Marjaana Tikanmäki visited the 5th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Sociaties in Barcelona, Spain (15.10.-22.10.2014)
The 5th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Sociaties (EAPS) was held in Barcelona the second largest city of Spain on October 17-21, 2014. It was my first time to attend this large European congress in the field of pediatrics. The program of the meeting included high quality plenaries with acknowledged experts on several fields of which my interest focused on child health and diminishing the burden of disease in a global level and life course epidemiology and epigenetics of cardiovascular development. Basic and clinical science sessions with lectures and abstract presentations formed the core of the meeting. In addition to a lot of neonatology concentrated topics, they offered interesting areas for a person interested in general pediatrics too. Networking dinner in a local restaurant offered a great opportunity for a relaxed conversation and mixing with other researchers in the field.
I gave a presentation on the association of gestational age with physical activity and fitness in adolescents in a session on exercise related problems in children. The session finally gave me a chance to meet people working in the same area of research, those whose names I have read in research articles before. It is encouraging to present own data to an audience outside of own research community and get feedback from a fresh point of view.
The meeting in general was of a good quality and deserves attendance of pediatricians and researchers in the future as well.
In addition to the congress, our research group attended a meeting of the APIC collaboration (Adults born preterm international collaboration). The collaboration has been started to bring together several cohorts following up preterm born individuals and will soon be advancing to submitting publications of combined analysis. This is both exciting and educating and offers a great forum to meet people working in the field.
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