Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerp, Antwerp

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

 

Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerp (UZA)
Wilrijkstraat 10
2650 Edegem
Belgium

www.uza.be

Team Leader

David van Laere
David van Laere

Dr. David van Laere
Neonatologist
Phone: +3238215802
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Project Members

Michiel Voeten
Michiel Voeten

Dr. Michiel Voeten
Neonatologist
Phone: +3238215802
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Sabrina Laroche
Sabrina Laroche

Dr.Sabrina Laroche
Neonatologist/ Developmental Neurology
Phone: +328215802
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Institute Presentation

The Neonatal Intensive Care Department at UZA is a large tertiary referral unit. UZA is currently funded for 32 level 3 NICU beds. It has a total yearly admission rate of approximately 400 newborn babies. On average 35 extreme low gestational age newborns (ELGAN) are annually admitted. This makes UZA one of the busiest units in Belgium,highly experienced in the treatment of extreme prematurity. Through its affiliation with the University of Antwerp, UZA has a strong tradition in scientific research in the ELGAN population. UZA was a leading unit in international research regarding treatment of the patent ductus arteriosus. Currently our medical staf consists of 6 GCP certified Staff Specialists. Dr. Van Laere and Dr. Voeten have advanced experience in neonatal cardiac ultrasound. Dr. Van Laere has followed a training program in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia, renowned for its extensive research in the field of neonatal hemodynamics. Dr. Laroche is  specialized in neonatal  and developmental neurology. She was trained in Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK and is leading the clinical and research developmental follow-up program. UZA is equipped with a unit-specific state of the art neonatal cardiac ultrasound machine and Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) monitoring system.
At present UZA is enrolling patients in 2  international randomized controlled clinical trials (the SToP-BPD study, study to evaluate safety and efficacy of IV Sildenafil in the treatment of neonates with persistent pulmonary hypertension) and is involved in 2 local observational studies in the field of neonatal hemodynamics.