Thursday, 7 September, 2023

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08:00 – 12:00 Workshop: Introduction to Cerebral NIRS in Neonatal Care
Speaker: Gunnar Naulaers
08:00 – 17:00 Workshop: Introduction to Echocardiography
Speaker: Afif el Khuffash
13:00 – 17:00 Workshop: A Tour of Congenital Heart Disease
Speaker: Jose Honold
Workshop: Introduction to EEG in Neonatal Care
Speaker: Geraldine Boylan

Time: 08:00 – 12:00

Introduction to Cerebral NIRS in Neonatal Care
Gunnar Naulaers

Cerebral oxymetry is been studied for more than 45 years and clinically used in NICU for many years. However, there is still discussion regarding the indications and therapeutic consequences of cerebral NIRS monitoring. In this workshop we will first explain shortly the basic principles of the different monitors that are used in the field.

The main part of the workshop will be the clinical use of NIRS. We will propose a way for clinical interpretation of the measurement and thereby discuss a lot of different clinical cases in preterms, HIE, cardiac patients and other pathology interactively. We will end with further research questions, where topics like autoregulation and neurovascular coupling will be discussed.

Workshop Scheme:

  • Basic principles NIRS
  • Oximeters and sensors
  • Pitfalls
  • Interpretation of cerebral oximetry
  • Real-life cases
  • To treat or not to treat?
  • Further research questions

Time: 08:00 – 17:00

Introduction to Echocardiography
Afif el Khuffash

Workshop Schedule:


  • Welcome
  • Physics of Ultrasound and Artefact Recognition
  • Routine Ultrasound Views
  • Common Structural Lesions
  • Using Echocardiography in the Clinical Setting

10.30-11.00 Break


  • Assessment of Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Assessment of Low Blood Flow States
  • Assessment of Pulmonary Hypertension

13:00-14.00 Lunch


  • Hands on practical sessions
  • 5 echo stations (2 simulators, 3 patient stations)

Time: 13:00 – 17:00

A Tour of Congenital Heart Disease (A better understanding of Congenital Heart Defects and its Management)
Jose Honold

Congenital Heart Disease is the most common major birth defect, with an occurrence of 8/1000 live births, ~35,000 patients born each year in the US with Congenital Heart Disease, and with ~ 12,000 newborn/infant interventions. During the first year of life ~ 1/3 of all children born with Congenital Heart defects become critical ill and either die or received surgical treatment. Unrepaired critical CHD may result in progressive and irreversible secondary organ damage, principally to the heart, lungs, and CNS.

  • Review the different types of Congenital Heart Lesions
  • Discuss the physiology of the ductal dependent lesions and mixing lesions
  • Will review the expected pressures, and flows in the normal and abnormal heart
  • Understand the steps needed, to stabilize the cardiac infant prior to transport

Time: 13:00 – 17:00

Introduction to EEG in Neonatal Care
Geraldine Boylan

This introductory EEG course will feature interactive short lectures with lots of examples of EEG and aEEG recordings.

The Workshop will Cover:

30 mins: Basic Principles of EEG and aEEG recording, pros and cons of each
30 mins: Technical considerations for EEG recording
30 mins: aEEG and cEEG in term and preterm infants
30 mins: aEEG and cEEG during Seizures
30 mins: aEEG and cEEG in Neonatal Encephalopathy
30 mins: aEEG and cEEG in preterm brain injury
60 mins: EEG cases at 4-5 stations with typical cases and quiz.
Participants rotate through stations