Conference Directors and Organising Faculty


Professor Steven Donn (Conference Director)

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Steven M. Donn M.D is a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan.  Dr Donn received his medicla degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.  He obtained his training in General Pediatrics at the University of Vermont - Medical Center Hospital, and his fellowship trining in Neontal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Michigan.  He is certificed by the American Board of Pediatrics and its Sub-board of Neonatal-Perinatal and clinical research.  He is a member of numerous professional societies, including elected membership in Pediatric Society, and is a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care and the European Society for Pediatric Research.  He has been chosen as one of the 'Best Doctors in America' since 1994.  He is internatinally known for his expertise in the management of respiratory failure in newborns.  He has authored more than 230 medical journal articles, edited 35 books and specialty manuals, written over 200 book cahpters, and has produced numerious educational materials on neonatal respiratory failure and hypoxic-ischemic brain injury.  Dr Donn has held consulting positions for the U.S Food and Drug Administration, numerous medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and healthcare mangement corporations, and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and served as the Chair of its Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management for 4 years.  He lives in Ann Arbor with Paula, his wife of 48 years, and their two German Shepherds, Robby and Anya.  Dr Donn's extracurricular interests include astronomy, international travel, photography, and spectator sports.

Dr Mithilesh Lal (Conference Director)

The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK

Dr Mithilesh Lal is a Consultant Neonatologist and Clinical Director at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough (UK). He leads a large, tertiary level neonatal intensive care unit. Following professional qualification from India, he has trained and practiced in the UK for 23 years. His research interests include neonatal transport, epidemiology and outcome, resuscitation and respiratory care in the newborn. He has keen interest in education and training of medical undergraduates and postgraduate doctors, including MRCPCH Exams in the United Kingdom and Overseas.

Professor Andy Ewer (Organising Faculty)

University of Birmingham, UK

Andrew Ewer is Professor of Neonatal Medicine based at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.


Andrew has published research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and an undergraduate problem-based learning book in the field of Paediatrics and Neonatology. He has received grants from NIHR Health Technology Assessment, NIHR Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation and Action Medical Research.


He led the PulseOx trial investigating pulse oximetry as a screening test for congenital heart defects in newborn babies. As a result of this work he was nominated for the Charles Beale Founder's Award for Excellence in Policy Development in May 2012. The study was included in the 2012 NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies annual report and was described as a ‘Research Highlight’ in the 2012 NIHR annual report and as ‘a new milestone in the history of congenital heart disease’ in a Lancet editorial. In 2015 the PulseOx study was selected as the entry for Birmingham University in ‘Health of the Nation’  published by the Medical Schools Council following REF 2014.

Professor Anton Van Kaam (Organising Faculty)

Emma Children's Hospital, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Anton Van Kaam is currently the Professor of Neonatology, Head Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Emma Children's Hospital, Academic Medical Center and VU Medical Center, Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

Professor Sunil Sinha (Organising Faculty)

Middlesbrough, Teesside, UK

Professor Sinha is a founder member and the Conference Director of this successful annual meeting which attracts faculties and delegates from all over the world.

He is a Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine at the University of Durham and The James Cook University Hospital in the United Kingdom. After his initial medical training in India, Professor Sinha has practiced at several major perinatal centres in the U.K. for over 25 years. He has a strong research interest in neonatology, particularly in the fields of neonatal neurology and neonatal respiratory care including newer modalities of neonatal ventilation. He also has a major interest in the education and training of postgraduate doctors. Professor Sinha serves on several important committees and currently Chairs the Paediatric Speciality Training Committee of the Northern Deanery. He has made contributions to several books and peer-reviewed journals, and have edited books on Neonatal Respiratory Care and Birth Asphyxia: Basic Science and Clinical Application.

Dr Jonathan Wyllie (Organising Faculty)

Middlesbrough, Teesside, UK

Professor Jonathan Wyllie BSc(hons), MBChB, FRCP, FRCPCH, FERC.


Has been a consultant neonatologist at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough since 1994 and was clinical director of neonatology until May 2017. He has a long-standing interest in resuscitation and neonatal haemodynamics as well as special expertise in paediatric cardiology. He has run PEC clinics since 1994 and was a founding member of PECSIG. Originally a member of the APLS International Working Group (ALSG), he was one of the originators of the Newborn Life Support course in the UK and Europe. Having been involved in the ILCOR process for evidence evaluation since 1998, he was a co-author of Newborn resuscitation guidelines for Europe and the UK for 2005, 2010 and 2015 and is closely involved in the 2020 process.


Other appointments:

1.     President of the Resuscitation Council (UK) 2017-2021

2.     Past chair and presently member of the Newborn Life Support (NLS) subcommittee and the Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (ARNI) working group for the Resuscitation Council (UK)

3.     Member of the ERC NLS Science and AEducation Committee. Previous Science Co-chair of the European Resuscitation Council NLS Science and Education Committee. Previous chair of the ERC NLS Committee

4.     Co-chair of the ILCOR neonatal task force for the evidence evaluation process of 2010, 2015 and continues as vice-chair of the ILCOR neonatal task force at present.

5.     Honorary Professor of Paediatrics and Neonatology



a.     Fellowship of the European Resuscitation Council 2010 (FERC)

b.     Honorary  membership of the Resuscitation Council (UK) 2015

c.     Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2018 

Miss Zoë Holland (Conference Manager)

Middlesbrough, Teesside, UK

Zoë Holland has been in post as Conferences and Courses Manager at The James Cook University Hospital since September 2004 after completing her MSc in Management at the University of Teesside.  She manages the running of the Annual International Neonatal Conference along with various other national and international conferences associated with the hospital.