Neonatology

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After receiving his clinical training with specialization in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Freiburg, Germany, and at the Center of Children’s Care and Adolescent Medicine, University of Freiburg, Germany, Dirk Bassler completed a clinical fellowship at the Department of Pediatrics, Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine, of the McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, where he supplemented his license with a degree in Neonatology. In 2006 he became a consultant pediatrician at the University Children’s Hospital Tübingen and headed the Center for Pediatrics Studies (CPCS) as its director.

He studied clinical epidemiology at the Cochrane Center in Freiburg, Germany, and enhanced his knowledge at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the McMaster University in Hamilton, where he achieved a Master’s degree in Health Research Methodology (HRM).

Dirk Bassler has extensive scientific experience in clinical research, amongst others as Principal Investigator in international randomized control trials in Neonatology. He is an expert for study methodology and for compiling systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

He was awarded his Venia Legendi (‘Habilitation’) in 2009 and held an extraordinary professorship at the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany, since 2011. In February 2014 he was appointed Professor of Neonatology at the University of Zurich and took over the directorship of the Neonatology Clinic of the University Hospital Zurich.

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After completing his medical degree in Berne in 1984, Jean-Claude Fauchère undertook specialist training in general paediatrics and paediatric intensive care in Berne, Lausanne and Zurich. He then trained in neonatal intensive care medicine in Zurich. In 1992, his MD thesis was accepted by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Berne, and he was granted the FMH (Swiss Medical Federation) Paediatrics Board Certification, followed in 2001 by the FMH certification in the subspecialty of neonatal medicine (Neonatology Board Certification), and in 2002 he obtained the FMH Paediatric Intensive Care Board Certification. From 1996 to 1999, he undertook a post-doctoral research stay at the Ritchie Centre for Baby Health Research (Prof Adrian Walker, Daniel Grant PhD) within the Institute of Reproduction and Development (Monash Medical Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia) performing fetal (using fetal surgery and EXIT procedures) and neonatal research centred around the main topic of ‘Ventricular Constraint: A Key Mechanism of Heart-Lung Interactions in the Perinatal Period’ (fetus, of the newborn under birth and in the neonate undergoing intensive care with various forms of respiratory support). He was awarded the Venia Legendi (‘Habilitation’) by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zurich in 2003.

At present, he acts as attending senior neonatologist at the Division of Neonatology of the University Hospital Zurich. His actual research work is focused on neuroprotection of the newborn infant using erythropoietin and on ethical decision making in the NICU. These research projects are supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. He is a member of many international and national societies.

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After completing her medical degree in Lausanne in 1985, she continued her specialist training in paediatrics in Neuchâtel, Lausanne and Zurich. In 1991, she completed her PhD in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Zurich. In 1994, she also received her FMH-certification in paediatrics.
From 1994–1995, she completed a residency in the neonatal department at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England, specialising in neonatal cardiology.
In 2001, she received her FMH-certification in neonatology.
In 2006, she then received her pro penia legendi in paediatrics at the University of Zurich, specialising in neonatology. In 2012 she was appointed honorary professor at the University of Zurich.
Prof. Arlettaz Mieth is currently head physician at the Department of Neonatology at University Hospital Zurich.
In the field of research, she is mainly involved with paediatric cardiology studies as well as research on multiple births.
She also specialises in academic teaching, the postgraduate training of senior and junior doctors and training and further education for nurses and midwives.
For over 10 years she has also been President of the Examination Board which grants the FMH certification in neonatology.
She is an active member of various Swiss and international medical organisations and a reviewer for various peer journals.

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