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



Sunday, 27 January 2019
18h00 – 18h30Registration and Reception
19h00 – 19h30Opening talk: Professor Glenda Gray, CEO and President of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
Host: Clive Gray / Dilly Anumba
19h30 – 20h30Cocktail Reception
Monday, 28 January 2019 
09h00 – 10h40Session 1.1: (Theme Epidemiology and Screening 1)
Moderators: Dilly Anumba / Lawrence Chauke
09h00 – 09h10Welcome Address:
Professor Clive Gray, Professor and Head of Division of Immunology, University of Cape Town.
09h10 – 09h40Plenary Talk 1: 15 million born too soon: what are the big questions?
Keynote Speaker: Professor Joy Lawn, Director of MARCH Centre, Professor of Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health, London School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
09h40 – 10h40Oral presentation of selected abstracts 1
09h40 – 10h00Is the existing evidence for intervention to prevent preterm birth generalizable to LMIC settings? A mapping review – Dr Fiona Campbell
10h40 – 10h20Risk factors, immediate triggering factors and critical outcome predictors of preterm births and the coverage of essential interventions for preterm babies in government hospitals of Colombo District in Sri Lanka – Dr Dimuth
10h20 – 10h40Stakeholder led research prioritization of preterm birth in low and middle-income countries with special attention to Bangladesh and South Africa – Dr Shams El Arifeen
10h40 – 11h00Coffee Break/Networking
11h00 – 12h00Session 1.2: (Theme: Epidemiology and Screening 2)
Moderators: Shams Al Arifeen / Priya Soma-Pillay
11h00 – 11h30Plenary Talk 2: Preventing Preterm Birth in LMICs – time for a paradigm shift?
Speaker: Professor Dilly Anumba, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield UK
11h30 – 12h00Plenary Talk 3: Genetics of Preterm Birth – research opportunities in LMICs
Speaker: Professor Nanbert Zhong, President Preterm Birth International Collaborative (PREBIC)
12h00 – 13h00Lunch and Poster Viewing
13h00 – 14h30Session 1.3: (Theme: Immunobiology, Infections & Preterm Birth)
Moderators: Ram Menon / Liz Bonney
13h00 – 13h30Plenary Talk 4: Impact of antiretroviral treatment from before or early pregnancy on pregnancy outcome: experience from population-based research in South Africa
Speaker: Professor Marie-Louise Newell, Professor in Global Health University of Southampton, UK.
13h30 – 14h00Plenary Talk 5: The immune ecology at the foetal-maternal interface: implications for adverse birth outcomes.
Speaker: Clive Gray, Professor and Head of Division of Immunology, University of Cape Town, South Africa
14h00 – 15h00Oral presentation of selected abstracts 2
14h00 – 15h00The Impact of HIV Exposure on Placental Pathology and Treg Cells – Nadia Ikumi
14h00 – 15h00Syncytin-2: a potential early marker of preeclampsia – Gatien Lokossou
14h00 – 15h00Vaginal microbiome and preterm birth in African women – Muchaneta Mugabe
15h00 – 15h20Coffee Break/Networking
15h20 – 17h10Session 1.4: (Theme: Epidemiology and Management)
Moderators: Marta Cohen / John Anthony
15h20 – 15h50Plenary Talk 6: Preterm birth in South Africa – a country overview.
Speaker: Professor Priya Soma-Pillay, Professor and Head of Obstetrics, University of Pretoria, South Africa
15h50 – 16h10Plenary Talk 7: Accurate gestational age assessment – a challenge in the management of preterm birth in LMICs
Speaker: Dr Thoko Malaba, Research Officer, Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa
16h10 – 17h10Oral presentation of selected abstracts 3
16h10 – 16h30Developing a protocol of interventions for extremely low birth weight babies in the Western Cape province, South Africa – Anthony Westwood
16h30 – 16h50Saving lives with better gestational age estimation: Improving the accuracy of recall of the date of last menstrual period (LMP) in rural Bangladesh – Shumona Salam
16h50 – 17h10Developing family-centered care in a neonatal intensive care unit: An action research study – Siobhan Gillespie
17h10 – 17h30Close and Group Photograph Session
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
09h00 – 09h30Session 2.1: (Theme: The power of collaboration)
Moderators: Joy Lawn / Clive Gray
09h00 – 09h10PRIME Research Group – Dilly Anumba
09h10 – 09h30Preterm Birth Incorporated (PREBIC) Global/Africa – Nanbert Zhong / Ram Menon / Cynthia Gyamfi / Dilly Anumba
09h30 – 11h00Session 2.2: Plenary Talks (Theme: Stillbirth and Pregnancy Outcome 1)
Moderators: Komala Pillay / Marta Cohen
09h30 – 10h00Plenary Talk 8: Clinical Trials in Spontaneous Preterm Birth in LMICs- what do we know, what should we know?
Speaker: Professor Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, Ellen Jacobson Levine and Eugene Jacobson Professor of Women’s Health in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University, USA
10h0 – 10h30Plenary Talk 9: Stillbirths in LMICs – work of the NIHR GH Group on Still birth and the Lugina Africa Midwives Research Network (LAMRN)
Speaker: Professor Dame Tina Lavender, Professor of Midwifery and Director of the Centre for Global Women’s Health, University of Manchester, England
10h30 – 11h00Oral Presentation of selected abstracts 4
10h30 – 10h45Bimodal predictive model for infection/inflammation-associated preterm birth within two weeks of presentation with symptoms of preterm labour – Emmanuel Amabebe
10h45 – 11h00Can Raman spectroscopic analysis of cervicovaginal fluid help us predict preterm birth? – Brenda F Narice
11h00 – 11h20Coffee Break/Networking
11h20 – 12h50Session 2.3: (Theme: Stillbirth and Pregnancy Outcome 1)
Moderator: Komala Pillay / Marta Cohen
11h20 – 11h50Plenary Talk 10: Can clinically unexplained stillbirth be explained?
Speaker: Dr Marta Cohen, Consultant Paediatric Pathologist and Head of Department. Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Trust. Western Bank, Sheffield. UK
11h50 – 12h20Plenary Talk 11: Preventing adverse pregnancy outcomes: the current status of malaria chemoprevention.
Speaker: Dr Atinuke Olaleye, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant, Dept of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Benjamin Carson (Sr) School of Medicine, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Nigeria.
12h20 – 12h50Oral presentation of selected abstracts 5
12h20 – 12h35Association between pre-eclampsia and HIV. A case control study in Gauteng, South Africa – Melinda Suchard
12h35 – 12h50In utero ART exposure and birth and early growth outcomes among HIV-exposed uninfected infants attending immunization services: Results from national PMTCT surveillance, South Africa – Vundili Ramokolo
12h50 – 13h30Lunch and Poster Viewing
13h30 – 15h00Session 2.4: (Theme: Pregnancy Outcomes, Child Health.)
Moderator: Catherine Harrison / Thoko Malaba
13h30 – 14h00Plenary Talk 12: Managing preterm and low birth weight babies in resource-poor settings: The role of icddr,b in promoting evidence-based programming.
Speaker: Professor Shams El Arifeen, Senior Director Maternal and Child Health Division at icddr,b, Professor at the James P. Grant School of Public Health, the BRAC University, Bangladesh.
14h00 – 14h30Plenary Talk 13: The infection burden of Preterm birth and childhood morbidity in LMICs – from bench to bedside.
Speaker: Professor Stephen Obaro, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Disease, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, USA.
14h30 – 15h00Plenary Talk 14: Premature infants and infections: a South African perspective.
Speaker: Dr Lloyd Tooke, Paediatrician and Neonatologist, Groote Schuur Hospital and Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
15h00 – 15h20Coffee Break/Networking
15h20 – 16h10Free Short Communications, selected abstracts 6.
Moderator: Atinuke Olaleye / Shumona Salam
15h20 – 15h30People-centered health systems research to address challenges of preterm birth in South Africa – Bronwen Gillespie
15h30 – 15h40Improving neonatal outcomes in a rural district hospital – Jessica Westwood
15h40 – 15h50Antenatal screening and treatment of infections to prevent spontaneous preterm birth in low-middle income countries – Brenda F Narice
15h50 – 16h00Investigation of mother to child transmission of HLA antibodies – Melinda Suchard
16h00 – 16h30Developing Global Preterm Birth Research Capacity– what do early career researchers need? Panel: Nadia Ikumi / Emmanuel Amabebe / Brenda Narice / Raiyan Shafiqul Ameen / Kerry Parris
16h30 – 17h00Best Presentation (Early career Researchers) Awards
17h00 – 17h30Vote of thanks and close



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