Videos of Expert Commentaries



Videos Commentaries

Meet the Experts

These videos feature experts who participated in the 2009 International Conference on Prematurity and Stillbirth. This groundbreaking meeting laid the foundation for working towards shared goals to improve global maternal, newborn and child health. GAPPS convened this conference with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, March of Dimes, PATH, Save the Children, UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

Key Findings from the Global Report on Preterm Birth & Stillbirth

These videos present key findings from the Global report on preterm birth & stillbirth: the foundation for innovative solutions and improved outcomes [link]. The report’s co-authors offer perspectives highlighting their areas of expertise including discovery science, epidemiology, development of interventions, delivery of interventions, ethics and social justice, and advocacy.

Moderators - O. Massee Bateman, MD, DTM&H
Save the Children

Mark Young, MD, MHSc

Discovery: Basic Science

Michael G. Gravett, MD
Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Washington School of Medicine

Discovery: Applied Epidemiology
Joy Lawn, BMedSci, MBBS, MRCP (Paeds), MPH
Senior Policy and Research Advisor
Saving Newborn Lives/Save the Children

Development: Interventions for Preterm Births, Stillbirths and Preterm Management
Zulfiqar Bhutta, MBBS, FRCP, FRCPCH, FCPS, PhD
Husein Laljee Dewraj Professor & Chairman of the Department
of Paediatrics & Child Health
Aga Khan University Hospital

Delivery: Strategies for Delivering Interventions
Cesar G. Victora, MD, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology
Universidade Federal de Pelotas

Ethics & Social Justice: Summary of Landscape Review

Maureen Kelley, PhD
University of Washington School of Medicine
Scholar, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children’s

Advocacy: Summary of Advocacy Research
Kaia Lenhart
Senior Vice President

Topics in Global Health
Experts in the field of global health provide insights into the discovery, development and delivery of preterm birth and stillbirth solutions.

Plenary Session
Moderators - France Donnay, MD, MPH
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Oluwafemi Kuti, MBBS, FRCOG (Invited)
Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

High-Dimensional Biology to Address Preterm Birth
Roberto Romero, MD
Chief, Perinatology Research Branch
Program Director for Obstetrics and Perinatology
Intramural Division, NICHD, NIH, DHHS

Challenges in Identifying and Developing Interventions for Impact

Christopher J. Elias, MD, MPH
President & CEO

Death Before Birth, Death After Birth: How to Manage the Challenge of Stillbirths and Preterm Births in the Community
Abhay Bang, MD, MPH
Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health

Workgroup Summaries with Next Steps from 2009 International Conference on Preterm Birth & Stillbirth
Conference workgroups shared three primary goals:

The conference provided an unprecedented opportunity for maternal, newborn and child health stakeholders to create a collaborative global strategy for addressing preterm birth and stillbirth.  Article 7: Mobilizing resources to accelerate innovative solutions (Global Action Agenda) provides the complete agenda and outlines the common goals conference participants are working to achieve.

Workgroup Presentations and Discussion
Bay Auditorium
Order of Presentations is Subject to Change

Ethics Moderator
Cynthia Stanton, PhD, MPH
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Discovery Moderator
Michael Gravett, MD
University of Washington School of Medicine

Workgroup Presentations and Discussion
Bay Auditorium

Anuraj Shankar, DSc
World Health Organization

Cesar G. Victora, MD, PhD
Universidade Federal de Pelotas

Cynthia Stanton, PhD, MPH
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


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