European Paediatric Association, the Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Associations

The European Paediatric Association (EPA), is a pan-European scientific association which is the Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Association (EPA/UNEPSA). The main objective of EPA/UNEPSA is to encourage scientific co-operation among active not-for-profit National European Paediatric Societies/Associations, and between European paediatricians working in primary, secondary and tertiary paediatric care in Europe, in order to promote child health and comprehensive paediatric care.

Founded 40 years ago, the European Union of the National pediatric organizations is today an active paediatric association including as its full members, the major National European Paediatric Societies and Associations from 45 Nations of geographic Europe. Therefore, representing the pediatricians working in more than three-quarters of all European countries. EPA/UNEPSA operates on a non-profit basis, and its General Assembly is made by the Presidents of its full member national pediatric organizations. Since its foundation in 1976 in the St Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam, Holland, in its role as prominent European paediatric organization, EPA-UNEPSA has typically encouraged education of patients, families and care givers by translating specialist’s knowledge to generalists. It has worked during the years to improve the quality of paediatric patient care in all European countries including both member and non-member states of the European Union, by adequate clinical research and by implementing research into practice.

Annual EPA/UNEPSA meetings are held in collaboration with the presidents of its member national paediatric organizations, and focus on the most urgent problems of paediatric health care. The main research activities of EPA/UNEPSA concentrate on pediatric health care and the demography of primary, secondary and tertiary care paediatrics in Europe. The Union constantly plans new activities, also working closely with the major international organizations, including WHO, UN, EMA and the Council of Europe.

Throughout the years "Europaediatrics" has become an important biannual educational and informative events, a congress specially dedicated to all general paediatricians and paediatric sub-specialists working in Europe, offering them the opportunity to gather together in an effective learning atmosphere .

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The Romanian Society of Pediatrics

The Romanian Society of Pediatrics was part of Romanian Medical Association since its formation in 1926 until 2001 when the society acquired its own legal status.

Since 2010, the Society is a member of EPA – UNEPSA (The European Paediatric Association and the Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Associations) and also member of EAP (European Academy of Pediatrics).

The Society represents over 4000 pediatricians and 8,000 associate members and family doctors The Romanian Pediatric School has a high academic and practical tradition; there are prestigious schools in 10 Universities- among which are Universities from Iasi, Cluj, Bucuresti, Tg. Mures, Timisoara, Craiova, Sibiu;

In the last 20 years, the Romanian pediatric system has been reorganized and rejuvenated. It now includes self-governing structures in some hospitals: Gastroenterology, Nefrology, Neurology, Allergology and Immunology, Diabetes and Nutrition, Respiratory medicine and more.

Besides International Courses and workshops in pediatrics, The Romanian Society of Pediatrics organizes national conferences and congresses with international participation.

The last National Congress of the Romanian Society of Pediatrics in 2015 at Timisoara was a tremendous success: over 1200 participants, 145 Romanian and 25 International Speakers, 180 topics on different sessions, 240 posters, 40 Sponsors

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Organizing committee

Leyla Namazova-Baranova

Marin Burlea
Romania (SRPed)

Mehmet Vural

Massimo Pettoello-Mantovani

Julije Mestrovic
Croatia (EPA-UNEPSA)

Scientific committee

Berthold Koletzko
Germany (ESPGHAN), Chair

Doina Anca Plesca
Romania (SRPed) - Vice Chair

Ioana Octavia Agache
Romania (EAACI)

Fernando Maria de Benedictis
Italy (ERS)

Marin Burlea
Romania (SRPed)

Dana Craiu
Romania (EPNS)

Oana Falup - Pecurariu
Romania (ESPID)

Sebastian Gray

Hilary Hoey
Ireland (RCPI)

Neena Modi

Tudor Lucian Pop
Romania (ESPGHAN)

Cansin Sackesen
Turkey (EAACI)

Mehmet Vural