Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Marta C. Cohen

(Pediatric Pathologist, UK)

Dr. Marta C. Cohen is a Consultant Paediatric and Perinatal Pathologist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital (NHS FT) and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. She is an MD, Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, and holds a Diploma in Medical Jurisprudence (Pathology) and a Diploma in Medical Education. She is a member and Past President of the International Association of Paediatric Pathology, which is affiliated to the IAP, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a member of the Paediatric Pathology Society (former committee member), European Society of Pathology (former Chair), ESCMID: European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and  ISPID: International Society for the  Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (Chair of the Scientific Committee of the recent world congress and former board member).



Dra. Jane Warland

(Midwife, Australia)

Dr. Jane Warland is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia. Her PhD was awarded by Adelaide University. She has a background in midwifery. Since suffering the unexplained full term stillbirth of her daughter Emma in 1993, she has been a passionate researcher into preventative and modifiable risk factors for stillbirth. Her research interests include population health (epidemiology and health promotion), mental health (maternal and child mental health), and maternal health (midwifery). She has authored several book chapters and over forty journal articles. Dr. Warland has published three books to date, including Our Baby Died, Midwife and the Bereaved Family, and Pregnancy After Loss. Her research has been presented at numerous national (Australian) and international conferences and she has been given numerous teaching, researching and professional awards and distinctions. In addition to her substantial research record, she is a passionate advocate for pregnancy awareness and the prevention of stillbirth.

Prof. Alexander Haezell

(Obstetrician, UK)

Alexander Heazell is the Professor of Obstetrics and Director of the Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre, University of Manchester, UK. Since completing his PhD in 2008 on the role of placental dysfunction in preeclampsia, his research has focused on stillbirth; his research portfolio includes a profile of basic science, clinical and qualitative research studies to give a better understanding leading to prevention of stillbirth and improving care for parents after stillbirth. He has received over £3.7M of grant income and has published over 140 research papers and received national and international awards for his work on stillbirth and placental dysfunction, and for improving care. He led the Stillbirth Priority Setting Partnership and was one of the team for the 2016 Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirth Series. He is currently the lead investigator for the national evaluation of the Saving Babies Lives programme.

Sue Steen

(Nurse, U.S.A.)
Sue’s nursing and teaching career spans over 30 years. Sue has done research in the area of perinatal bereavement and works as a Perinatal Nurse Navigator at Maple Grove Hospital, with families who have suffered the early or late loss of a baby. She is also an adjunct nursing professor at Bethel University and has practiced maternal child nursing in a variety of settings. Sue, along with her co-founder, Lynn Zdechlik, is currently developing a high-risk perinatal program ( at a hospital in Mbale, Uganda. They are teaching nurses how to prevent maternal and newborn death and how to care for families who suffer a stillbirth. Sue has published a number of articles related to faith development in children, nursing education, and perinatal bereavement. She has also led many nursing workshops in the US and Spain!
Sue has two grown daughters and lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Ted.

Prof. Francesc Figueras

(Obstetrician, Spain)

Head of the Department of Fetal-Maternal Medicine at Hospital Clinic (Barcelona) and Associate Professor of the University of Barcelona. Research interest in Fetal Growth Restriction and Preeclampsia: Author of ~215 articles in indexed journals (~700 Impact Factor). Factor-h 44. Author of 15 chapters in books and Editor of 6 books.Associate Editor of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISI JCR 7/80 Obstetrics & Gynecology) and Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy (ISI JCR 13/80 Obstetrics & Gynecology). Principal Investigator of 9 public-funded competitive research projects. Master Degree in Health Methodology by the University Autonomous of Barcelona. Invited speaker in more than 200 international congresses and conferences.

Claire Storey

(Researcher, UK)

Claire began volunteering for Sands UK following the early neonatal death of her first baby in 2004. She served as Chair of Bristol Sands for six years and has been a member of the West of England Child Death Overview Panel advising on bereavement issues since 2009. During this time she has been privileged to work with many bereaved parents individually and via bereavement support groups, which then led to the development of the UK’s first structured programme of dedicated antenatal classes for women and their partners in pregnancy following stillbirth or neonatal death. This hands on experience has been vital in helping to develop and deliver regular training to healthcare professionals across the UK. More recently she has applied this knowledge in a patient/public advisory capacity with the University of Manchester, the University of Bristol and Southmead hospital, consulting on a number of studies aimed at reducing stillbirths and improving bereavement and neonatal care.

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