Dear Ladies and Gentlemen and Colleagues,
With great pleasure we announce the third symposium on "Pediatric medical devices: Individualized and Child-Centered Medical Technology" to you. It follows up on the successful events 2018 and 2016. It offers to the participants from hospitals, R&D, industry and authorities a platform for information, networking and many inspiring ideas to develop and regulate medical devices for children.
The use of medical devices in pediatric practice varies widely, and much can be learned by the leaders of the field. So the scope of the symposium is exquisitely practical: workshops with international opinion leaders and summarizing sessions will provide both oversight and focus on the most exciting areas of development.
The significance of the social and the economic impact is highlighted by the support of the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the Minister of Social Affairs, Health, Youth, Family and Senior Citizens of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, Dr. Heiner Garg (Symposium 2018).
Regulatory Affairs will receive special attention this year, which will be of particular interest with regard to the challenge of the upcoming Medical Device Regulation (MDR).
The Research & Development sessions covers the whole range of pediatric and pediatric surgical subspecialties. These alternating perspectives on needs and device applications are meant to provide examples of successful solutions and an agenda of unmet needs, that may extend well beyond the single subspeciality. Active participation is highly encouraged to foster the exchange of ideas and to challenge the participating experts from clinics and development on individual medical technologies, projects and solutions for children.
Safe innovation for children may appear desperately complicated and economically high-risk. But much can be gained if efforts are combined and a larger perspective is embraced. So, take your experience, ideas and questions to the Symposium and gain valuable feedback from multiple perspectives and international experts. We look forward to your participation and hope for a constructive multilateral dialogue for the benefit of children.
Prof. Dr. med.