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Friday, June 16, 2017
New Hanover Regional Medical Center Auditorium
Wilmington, North Carolina

Target Audience
Neonatologists, Obstetricians, Pediatricians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Physician Residents, Family Medicine Practitioners, Respiratory Therapists, Nurses, and Pharmacists.

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The Impact of In Utero and External Exposures and Injuries on the
Developing Nervous System

Conference Overview
The brain is one of the first organs to develop which makes it more vulnerable to the effects of maternal infections and medications. Neuronal injury from perinatal asphyxia has been extensively studied and therapeutic hypothermia if done within a few hours after injury, offers promising results in limiting its life long sequela. This conference aims to discuss the latest research regarding relevant topics in pediatric neurology as it pertains to maternal zika virus infection, medication exposures and the long term effects of experiencing pain during infancy.

Conference Objectives

At the conclusion of this live educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the effects of the Zika Virus on the fetal brain
  2. Explain the long-term impact of common maternal medication and repeated exposure
    to pain on the developing brain
  3. Recognize how therapeutic hypothermia limits neuronal injury from Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
  4. Explain how the brain reacts to critical illness using EEG/aEEG


Zika: Emergence of the Virus and Impact of Infection on the Developing Nervous System
James F. Bale, Jr. MD
Division of Pediatric Neurology
Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology
The University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT
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Long-Term Effects of Early Pain on Very Preterm Neonates
Ruth E. Grunau, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics Dept
University of British Columbia
BC Childrens Hospital Research Institute
Vancouver, BC
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Therapeutic Hypothermia: Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Abbot Laptook, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Brown University
Women’s & Infants Hospital
Providence, RI
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Neonatal Brain Monitoring
Hannah C. Glass, MDCM, MAS
Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Director, Neonatal Neurocritical Care Services
Neonatal Neurology Fellowship Program Director
University of California, San Francisco
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TOPIC 1: Drug Exposures during Pregnancy
and Neonatal Outcomes
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TOPIC 2: The Impact of Sedation and Analgesia
on the Developing Preterm Brain

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Christopher McPherson, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Neonatal ICU
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department
of Pediatrics
Washington University School of Medicine

Amidst the Noise and Haze: A Preemie’s Experience and Brain Development
Maria-Cristina Javier, MD
Medical Director, SRMC NICU
Medical Education Director
Neonatologist, Coastal Children’s Services
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