Our 2022 Group B Strep in Pregnancy & Babies virtual conference will be a must-attend event for anyone interested in group B Strep.
Group B Strep is the leading cause of severe infection in newborn babies in the UK. Our two-day virtual conference will bring together leading international experts to talk about group B Strep, prevention policies, testing options, antibiotic usage, and the progress towards a GBS vaccine.
Our conference Chairs will be Dr Edward Morris (President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Chair of Trustees for Group B Strep Support) & Dr Kathryn Gutteridge (immediate past President of the Royal College of Midwives and Trustee of Group B Strep Support).
Dr Carol J Baker will be giving the keynote speech on Day One to open the conference. Dr Baker is a Professor of Pediatrics at McGovern Medical School, University of Texas, a Sabin Gold Medal winner and a member of the National Academy of Medicine, USA. Dr. Baker’s advocacy led the United States to adopt routine screening and antibiotics to reduce early-onset neonatal GBS disease, which decreased incidence by more than 80 percent.
Professor Philip Steer will be giving the keynote speech on Day Two. Prof Steer is Chair of the Group B Strep Support’s Medical Advisory Panel. He is Emeritus Professor of obstetrics at Imperial College and a past President of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine and the section of O&G of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is editor emeritus of BJOG – an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Each day will cover different themes. Day One (12 July) will focus on epidemiology and vaccines. Day Two (13 July) will focus on testing and practice.
The conference will be recorded, and the recordings will be available to those who register.
Who should attend? Anyone with an interest in group B Strep and maternity and neonatal care, including:
- Public Health Specialists
- All Health Professionals
- Clinical Negligence Specialists
- Other interested people
The conference is approved by the Royal College of Pathologists for 13 CPD credits.
Financial support was provided as an Independent Medical Education Grant from Pfizer Inc.
09:00 – 09:05
Welcome and introduction: Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, Chair of Group B Strep Support
09:05 – 09:45
Keynote lecture: Dr Carol J Baker, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas, Overview and history
09:45 – 13:00
GBS Epidemiology – Chairs Dr Caroline Trotter, University of Cambridge and Dr Colin Brown, UKHSA
09:45 – 10:15 – Dr Hannah Davies, St. Georges University of London, Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Group B Streptococcus Infections
10:15 – 10:30 – Dr Alberto Berardi, University Hospital of Modena, Mode of transmission of group B Strep late-onset disease
10:30 – 10:45 – Dr Roberta Creti, Department of Infectious Diseases, Rome, Microbiological aspects of group B Strep late-onset disease
10:45 – 10:52 – Mrs Malene Risager Lykke, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, Invasive Group-B Streptococcus disease in the neonatal period and long-term risk of epilepsy – a population-based cohort study
10:55 – 11:20 – BREAK
11:20 – 11:30 – Miss Rebecca Charlesworth, Parent Voice
11:30 – 12:00 – Dr Simon Collin, UKHSA, Maternal invasive group B Strep infection in England 2016-2021
12:00 – 12:30 – Dr Emma McGuire, UKHSA, Antimicrobial resistance and group B Strep
12:30 – 12:37 – Dr Elita Jauneikaite, Imperial College London, Distribution of GBS protein vaccine targets in disease-causing GBS in the UK
12:37 – 13:00 – Panel Discussion: co chairs Dr Colin Brown and Caroline Trotter, plus Dr Alberto Berardi, Dr Simon Collin, Dr Roberta Creti, Dr Hannah Davies and Dr Emma McGuire
13:00 – 14:00 – LUNCH (including at 13:55 an update about the International Symposium on Streptococcal Agalactia Disease 2023)
14:00 – 17:15
GBS Vaccines – Chairs Prof Paul Heath, St. Georges, University of London and Prof Shabir Madhi, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
14:00 – 14:10 – Yoyo, Parent Voice
14:10 – 14:35 – Dr Per Fischer, MinervaX, MinervaX group B Strep vaccine: supportive data, status and plans
14:35 – 15:00 – Dr Caroline Trotter, UK Health Security Agency, WHO: full value group B Strep vaccine assessment
15:00 – 15:10 – Dr Julia Rhodes, US CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led study to establish immunologic endpoints associated with protection against infant invasive group B streptococcal disease: methodology and updates
15:10 – 15:30 – BREAK
15:30 – 15:50 – Dr Kirsty Le Doare, St. George’s, University of London, Progress towards a correlate of protection: GASTON project
15:50 – 16:10 – Dr Pauline Paterson, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Acceptance, attitudes and lessons learned from other maternal vaccines
16:10 – 16:35 – Prof Shabir Madhi, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Potential efficacy of a maternal GBS vaccine: Bridging from immunogenicity to potential efficacy
16:35 – 16:42 – Dr Konstantinos Karampatsas, St George’s, University of London, Naturally acquired serotype-specific anti-GBS CPS IgG concentrations: A pilot UK prospective cohort study
16:42 – 17:15 – Panel Discussion: co chairs Prof Paul Heath & Prof Shabir Madhi, plus Dr Carol J Baker, Dr Per Fischer and Dr Caroline Trotter
17:15 – 17:20 – Summary and close: Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, Chair of GBSS
09:00 – 09:05
Welcome and introduction: Dr Kathryn Gutteridge, Consultant Midwife, Past President of the Royal College of Midwives , GBSS Trustee
09:05 – 09:35
Keynote lecture: Professor Philip Steer, Imperial College, Group B Strep and maternity care
09:35 – 13:00
GBS in practice (micro and testing) – Chairs Dr Gopal Rao, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and Dr Jim Gray, Birmingham Children’s and Women’s Hospitals NHS Trust
09:35 – 09:55 – Dr Albert Mifsud, UK Health Security Agency, The role of the laboratory in the prevention of Early Onset Group B Streptococcus infection
09:55 – 10:15 – Dr Kathryn Guttridge, A midwife’s role in group B Strep testing: practical advice from the swab to the birth plan
10:15 – 10:35 – Dr Gopal Rao, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, A swab’s journey in the laboratory
10:35 – 10:42 – Ms Emelie Alsheim, University of Bath, Phospholipid vesicles for detection of maternal GBS carriage intrapartum
10:42 – 10:49 – Miss Debora da Costa Morato Nery, IMPG-UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Group B Streptococcus surveillance among pregnant women in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil over a period of 14 years (2008-2021)
10:50 – 11:20 – BREAK
11:20 – 11:30 – Mrs Eilidh Wise, Parent Voice
11:30 – 11:45 – Dr Jim Gray, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, PCR – technology that has moved from exoticism to mainstream
11:45 – 12:00 – Prof Jane Daniels, University of Nottingham, PCR tests for GBS – evidence of accuracy
12:00 – 12:15 – Ms Mandip Hira, University Hospital Coventry, The challenges of setting up ECM testing in the NHS
12:15 – 12:30 – Dr Miguel Gueimonde, Dairy Research Institute of Asturias, Spanish Research Council, Impact of Intrapartum prophylaxis on microbiota of mother and baby
12:30 – 13:00 – Panel Discussion: co chairs Dr Jim Gray & Dr Gopal Rao, plus Prof Jane Daniels, Dr Miguel Gueimonde, Dr Kathryn Gutteridge, Ms Mandip Hira, Dr Albert Mifsud and Prof Philip Steer
13:00 – 14:00 – LUNCH
14:00 – 17.25
GBS in practice (clinical care) – Chairs Dr Kate Walker, University of Nottingham and Mrs Philippa Cox, Homerton University Hospital
14:00 – 14:10 – Mrs Jo Spear, Parent Voice
14:10 – 14:40 – Prof Jane Daniels, University of Nottingham, Knowledge, attitudes and acceptability of group B Strep testing in pregnancy
14:40 – 14:55 – Ms Heidi Hollands, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Experience of routine testing for group B Strep as part of the GBS3 trial – Enriched Culture Medium (ECM)
14:55 – 15:10 – Ms Louise Swaminathan, Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Introducing routine intrapartum rapid testing for group B Strep at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust: our experience (so far!)
15:10 – 15:17 – Dr Bonilla Nayar, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, Incidence of maternal Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteraemia and clinical impact on mother and baby in a maternity unit in North West London
15:20 – 15:45 – BREAK
15:45 – 16:15 – Dr Kate Walker, University of Nottingham and Mrs Philippa Cox, Homerton University Hospital, Common questions from women about group B Strep and how to answer them
16:15 – 16:45 – Ms Selina Dubison, Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, GBS awareness week – learning together
16:45 – 16:52 – Dr Luca Bedetti, University Hospital of Modena, Rates of lumbar puncture after antibiotics in infants with sepsis: an Italian multicenter study
16:52 – 17:22 – Panel Discussion: co chairs Ms Philippa Cox & Dr Kate Walker plus Ms Selina Dubison, Ms Heidi Hollands and Ms Louise Swaminathan
17:25 – 17:30
Summary and close: Dr Kathryn Gutteridge, Consultant Midwife, Past President of the Royal College of Midwives , GBSS Trustee
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