The 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 chairs, 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 develop content and lecture in the context of the European School of Neonatology (ESN) and the Neonatal Online Training and Education Programme (NOTE);
  • to organise annual gatherings at the ESPR congresses;
  • to mentor early career investigators.
  • Meet the ESPR Section Chairs

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

    Circulation, Haematology & Oxygen Transport
    Eirik Nestaas, MD, PhD
    University of Oslo

    Early Career Investigators
    Kerstin Jost, PhD
    Karolinska University Hospital Stockholm

    Jasper Been, MD, MPH, PhD
    Erasmus MC – Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam

    Infection, Inflammation & Immunology
    Eric Giannoni, MD
    Lausanne University Hospital

    Neonatal Resuscitation
    Janneke Dekker, PhD
    Leiden University Medical Center

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

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

    Paediatric & Neonatal Pharmacology
    Anne Smits, MD, PhD
    University Hospitals Leuven
    KU Leuven

    Theodore Dassios, PhD, FRCPCH
    University of Patras, Greece
    King's College London, UK


    By clicking on a Section Chair photo, you will be fowarded to the dedicated Section subpage.

The ESPR sections are open to all members from the society with a relevant specialisation. Should you wish to join a section or contact one of the section chairs, please send an email to The ESPR Office will be happy to forward your request.

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