Prof. Steve Donn (USA) – he is a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He is a member of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at Michigan Medicine. Dr. Donn received his medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.  He obtained his training in General Pediatrics at the University of Vermont – Medical Center Hospital, and his fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Michigan. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and its Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Dr. Donn is actively involved in teaching and clinical research.  He is a member of numerous professional societies, including elected memberships in the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society. He has been chosen as one of the “Best Doctors in America” since 1994. He is internationally known for his expertise in the management of respiratory failure in newborns.  He has authored 238 medical journal articles, edited 37 books and specialty manuals, written more than 230 book chapters, and has produced numerous educational materials on neonatal respiratory failure and hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. Dr. Donn has held consulting positions for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, numerous medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and healthcare management corporations. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served as the Chair of its Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management. He lives in Ann Arbor with Paula, his wife of 48 years, and their two German Shepherds, Robby and Anya. Dr. Donn’s extracurricular interests include astronomy- he is a passionate follower of total solar eclipses-, international travel, photography, and spectator sports.


Prof. Arthur Eidelman (Israel) – Visiting Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Jerusalem. Area of Research: Infant nutrition, breastfeeding, human lactation, neonatal infection, maternal-infant interaction and attachment, neonatal intensive care outcome, medical ethical issues of neonatal care.


Prof. Tetsuya Isayama, Japan – Head of the Division of Neonatology, National Center for Child Health and Development (NCCHD), Tokyo, Japan. Task Force members of the International Liaison Committee of Resuscitation (ILCOR). Research interest: Neonatal and perinatal epidemiology, International comparison studies on clinical practice and outcomes of NICUs, Systematic reviews & Guideline development.



Dr Anup Katheria (USA) – Dr. Anup Katheria is a neonatologist affiliated with Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Katheria is the director of the Neonatal Research Institute, a program he developed to determine which therapies improve the care of our newborns. He is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research and is an assistant clinical professor at Loma Linda University. He believes that all newborns and their families need to not only receive the highest quality care, but need to be informed about the decision-making process, ensuring that they are still part of their child’s care.


Prof. Boris Kramer (The Netherlands) – Maastricht UMC+ (2006 to present): neonatologist and leader of experimental research group. PhD in 2007 and Professor for Experimental Perinatology since 2011. Since 2013 Director of Pediatric Research. Part-time position at the Institute of Women’s Health, University College London, United Kingdom from 2016-2018. Several national and international research awards e.g. young scientist of ESPR (2003) and Dutch Society for Pediatrics (2008). Chosen as a “top talent” by the faculty of medicine (2008). Management classes at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. Research interests: Microbiome in NEC and BPD, stem cell therapy, development of lung, gut, brain and immune system after preterm birth. Supervision of 25 completed PhDs, 325 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, 7 reviews in textbooks.


Prof. Liisa Lehtonen (Finland) – Professor, Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, The Head of the Division of Neonatology at Turku University Hospital in Turku, Finland. Areas of expertise: Neonatology; Preterm infants, Quality improvement; Family Centered Care; Developmental outcomes of preterm infants; Centralization. Her research interest is to optimize the longterm outcomes of preterm infants. She leads the PIPARI Study group which has followed 232 very preterm infants since year 2001 (www.utu.fi/pipari) with the aim to identify risks and protective factors for the brain development of preterm infants. As parents’ active participation in neonatal care seems to be an essential protective factor for longterm outcomes of preterm infants, professor Lehtonen and her team have developed an intervention to improve the skills of neonatal staff to collaborate with parents. The Close Collaboration with Parents training program is an intervention to make a change in neonatal care culture. A multidimensional implementation and evaluation study is ongoing to measure the impacts of the training from the perspectives of the staff, parents and the child. Professor Lehtonen is the chairperson of the Committee of Specialist Training at University of Turku. She represents University of Turku in the National Committee for Specialist Training at the Ministry of Health and Welfare.  


Prof. Jan Mazela (Poland) – Head of the Newborns’ Infection Diseases Department of the Poznan University of Medical Sciences. He worked at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, Temple University in Philadelphia, and did research at the Loma Linda Medical Center in California. The main areas of research interests focus on the assessment of the quality of perinatal care and aspects related to the administration of aerosols to mechanically ventilated patients, including surfactants.


Prof. Allen Merritt (USA) – he is Professor of Pediatrics at Loma Linda School of Medicine and Emeritus Professor at The University of California Davis.  He was consultant Neonatologist at UMP from 2010 to 2016 focused on medical education.  His research focus has been neonatal lung diseases, surfactant replacement therapies and lung injury from tobacco smoke.  Together with colleagues he is the author of 220 peer Reviewed publications and several with Polish coauthors. He is co editor of Neonatology Today and a reviewer for major pediatric journals.  His goal is to encourage medical students to focus children’s health worldwide.


Prof. Mihatsch Walter, Germany


Prof. Michael Norman (Sweden) He graduated as M.D. at Karolinska Institutet in 1982 and finalized his PhD in 1992. In 1995, he was appointed Consultant in Neonatology and in 2008, he received a chair as Professor in Pediatrics & Neonatal Medicine at Karolinska Institutet. Presently he works – besides being a clinician and researcher – as Director of the Swedish Neonatal Quality Register. Research interests: cardiovascular physiology & Developmental origins of health and disease, preterm birth: risk factors, interventions and short and long-term outcome, perinatal epidemiology, patient safety & quality of care.


Prof. Neil Patel (UK) – he is a neonatologist at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, UK. He is a graduate of Edinburgh Medical School and trained in Neonatology at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia and the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, UK. He has a clinical and research interest in neonatal cardiovascular assessment and management, including pulmonary hypertension in congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).  Neil’s other research interests include non-invasive monitoring, long-term outcomes in congenital anomalies, and family integrated care. Neil is a Scottish Quality and Safety Fellow and Senior NHS Research Scotland Fellow.



Prof. Luca Ramenghi (Italy) – Professor in Pediatrics. Chief of „Mother and baby” Department and Medical Director of Neonatal Intensive Care at Gaslini Children’s Hospital, Giannina Gaslini Children’s Hospital, Genoa, Italy. Author of 144 international publications reviewed on PubMed. He has index scores of 32 (Hirsch index) and he has 25 reviewed quotes on Scopus.


Prof. Irwin Reiss (The Netherlands) – Professor Irwin Reiss is born in Lübeck (Germany). Before he finished his preclinical and clinical studies together with his neonatal/pediatric intensive care fellowship at the Medical University in Lübeck, he defends his thesis “Development of a non-isotopic sensitive method of a specific specificity for the determination of human growth hormone in serum”. After he was consultant and deputy head of the Unit of Neonatology and Pediatric Intensive Care at the University Hospital in Giessen, he moved to the Netherlands in 2005. From 2005-2011 he works as
consultant at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Erasmus MC – Sophia Children’s Hospital. In 2008 he defends his 2nd PhD thesis “ Injury to the developing lung: clinical and experimental aspects”. In 2011 he is appointed to Professor of Neonatology at the Erasmus MC – Sophia Children’s Hospital and works as Head of the Division of Neonatology. His main focus of research is amongst others cardio pulmonary adaptation of the preterm baby, as well as the pulmonary vascular disease in BPD


Dr Sinno Simons (The Netherlands) – paediatrician – neonatologist. He is a neonatologist from Erasmus MC – Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam the Netherlands. He started his research in the area of analgesia and neonatal pain. Meanwhile his focus is on perinatal and neonatal pharmacology. In that way he aims to improve drug treatment in newborn infants, but also to develop new drug therapies that might improve outcome of newborns in the future. He is the secretary of the pharmacology section of the European Society for Pediatric Research.


Ass. Prof. Tomasz Szczapa (Poland) – pediatrician and neonatologist, deputy head of the Department of Neonatology of the Poznan University of Medical Sciences. Head of the Laboratory of Biophysical Diagnostics and Newborn Cardiovascular Therapy. Vice-President of the Polish Neonatal Society. National Director of Neonatal Resuscitation Courses at the European Resuscitation Council (ERC NLS). In the company of the European Society for Pediatric Research, he is the Officer of Education and Training (European Board of Neonatology), being responsible for issues related to training and education. Clinically, he deals with issues such as optimize respiratory support, neonatal monitoring and resuscitation.