✯ Guest Speakers ✯

Prof. Topun Austin

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. The centre has an infant functional brain imaging unit and houses a dedicated MRI scanner for mothers and babies. 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 works closely with Professor David Rowitch (Head of Paediatrics, Cambrdige University) in the development of the Neuro NICU in Cambridge, based on a model Professor Rowitch pioneered at the University of California, San Francisco.
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.
He is a collaborator on a number of cognitive developmental psychology studies, includingthe BRain Imaging for Global HealTh (BRIGHT) study, investigating brain function and development in children in high and low income settings; the Cambridge Human Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study which is using MRI both prenatally and neonatally with in pregnancies where the baby is at high risk for autism; the SPELL study investigating neurophysiological and genetic biomarkers of dyslexia in newborn infants.
Professor Austin is also an enthusiastic teacher, organising neonatal courses as part of the Cambridge Perinatal Group (www.cambridgeperinatalgroup.com) and the BPNA neonatal neurology course neoNATE (www.bpna.org.uk/neonate).
He has a longstanding interest in newborn behaviour and how that relates to functional brain activity. In 2016, he was invited to speak at the Hay Festival on ‘Becoming Human’ exploring biological and philosophical issues around the development of consciousness.
Further information can be found at www.neolabresearch.com

Prof. Mats Blennow

Mats Blennow is senior consultant in neonatal medicine and professor in perinatal neurosciences at KarolinskaInstitutet and University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
He served as president for the European Society for Neonatology during the years 2008-14 and presided the scientific committee for the 2014 congress of European Academic Pediatric Societies in Barcelona with 3800 delegates.
Mats main research interests are perinatal asphyxia and consequences of extreme preterm birth.
In recent years Mats has involved himself in global health. So far, he has done 3 missions for Medicine Sans Frontieresworking in Irbid, Jordan and Jahun, Nigeria. He is also member of the scientific committee for the MSF Paediatric Days.

Prof. Anne Greenough

Professor Anne Greenough is Head of the School of Medicine and Professor of Clinical Respiratory Physiology at King’s college London. In addition, she directs the tertiary neonatal intensive care unit at King’s College Hospital. She is particularly interested in how the lungs form in the developing foetus. She is also Director of Education and Training for King’s Health Partners.

Prof. Pierre Gressens

  • Research Officer (DR1 Inserm) and Director, UMR 1141 Inserm-Paris Diderot University, Robert-Debré Hospital, Paris, France.
  • Professor of Fetal and Neonatal Neurology, St Thomas’ Campus, KCL, London, UK.
  • Director, PROTECT Department (Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, Inserm and Paris Diderot University), Paris, France.
  • Consultant, Service of Pediatric Neurology, Robert-Debré Hospital, Paris, France.
  • Co-director, PremUP Foundation, Paris.
  • Vice-Dean for Research, Paris-Diderot Medical school, Paris, France.

Dr. Helmut Küster

Chief of Neonatology, University Children’s Hospital, Göttingen, Germany,
Representative of the German Medical Association for quality assurance
Representative of the German Neonatal Society (GNPI) for Diagnose Related Groups
Regular reviewer for several international journals
66 publications and 33 reviews / book chapters.

Prof. Alan Lucas

Professor Alan Lucas is MRC Clinical Research Professor and Head of the Childhood Nutrition Centre at the Institute of Child Health, London. Professor  The lancet Founder  – Great Ormond street Hospital Head of Infant and Child Nutrition  -Medical research Council Founder  – MRC Childhood Nutrition Research Center of London Honorary Consultant  – Children He is interested in paediatric nutrition, impact of early nutrition on long term structure and function of brain, cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, obesity and body composition, bone health and metabolism. He has conducted pioneering studies that have shown that nutrition in premature babies has a profound impact not only in the short term but also in their long-term health and neuro-development. His formal experimental interventional studies on nutritional programming of human infants have sparked an entire new generation of research into the early origins of adult disease.

Prof. Umberto Simeoni

Umberto Simeoni is Professor of Paediatrics at Faculté de Biologie et de Médecine, University of Lausanne and Director of the Division of Pediatrics and of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) Research Unit at CHUV University Hospital in Lausanne Switzerland. He graduated at Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France, where he later worked in the position of Professor of Paediatrics and Director of Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units at Strasbourg University Hospital, up to 2001. He then moved as Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Department of Neonatology at Aix-Marseille University and AP-HM University Hospital in Marseille, France until 2014. His research is oriented towards the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), with a special focus on the developmental programming of the cardio-vascular system in conditions of perinatal disease, such as intrauterine growth-restriction, preterm birth or exposure to maternal overweight/obesity and gestational diabetes. He also is highly interested in perinatal bioethics. He authored and co-authored more than 150 referenced articles, several books on neonatology, and more than 300 invited lectures. Umberto Simeoni is currently President of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine and President of the Société Francophone DOHaD.