The International Conference on Brain Monitoring and Neuroprotection in the Newborn is intended to bring the most current and important research in these fields to a forum where the results can be translated for use by clinicians. Brain monitoring, for the purposes of this conference, is defined as those methods used on a continuous or repetitive basis to assess brain function in the newborn such as continuous EEG or near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Neuroprotection, for the purposes of this conference, is defined as therapeutic hypothermia as well as any adjunctive measures that may be utilized along with it.
While these definitions are somewhat restrictive and will be stretched from time to time to include subjects of compelling interest, we think it is important to maintain a focus on these two closely-related and clinically-evolving areas. Broader neonatal neurology topics are available elsewhere, and a broadening of our scope would inevitably lead to a dilution of our focus. The raison d’etre of this meeting lies in the fact that neither researchers nor clinicians interested in learning the state of the art can find the whole of either field discussed consistently in any other place and to do so seems crucial to us at a time when both fields are growing rapidly in both the research and clinical arenas.
The conference is designed so that researchers and clinicians can, by attending at least every other year, derive a solid sense of the state of the art. In building bridges between research and clinical applications, it is vital that the foundations on either side of the bridge are clearly understood. This conference is intended to both describe and strengthen those foundations, as well as provide an international bridge between them.
Who Should Attend? Target Audience:
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of neonatologists, neurophysiologists, pediatric neurologists, NICU nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, and any other clinician or researcher interested in learning about the cutting-edge field of neonatal brain monitoring.