Update Course Programme

Hearts and Minds - The Brain in Congenital Heart Disease

Date: Wednesday, 26 April 2023

Time: 08:30 – 15:40

Hall: The Liffey A

Update Course programme entitled “Hearts and Minds - The Brain in Congenital Heart Disease” will be Neurodevelopment and Neuroprotection across the lifespan of CHD.


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Hearts and Minds - The Brain in Congenital Heart Disease
08:30 - 08:40 Introduction
Frank Casey
08:40 - 10:10 Fetal and Neonatal Period
Chairs: Katya De Groote & Cormac Breatnach

08:40 - 09:00
Fetal Brain Development in CHD and Neuroprotection in utero, Mike Seed

09:00 - 09:15
Pre-op Neuroprotection in the Neonatal unit, Adam James

09:15 - 09:30
Strategies for monitoring and protecting brain function in the operating theatre, Marta Camprubí

09:30 - 09:45
Bedside monitoring of Brain function  in the PICU, Laura McDarby

09:45 - 10:10 Q&A (Discussion)
10:10 - 10:40 AM BREAK
10:40 - 11:40 Infancy and Early Childhood
Chairs: Nicole Sekarski & Catherine Matthews
10:40 - 10:55
Early neurodevelopmental outcomes in CHD: phenotype, risk factors and prevention, Johanna Calderon
10:55 - 11:10
Neurodevelopmental Evaluation and Intervention in Preschool Age Children, Jacqueline Sanz
11:10 - 11:25
Early interventions to Optimise Developmental outcome for Children and families with CHD, Chris McCusker
11:25 - 11:40 Q&A (Discussion)
11:40 - 12:40 The School aged Child
Chairs: Gil Wernovsky & Jo Wray
  11.40 -11.55
Education and learning challenges in schools for children with CHD, Flavia Wehrle
Treating the Whole Child-Optimising Physical, Educational and Psychosocial Outcomes in Children with CHD, Frank Casey
Building partnerships in Neurodevelopmental Research- CNOC and AEPC, Shabnam Peyvandi & Kelly Wolfe
12:25 - 12:40 Q&A (Discussion)
12:40 - 13:40 LUNCH BREAK
13:40 - 15:00 The Adolescent and Adult
Chairs: Eva Goossens & Werner Budts
13:40 - 13:55
The importance of transitional interventions in managing adolescents with CHD, Ewa-Lena Bratt
13:55 - 14:10
The patient view - What I need from the Care Team
14:10 - 14:25
Neurodevelopmental outcome, psychological adjustment, and quality of life in adolescents with congenital heart disease, Melanie Ehrler
14:25 - 14:40
Geriatric congenital heart Disease -a new challenge in the care of adults with congenital heart disease, Margarita Brida
14:40 - 15:00 Q&A (Discussion)
15:00 - 15:30 Keynote Lecture
Chair: Frank Casey
Challenging Dogma and Inviting Change: Rethinking Management of the Neonate with CHD to Improve Lifelong Outcomes, Gil Wernovsky
15:30 - 15:40 Conclusion
Colin McMahon


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