The ESPR Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Incubators for Paediatric research

Embedded in the ESPR sections, the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) focus on specialised topics in Paediatric research.
Headed by dedicated chairs and supported by a group of expert researchers, the SIGs:
  • meet at the ESPR annual congresses;
  • are open to ESPR members as well as prospective members of the society;
  • act as a discussion forum and incubators of ideas/initiatives for like-minded Paediatric professionals.

You are warmly invited to join one or more of the ESPR SIGs. Find out more below!

  • Meet the ESPR SIG Chairs

    By clicking on a SIG chair photo, you will be fowarded to the dedicated SIG subpage.

    ESPR for Women & Diversity
    Sandra Horsch, MD, PhD
    Helios Klinikum Berlin Buch

    EurUS.brain Group  
    Ana Alarcon Allen, MD, PhD
    Hospital Sant Joan de Déu
    Inst. de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu
    Universitat de Barcelona

    Suzanne Fustolo-Gunnink, MD, PhD
    Sanquin Research

    Low- and Middle-Income Countries
    Walusa Assad Gonçalves-Ferri
    Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care, PhD
    Ribeirão Preto Medical School
    University of São Paulo, Brazil

    Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS)
    Elisabeth Kooi, MD, PhD
    Beatrix Children's Hospital Groningen

    Necrotising Enterocolitis
    Eleanor Molloy, PhD
    Trinity College Dublin

    Neonatal Critical Care Transport
    Don Sharkey, MD, PhD
    University of Nottingham
    United Kingdom

    Neonatal Pain
    Sinno Simons, MD, PhD
    Erasmus MC Sophia Children's Hospital
    Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NPE)
    Eirik Nestaas, MD PhD
    University of Oslo and Akershus University Hospital


    Non-Invasive Cardiac Output Monitoring
    Samir Gupta, MD, PhD
    Durham University
    United Kingdom

    Paediatric and Neonatal Vascular Access
    Fiammetta Piersigilli, MD, PhD
    Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc


    Planetary Health
    Marie-Louise Herrmann, PhD
    University of Leipzig

    Neonatal Stem Cell Research
    Atul Malhotra, MD, PhD
    Monash University
    Melbourne, Australia

    Sub 25/40 Preterm Infants
    Charles Christoph Roehr, MD, PhD
    Medical Sciences Division
    University of Oxford
    United Kingdom


    Technology & AI (Co-Chair)
    Michael Wagner, MD, PhD
    Medical University of Vienna


Should you wish to join a SIG or contact one of the SIG chairs, please send an email to The ESPR Office will be happy to forward your request.

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