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Symposium on Long-Term Effects of Preterm Birth

The symposium will be held at the Novo Nordisk Foundation 31 January 2017, 8:00-18:00


Symposium on Long-Term Effects of Preterm Birth

NEOMUNE is a cross-disciplinary consortium among universities, hospitals and industry (2013–2018, Danish Research Councils).

NEOMUNE investigates how milk and microbiota affect gut, immunity and brain development in both human infants and animal models. Studies are used to demonstrate how novel early diet interventions may affect the health of children in both the short and long term. In this context, epigenetic regulation from the environment around birth is a key mechanism that may induce long-term health effects.

How can this knowledge be used to provide optimal care for newborn humans and animals? We have invited global experts in this field to bridge the current knowledge gap and to stimulate new research ideas.



  • Andreas Jenke, Germany
  • Douglas Burrin, United States
  • Frank Bloomfield, New Zealand
  • Gao Fei, China
  • Gorm Greisen, Denmark
  • Jan Postberg, Germany
  • Karen Simmer, Australia
  • LanLan Shen, United States
  • Matthias Zilbauer, United Kingdom
  • Neena Modi, United Kingdom
  • Per Sangild, Denmark


Who can attend

The symposium is open to participants of all career levels from student to professor.


Poster session

All attendants are encouraged to bring a poster for the poster session within the following categories:

  • Animal models of early life complications
  • Infant nutrition and health outcomes
  • Epigenetics and programming effects

The poster should fit a poster board size A0 (841mm × 1189mm) – portrait orientation.

If you wish to bring a poster, you must select participation with poster on the registration site.


Preliminary program

31 January 2017


Breakfast and registration


Niels-Henrik von Holstein-Rathlou, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Denmark


Per Torp Sangild, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
and Gorm Greisen, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark
Welcome and introduction to the research theme


Neena Modi, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Preterm birth and later metabolic syndrome


Matthias Zilbauer, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Epigenetic regulation in pediatric IBD/NEC?


Coffee break


Gao Fei, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China
Diet- and microbe-dependent gut epigenetics in preterm pigs


Douglas Burrin, Baylor College of Medicine, United States
The metabolic phenotype of preterm birth – in pigs


Lunch break


Poster session


LanLan Shen, Baylor College of Medicine, United States
Gut microbiome and epigenetics of gut stem cells


Andreas Jenke, Oberhausen Pediatric Hospital, Germany
and Jan Postberg, Witten-Herdecke University, Germany
Epigenetic gut effects of early feeding


Coffee break


Karen Simmer, University of Western Australia
Long-term effects of diet, NEC and sepsis in preterm infants?


Frank Bloomfield, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Perinatal growth and protein supply – what´s new?


Panel discussion