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Collaboration key as Sheffield wins International Stillbirth Alliance Conference

A team effort backed by experts saw Sheffield win an international medical conference.

A collaborative bid by Marketing Sheffield’s Conference Team, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and the University of Sheffield saw the northern UK city win The Stillbirth Alliance Conference in 2023.

The Stillbirth Alliance Conference will bring together 300 international delegates, including bereaved parents, health professionals and researchers with the aim of driving global change for the prevention of stillbirth and neonatal death.

Professor Marta Cohen OBE, consultant paediatric and perinatal pathologist at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation, who helped win the bid, said “I am thrilled that the International Stillbirth Alliance 2023 conference will be hosted here in Sheffield.

“We already have the commitment and enthusiasm from colleagues within Sheffield and across the UK to work together to offer an extensive educational and compassionate programme.  The planning team are really looking forward to developing the conference over the next two years and to welcoming delegates in the future.”

The conference will take place at The University of Sheffield’s Diamond Building, with an opening reception in the Sheffield Winter Garden and a memorial service at St Georges Hall. The gala dinner will take place at Sheffield City Hall.

Emma France, marketing manager for business tourism at Marketing Sheffield added: “We are thrilled to see another major conference confirm and plan for the future after much uncertainty for the events industry across the UK.

“Our Conference Ambassadors continue to play a vital role in attracting large International events to Sheffield and we are grateful for their ongoing support and enthusiasm and it’s fantastic that we’ll be able to showcase the wealth of expertise around this subject in Sheffield.”

Claire Storey, board member and co-chair of the International Stillbirth Alliance conferences committee, said Sheffield’s conference bid was “very well received” and that the alliance is looking forward to “collaborating with the team in Sheffield, bereaved parents, clinicians and researchers from around the world to build and deliver a successful conference in 2023.”

Involved in the conference are: Professor Marta Cohen, Consultant Paediatric and Perinatal Pathologist at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Professor, Department of Oncology and Metabolism at the University of Sheffield with support from Dr Elspeth Whitby, senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield and an Honorary consultant at Sheffield teaching hospitals NHS trust and Professor Dilly Anumba, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Sheffield and Consultant in Obstetrics and Maternal and Fetal Medicine at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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