President of VON to Keynote the NEC Symposium

The NEC Society, in partnership with the Section of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, is honored to announce that Dr. Roger Soll, President of the Vermont Oxford Network (VON), will keynote the NEC Symposium. Roger Soll, M.D.,Dr. Soll is a practicing neonatologist at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, coordinating editor of Cochrane Neonatal, and president of VON, which is a collaborative of over 1,000 neonatal centers around the world.

The NEC Symposium will take place on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, June 2 – 5, 2019. The theme of the conference is “Breaking down the barriers of NEC prevention and treatment.” The 2019 meeting follows an immensely successful NEC Society conference held in April 2017 through a partnership with the University of California at Davis and support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The 2017 NEC Symposium’s highlight reel showcases the meeting’s momentum and commitment to innovative solutions. The 2017 NEC Symposium’s executive summary provides a concise overview of every session and key points that were presented at the first NEC meeting in North America.

“The NEC Society is a transdisciplinary organization, and Dr. Soll’s extensive experience in initiatives and partnerships between families and clinicians, make him the ideal keynote speaker for the NEC Symposium”, shares Jennifer Canvasser, founder and director of the NEC Society. The Symposium will bring together diverse stakeholders in the NEC community who are committed to propelling patient-centered research.

Dr. Soll shares, “I look forward to keynoting the Symposium and supporting the NEC Society’s mission. I can attest to the significant burdens of NEC in the U.S. and globally, and I am eager to participate in the endeavors to improve the understanding, prevention, and treatment of this devastating disease.”

Dr. Samir Gadepalli, a University of Michigan pediatric surgeon and founding member of the NEC Society’s Scientific Advisory Council, will co-chair the 2019 NEC Symposium, along with the directors of the NEC Society, Jennifer Canvasser, MSW and Erin Umberger, M.Arch. Dr. Gadepalli cared for Jennifer’s son Micah, who died from complications of NEC when he was 11 months old. Dr. Gadepalii notes that “Learning from our patients and families is key to being a better researcher, better clinician, and better person. None of us can solve complex problems alone and this conference brings together diverse knowledge, skills, and experiences to break down these barriers. From young to seasoned researchers incorporating the global perspective, we will discover innovative ways to move the field forward.”

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