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History

 

The society was founded in 1974 during an informal meeting in Oxford. Professor Geoffrey Dawes (1918-1996) and Dr Gerhard (Bo) Gennser took the initiative and were made
honorary members of the society in 1995.

The name of the annual conference (and society) has changed several times, reflecting the widening scope of the society:

1974-80 Conference on Fetal Breathing
1981-83 International Conference on Fetal Breathing
and other Movements
1984-95 Society for the Study of Fetal Physiology
1996-date Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Society
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Past Presidents

 

Before 1974, the meetings of the Society’s Executive Board had no named coordinator or secretary. Professor Dawes became the first President in 1974 and chaired the Board meetings for over 10 years. Between 1987 and 1997, there was no formal successor to the Presidency of the Society. However, Professor Visser acted as Scribe. After 1997, the position of President and Scribe became more formalised.

 

President

Scribe
1974-1987
Dawes
Marsal
1987-1997
Visser
1997-2001
Hanson
Visser
2002-2004
Parer
Koos
2005-2007
Bennet
Parer
2008-2013
Nijhuis
Giussani
2014-
Giussani
Herrera