Pre-Congress Courses

10.30-17.30 Room Caracas

Fetal Echocardiography
Congenital heart disease is the leading organ-specific birth defect and is also the leading cause of infant mortality from congenital malformations. Screening of all pregnancies is required to detect congenital heart disease prenatally, since the majority of cases occur in pregnancies without any previously known risk factors. The Fetal Echocardiography Pre-Congress Course is therefore aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of the normal and abnormal fetal heart by reviewing the following areas: fetal cardiac anatomy, content and methods of fetal cardiac examination (e.g. color Doppler, M-mode sonography), fetal cardiac function using ultrasound, congenital heart disease types, guidelines for fetal cardiac examination, four-dimensional sonography of the fetal heart with spatiotemporal image correlation, and novel methods to generate standard fetal echocardiography views using “intelligent navigation” technology. Extra-cardiac anomalies of the fetal thorax will also be discussed. The target audience includes physicians and health care providers that care for pregnant women and their fetus/neonate: Obstetricians/Gynecologists, Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians, Radiologists, Pediatric Cardiologists, and Sonographers. This Pre-Congress Course will achieve the aims described by bringing together an international team of expert specialists in the fields of prenatal diagnosis and fetal cardiology.

Course Directors: Lami Yeo (USA) and Alberto Galindo (Spain)
  1. Content of a fetal cardiac examination: Guidelines proposed by professional societies. Lami Yeo (USA)
  2. Methods of cardiac examination (2D, M-mode, spectral Doppler, color Doppler). Fatima Crispi (Spain)
  3. Spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) of the fetal heart: acquiring STIC volumes, evaluation of adequacy and examination of the STIC volume. Lami Yeo (USA)
  4. Fetal cardiac function – evaluation of systolic and diastolic function. Fatima Crispi (Spain)
  5. Anatomy of the fetal heart and great vessels. Mauricio Herrera (Colombia)
  6. Fetal Intelligent Navigation Echocardiography (FINE): Complexity made simple. Roberto Romero (USA)
  7. Presentation of 5 cases of congenital heart disease: Just Images. Lami Yeo (USA)
  8. Four-chamber view: obstructive lesions (hypoplastic left heart syndrome, hypoplastic right heart syndrome, and others). Queralt Ferrer (Spain)
  9. Outflow tracts: tetralogy of Fallot, double outlet right ventricle, truncus arteriosus, transposition of great vessels. Alberto Galindo (Spain)
  10. Aortic arch anomalies (coarctation of the aorta and more). Lami Yeo (USA)
  11. Extra-cardiac anomalies of the fetal thorax. Cihat Sen (Turkey)
  12. Difficult cases of prenatal diagnosis. Ana Bianchi (Uruguay)
10.30-17.30 Room La Habana

Fetal Neurology
The Fetal Neurology Pre-Congress Course will enable, all physicians and health care providers responsible for the care of fetal patients and pregnant women to return home with a better knowledge of neuro-embryology and neuro-anatomy and better able to make precise diagnoses of fetal brain abnormalities by making the latest developments in fetal medicine known to them through presentations on a broad spectrum of topics related to fetal neurology by international specialists in this field

Course Directors: Asim Kurjak (Croatia) and Ritsuko K. Pooh (Japan)
  1. Anatomy of the central nervous system with 2D, 3D, and silhouette ultrasound. Ritsuko K. Pooh (Japan)
  2. Evaluation of the central nervous system using an automatic approach. Ja Young Kwon (South Korea)
  3. Diagnosis of ventriculomegaly and its clinical significance. Aris Antsaklis (Greece)
  4. Neonatal and infant outcome of isolated ventriculomegaly. Simona Vladareanu (Romania)
  5. Anatomy and anomalies of the corpus callosum. Eberhard Merz / Sonila Pashaj (Germany)
  6. Diagnosis of intracranial hemorrhage, cysts, and tumors of the fetal brain. Vincenzo D’Addario (Italy)
  7. Normal and abnormal anatomy of the spinal cord (open neural tube defects, syringomelia, scoliosis, and segmental spinal cord dysplasia). Renato Augusto Moreira de Sá (Brazil)
  8. Advances in fetal neurophysiology. Aida Salihagic Kadic (Croatia)
  9. Prenatal evaluation of neurologic function: the KANET test. Asim Kurjak (Croatia)
  10. Disorders of brain proliferation, migration, and cortical organization. Ritsuko K. Pooh (Japan)
  11. Neurobehavior of the fetus and neonate: to what extent are they different or similar?. Milan Stanojevic (Croatia)
10.30-17.30 Room La Paz

International Ian Donald School for Ultrasound
The International Ian Donald School for Ultrasound Pre-Congress Course will enable, all physicians and health care providers who utilize obstetric & gynecologic ultrasound, to return home better able to employ the latest advances in obstetric & gynecologic ultrasound by attending presentations on a borad spectrum of topics by the International Faculty of the Ian Donald School of Ultrasound.

Course Directors: Frank Chervenak (USA), Asim Kurjak (Croatia) and Alaa El Ebrashy (Egypt)
  1. Screening for congenital anomalies in the first trimester. Tamara Illescas (Spain)
  2. The case for universal screening fetal congenital heart disease in the first and second trimester. Apostolos Athanasiadis  (Greece)
  3. Molar Pregnancy: A sometimes challenging diagnosis. Rodrigo Ayala (Mexico)
  4. Noninvasive Prenatal Testing: State of the Art. Carmina Comas (Spain)
  5. Imagining of the Fetal Face: State of the Art. Eberhard Merz (Germany)
  6. Clinical and ethical issues about multifetal pregnancies. Giovanni Monni (Italy)
  7. The current status of diagnosis of placenta accreta. Azen Salim (Indonesia)
  8. Maternal Stress: Fetal and Neonatal Impact. Liliana S. Voto (Argentina)
  9. What is the value of Doppler of the cerebroplacental ratio (MCA)?. Ivica Zalud (USA)
  10. The Role of Emergency Ultrasound in our Practice. Hisham Arab (Saudi Arabia)
10.30-17.30 Room Montevideo

International Society of the Fetus as a Patient
The Fetal Neurology Pre-Congress Course will enable, all physicians and health care providers responsible for the care of fetal patients and pregnant women, to return home better able to assist both fetal and maternal patients by making the latest developments in fetal medicine known to them through presentations on a broad spectrum of topics by the faculty of the International Society of the Fetus as a Patient

Course Directors: Frank Chervenak (USA), Radu Vladareanu (Romania) and Asim Kurjak (Croatia)
  1. Evidence based prevention of prematurity. Birgit Arabin (Germany)
  2. Should patients with preterm PROM be induced?. Ali Sungkar (Indonesia)
  3. The diagnosis and management of neonatal sepsis. Marina Degtyareva (Russia)
  4. The obesity epidemic in obstetrics. Joachim Dudenhausen (Germany)
  5. Evaluation of the patient with recurring spontaneous abortion. Nese Kavak (Turkey)
  6. What is the role of thrombophilia in perinatal medicine. Alexander Makatsariya (Russia)
  7. How to avoid hysterectomy when there is post-partum uterine atony. Zoltan Papp (Hungary)
  8. Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Management: State of the Art. Daniel Skupski (USA)
  9. The management of pregnancies with renal transplantation. Miroslav Wielgos (Poland)
  10. The relationship to maternal age & perinatal outcome. Snezana Crnogorac (Montenegro)
  11. Controversies in the management of shoulder dystocia. Amos Grünebaum (USA)
10.30-13.30 Room Bratislava

Hemodynamic monitoring of the sick neonate
Course Directors:
Constancio Medrano (Spain) and Ana Rodríguez Sánchez de la Blanca (Spain)
Constancio Medrano (Spain)
Teresa Álvarez Martín (Spain)
Alejandro Rodríguez Ogando (Spain)
Ana Rodríguez Sánchez de la Blanca (Spain)
  1. Hemodynamic Monitoring: “Classical Methods”
    • Perinatal Physiology
    • Monitoring Parameters
    • Echocardiography.
  2. Hemodynamic Monitoring: New systems
    • Functional Echocardiography
    • New Cardiac Output Monitoring Devices:
      • Ultrasound Dilution Technology
      • Electrical Velocimetry
  3. Preterm infants
    • PDA
  4. Pulmonary Hypertension
    • Vasodilators Treatment
    • Cardiac Output. Shunts
  5. Congenital Cardiac Disease
    • Cardiac Output Monitoring in the perioperative period
  6. Myocardial Function
    • Speckle Tracking Echo
    • Myocardial Dysfunction in Hypoxemia and Hypothermia Treatment
10.30-13.30 Room Oslo
Fertility and infertility in the ovarian cycle: Clinical Applications and Research
Coordinator: Helvia Temprano (Spain).

Biological indicators of fertility
Cervical secretion. Types of cervical secretion according to Odeblad’s classification. The cycle in 3 phases: characteristics of the fertile phase. Hermelinda Estévez (Spain)
Basal temperature. Information provided during the ovarian cycle. Sintothermic record of basal temperature. Lourdes Durango (Spain)
Anatomic changes of the cervix. Lourdes Durango (Spain)

Clinical Applications

During breast-feeding. Lactational Amenorrhea Method: maternal, mixed and artificial. Postpartum fertility. Helvia Temprano (Spain)
In Infertility. In search of pregnancy: Pregnancy results in Primary Attention. Isabel Valdés (Spain)
Aging of the cervix. Micaela Menárguez (Spain)
Update on support technologies for measurement of basal temperature and cervical secretion. Maria Candelas Cardero (Spain)

Enzymatic producing endocervical cells. Erik Odeblad (Sweden)
Study of cervical secrection under optical and electronic microscopes: transmission and scanning. Micaela Menárguez (Spain) and Helvia Temprano, (Spain) 

Fertility awareness as a human value. Micaela Menárguez (Spain)
Male partner contribution. Fernando Trullols (Spain)

Organised by: Natural Family Planning Teacher's Association of Spain (RENAFER). (Session in Spanish)
Fertilidad de infertilidad en el ciclo ovárico: Aplicaciones clínicas y líneas de investigación
Coordinadora del Curso: Helvia Temprano (Spain). Ginecóloga. Asesora de RENAFER.

Indicadores biológicos de la fertilidad
Secreción cervical. Tipos según Odeblad. El ciclo en 3 fases: Características de la fase fértil. Hermelinda Estévez (Spain)
Temperatura basal. Información que aporta en el ciclo ovárico. El registro sintotérmico.
Lourdes Durango (Spain)
Cambios anatómicos del cervix. Lourdes Durango (Spain)

Aplicaciones clínicas

Durante la lactancia. Método de Amenorrea de la Lactancia. Materna, mixta y artificial.
Retorno a la fertilidad postparto.
Helvia Temprano (Spain)

En Infertilidad. Búsqueda de embarazo: índice de gestaciones en Atención Primaria.
Isabel Valdés (Spain)

Envejecimiento del cervix.
Micaela Menárguez (Spain)
Actualización en tecnología de apoyo.
Candela Cardero (Spain)

Líneas de investigación
Células endocervicales secretoras de enzimas.
Erik Odeblad (Sweden)

Estudio de la secreción cervical a microscopía óptica y electrónica: barrido y scanning.
Micaela Menárguez (Spain) y Helvia Temprano (Spain)

Conferencia de clausura
El conocimiento de la fertilidad como riqueza humana.
Micaela Menárguez (Spain)

La aportación másculina.
Fernando Trullols

Organizado por la Asociación Española de Profesores de Planificación Familiar Natural (RENAFER).
14.30-17.30 Room Praga

Noninvasive ventilation - Sponsored by Ginevri
In recent years, multiple techniques have been developed to provide noninvasive ventilation (NIV) for the respiratory support of the newborn. This renewed interest in innovating and testing NIV in neonatology has resulted from efforts to avoid intubation, mechanical ventilation, and ultimately bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Neonatal NIV is now commonly used to stabilize respiratory status after birth, to manage respiratory distress syndrome, to facilitate extubation, and to treat apnoea of prematurity. NIV strategies work by providing infants with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP or HFNC) or a CPAP combined with ventilation cycles (NIPPV or BiPAP). Although use of combined ventilation cycles offers greater respiratory support than CPAP, and may prevent intubation in a larger fraction of neonates, clinical trials comparing CPAP and NIPPV yield conflicting results. One of the primary factors contributing to the efficacy of NIPPV and to the patient’s tolerance of this mode of ventilation is synchrony between spontaneous breathing efforts and the ventilator settings. This course will examine in depth synchronization techniques for NIV. It is well known that success with NIV in the management of preterm infants depends greatly on the skills and commitment of the personnel caring for the infant. By following this course, participants will be able to treat patients with different respiratory diseases, will be updated about new trends and future perspectives in NIV, and will improve their ability to face and control several factors influencing NIV outcome.

Course Directors: Corrado Moretti (Italy) and Camilla Gizzi (Italy)
  1. NCPAP and HHFNC in the management of RDS of preterm infants: an update. Gianluca Lista (Italy)
  2. Non-invasive ventilation: techniques and physiological effects. Corrado Moretti (Italy)
  3. Non-invasive ventilation for treatment of apnea of prematurity. Camilla Gizzi (Italy)
  4. Non-invasive ventilation: clinical trials after extubation and as primary support for RDS. Cristina Ramos (Spain)
14.30-17.30 Room Bratislava

Developmental Care. From the brain of neonate to the heart of the health care - Sponsored by Dräger
The Developmental Care. From the brain of neonate to the heart of the health care Pre-Congress Coursewill focus on the importance of family-centered care in order to achieve the best developmental care possible for the preterm newborn– a care that must involve parents, health professionals, and the whole of society.  This course will analyze the importance of involving parents as primary caregivers for their children from their first day at the neonatal unit, how this can affect the rate of infection at the neonatal unit, and the advantages for the preterm newborn that a family-centered care model entails.The influence that environmental factors may have on the developing brain will also be explored, as well as the different approaches to becoming a family-centered care unit, taking into account cultural and social differences.

Course Directors: Uwe Ewald (Sweden) and Sylvia Caballero (Spain)
  1. Why is family centered care the model of the NICUs future  - A patients view. Silke Mader (Germany)
  2. Focus on parents as an integral part in the care. Uwe Ewald (Sweden)
  3. Infection impact in the NICU with a focus on family centered care. Uwe Ewald (Sweden)
  4. Neurocritical care in the NICU: Environmental influences on the developing brain. Hilary Whyte (Canada)
  5. Family Centered Care, the Mediterranean Countries approach. Sylvia Caballero (Spain)
  6. Family Centered Care, the Northern Countries approach. Liisa Lehtonen (Finland)
14.30-17.30 Room Oslo
Indian Society of Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy (ISPAT) Session
Aris Antsaklis (Greece)
  1. First trimester ultrasound (sonography). Narendra Malhotra (India)
  2. Preterm birth screening. Renu Makwana (India)
  3. A stitch in time save lives. Manjeet Mehta (India)
  4. FIGO good practice advices for perinatal outcomes. Narendra Malhotra (India)

Organized by ISPAT (Indian Society of Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy)