Medical experts will meet at a Midland university next month to discuss why so many babies are born prematurely in the region.
The Royal Society of Medicine stages the one-day conference at Wolverhampton University for the first time on September 4. It will also mark the end of Dr Elvidinia Adamson-Macedo's presidency within one of the society's academic sections.
Dr Adamson-Macedo is the university's reader in mental health, and also heads the RSM's President Forum on maternity and the newborn. She will talk on nurturing hospitalised premature babies and their mothers in the West Midlands.
"The Black Country has the highest incidence of premature births in the UK and I hope this important conference will throw the spotlight on the issues relating to the birth and survival of premature babies," said Dr Adamson-Macedo. "This is the first time that the Royal Society of Medicine has held a conference in Wolverhampton and it is an honour that the University has been chosen."
Other leading academics and medics speaking at the conference - The Premature Baby, Causes, Treatments and Consequences - include Professor John Darling, director of the Research Institute in Healthcare Sciences, and Professor Neil McIntosh, Professor of child life and health, at the University of Edinburgh.
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