Event Date/Time: Feb 12, 2003 End Date/Time: Feb 12, 2003
Early Registration Date: Jan 27, 2003
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9.30am Welcome and introduction
Professor J P Neilson, Convenor of Scientific Meetings and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Women’s Hospital

Chair: Professor J P Neilson

9.40am Scientific overview
Mr Roberto Romero, Chief, Department of Perinatology Research Branch, NICHD, National Institute of Health, Maryland, USA

10.05am Diagnosis of preterm labour by electrophysiology
Professor Robert Garfield, Director of Reproductive Sciences, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA

10.30am COFFEE

11.00am Role of fetal fibronectin in prediction of pre-term labour
Dr Patrick Chein, Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

11.20am Role of ultrasound determination of cervical length
Professor Kypros Nicolaides, Director, Harris Birthright Research Centre, King’s College Hospital, London

11.40am Cervical cerclage
Dr Donald Gibb, Independent Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, London

12.00pm Cervical collagen determination
Professor Robert Garfield

12.20pm Free communications

1.00pm LUNCH

2.00pm Oxytocin antagonists
Professor Steve Thornton, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick and University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwick

2.20pm Prostaglandin synthase inhibitors
Professor Philip Bennett, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, London

2.40pm Calcium channel blockers
Dr D N Papatsonis

3.00pm Breakout Sessions:

· Clinical trials
Dr Zarko Alfirevic, Senior Lecturer, University Department of Obstetrics, Liverpool Women’s Hospital

· Multiple pregnancy
Dr Niel Sebire, Perinatal and Paediatric Pathologist, Great Ormand Street Hospital, London

· Ultrasound of cervical length
Professor Kypros Nicolaides

· Cervical cerclage
Dr Donald Gibb

3.30pm COFFEE

4.00pm Mechanism of SROM
Mr Roberto Romero

4.20pm Management of PPROM
Professor J P Neilson

4.40pm Debate: The Oracle Study has helped in our management of pre-term parturition
4.40 For: Professor David Taylor, Leicester, Professor & Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Leicester
5.00 Against: Mr Ronald F Lamont, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Northwick Park Hospital, Middlesex and Reader, Imperial College School of Medicine, London


6.15pm William Blair-Bell Memorial Lecture
“Early Expression of Thyroid Hormone Deiodinases and Receptors in Human Fetal Cerebral Cortex”
Dr Shiao-yng Chan MRCOG, Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Fetal Medicine, Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Birmingham