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Webinar on Clinical Medicine | Advances in Preterm Delivery

24 Sep 2020, 00:00

Obstetrics, Preterm Delivery, Health
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2nd Webinar of Journal of Clinical Medicine - an Open Access Journal

Advances in Preterm Delivery

Preterm delivery (PTD; <37 weeks' gestation) complicates 5-13% of deliveries worldwide depending on the geographical and demographical characteristics of the population tested. Based on data from 184 countries, the global average preterm birth rate in 2010 was 11.1% giving a worldwide 14.9 million. It is the leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality as well as maternal morbidity.

Prematurity actually has both short and long-standing consequences for affected offspring, and can leave these individuals with lifelong disabilities, even after the available interventions are attempted. Because the prevalence of preterm birth is so high, it is thought to put more financial, medical, and emotional stress on affected communities than any other perinatal issue. In the past years most of the research interest resulted in the prevention of preterm birth in order to alleviate the complications of prematurity. However, recent evidence suggests that the effect of preterm birth goes beyond the impact on the future health of both the mother and her offspring far beyond the specific delivery in which preterm delivery has occurred.

With a distinguished panel of Professors Eyal Sheiner, Gian Carlo Di Renzo, Shali Mazaki-Tovi and Nir Melamed, this webinar will address and share new perspectives on the prevention and monitoring of Preterm Delivery.

Date: 24 September 2020

Time: 1.00pm (CEST) | 7 am (EDT) | 7 am (CST Asia)

Chair: Prof. Dr. Eyal Sheiner

Webinar ID: 856 8826 9334

The following experts will present and speak:

Professor Dr. Eyal Sheiner

Prof. Dr. Eyal Sheiner, MD, PhD is Deichmann-Lerner Full Professor. He is the Chairman of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology B at the Soroka University Medical Center, and the Vice Dean, Student Affair, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He served as the Director of the Residency Program and as the Deputy Director General of the hospital. His PhD study and ultrasound fellowship at Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, Il) were supported by a grant from the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program of the United States. Professor Sheiner has published extensively in the area of perinatal epidemiology, and has more than 540 peered-reviewed publications. He is the editor of 10 books and a member of the Editorial board of 6 scientific journals.

Prof. Dr. Gian Carlo Di Renzo

Prof. Dr. Di Renzo is Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Perugia in Italy. He is Director of both the Reproductive and Perinatal Medicine Center in Perugia and founder of the Permanent International and European School of Perinatal and Reproductive Medicine (PREIS) in Florence. He is full Professor at the Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the I.M. Sechenov First State University of Moscow since 2019. He is coordinating the Women’s Library ( GLOWM ) of FIGO after being General Secretary for two terms (2012-2018) . Prof. Di Renzo is an Honorary Professor and Doctor Honoris Causa at 16 different Universities throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States. He is an Academic Member of the Romanian and Russian Academy of Sciences. Prof. Di Renzo has received six awards for his work in human reproduction and maternal-infant's health, scientific research, and teaching. He has organized more than 350 international congresses and courses, some of these are held regularly (Diabetes in Pregnancy: DIP, Birth, World Congress of Maternal Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, TWINS, etc). His scientific production comprises over 1,300 papers of which more than 400 have been published in peer reviewed international journals ( HI 42) and 82 books.

Prof. Dr. Shali Mazaki-Tovi

Prof. Dr. Shali Mazaki-Tovi is the Director of High-Risk Department, Director of Mater-Fetal-Medicine Division and a Senior Vise Chair at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Josef Buchmann Gynecology and Maternity Hospital , Sheba Medical Center and Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel. Prof. Mazaki-Tovi graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and completed his residency at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sheba Medical Center. Subsequently, he perused a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Wayne State University and the Perinatology Research Branch of National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Institutes of Health (NICHD/NIH), as well as a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Perinatology Research Branch of NICHD/NIH. The research of Prof Mazaki-Tovi is focused on the role of adipocytokines and adipose tissue in adaptations to normal gestation and pregnancy complications.

Prof. Dr. Nir Melamed

Dr. Melamed is a staff physician in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an Associate Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute. He holds an appointment of an Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Toronto.Dr. Melamed is the recipient of the Waugh Family Chair in Twin Research at the University of Toronto and is the Director of the Sunnybrook Twin Research Center (

Dr. Melamed has co-authored over 160 original research papers, as well as 10 book chapters and reviews, and his research has been presented in numerous national and international congresses.His main topics of interest include twin pregnancies, placental disease, and fetal growth.


The webinar will start at 13:00 pm (CEST) and will last 2 hours.

Speaker & Presentation


Introduction: Prof. Dr. Eyal Sheiner

13:00 – 13:10

Prof. Dr. Gian Carlo Di Renzo

Prevention of preterm birth: The evidence.

13:10 – 13:30

Prof. Dr. Shali Mazaki-Tovi

Bad rest or bed rest: efficacy and safety of decreased physical activity for the prevention of preterm birth.

13:30 – 13:50

Prof. Dr. Eyal Sheiner

Preterm delivery and other “placental” complications, and long-term maternal morbidity.

13:50 – 14:10

Prof. Dr. Nir Melamed

Is there a role for serial monitoring of cervical length in twin pregnancies?

14:10 – 14:30

Q&A moderated by Prof. Dr. Eyal Sheiner (Chair)

Attendees are welcome to type in their questions in the Zoom Q&A section.

14:30 – 14:50

Discussion and concluding remarks

14:50 – 15:10

Webinar Content

The second webinar of the Journal of Clinical Medicine, entitled “Advances in Preterm Delivery”, was held on Thursday 24 September 2020 and was chaired by Prof. Dr. Eyal Sheiner from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

After a brief introduction given by the Chair, Prof. Dr. Gian Carlo Di Renzo from University of Perugia discussed the evidence on prevention of preterm birth. Prof. Dr. Shali Mazaki-Tovi from Tel Aviv University presented the benefits of bed rest for the prevention of preterm births. Prof. Dr. Eyal Sheiner discussed the complications linked to this issue. The webinar concluded with the research of Prof. Dr. Nir Melamed from University of Toronto on serial monitoring of cervical length in twin pregnancies. The four presentations were followed by a discussion moderated by the chair.

The webinar was offered via Zoom, and registration was required for attendance. The full recording can be found below.

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Relevant Special Issues

Special Issues in JCM

2021: Advances in Preterm Delivery
Guest Editor:
Prof. Dr. Eyal Sheiner
Accepting submissions until 31 May 2021

2021: New Tools for Predicting Preterm Birth in Asymptomatic High-Risk Women
Guest Editor:
Dr. Liran Hiersch
Accepting submissions until 10 January 2021

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