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Honoured to be invited to speak at the 30th Annual Cool Topics in Neonatology Symposium in California

30th Annual Cool Topics in Neonatology Symposium is organized by David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and will be held from Mar 01 - 03, 2024 at Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, Coronado, California, United States of America.


This is the 30th annual conference presented by the California Association of Neonatologists (CAN) and the AAP District IX Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Pediatrics. Internationally recognized faculty will present important and clinically relevant topics in neonatal perinatal medicine, with special focus on current trends, practice innovations and digital transformations in neonatology. Speakers will explore innovative resources for education and research, resuscitation practices at the limits of viability, ethical considerations of AI, advances in retinopathy care, and the importance of team structures and culture within the NICU.


At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Be familiar with new teaching tools, learning resources, and emerging technologies that support clinical research and education while assisting providers to stay current with evidence-based best practices in neonatology.

  2. Compare ELBW resuscitation practices in different NICU settings, note some factors that influence differences and how they may impact outcomes.

  3. Gain hands-on experience in current and emerging clinical tools and bedside techniques in the NICU, as well as how to understand the primary barriers and implement a specific intervention to 1) improve NICU unit culture, improve workplace safety, and reduce provider burn-out, 2) improve nutrition and growth of micropremies in your NICU.

  4. Appreciate the emerging role of artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning in the NICU, and list three potential benefits and pitfalls of this emerging technology. 

  5. Understand emerging therapies, treatment strategies and new technologies being utilized for the early diagnosis and therapeutics of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), including anti-VEGF with delayed laser therapy, telescreening and AI tools. 

  6. Become familiar with the research of teams, leadership structures and neonatal/perinatal unit interactions that define NICU culture and impact morale, performance, safety and patient outcomes.


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