Parting IF Board Member Teije Dijk adresses IF's General Assembly  During the General Meeting 2011 in Guatemala City, IF members said farewell to Board Member and treasurer Teije Dijk, who served on the IF board since 2000. IF is very grateful for his strong commitment and valuable contributions. The General Meeting elected Elena Monzón de Zappoli, president of IF's member association in Argentina, APEBI, and ASBAH's chief executive Jackie Bland from the UK, as board member and co-opted board member respectively. Two applications for IF membership were approved during the meeting, a third application is pending. The IF network is now joined by the Spina Foundation in Katowice, Poland and the Hellenic Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in Athens, Greece. In 2012 IF's 23rd International Conference and General Meeting will be hosted by RBU and held in Stockholm, Sweden, from June 14-17.





IF Award 2011 honours World Pediatric Project

At IF's 22nd International Conference the IF Award 2011 was presented to the World Pediatric Project. The organisation was founded in 2001 as International Hospital for Children, with the mission to link worldwide pediatric surgical, diagnostic and preventative resources to heal critically ill children in developing countries in the Carribean and Central America. On March 1, 2011, International Hospital for Children merged with Healing The Children Missouri and became World Pediatric Project (WPP). Board member Dr. Kinloch Nelson represented WPP and was very thankful and honoured for the recognition of their work. WPP also develops prevention programmes and looks forward to cooperate with IF in the prevention of neural tube defects.
Dr. Kinloch Nelson (m) accepts the IF Award 2011 on behalf of the World Pediatric Project


7th International Conference on Neural Tube Defects

The 7th International Conference on Neural Tube Defects will be held in Austin, Texas (USA), November 6-9, 2011. This biennial conference brings together scientists and clinicians interested in all aspects of neural tube defect (NTD) research, prevention and treatment. Attendees have backgrounds in epidemiology, molecular and developmental biology, embryology, genetics, neurosurgery, pediatrics and others. The sessions cover topics such as gene–nutrient interactions, folate supplementation and fortification, mouse models of NTDs, clinical aspects of NTDs, and many others. The aim of the conference is to expedite future research through collaboration and exchange of ideas. A block of rooms has been reserved at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center for attendees at a rate of $159 USD per night.
The conference will be held at the AT&T Conference Center, Austin, Texas


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