The purpose of the Surgeon General’s Conference on the Prevention of Preterm Birth is to:
(1) Increase awareness of preterm birth in the United States;
(2) Review key findings and reports issued by experts in the field; and
(3) Establish a national agenda for activities in both the public and private sectors to address this growing public health problem.
The conference organizers at NICHD have asked Epi Wonk to come out of retirement for two days to participate in one of the scientific workgroups at the meeting in North Bethesda.
Background Reading: (1) The Institute of Medicine report, Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention. (2) RL Goldenberg et al. Epidemiology and causes of preterm birth. Lancet 2008; 371:75-84. (3) JD Iams et al. Primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions to reduce the morbidity and mortality of preterm birth. Lancet 2008; 371:164-175. (4) S Saigal & LW Doyle. An overview of mortality and sequelae of preterm birth from infancy to adulthood. Lancet 2008; 371:261-269. There’s also quite a bit of information at the March of Dimes website.