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Program & Speakers

The Scientific Advisory Committee is currently selecting speakers and presenters for our program, however, a tentative outline is below. Please note that there may be changes to the schedule until the committee finalizes the program in August. Topics should focus on bereavement care, genetic/other causes of stillbirth, current field research, and awareness/policy change. 

If you would like to speak or present your work, please see the abstracts page and submit your topic, or you can email sarah.lopez@hsc.utah.edu 

General Schedule:

September 14th, 2022 -

  • 7 pm - 10 pm: Welcoming Event, Guest House

September 15th, 2022 -

  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm: Day 1 of the conference, Guest House
  • 6 pm - 9 pm: Gala Dinner, Natural History Museum
    • This is an additional fee

September 16th, 2022 -

  • 8 am - 3 pm: Day 2 of the conference, Guest House
  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Memorial Service, This is the Place Heritage Park

September 17th, 2022 -

  • 8:30 am - 1:00 pm: Day 3 of the conference, Guest House

Program Keynotes & Breakout Sessions:

September 15th, 2022 -

  • Check-in/Registration 7:45-8:30
  • Plenary Sessions 08:30 – 12:00
    • Dr. Mike Good, Dr. Bob Silver, & Share Parents of Utah - Opening Ceremony
    • Hannah Blencowe - Title pending confirmation
    • Stacey Fletcher - Exploring PTSD in Parents Following a Pregnancy/Infant Loss
    • Uma Reddy - Title pending confirmation
    • Aaron Coughey - Induction of Labor as a Strategy to Reduce Stillbirth
  • Breakout Sessions 13:00-16:00
    • Breakout #1 – Advocacy & Collaboration
      • Debbie Haine, Emily Price, & Samantha Banerjee – Legislation/Advocacy Panel - Title pending confirmation
      • Lindsey Wimmer - Centralized bereavement resources for grieving families: A public health approach
      • Stacey Fletcher – Burial Laws - Title pending confirmation
    • Breakout #2 – Global Stillbirth
      • 4 talks pending selection/confirmation
    • Breakout #3 – Clinical Approach
      • 4 talks pending selection/confirmation
    • Breakout #4 – Parents
      • Parent Panel – panelists and title pending confirmation
      • Jess Comstock – Title TBD – Autopsies Alternatives
      • 1 talk pending selection/confirmation
    • Breakout #5 – Data Collection/Epidemiology/Laws
      • Carala DeSisto - Risk for Stillbirth Among Women With and Without COVID-19 at Delivery Hospitalization — United States, March 2020–September 2021
      • Lauren Christiansen-Lindquist – Title pending confirmation
      • 2 talks pending selection/confirmation

September 16th, 2022 -

  • Check-in/Arrival 7:45
  • Plenary Sessions 08:00 – 10:00
    • Torri Metz - COVID-19: Implications for Miscarriage and Stillbirth
    • Rakhi Dandona - Title pending confirmation
    • 1 Pending keynote confirmation
  • Breakout Sessions 10:30 – 12:00
    • Breakout #1 – Sleep
      • 1 debate style talk pending selection/confirmation
    • Breakout #2 – Perinatal Autopsy
      • Jess Comstock – Title pending confirmation
      • 1 talk pending selection/confirmation
    • Breakout #3 – Increasing Awareness
      • Zan Leisher – Advocacy Panel - panelists and title pending confirmation
    • Breakout #4 – Placental Function & Genetics
      • Tsega Workalemahu - – Title pending confirmation
      • 1 talk pending selection/confirmation
    • Breakout #5 – Dad’s & Stillbirth
      • Dad Panel - panelists and title pending confirmation
  • Plenary Sessions 13:00 - 14:30
    • Karen Gibbins – Pregnancy After Loss Panel - panelists and title pending confirmation
    • Karen Gibbins – Speaking with Families Panel - panelists and title pending confirmation

September 17th, 2022 -

  • Check-in/Arrival 7:45
  • Breakout Sessions 08:00-10:00
    • Breakout #1 – Infection & Stillbirth
      • Robert Goldenberg - Title pending confirmation
      • Jess Page - Title pending confirmation
    • Breakout #2 – Bereavement
      • Share Parents of Utah – Title pending confirmation
      • 1 talk pending selection/confirmation
    • Breakout #3 – Early Pregnancy Loss
      • Ware Branch - Title pending confirmation
      • 1 talk pending selection/confirmation
    • Breakout #4 – Neonatal Loss’s
      • 2 talks pending selection/confirmation
    • Breakout #5 – Abstracts
      • 2 talks pending selection/confirmation
  • Breakout Sessions 10:30-12:00
    • Breakout #1 – Ultrasound & Stillbirth
      • Nathan Blue - Title pending confirmation
      • 1 talk pending selection/confirmation
    • Breakout #2 – Prevention
      • 2 talks pending selection/confirmation
    • Breakout #3 – US Healthcare Policy
      • 2 talks pending selection/confirmation
    • Breakout #4 – Abstracts
      • 2 talks pending selection/confirmation
    • Breakout #5 – Abstracts
      • 2 talks pending selection/confirmation
  • Plenary Sessions 12:00-13:00
    • Bob Silver – Poster Announcements
    • Zan Leisher & Paula Quigley – Closing Comments
    • Marta Cohen – 2023 Conference Announcement