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Volume 11/Issue 1, January 2015

SIGNEC U.K. and the Second International Conference on Necrotising Enterocolitis

Minesh Khashu

Established by Professor Minesh Khashu to help advance a field of neonatal medicine that has seen little progress in the last two decades, the special interest group for necrotising enterocolitis (SIGNEC U.K.) provides a platform for involvement of a wide range of healthcare professionals to facilitate knowledge sharing, networking and collaboration for optimising research and improvements in practice. Initially comprising healthcare professionals from the UK, the group now has international involvement and includes neonatologists, paediatricians, surgeons, transfusion medicine specialists, epidemiologists, basic science researchers, nurses, dietitians, trainees and other healthcare professionals with an interest in necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) and health improvement. NEC continues to be the major cause of mortality and morbidity for preterm newborns. Despite some recent advances in the understanding of NEC pathogenesis, the condition is still poorly understood. The second SIGNEC U.K. conference was held in London in September 2014. Akin to the first conference in 2013, distinguished clinicians and researchers from the USA, Canada, the UK and Europe presented their cutting edge work.
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