NEC Society and Cincinnati Children’s Announce the NEC Symposium

The NEC Society is honored to partner with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to present the Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) Symposium, April 13-16, 2021 at The Westin Cincinnati. The NEC Society is the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on the prevention of necrotizing enterocolitis, a devastating intestinal disease that affects vulnerable infants during their first weeks and months of life. Cincinnati Children’s, a nonprofit academic medical center established in 1883, is one of the oldest and most distinguished pediatric hospitals in the United States.

The NEC Symposium will bring together diverse patient-families, clinicians, scientists, and other leading NEC stakeholders from around the globe. The 2021 meeting will build upon the NEC Society’s prior international meetings and progress. The first NEC Symposium was hosted in 2017 in partnership with the UC Davis Division of Neonatology, followed by the NEC Symposium in 2019 in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Section of Pediatric Surgery. Both the 2017 and 2019 meetings were made possible through Engagement Awards from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). 

Jennifer Canvasser, MSW, founder and director of the NEC Society, shares, “Through our partnership with Cincinnati Children’s, the NEC Symposium will activate and inspire our community to collaboratively drive research and improve care for infants at risk of NEC. The NEC Symposium will draw upon the broad range of expertise and perspectives that will be in the room by encouraging participants to actively contribute rather than just passively listen. Parents whose children have been affected by NEC will work alongside clinicians and scientists to drive discoveries for NEC research and improved care practices.” 

The 2021 meeting will be co-chaired by Jennifer Canvasser, Erin Umberger, and Dr. Jae Kim. Jae Kim, MD, PhD is the Director for the Division of Neonatology in the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s and a founding member of the NEC Society’s Scientific Advisory Council. Jennifer Canvasser and Erin Umberger each lost a child to NEC and have worked together to build the NEC Society from the ground up since 2014. 

The NEC Symposium will be an All-In Meeting, which, put simply, means that multidisciplinary stakeholders from diverse backgrounds will be integrated and empowered to contribute. The NEC Society recently published a 10-step guide to hosting an All-In Meeting

The theme for the NEC Symposium in Cincinnati is Driving Discoveries for NEC Research. Registration will open in the fall of 2020. To receive the latest information and updates, please join the NEC Society’s email list and follow us on social media

The NEC Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to building a world without necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). The NEC Society is committed to improving outcomes for babies at risk of NEC by driving research, empowering families with information, and advocating for better practices and policies. 

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Cincinnati Children’s and the NEC Society.  Cincinnati Children’s is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Jennifer Canvasser, Erin Umberger, Jae Kim and the NEC Society’s Scientific Advisory Council at the NEC Symposium in June of 2019 at the University of Michigan.

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