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Pre-term Birth Dialogues

Wed, Aug, 15th, 2018

Dear Colleagues

Welcome to Cape Town and especially to the Pre-term 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 pre-term 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)

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