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Science & Soul 2018 Conference


  • Hotel Dukes' Palace 8 Prinsenhof Brugge, Vlaanderen, 8000 Belgium (map)

Reception Thursday Evening February 8, 2017 Brugge City Hall Gothic Chamber

Day 1 - Friday, the 9th

Registration: 0800-0900

0900 – 0930: Welcome & Introduction – Mary Coughlin

0930-1030:  Trauma-informed Care in the NICU: Promoting Safety, Security and Connectedness [Dr. Marilyn Sanders Neonatologist Hartford, Connecticut, USA]

1030-1130: Stress, Toxic Stress or Trauma: What is the NICU Infant Experience and Should We Care? [Amy D’Agata PhD, RN, Assistant Providence, Professor Rhode Island, USA]

1130-1200: BREAK

1200-1300: Keynote: Dr. Rosario Montirosso – Bosisio Parini, Italy.  Early Life Adversity, Epigenetics & Neuroprotective Care in the NICU

1300-1400: LUNCH (provided)

1400-1500: Golden Hour – The Gentle Transition from Uterine Life [Dr. Thomas Kuehn and Anna Kalber NNP – Berlin Germany]

1500 - 1600: Skin-to-skin Care Versus Holding-in-Arms – A Parental Decision [Thereza Vasconcellos, Head Nurse, Lisbon, Portugal]

1600-1630: BREAK

1630-1730: Primary Prevention and Early Intervention: Lessons Learned from Neonatal Follow-Up [Alison Grant Physiotherapist & Sara Russell SLP, Glasgow, UK]

1730-1800: SPEAKER PANEL Q&A

1800: ADJOURN

1900 – Dinner Gala (included in registration fee)

Day 2 – Saturday the 10th

Registration: 0730 – 0800

0800-0830: Welcome Back! – Mary Coughlin

0830-0930: Neonatal Intensive Parenting Units: A New Paradigm for Neonatal Intensive Care [Dr. Sue Hall, Neonatologist, Oxnard, California, USA]

0930-1030: Neuroprotective Parenting in the NICU -The family centered care concept [Dr. Thomas Kuehn and Anna Kalber NNP – Berlin Germany]

1030-1100: BREAK

1100-1200: Keynote: Dr. Heidelise Als – Boston, Massachusetts, USA. NIDCAP: What we have learned and what the future holds

1200 -1315: Institutional Guidelines for the Implementation of Neuroprotective Care in the NICU [Isabelle Milette NNP, Montreal, Canada] 

1315-1330: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Evidence-Based Multidisciplinary Care Approach and a Discussion of the Challenges Caring for the Tiniest Souls Affected by the Opioid Crisis in the United States [Carla Worly Saunders NNP, Knoxville, TN, USA]

1330 – 1415: LUNCH (provided)

1415-1500: Poster Walk [Ana Garcia, Nurse Midwife, Lisbon Portugal & Mary Coughlin MS, NNP, Boston, Massachusetts, USA]

Mind the Gap Session: 1500-1615

Attendees will break out into smaller groups around pre-selected topics and brainstorm with conference faculty to create individual practice improvement plans related to the topics presented over the course of the conference. 

1615-1730: Find your C.O.U.R.A.G.E.: Essential Strategies for Transformational Change in the NICU and Beyond [Christy Gliniak OTR/L Spokane WA, USA]

1730-1800: Closing Ceremony