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

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

    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

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


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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