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PCORI’s Associate Director of Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science to Present at NEC Symposium

The NEC Society is honored to welcome Dr. Anne Trontell to the NEC Symposium faculty team. Dr. Trontell serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science Program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), where she helps to oversee…

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How to Explain When NEC Rates Persist – Even When a NICU Does Everything “Right”

Written by the NEC Society’s scientific advisor, Ravi Patel, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine Five years ago, we embarked on a quality improvement effort to decrease the rates of NEC at our center. I…

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NEC Symposium to Address Disparities in the Care of Fragile Infants

The NEC Society, in partnership with the Section of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Michigan, with support from PCORI and the NICHD, is proud to announce the NEC Symposium will open with a session that addresses disparities in the…

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Defining NEC: beginning to shed light in a dark room

Written by Dr. Steven Mcelroy, a neonatologist at the University of Iowa  “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names” –Old Chinese Proverb Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is one of the oldest diagnoses in the field of…

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The Story Behind the Tree of Courage Painting

By Leslie Napolitano, artist of the Tree of Courage, whose grandson died from NEC  My grandson Micah developed necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) when he was nearly six weeks old, after being born just shy of 28 weeks gestation. Like many babies…

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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….

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Fighting the Phantom Menace of NEC

Written by David J. Hackam, MD, PhD, Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon-in- Chief Johns Hopkins Children’s Center “They don’t just suffer, they suffer alone.” Necrotizing enterocolitis is not just a major disease that affects premature infants. Rather, it is the very…

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Dr. Mark Underwood to Open the 2019 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 proud to announce that Dr. Mark Underwood will provide the opening keynote presentation for the 2019 NEC Symposium. Dr. Mark…

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NEC Society Research Collaborative Launches NEC Biorepository

The NEC Society is a nonprofit organization committed to reducing the incidence of neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis, a devastating intestinal disease with high morbidity and mortality rates. The NEC Society Research Collaborative emerged from the groundbreaking 2017 NEC Symposium, and has…

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NEC Society Welcomes Renowned Clinician to Scientific Advisory Council

The NEC Society, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing necrotizing enterocolitis, is thrilled to announce that Dr. Ravi Patel has joined the organization’s Scientific Advisory Council. Dr. Patel is a neonatologist and clinician-scientist at Emory University & Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,…

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