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.
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, 1st term*, Section Secretary, October 2016 - October 2019
- Afif El-Khuffash, 2nd term, Council Member, October 2017- October 2020
- Eirik Nestaas, 1st term*, Council Member, October 2016 - October 2019
- Mayka Bravo, 1st term*, Young Council Member, October 2016 - October 2019
- Colm Breatnach, 1st term, Young Council Member, October 2016 - October 2019
*opted recently (November 2018) for a second term of three years
Special Interest Groups
Currently, there are three special interest groups within the section. These are:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.