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Surgeon General's Conference on the Prevention of Preterm Birth

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June 16-17, 2008


Monday, June 16, 2008

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
  • Michele Kiely, Dr.P.H. Office of the Surgeon General and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
  • Duane Alexander, M.D. Director, NICHD
  • Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H.
    Acting Surgeon General
8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Plenary Session
8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Review of Legislation
Duane Alexander, M.D. - Moderator
  • Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) (by video)
  • Jennifer L. Howse, Ph.D.
    President, March of Dimes Foundation
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Overview of Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report
  • Richard E. Behrman, M.D.
    Chair, Committee on Understanding Premature Birth and Assuring Healthy Outcomes, IOM
8:45 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. State of the Science and Public Health Impacts
Moderator: Roberto Romero, M.D., Chief, Perinatology Research Branch, NICHD

Increase awareness of preterm birth as a serious, common and costly public health problem in the United States and Review the findings and challenges for predicting, preventing, and managing preterm birth

Epidemiology of Preterm Birth
Michelle A. Williams, Sc.D.
University of Washington, Seattle

Implications of Preterm Birth
Nigel Paneth, M.D., M.P.H.
Michigan State University

Prediction of Preterm Birth
Robert L. Goldenberg, M.D.
Drexel University College of Medicine

Prevention of Preterm Birth
Margaret Harper, M.D.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Management of Preterm Labor
Vincenzo Berghella, M.D.
Thomas Jefferson University

Cost of Preterm Birth
Scott D. Grosse, Ph.D.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Ethical Considerations
Benjamin S. Wilfond, M.D.
Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics

10:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Presentations from Work Group Chairs and Overview of Workgroup Purpose and Goals
Moderator: Wanda Jones, Dr.P.H., Director, Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
10:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Biomedical Research (PDF - 77.66 KB)
Lead by: George R. Saade, M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and Cathy Y. Spong, M.D., NICHD
10:55 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Epidemiological Research (PDF - 48.34 KB)
Lead by: Michael S. Kramer, M.D., McGill University Faculty of Medicine, and CAPT Eve Lackritz, M.D., CDC
11:05 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Psychosocial and Behavioral Considerations (PDF - 60.41 KB)
Lead by: Dawn Misra, Ph.D., School of Public Health, University of Michigan, and Lynne Messer, Ph.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
11:15 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Professional Education and Training (PDF - 274.67 KB)
Lead by: Hal C. Lawrence III, M.D., American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and Carolyn Aoyama, C.N.M., Indian Health Service
11:25a.m. – 11:35 a.m. Public Communications and Outreach (PDF - 107.13 KB)
Lead by: Nelson Adams, M.D., National Medical Association, and George Strait, National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities
11:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Quality of Care & Health Services (PDF - 69.14 KB)
Lead by: Susan Allan, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., Oregon Department of Human Services, and Denise Dougherty, Ph.D., Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
11:45 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Group Charge – RADM Steven Galson, M.D., M.P.H.
11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Break
12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Surgeon General’s Reception
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Workgroup Leadership Reconvenes and Cross-Cutting Issues

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