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Welcome note

The United South African Neonatal Association (USANA) is pleased to announce the 2nd biennial USANA conference.

The conference is scheduled to take place from the 18th – 20th  September 2015, at the Southern Sun Hotel (Elangeni-Maharani), Durban, South Africa.

The theme of the conference is "The future starts today”. The theme focuses on managing the neonate with the future in mind; preventing morbidity by using evidence-based cost-effective approaches and promoting awareness of outcomes beyond survival. Particular areas of interest include, but are not limited to: stabilization at birth; non-invasive ventilation; neonatal nutrition and growth; fluid management; blood pressure management; and necrotizing enterocolitis. Prof Neena Modi from Imperial College, London is our first confirmed international speaker.

A poster exhibition will be on display throughout the conference and will include a selected number of participants.  Participants are invited to submit results of research to be considered for the exhibition. There will also be an oral presentation session where researchers, particularly registrars and Neonatal fellows, can present their data. This session will be judged and a prize will be awarded to the best registrar presentation.

There will be a gala dinner on Saturday 19 September 2015. Apart from good entertainment, the awards will be announced at this event.

USANA is working hard to make this conference an event that everyone will enjoy and remember. The first conference in 2013 at Stellenbosch was an historic event that was attended by over 150 delegates – please register early  to ensure your place in 2015! Participation is open to paediatricians, paediatric registrars, neonatologists, neonatal registrars and neonatal nurses from both the Public and Private Health sectors.

Sincerely,

USANA Conference Planning Committee

Dr. R. Singh, Prof. A. Horn, Dr. Y. Joolay, Prof. M. Harrison, Dr. A. Bekker

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