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A collaboration between The University of Sheffield and
The University of Cape Town


Dear Colleagues

Welcome to Cape Town and especially to the Preterm Birth Dialogues. This is a network meeting funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK and was awarded to Professors Clive Gray and Dilly Anumba – an immunologist and an obstetrician specialist. At the heart of this meeting is to bring World renowned experts together to understand the spectrum of spontaneous Preterm Birth (PTB) and what causes such an adverse birth outcome.

The aim of the meeting is to create a network of investigators who perform research across the maternal-fetal ecosystem ranging from epidemiology, social science, genetics, immunology, metabolics, microbiology, diagnostics, prognostics, biomarkers and guideline/policy development. This wide and eclectic mix provides a rich blend of disciplines focusing around PTB, and how best to prevent, understand causation and manage the outcomes.

Being held in Africa is also very poignant in that a major cause of PTB is the burden of disease, such as HIV and malaria. We thus bring together keynote speakers and young investigators from multiple continents to network, dialogue and formulate strategies that can map out investigator-initiated research into PTB.

Warm regards

Clive Gray, Professor and Chair of the Division of Immunology, University of Cape Town

Dilly Anumba: Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Sheffield Medical School and Director of the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Preterm Birth Prevention and Care (PRIME)

Registration FEES

Early Bird Registration
1 August – 15 December 2018:

Registered Students: R2,100.00
Delegates: R3,300.00
Standard Registration
16 December 2018 – 20 January 2019:

Registered Students: R2,400.00
Delegates: R3,700.00


Abstract submission closes:
19 November 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance:
30 November 2018
Early bird registration closes:
15 December 2018
Standard registration closes:
20 January 2019




Angela Beukes | Project Manager
Karen van der Bergh | Conference Coordinator
Marcelle Swart 
 Registration, Delegate & Abstract Management