UENPS/IPOKRaTES 2020 Seminars


Chair: Richard Condit, USA
Department of Molecural Genetics & Microbiology, College of Medicine, University of Florida

1. Coronavirus biology
Mattiew B Frieman, USA
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

2. SARS-CoV-2 Pathogenesis
Lisa Gralinski, USA
Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC), Chapel Hill, North Carolina

3. Fundamental mechanisms of the placental barrier to maternal-fetal transmission of viruses
Carolyn Coyne, USA
Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Panel discussion:
The genetic heterogenicity of SARS-CoV-2: research methods and applications. Antonino Di Caro, Italy National Institute for Infectious Diseases „Lazzaro Spallanzani“, Rome, Italy
• Richard Condit
• Matthew Frieman
• Lisa Gralinski
• Carolyn Coyne



Chairs: Richard Polin, Columbia Columbia University Medical Center, NY, USA
Ola D Saugstad, (TBC) Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway

1. Transmission of disease to the mother and foetus

Manuel Sanchez Luna, Neonatology Division and NICU at Hospital General Universitario “Gregorio Marañon” Madrid, Spain
Marian Knight, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

2. Infection Prevention and Control Challenges for Obstetrics and Neonates: lesson learned from Interdisciplinary Teams of Obstetrics and Pediatrics
Lisa Saiman, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian, USA

3. Transmission from mother to the newborn after birth—-does there need to be separation?
Riccardo Davanzo, Maternal and Child Health Institute, IRCCS Burlo Garofolo, Trieste, Italy

4. Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome related to COVID-19 in children and adoles-cents

Steven G. Kernie, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, USA

Panel discussion
Short communications from Norway, USA and Brazil

Why COVID-19 is less severe among children?

Claus Klingenberg
Division of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, University Hospital of North Norway and Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Science, University of Tromsø – Norway’s Arctic University, Norway

Preliminary Data from the Perinatal COVID-19 National Registry on In-Hospital Infection

Mark Hudak
Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida-Jacksonville, USA

The Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil: viewpoint of the obstetrician

Eduardo Sergio Valerio Borges da Fonseca, Dpt. of Obst. & Gynecology, Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil

Richard Polin
Manuel Sanchez Luna
Marian Knight
Lisa Saiman
Riccardo Davanzo
Steven Kernie


Session 3: Health and Social Aspects of COVID-19 Pandemic: A Global Perspective

Chair: Neena Modi, Imperial College, London


1. Facing the pandemic in neonatal, perinatal and pediatric field: experience from different countries

Representatives from:

  • India: Ranjan Kumar Pejaver, FRCP, FRCPCH (UK), Professor of Neonatology,
    Bangalore, India. President elect, National Neonatology Forum of India
  • Russia: Marina Degtyareva, Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University Moscow
  • Israel: Samuel Zangen, Neonatology, Barzilai University Medical Center, Ashkelon
  • USA: Mark Hudak, Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida, Jacksonville, USA

2. What are the major family and school issues and what can be done about them

  • Giorgio Tamburlini, Italy
    Centro Salute del Bambino, Trieste

3. Lesson from the current pandemic, how can we best work together to manage the next challenge?

  • Viewpoint oft he economist:
    Gabriella Conti, United Kingdom
    University College London – UCL
  • Pandemic and global health:
    Stefano Vella, Italy
    Global Health, Catholic University, Rome


  • Umberto Simeoni, Switzerland
    FIMPP – The International Foundation for Maternal Periconceptional and Peri-Neonatal
  • Giuseppe Buonocore, Italy
    UENPS, Union of European Neonatal and Perinatal Societies
  • Elie Saliba, France
    EAPM European Association of Perinatal Medicine
  • Charles C. Roehr, United Kingdom
    ESPR – European Society for Pediatric Research
  • Silke Mader, Germany
    EFCNI – European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants


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