European Spontaneous Preterm Birth Congress

COVID19
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the world, the organizing committee of the ESPBC has decided to reschedule the congress and postpone to 2021. As it is extremely important to remain positive, we have immediately rescheduled the congress to 26-28 May 2021, in Haarlem, the Netherlands. So please save the date! We hope the COVID-19 outbreak will soon be under control.

Organized by stichting Stop te vroeg bevallen

COVID19

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the world, the organizing committee of the ESPBC has decided to reschedule the congress and postpone to 2021. As it is extremely important to remain positive, we have immediately rescheduled the congress to 26-28 May 2021, in Haarlem, the Netherlands. So please save the date! We hope the COVID-19 outbreak will soon be under control.

Acreditation NVOG: 15 points

Objectives ESPBC 2020

4th European Spontaneous Preterm Birth Congress

  • To bring basic scientists and clinicians interested in preterm birth together at one conference to discuss the progress that has been made in the field of preterm birth and to develop our goals in the near future.
  • To bring young investigators into contact with established investigators, in order to support collaboration between groups and maximize the full potential of our bright young investigators.
  • To give a platform to investigators to present their newest data.
  • To debate controversial themes within the field of preterm birth.
  • To discuss potential new interventions.
  • To discuss the development of an artificial womb for extremely preterm born neonates.

About This Event

We are honoured to host this successful bi-annual congress that is focussed on prevention and treatment of spontaneous preterm birth, the largest contributor to short term and long term morbidity and mortality for children.

Join us for three days of presentations on mechanism of disease, results of the latest RCT’s and current state of the art treatment presentations by international experts focussed on spontaneous preterm birth.

The congress is traditionally held in Europe, however, previous editions of the congress were visited by approximately 350-400 leading investigators and clinicians from all over the world. The congress will be 3 days, covering the themes basic science on preterm birth, novel tests for early prediction of preterm birth, new clinical trials for prevention and treatment, and future directions of science and clinic.
Haarlem is a charming medieval Dutch city, close to our international airport of Schiphol and only 20 minutes by train to our capitol Amsterdam. This Dutch city offers visitors a lively cultural scene, loads of atmosphere, excellent shopping and dining – and is close to our wonderful Dutch beach.

We hope that you will be able to attend and contribute to the success of the ESPBC meeting of 2020.

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How to get to Haarlem

Reaching Haarlem from Schiphol Airport
If you are arriving in the Netherlands through Schiphol Airport, you can go to Haarlem with either train, bus or taxi. If you want to go by train, you need to change trains at Amsterdam Sloterdijk station. The train station is in the arrival terminal. A more convenient route is with Bus 300 (“Zuidtangent”) which runs every 10-15 minutes between Schiphol and Haarlem Central Station. Buses are signposted when you exit Schiphol Airport, and the Zuidtangent is a big red bus with number 300 on the front. Taxis are also found in front of Schiphol Plaza.

Reaching Haarlem to/from Amsterdam Central
Trains run direct from Amsterdam and Haarlem Central Station, usually everey 15 minutes.

For latest train timetables and fares, check out www.ns.nl

For latest public transportation timetables and fares, check out www.9292.nl

The congress venue
The Philharmonie is located in the middle of the beautiful centre of Haarlem. It is a 14 minute walk from the Haarlem Central Station. The nearest bus stations are Haarlem Centrum/Verwulft (7 min walk) or Haarlem, Naussaulaan (7 min walk). For more information on how to get there, please consult google maps for walking/public transportation routes to the Philharmonie Haarlem.

LOCATION

Philharmonie Haarlem
Lange Begijnestraat 11
2011 HH Haarlem

ORGANISATION

Stichting Stop te vroeg bevallen

Board:
Prof. dr. Dr. E. Pajkrt (Chairman)
Dr. M.A. Oudijk
Dr. M. Kok

IBAN: NL57 INGB 0007 7536 59
BIC: INGBNL2A
Chamber of Commerce: 68683278
RSIN: 857548049
Postal address: Groot Bentveld 1, 2116 TE Bentveld

Speakers

DATE & TIME

May 13th - 15th, 2020
8.30 - 16.30

CONTACT

ESPBC Office
P +31 (0)20 5662357

Philharmonie Haarlem

Enjoy high quality theater, music & more in Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem.

From classical quartets to rock bands and ballet, Stadsschouwburg & Philharmonie Haarlem presents a riveting pallet of non Dutch spoken cultural events. Our theatre and concert hall, located in the historical city centre of Haarlem, both offer a high-quality programme of theatre, dance and music.

Philharmonie's flexible grand hall accommodates big pop concerts as well as major symphony orchestra's. The perfect combination of excellent acoustic design and the elegant use of wood makes the chamber music hall in the Philharmonie one of the best of its kind in Europe. The varied programme appeals to many music lovers. Stadsschouwburg Haarlem is one of the five oldest theatres in the Netherlands. This Dutch monument is lovingly called a 'bonbonniere' by the locals, which means so much as a small, ornate box for candy. The intimate theatre of Stadsschouwburg Haarlem forms a fabulous setting for a lovely night out.

Visit Philharmonie Haarlem website

ORGANISERS

The ESPBC meeting of 2020 will be organised by the Dutch Preterm Birth research group, led by Eva Pajkrt and Martijn Oudijk, both employed by the Amsterdam University Medical Center. This research group, is internationally renowned for performing a large number of clinical trials on prevention and treatment of preterm birth, within the Dutch NVOG consortium.

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Prof. dr. Eva Pajkrt
Prof. dr. Eva PajkrtCongress President
Head of the Department of Obstetrics, Amsterdam UMC
Dr. Martijn OudijkDr. Martijn Oudijk
Dr. Martijn Oudijk
Dr. Martijn OudijkCongress President
Consultant Obstetrician
Associate Professor Amsterdam UMC
Chairman of the Fetal-Maternal Medicine board of the Dutch Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

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Ben Willem Mol
MD PhD FRANZCOG
Monash University
Melbourne, Australia

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Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman
MD, MSc, FACOG
Columbia University
Medical Center

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Bo Jacobsson
Professor, Head of Perinatal Research Laboratory at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg

Phillip Bennett

Professor Phillip Bennett 

Professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist

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Alan Flake
MD, FACS, FAAP
Professor of Surgery
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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Marjon de Boer
Gynaecoloog-perinatoloog
Amsterdam UMC, locatie VUmc
Amsterdam

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Tracy A. Manuck
M.D.
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina

joshua-vogel

Joshua Vogel
Principal Research Fellow (Maternal and Child Health)
Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia

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Janneke van ‘t Hooft
MD, PhD
Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS)
Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

 

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Sarah Stock
Senior Clinical Lecturer in Maternal and Fetal Health
The Queen’s Medical Research Institute Edinburh

Dr Le Doare
Dr Le Doare is a Reader in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Institute of Infection and Immunity, St George’s, University of London and MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Research Unit, Kampala, Uganda.

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Lesley Stewart
Professor of Evidence Synthesis Director and Head of Department CRD University of York – York

Isabelle-Dehaene

Isabelle Dehaene

Perinatologist and PhD student
Ghent University Hospital, Belgium

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Andrew Shennan
Andrew H Shennan
Professor of Obstetrics
Kings College London

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Dr Vinh Dang

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Rodolfo PacagnellaAssociate Professor.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
School of Medical Science
University of Campinas, Brazil

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Professor Gordon Smith

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University of Cambridge

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Micheal House
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, USA

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Professor Dilly Anumba
(MBBS, FWACS, MD, FRCOG, LLM Medical Law)
Chair of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Subspecialist in Fetomaternal Medicine

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Maria Goya
Senior consultant in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Preterm Birth
Obstetric and Gynecology Department
Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona.

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Dr Vasso Terzidou

MD, MRCOG, PhD
Imperial College London and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.

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Dra. Elena Carreras i Moratonas

Head of Obstetrics & Gynecology Department
Head of Department of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Medicine and Gynecologic Endocrinology
Head of the maternal Fetal Medicine Research Unit in the area of Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Genetics.
Associate teacher in UAB University

Frans Hals Museum

One museum, two locations

The Frans Hals Museum is ...

… a happy marriage of two collections. They say that opposites attract, and that has certainly happened at the Frans Hals Museum, where you’ll find two opposing poles when it comes to the worlds of art. First, there’s the internationally renowned collection of 17th-century art from Haarlem, the birthplace of Dutch painting from the Golden Age – with Frans Hals as pater familias. Alongside that, there’s the collection of contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on cutting-edge work by leading contemporary artists. These two collections are partners with their own clear identity that are intimately linked as interconnected vessels. They are two flints that are struck against each other and give rise to new meaning.

Visit Frans Hals Museum website

FAQ

Here is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the conference.

When will conference program be announced: October 2019.

Registration: When will registration be opened: October 2019.

Is there a discount: there will be a special registration price for PhD students.

What do registration fees cover: attendance for the scientific program, coffee and tea breaks, drinks and lunches, and the social program conference dinner on Thursday 14 May 2020.

If you still have unanswered questions after reading this page, please contact us.

Keukenhof

Keukenhof - Lisse

The history of Keukenhof dates back to the 15th century. Countess Jacoba van Beieren `{`Jacqueline of Bavaria`}` (1401-1436) gathered fruit and vegetables from the Keukenduin `{`kitchen dunes`}` for the kitchen of Teylingen Castle. Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641 and the estate grew to encompass an area of over 200 hectares.

Landscape architects Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher, who also designed Amsterdam's Vondelpark, redesigned the castle gardens in 1857. That park, in the English landscape style, still constitutes the basis of Keukenhof.

In 1949 a group of 20 leading flower bulb growers and exporters came up with the plan to use the estate to exhibit spring-flowering bulbs, signalling the birth of Keukenhof as a spring park. The park opened its gates to the public in 1950 and was an instant success, with 236,000 visitors in the first year alone. 2019 will be the 70th edition of Keukenhof, with Flower Power as its theme. During the past 69 years Keukenhof has developed into a world-famous attraction.

Visit Keukenhof Website

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Have a look at the event schedule

9:00-9:15Opening ESPBC by Eva Pajkrt and Martijn Oudijk
Vaginal microbiome by Phil Bennett (host)
9:15-9:40Current status of research on vaginal microbiome by David Macintyre
9:40 - 10:05Group B Streptococcus and Prematurity by Kirsty Le Doare
10:05-10:30Placental Microbiome and Preterm Birth by Gordon Smith
10:30-11:00Coffee by Philharmony Haarlem
Sessie The cervix by
11:00-11:15The Cervix – Reproducibility of cervical length measurements – is it good enough? by Bo Jacobsson
11:15-11:30Development of Rapid miRNA based predictive tests for cervical shortening and preterm labor by A. Vasso Terzidou
11:30-12:15The cervix and preterm birth: Bioengineering approaches to function and treatment by Michael House
12:15-12:30The Mavric trial, indications for abdominal cerclage by Andrew Shennan
12:30-14:00Lunch – Poster session 1 by Philharmonie Haarlem
14:00-14:05PREBIC session, history of PreBic by Cynthia Gyamfi
14:05-14:30Putting Spontaneous Preterm Labour that Leads to Preterm Birth on the Map: the Long and Winding Road by Ronnie Lamont
14:30-14:55Environmental exposures and PTB by Tracy Manuck
14:55-15:20PTB research in low and middle income countries by Dilly Anumba
15:20-15:45Translational research in PTB by Mark Johnson
15:45-16:15Tea by Philharmony Haarlem
16:15-17:00First abstract session, oral presentations by Several
17:00-17:15Welcome address ESPBC 2020 by to be confirmed
17:15-18:30Welcome reception by Eva Pajkrt and Martijn Oudijk
8:45-8:50Clinical research and current state of the art – Opening by
Start session Singletons by
8:50 - 9:30Keynote lecture: The evidence of pessary for short cervix in singletons by Goya / Carreras
9:15-9:30Pessary plus progesterone to prevent preterm birth in women with short cervical length, results of the P5 trial by Rodolfo Pacganella, University of Campinas
9:30 - 9:45The evidence for cerclage in singletons by Eva Pajkrt
Twin pregnancies by
9:45 - 10:10Pessary and progesterone in twin pregnancies by Vinh Dang
10:10 - 10:30Results of Stoppit-2 study and overview evidence in twins by Sarah Stock
10:30-11:00Coffee by
Progesterone by
11:00 - 11:20PROLONG trial by to be confirmed
11:20 - 11:40Update Progesterone IPD meta-analysis, EPPPIC study update by Lesley Stewart
11:40 - 12:10Debate Progesterone by Bo Jacobsson and Jim Thornton
12:10 - 12:30Prevention of PTB with Aspirin by Marjon de Boer
12:30 - 14:00Lunch and Poster session II by
14:00 - 14:45Second abstract session, oral presentations by Several
14:45 - 15:15Tocolysis: Pro/contra debate by Cynthia Gyamfi and Martijn Oudijk
15:15 - 15:45Tea by
15:45 - 16:00I-SPY session – Predictive capacity of cervical length measurement in different (high) risk populations across different populations in Europe using individual participant data by I-SPY Cervical length working group, Frederik Hermans
16:00 - 16:15Combined cervical length with commercially available biomarkers to predict preterm birth in symptomatic women by I-SPY biomarker working group, Isabelle Dehaene
16:15 - 16:30Different diagnostic and therapeutic strategies within the topic of infectious disease and preterm birth throughout the world by I-SPY Infection screening working group, Brenda Kazemier
17:00 - 17:30Three best posters for short oral communications by
9:00-9:05Preterm Birth: the Future – Opening by
9:05 - 9:45Keynote lecture: The artificial Womb by Alan Flake
9:45 - 10:05The artificial placenta by Mark Schoberer
10:05-10:30Artificial Womb by Guid Oei
10:30-11:00Coffee by
11:00-11:30New interventions – RCT’s in preterm birth, should we apart from quality also worry about integrity of the data? by Ben Willem Mol
11:30 - 12:00RCT’s: what to expect in the years to come? What should be our focus regarding preterm birth prevention? by Joshua Vogel
12:00 - 12:30What can we learn from the RCT’s we have done? by Janneke van 't Hooft
12:30-13:00Closing ESPBC 2020 and Short presentation ESPBC 2022 by Eva Pajkrt, Martijn Oudijk and future president
13:00-15:00APOSTEL 8 meeting for participating centers by Job Klumper, Martijn Oudijk, Jim Thornton

Scientific Committee

Name Country
‣ Eva Pajkrt The Netherlands
‣ Martijn Oudijk The Netherlands
‣ Ben Willem Mol Australia
‣ Bo Jacobsson Sweden, FIGO
‣ Ronnie Lamont UK
‣ Jan Stener Jørgensen Denmark
‣ Sarah Stock UK
‣ Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman USA, PREBIC
‣ Joshua Vogel Australia/Switserland/WHO
‣ Vincenzo Berghella USA
‣ Jim Thornton UK
‣ Gabriele Saccone Italy
‣ Begona Martinez de Tejada Weber Switserland
‣ Elena Carreras Spain
‣ Phil Bennett UK
‣ Guid Oei The Netherlands
‣ Marjon de Boer The Netherlands

Local Organizing Commitee

Name
‣ Noor Simons
‣ Annemijn de Ruigh
‣ Angelique Hartman
‣ Tobias Nijman
‣ Frederik Hermans
‣ Charlotte Jansen
‣ Maud van Zijl
‣ Lotte van Dijk
‣ Bouchra Koullali
‣ Anna landman
‣ Job Klumper
‣ Carolien Dijkstra
‣ Janneke ’t Hooft
‣ Brenda Kazemier
‣ Jan Derks
‣ Stijn van Teefelen
‣ Joris van Drongelen
‣ Malou Lugthart

Advisory Committee

Name Country
‣ Andrew Shennan UK
‣ Hanns Helmer Austria
‣ Birgit Arabin Germany
‣ Bill Grobman USA
‣ Vedran Stefanovic Finland
‣ Marian Kacerovsky Czech Republic
‣ Fabio Facchinetti Italy
‣ Diogo Aryes-de-Campos Portugal
‣ Irene Hösli Switzerland
‣ Yves Jacquemyn Belgium
‣ Nils Halvdan Morken Norway
‣ Maria M. Goya Canimo Spain
‣ Wes Onland Netherlands
‣ Ronnie Lamont UK
‣ Jan Stener Jørgensen Denmark
‣ Wilfried Geyselaers Belgium
‣ Christophe Vayssière France
‣ Salim Read Israel
‣ Hildur Harðardóttir Iceland

Teylers

Museum of Wonder

Follow in the footsteps of Napoleon, Einstein, and so many others who have feasted their eyes on everything that can be seen in Teylers Museum in Haarlem. Teylers opened its doors in 1784 and is now known as the oldest museum in the Netherlands, with a collection that is unique in the world. Ever since it was founded, this has been the place to surprise yourself and to wonder at ancient fossils, magnificent stones, ingenious devices, precious books, fascinating coins and medallions, marvellous drawings and romantic paintings.

Almost everything you see was once part of a laboratory collection of functional objects. They were not placed in the museum just to be admired, but mainly to encourage new discoveries. Teylers was a place of endless wonder. And it still is.
And don’t forget to look at the rooms themselves and the way they are furnished. The building itself is a museum piece – a time machine. Teylers is still, as far as possible, a daylight museum, which means that it becomes quite a different place in bright sunshine compared to overcast days.

Visit Teylers Museum website

SOCIAL PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Have a look at the social program schedule.

Opening06:00-10:00Speakers dinner hosted by Eva Pajkrt and Martijn Oudijk in the Frans Hals museum
7:00 PM - 10:00 PMYoung investigators dinner
7:00 PM - 11:00 PMDutch conference dinner

HOTELS

Haarlem has several nice hotels, most of them relatively small. We have made block reservations in the following hotels. To book a room, please contact the hotel individually by mail, quoting the hotel specific reference code. Please check with the hotel if the price includes breakfast and city tax.

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Carlton Square Hotel Haarlem

€ 194.- per night,
including breakfast and
excluding city tax.

carlton.nl/square-hotel-haarlem
reference code: ‘ESPBC 2020 block’

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Boutiquehotel
Staats

€ 162.50 per night,
including breakfast
and city tax.

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reference code: ‘ESPBC@STAATS’

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NUI Diary Hotel Haarlem

€ 160.- per night,
including breakfast
and excluding city tax.

novum-hotels.com
reference code: ‘ESPBC’

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Amrath Grand Hotel Frans Hals

€ 132.50 per night,
excluding breakfast
and city tax.

amrathhotelhaarlem.nl
reference code: ‘ESPBC2020 GF1575’

Great speakers with great topics. Join us!

Registration for the congress will be open from the last week of October 2019.
Please register before 1 May 2020. On-site registration is possible, however at a registration fee of € 650.-

If you would like to bring your (non-attending) partner to the Dinner party at Zandvoort Beach, please note that a charge of 75 euro’s will apply.

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  • Presentations by leading investigators
  • Free food and drinks during congress
  • Social program, including Dinner party at Zandvoort Beach
Ticket prices are €550.- and for PhD students €450.-

SPONSORS

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Abstracts

ESPBC 2020 – Call for abstracts

The deadline for abstracts was 30 January 2020.
The abstract selection committee is currently reviewing all submitted abstracts.
We will notify the corresponding authors of acceptance or rejection before 16 March 2020.

We do however have a possibility for submission of late breaking abstracts, until 15 April 2020.
RCT’s and large basic science research projects are eligible for submission through the following link:

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