino, Italy), prevention of respiratory infection in premature children and the use of pentoxifylline to treat preemies with sepsis (Prof. Dr. Ryszard Lauterbach – Klinika Neonatologii Collegium Medicum Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Poland).

Presentation of prof. Ryszard Lauterbach.

One of the sections of the symposium was dedicated to the research of breast milk, in particular the diagnostic value, hormonal and nutritional composition of whole and banked breast milk, its effect on catamnesis of prematurely born children.

The symposium also covered the issues of care for deeply premature babies using the latest perinatal technologies, characteristics of newborn resusitation, management of children with the development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia and pulmonary hypertension, retinopathy and oxidative stress, and their consequences in premature infants. New approaches to diagnosis and treatment of these pathologies in accordance with modern European recommendations were proposed.

At the symposium Drs. Pavlyshyn and Sarapuk a report presented their study on The Effectiveness of Early Skin-To-Skin Contact in Extremely and Very Preterm Newborns.

Discussion of the report The Effectiveness of Early Skin-To-Skin Contact in Extremely and Very Preterm Newborns.