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BOSTON, Massachusetts - The Advanced Fetal Care Center at Children's Hospital Boston will webcast live a featured panel on fetal cardiac interventions to medical audiences around the world at The Conference Center at Harvard Medical School on Friday, April 29 from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. EDT. Children's Hospital Boston, the pioneer in fetal cardiac intervention, has performed more than 50 procedures to date.

Fetal Care Team

Advances in Fetal Care 2005 will offer education and detail cutting-edge research on the latest treatments and interventions for patients with complex fetal anomalies, as well as expert discussions of state-of-the-art technologies from some of the world's leading practitioners in the diagnosis and treatment of fetal anomalies.

Five hundred clinicians -- physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, OB/Gyns, radiologists and ultrasonographers -- are expected to attend a live webcast which will broadcast a featured panel on fetal cardiac interventions to medical audiences around the world.

"We believe that the sooner an anomaly can be correctly diagnosed, the greater a child's chances of experiencing normal development and health," said AFCC Director Dr. Russell W. Jennings. "Our mission is to share breakthrough treatments in fetal and pediatric medicine and surgery with a broad, multi-disciplinary group in order to significantly improve the quality of life for this special group of newborns through their first years and early childhood. We welcome a wide range of maternal, prenatal and pediatric health care professionals who provide care to these families to this important conference."

Advances in Fetal Care 2005 is an educational program of informative and interactive sessions of interest to obstetricians, prenatal and pediatric cardiologists, perinatologists, ultrasonographers, radiologists, pediatric specialists, neonatologists, geneticists, obstetric and pediatric nurses, and other specialists.

The Conference will take place on Friday, April 29 - Saturday, April 30, 2005 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. For information or to register, please contact Doreen Dean at AFC2005@childrens.harvard.edu or call (617) 355-3896.

The Advanced Fetal Care Center (AFCC) at Children's Hospital Boston serves families facing complex birth defects and other critical challenges to the health of their unborn and newborn infants. The center holds a place of distinction as the only center that performs fetal cardiac intervention in the world. The center is the only one of its kind in New England and is a national leader in comprehensive fetal care. For additional information visit: www.childrenshospital.org/afcc.

Children’s Hospital Boston is the nation’s premier pediatric medical center. Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, today it is a 325-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. More than 100 outpatient specialty clinics are located at Children’s. Children’s Hospital Boston is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, home to the world’s leading pediatric research enterprise, and the largest provider of health care to the children of Massachusetts. For more information about the hospital visit: www.childrenshospital.org.


BWH is a 735-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare System, an integrated health care delivery network. Internationally recognized as a leading academic health care institution, BWH is committed to excellence in patient care, medical research, and the training and education of health care professionals. The hospital's preeminence in all aspects of clinical care is coupled with its strength in medical research. A leading recipient of research grants from the National Institutes of Health, BWH conducts internationally acclaimed clinical, basic and epidemiological studies.


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