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SHIPS meeting in Nijmegen

27-28 March 2017

SHIPS Nijmegen

The first SHIPS meeting for 2017 was held in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. 35 partners from the 11 SHIPS countries participated in presenting results from the 2 year follow-up, discussing the on-going assessments of children and planning how to better involve and reach out to the families in the cohort.


SHIPS takes part in the “11 months – 11 topics” series

27 February 2017

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SHIPS is taking part of EFCNI’s 11 months-11 topics series, where newborn health related topics are presented each month between February and December 2017. Read the interview with Principal Investigator Jennifer Zeitlin and Project Manager Veera Seppänen on data collection and documentation here.

Publications on EPICE data

24 February 2017


Six new articles on the EPICE data have been published in scientific journals since the end of 2016.

The main results show that increased use of evidence-based policies and practices might reduce adverse outcomes in very preterm infants; 58.3% of all infants in the cohort received all of the evidence based practices for which they were eligible. However, if all infants would have been provided full evidence based care, deaths could have been reduced by 18% without any increase in severe morbidity (Zeitlin et al, 2016).

Whereas postnatal corticosteroids are frequently used in Europe regardless of the risk of adverse effects (Nuytten et al, 2017), evidence-based use of magnesium sulphate is applied much less than expected in obstetric units (Wolf et al, 2017). The use of Patent Ductus Arteriosus treatment also varies largely across Europe without any association to the children’s perinatal characteristics or neonatal outcomes, which signals a need for more uniform guidance (Edstedt Bonamy et al, 2017).

EPICE results also suggest there is a need for better strategies to support mothers with lower education to breastfeed (Herich, 2016) as well as a need to increase awareness about the possible dangers with hypothermia in the intensive care units (Wilson 2016).

More about these articles can be found on our Publications page.

RECAP kick-off

13-15 February 2017

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EPICE is part of a large, newly established European research project, RECAP - Research on Children and Adults born Preterm.

The project’s objectives are to establish a data and communications platform in order to integrate, harmonise and study data from 20 European cohorts of very preterm or low birth weight children and adults. The platform will include data from cohorts and national registries from 13 European countries, established from the 1980s onwards. It will enable analyses that cannot be studied in national population cohorts, expand the use of existing cohorts and make conceptual, methodological and analytical contributions to integrating them.

The RECAP kick-off meeting took place 13-15 February in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Read more about RECAP at recap-preterm.eu

Annual EFCNI Parent Organizations meeting

27-29 January 2017

EFCNI Parent Meeting Group

The EPICE and SHIPS projects were introduced at the 13th EFCNI Parent Organisations meeting in Freising, Germany. Jennifer Zeitlin, the Principal Investigator at the coordinating institution (INSERM) in Paris, France, presented the projects and their objectives to 75 parent representatives from more than 30 countries.

EFCNI organizes meetings annually to promote the cooperation and exchange between national parents’ associations and to share ideas and experiences, with the aim to improve maternal and newborn health around the world.

Read more about the meeting here.