ESPR Sections

Representing Paediatric Sub-Specialties

As a part of the ESPR Council, the sections represent different Paediatric sub-specialties.

Headed by dedicated and elected section secretaries, it is the sections' role:

  • to provide speakers/topics for ESPR conferences;
  • to publish research and guidelines related to their expertise;
  • to act as a discussion forum and incubator of ideas/initiatives for like-minded Paediatric professionals;
  • to organise annual gatherings at the ESRP congresses;
  • to mentor young investigators.

The ESPR sections are open to all members from the society with a relevant specialisation.

  • Meet the ESPR Section Secretaries

    Brain & Development
    Deirdre Murray, MD, PhD
    University College Cork
    Ireland

    Circulation, Haematology & Oxygen Transport
    Willem de Boode, MD, PhD
    Radboud University
    Netherlands

    Epidemiology
    Jennifer Zeitlin, MA, D.Sc.
    French National Institute of Health and Medical Research
    France

    Infection, Inflammation & Immunology
    Eleanor Molloy, PhD
    Trinity College Dublin
    Ireland

    Neonatal Resuscitation
    Arjan te Pas, MD, PhD
    Leiden University Medical Center
    Netherlands

    Nursing & other Healthcare Professionals
    Agnes van den Hoogen, PhD
    University Medical Center Utrecht
    Netherlands

    Nutrition, Metabolism & Gastroenterology
    Miguel Saenz de Pipaon, MD, PhD
    Hospital Universitario La Paz
    Spain

    Paediatric & Neonatal Pharmacology
    Sinno Simons, MD, PhD
    Erasmus MC
    Netherlands

    Pulmonology
    Anton van Kaam, MD, PhD
    Emma Children's Hospital
    Netherlands

    European Board of Neonatology
    Maximo Vento, MD, PhD
    Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria La Fe
    Spain

    European Board of Neonatology
    Dominique Haumont, MD
    Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Saint-Pierre
    Belgium

    European Board of Neonatology
    Tomasz Szczapa, MD, PhD
    Poznan University of Medical Sciences
    Poland

Currently, the ESPR has nine sections. Three of these — Nursing and other Healthcare Professionals; Infection, Inflammation and Immunology; and Neonatal Resuscitation — were inaugurated over the past two years.

  • Brain and Development

    Deirdre Murray, MD, PhD
    1st term
    September 2019 – September 2022

  • Circulation, Haematology and Oxygen Transport

    Section Aim
    The aim of the section is to promote research and to provide best-evidence guidelines or recommendations in the fields of circulation, oxygen transport and haematology. This is achieved by encouraging exchange of ideas and discussions amongst researchers and experts in the field, through organisation of parallel sessions, workshops and courses during annual ESPR conferences (EAPS & jENS), as well as by bringing individuals together in special interest groups and a virtual research community.

    Section Council
    The section consists of a Section Secretary, who sits on the ESPR Council, two Section Council Members and two Young Council Members. The role of the Section Council Members is to support the Section Secretary in developing and promoting issues relevant to circulation, oxygen transport and haematology. The position of Young Council Member is designed to encourage young investigators to take a more active role in the ESPR.

    Section Council Members

    • Willem de Boode, 2nd term, Section Secretary, September 2019 - September 2022
    • Afif El-Khuffash, 2nd term, Council Member, October 2017- October 2020
    • Eirik Nestaas, 2nd term, Council Member, September 2019 - September 2022
    • Mayka Bravo, 2nd term, Young Council Member, September 2019 - September 2022
    • Colm Breatnach, 2nd term, Young Council Member, September 2019 - September 2022

    Special Interest Groups
    Currently, there are three special interest groups within the section. These are:

    1. Neonatologist Performed Echocardiography (NPE)
      The NPE group was set up in 2014 with the goal of promoting the responsible use of echocardiography by neonatologists to enhance clinical care of newborn infants by formulating 'state-of-the art' guidelines. Currently, the NPE group consists of >40 members originating from >15 countries worldwide with specific expertise in NPE. In 2016, a consensus statement was published by this group with recommendations for NPE training and accreditation in Europe (see link here). Subsequently, the group developed comprehensive technical and clinical reviews encompassing many aspects of the use of NPE in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). These review papers are presented together in a dedicated online, open-access supplement to Pediatric Research (see link here). The next objective of the NPE group is to implement a pan-European governance structure with the responsibility to develop a certification and accreditation programme and set standards for competency and excellence in NPE under the umbrella of the European Board of Neonatology (EBN) within the ESPR. Moreover, NPE will be incorporated into the next, revised version of the European Curriculum and Assessment Framework for Subspecialty Training in Neonatology. The overall aim of this endeavour is to ensure the safe application of echocardiography in the clinical setting to enhance hemodynamic assessment, improve our management strategies, and foster collaborative research.

    2. Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS)
      The NIRS group was initiated in 2017 during the 2nd jENS meeting in Venice. The aim of this dedicated group of experts is to produce state-of-the-art methodological and clinical guidelines/recommendations regarding the use of NIRS in neonatal care. Our goal is to publish a series of papers that will interest both researchers and clinicians.

    3. Non-invasive Cardiac Output Monitoring
      During the section's business meeting in Paris in 2018, a third special interest group working on the analysis of the validity, applicability and feasibility of several techniques of cardiac output monitoring in newborn infants was established.


    Ongoing & Future Projects

    • Implementation of a pan-European governance structure with the responsibility to develop a certification and accreditation programme and set standards for competency and excellence in NPE.
    • Development of an interactive platform via the ESPR website and mobile app (for ESPR members).
    • Collaboration with the new ESPR section 'Infection, Inflammation & Immunology' regarding the Surviving Sepsis Campaign with emphasis on the preterm infant.
  • Epidemiology

    Jennifer Zeitlin, PhD
    1st term
    September 2019 - September 2022

  • Infection, Inflammation and Immunology

    Section Secretary:
    Eleanor Molloy, PhD
    1st term
    October 2018 - October 2021

  • Neonatal Resuscitation

    Section Secretary:
    Arjan te Pas, MD, PhD
    1st term
    September 2019 - September 2022

  • Nursing and other Healthcare Professionals

    Objectives:

    • providing education, developing guidelines and preparing position statements
    • offering high-quality contributions to conferences and meetings
    • supporting and coordinating research of society members in all fields of nursing and other health care professionals
    • working in a multi-disciplinary manner together with the other ESPR sections


    Way of working:

    This is achieved by encouraging exchange of ideas and discussions among members in research and education platforms in Europe and the ESPR.

    The section Nursing and other Healthcare Professionals has its own business meeting, which is held during the annual ESPR meeting.

    Decisions at the annual business meetings are made by simple majority of the members present.

    At the annual business meeting research projects and proposals for future congresses are discussed and worked on.

    Achievements for future research:

    • Family-centered care and family empowerment
    • Developmental care
    • Sleep and brain development
    • Pain & sedation
    • Safety and risk reduction in NICU
    • Surroundings & stress
    • Neonatal transport


    Section Secretary:

    Agnes van den Hoogen, PhD
    1st term
    October 2018 - October 2021

  • Nutrition, Metabolism and Gastroenterology

    Miguel Saenz de Pipaon, MD, PhD
    1st term
    September 2019 - September 2022

  • Paediatric and Neonatal Pharmacology

    The Pharmacology section is a young and growing section that aims to study, educate and collaborate within Europe. We aim to increase the awareness about the relevance of neonatal and pediatric pharmacology among scientists and researchers. Improved knowledge and understanding of drugs, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, drug development, and new therapies to protect our patients, will all contribute to improved patient care and outcome.

    We aim to:

    • Increase the knowledge about neonatal and pediatric pharmacology in Europe by:
      - Sharing research and knowledge;
      - Writing educational papers;
      - Organizing education and courses to teach others.
    • Collaborate with all the other section, because pharmacology is part of the topics that are covered by the other sections (such as circulation, sepsis, lung and neurology) within ESPR.
    • Improve and enlarge the network of (clinician) scientists in the field of pharmacology and beyond.
    • Encourage and support young researchers.


    Section board members:

    • Sinno Simons (Section Secretary)
      2nd term, September 2019 - September 2022
    • Eugene Dempsey (Senior)
    • Anne Smits (Senior)
    • Liam Mahoney (Junior)
    • Harris Kotidis (Junior)
  • Pulmonology

    Section Aim
    The aim of the section is to promote international collaboration in research, teaching and evidence-based guidelines or recommendations in the field of neonatal pulmonology. This is achieved by encouraging exchange of ideas and discussions amongst researchers and experts in the field and by organising workshops, courses and pulmonary sessions during annual ESPR conferences (EAPS & jENS).

    Section Council
    The section council consists of a Section Secretary, who sits on the ESPR Council, two Section Council Members and two Young Council Members. Together the section council tries to facilitate, stimulate and promote activities within the section to achieve the section aims. In addition to the section council, membership of the pulmonary section is open for any professional with an interest in neonatal pulmonology who is an active, emeritus, affiliate or associate member of the ESPR.

    Section Council Members

    • Anton van Kaam, 1st term, Section Secretary, October 2017 - October 2020
    • Olivier Danhaive, 1st term, Council Member, October 2017- October 2020
    • Gianlucca Lista, 1st term, Council Member, October 2017 - October 2020
    • Anna Lavizzari, 2nd term, Young Council Member, September 2019 - September 2022
    • Kerstin Jost, 2nd term, Young Council Member, September 2019 - September 2022

    Ongoing & Future Projects

    • State-of-the-art review papers on neonatal pulmonology topics for Pediatric Research
    • Setting up a European network with national investigators and design international cohort studies in the field of neonatal pulmonology
  • European Board of Neonatology (EBN)

    Maximo Vento, MD, PhD
    Chairman
    1st term
    September 2017 – September 2020

    Dominique Haumont, MD
    Officer of Neonatal Databases
    1st term
    September 2017 – September 2020

    Tomasz Szczapa, MD, PhD
    Officer of Education and Training
    1st term
    September 2017 – September 2020

    About the EBN
    As the ESPR's educational arm, the EBN offers hands-on courses to underpin key areas of practice within the European Curriculum and Syllabus for Training in Neonatology. These courses are organised by leading experts in their respective fields in three-year teaching cycles. Each cycle consists of six modules. For more information on the EBN, please visit www.ebn-education.eu.

Should you wish to join a section or contact one of the section secretaries, please send an email to office@espr.eu. The ESPR Secretariat will be happy to forward your request.

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