Dear Colleagues,

The 50th EWOPA Jubilee conference will be held in Helsinki in our brand new Children's Hospital.

The conference's main issues are the psycho-social aspects of children with different stages of chronic kidney disease including those on dialysis and transplanted.

We welcome the multi professional renal team members from all over Europe; nurses, pediatric nephrologists, social workers, teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists, music therapists, dietitians, physiotherapists.

The proposed topics are

  • quality of life, and how to measure it
  • the impact of media to forward medical information
  • transition: when and how to do it
  • siblings' needs
  • sport activities in CRF patients
  • the problems of poor growth
  • information material for patients and families

On behalf of the organizing committee

Prof. Hannu Jalanko

New Children's Hospital,
Helsinki University Hospital, Finland

Venue: The New Children's Hospital

The New Children's Hospital is focused on demanding specialized health care for children. The hospital provides care for patients from all across Finland.

Families can stay together in New Children's Hospital. Parents are allowed to stay with their child around the clock.

Address: Stenbäckinkatu 9, Helsinki. View on map


This is the preliminary program. After the abstract selection the final version of the program will be published here.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Celebrating EWOPA 50 years

14:00-15:00 Registration and coffee
15:00-15:15 Welcome address Prof Hannu Jalanko, New Children's Hospital
University of Helsinki
15:15-15:45 EWOPA 50 years Christopher Reid, Evelina London Children's Hospital
15:45-16:45 What happens to a child with renal failure Francesco Emma, Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital
19:00-20:00 Welcome reception at the Centre of Helsinki, Helsinki City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13

Friday, 24 May 2019

Coping and adjustment to ESRD – focus on infants and their parents

Keynote lecture
8:00-08:45 Infants with ESRD - challenge and pitfalls Timo Jahnukainen, New Children's Hospital
Abstract presentations
08:45-09:45 Oral presentations
09:45-10:00 Coffee break

Toddlers and family dynamics. Challenges with school aged children with renal disease (combining dialysis and school / nutritional issues / psychosocial aspects)

10:00-10:30 Early interaction of child with chronic disease Eeva Lahti, psychiatric nurse and Hanna Hakomäki, music therapist, New Children's Hospital
10:30-11:00 Supporting oral eating skills in children on dialysis Jetta Tuokkola and Annika Rastio
11:00-11:30 Oral presentations
11:30-13:00 Lunch – poster viewing – exhibition

Medication – possibilities and challenges

13:00-14:00 Oral presentations
14:00-14:30 Medical treatment from the view of the ward pharmacist Fa Anna Santamäki
14:30-15:00 Oral presentations
15:00-15:20 Coffee break

Multicultural patient relations

15:20-16:20 Panel discussion
16:20-16:35 Discussion
16:35-17:00 EWOPA business meeting
19:00- Conference gala dinner at Restaurant Pörssi, Fabianinkatu 14 In additional to 3 course Scandinavian style dinner we will hear live music.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Focusing on youth

Keynote lecture
9:00-9:40 What do adolescents need during the transition of care? Silja Kosola
9:40-10:40 Oral presentations
10:40-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:30 Discussion and closing remarks
11:30-13:00 Guided tour at The New Children's Hospital
13:00- Goodbye!