Prof. Christian P. Speer, MD, FRCPE
Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics
University Children's Hospital
Würzburg, Germany


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Dear colleagues, dear ladies and gentlemen,
it is a great pleasure to invite you to the IXth International Symposium RECENT ADVANCES IN NEONATAL MEDICINE which is dedicated to my admired academic mentor Prof. Richard B. Johnston Jr., MD, Denver, USA. His basic research focused on the development of innate immunity and host defense mechanisms;  as Medical Director of “March of Dimes” he was instrumental in reducing birth defects with folic acid, and, moreover, he established a huge program into the causes of preterm labor (see laudatio).
RECENT ADVANCES IN NEONATAL MEDICINE was originally scheduled for April 2020, however, due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic we had to postpone the IXth edition to October 2021. Since the incidence of COVID is fortunately decreasing and the vaccination program is taking up also in Germany, life gradually returns to normal. The unique feature of RECENT ADVANCES IN NEONATAL MEDICINE 2021 is that all faculty members and delegates will be fully immunized by October 2021 and, in addition, a hygiene concept will be provided in the conference center which will include all safety measures of disease protection.
Unfortunately, however, delegates from some countries may not be able to attend this year’s symposium due to the current epidemiological situation of SARS-CoV-2 in their country or ongoing travel restrictions. For these colleagues we offer an
on demand registration
which will give them access to the symposium’s presentations and panel discussions for 3 months.
In the year 1996, I organized the first symposium in Tübingen, Germany and subsequent symposia in Würzburg at three-yearly intervals. My initial idea was to bring the most prominent international neonatologists and scientists as well as practicing clinicians from all parts of the world together and to critically define up to date knowledge in neonatal medicine and to identify gaps in basic and clinical research; this concept has become reality.
By now, RECENT ADVANCES IN NEONATAL MEDICINE is one of the most respected and largest scientific and educational conferences outside the United States of America. Certainly, it’s success does not only depend on the selection of relevant topics but also on extremely dedicated speakers and chairmen who share their tremendous expertise and knowledge with a highly perceptive and sophisticated audience during workshops, poster walks, the symposium and the multiple breaks.
Indeed, this academic forum has a unique feature: it is characterized by a warm and relaxed atmosphere of mutual understanding, intellectual and friendly exchange which has been certified by an extraordinarily positive rating and comments of numerous delegates.
I would like to thank all faculty members for their great personal support and, moreover, to express my sincere gratitude to the generous sponsors of RECENT ADVANCES IN NEONATAL MEDICINE; without their essential help it would have been impossible to invite such a prominent faculty, to offer reduced registration fees for delegates from low- and middle-income countries and to realize this ambitious project.
We, the organizers, truly hope that you can join us in Würzburg for another exciting edition of RECENT ADVANCES IN NEONATAL MEDICINE which will celebrate it’s 25th anniversary in 2021.
With best regards,
Christian P. Speer
September 23, 2021