16th National Conference of Perinatal Medicine,
21-23 October 2011 – Athens Concert Hall


Organized by:
Greek Association of Perinatal Medicine, 21– 23 October 2011
International Conferences Centre Megaron, Athens

The Greek Association of Perinatal Medicine, chaired by Associate Professor Nikolaos Papantoniou, has successfully organized the 16th National conference on Perinatal Medicine, on October 21, 22 and 23 2011, at the Athens Concert Hall- International Conference Centre. There participated distinguished scientists from Greece and abroad as speakers and also six hundred (600) interested audience. Seventy (70) lectures, which covered most aspects of perinatal medicine, were held. The participants’ scientific work was presented at almost two hundred (200) announcements.

The hot topics were particularly interesting, as they included lectures of distinguished Greek and foreign scientists in the field of perinatal medicine and discussions on issues such as: prenatal diagnosis, preimplantation testing, intrauterine fetus treatment, maternal morbidity and mortality. Latest developments in genetics, such as the possibility of a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome using maternal blood and the diagnosis of the fetus’ rhesus, drew particular interest. Neonatology issues of major interest included neuroprotection, neuroimaging, treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia, as well as the use of caffeine and erythropoietin.

At the conference, a Satellite Symposium on “Recent views regarding the effects of caffeine in very low birth weight infants” was held during which views were developed on the effect of caffeine on apneas and retinopathy of prematurity.

Finally, the Inaugural Lecture of Dr. George Christodoulou, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, entitled “Ethical Principles in Medicine”, was particularly interesting.

The Greek Association of Perinatal Medicine, in its effort to provide the best possible scientific information to its members, not only holds a bi-annual National Conference every two (2) years and meetings on specific topics but also publishes the Protocols in Perinatal Medicine which have been particularly popular and constitute an important aid in everyday per diem clinical practice. Thus, it has issued the second partwork of the Perinatal Medicine protocols which has been distributed to conference participants and also uploaded on the Association website ( Moreover, the site provides access to two (2) reputable international journals in addition to the journal published by the GAPM in cooperation with the Neonatal Society.

The Executive Board and Committee (Scientific/Education) members of the Greek Association of Perinatal Medicine, as well as the Conference Organizing Committee, wish to express special thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the Congress by actively participating with lectures, session-chairing presidencies and scientific project presentations (announcements). Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to all the participants who gave impetus to the Congress and inspired us to continue this effort.

On behalf of the Board


Nikolaos Papantoniou
President of the Greek Association of Perinatal Medicine