|Event Date/Time: May 26, 2011||End Date/Time: May 28, 2011|
|Abstract Submission Date: Feb 20, 2011|
"Only in the past few decades has the fetus been considered a patient and become the subject of extensive scientific study and attempts at treatment. Technological advances have facilitated our ability to access and manipulate the fetus. Fetal medicine is a complex multidisciplinary undertaking in which obstetricians, neonatologists, geneticists, sonologists, pathologists, surgeons, midwives and nurses should work as a team for the benefit of the unborn patient. The goal of prenatal diagnosis has changed from merely deciding about terminating the pregnancy to the active intervention for improving the long term outcome of the fetus, and surgical and medical therapies have emerged as an option for the management of various anomalies and diseases. Most importantly, the discovery that many adult diseases have their origin during fetal life has expanded the studies and investigations of the embryo-fetal life in order to understand the pathophysiology of several adult syndromes and to have the possibility to prevent them with appropriate interventions during pregnancy. Therefore, the leitmotiv of this XVII International Congress "Fetus as a Patient" is "The fetus is the father of the man", a sentence that Dr. Roberto Romero has already coined in 1996, in a historical manuscript published in the Journal of the Maternal Fetal and Neonatal Medicine.
This Congress is designed for those interested in maternal, fetal and perinatal medicine and all those involved in the care of pregnant women and the unborn babies.
Internationally renowned speakers will address the most challenging issues.
We invite all of you to take part to this exciting endavour, looking forward to providing you with an updated and enlightening congress, and an unforgettable experience in the magnificent setting of Taormina, a pearl of Sicily, which will host the Congress between art, culture, and typical Italian atmosphere."