Advances in Fetal Therapy

Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Conference Center at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106  Map

Oct 3, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. (ET)

Course overview

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in collaboration with University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, is pleased to present this one-day multidisciplinary educational symposium for maternal-fetal medicine specialists, geneticists, obstetricians, pediatric surgeons, radiologists, neonatologists, genetic counselors, nurses and sonographers.

Through a series of didactic lectures and interactive case presentations, this symposium will review recent advances in maternal-fetal care with an emphasis on congenital anomalies amenable to fetal intervention. Lectures will address key concepts in prenatal counseling, fetal therapy, genetic testing, perinatal surveillance, surgical management and outcomes. The rationale, clinical indications and protocols for two novel research studies will be presented.

The symposium will be held at the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Conference Center in Lerner Tower on the University Hospitals Case Medical Center campus.

Course objectives

At the conclusion of “Advances in Fetal Therapy,” the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss the rationale and current indications for fetal myelomeningocele (MMC) repair and recent outcomes at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
  2. List the maternal and neonatal risks and benefits, research, and future implications associated with fetal therapy.
  3. Cite the rationale for and current state of neuroprotective strategies during fetal life for infants with congenital heart defects.
  4. Discuss the application of first and second trimester ultrasound in the detection of fetal anomalies.
  5. Review available testing and screening options available for genetic diagnosis in anomalous pregnancies, particularly the utility of noninvasive prenatal testing.