Latest Developments in Neonatology
Today the AECP-CHLA 16th International Conference on Ophthalmology, Neonatology and Endocrinology launched in Yerevan, Armenia. This was a truly international congress that will gather prominent experts in various fields of ophthalmology, neonatology and endocrinology. The participants were professionals from the United States, Europe, CIS countries, Caucasus, Central Asia and Middle East. Staff from the world-renowned hospitals and universities such as Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California, Irvine (UCI), Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, and Moorfields Eye Hospital (UK) made presentations and were available for interaction.
The Armenian EyeCare Project (AECP) together with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), World Diabetes Foundation, Eye Samaritans International, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Armenian Association of Neonatal Medicine, Armenian Association of Ophthalmologists, and Armenian Association of Pediatric Endocrinologists had put together a comprehensive educational agenda for pediatric and general ophthalmologists, neonatologists and endocrinologists with a special emphasis on eye diseases. The international conference was an impressive platform to share knowledge and experience in various disciplines, and present advances and innovative approaches for the improvement of healthcare.
The conference started with a plenary session on the current projects implemented by key partners that leverage new cloud-based technologies in healthcare, e.g. systems to manage retinopathy of prematurity, artificial intelligence (AI) for diabetic retinopathy screening, and health data management. The afternoon was followed by two concurrent sessions: pediatric ophthalmology (with an emphasis on retinopathy of prematurity and school vision screening) and endocrinology (with an emphasis on pediatric Type 1/Type 2 diabetes management, metabolic syndrome and obesity).
Day Two (September 25, Tuesday) will include concurrent sessions on general ophthalmology and neonatology. Among topics covered in General Ophthalmology will be Retina and Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, Cataract-Keratoplastics, Neuro-orbital and Refractive Surgery. The Neonatology session, among other issues will reflect on non-invasive ventilation, nutrition, and new approaches in care for premature infants.
Day Three (September 26, Wednesday) will offer visitors the opportunity to visit the Center of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Blindness, observe new approaches to infant care training on simulation mannequins, and participate in other educational workshops.
Talks will encompass new research and best practices in specific areas, panel discussions, and question-and-answer sessions. Apart from professional ophthalmologists, neonatologists, endocrinologists, and nursing counterparts, this conference will be of interest for healthcare managers and health policy designers.