Neonatal survival - impact of maternal and neonatal characteristics, 2 ECTS

Last changed: 29 June 2021

27 – 29 September 2021 l Hybrid l Alitalo in Viikki Campus, University of Helsinki (Koetillantie 2, Helsinki, Finland) or via ZOOM.

Course description

In both production and companion animals, neonatal mortality is of major concern. Improving neonatal survival is crucial for animal welfare, health and growth. Understanding pre-natal factors (e.g. during follicle development, programing during pregnancy, and fetal and placental development) affecting neonatal outcome and survival is important. At birth, assessment of neonatal vitality and vigorous for special care (feeding and management) is crucial, especially for low birth weight neonatal. Recently, also neonatal microbiome and colostrum intake were highlighted to be important for neonatal survival, health and subsequent growth. We aim to communicate the importance of 1) Pre-natal maternal factors, especially metabolic factors, 2) Neonatal outcome assessment and management and 3) Colostrum and microbiome, on neonatal survival, health and growth. We aim that the students get familiar with the latest research conducted in this areas. Future challenges and technologies will be discussed. We also aim to provide a stage for young researchers to present their research and to communicate and network with the peer-researchers.

Informational flyer:

Course organizer

  • Animal Reproduction Science group, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki
  • Helsinki One Health research group, University of Helsinki
  • Taehee Han, MSc
  • Contact:

Course application

Deadline: August 20th, 2021, 8:00 PM EEST
*NB: There will be limited seat for this course (20 seats) and thus seats are based on a first comefirst
serve basis.

Course Content & Teaching methods

Report: Select one production or companion animal species. Describe the situation about
neonatal survival rate during their early life and suggest possible solution for improving
neonatal survival rate (max. 2 pages of MS Word, font: Calibri, font size: 12, double space).

Students need to prepare one poster based on their pre-assignment and learning
outcomes during the course. Poster must include the possible solutions that are discussed
the course. The poster will be presented during the course and feedback will be given (1
slide of PPT file, size 120 x 90 cm, vertical presentation).

Research proposal for improving neonatal survival based on discussed topic in this course
(max. 2 pages of MS Word, font: Calibri, font size: 12, double space). Research proposal
should include 1) Back ground, 2) research gap, 3) aim and hypothesis, 4) experiment
design (at least one or more), and 5) expected out come and application.

Peer-review by participants:
Course organizer will assign the review of post-assignment to
2 attendees for the peer-review of the proposed research proposal.


Assessment of the leaning process and estimated workload

Formative assessment:

  • Pre-assignments will be assessed before each session by the speaker of the session
  • During the course, speaker will give oral feedback to the participants and formative assessment of the key concepts of the lectures will be conducted

Summative assessment:

  • Summative assessment will be based on post-assignment
  • Post-assignment and peer-review of post-assignment will be checked by the course leader and a written feedback will be given


  • Pass/Fail
  • Students will pass, if the following criteria are met
    • Individual pre-assignment handed in before the course
    • Course attendance (100%)
    • Post-assignment handed in within 2 weeks after the course, peer-review of post-assignment within 2 weeks after the post-assignment submission.

Credit: 2 ECTS

  • 16 h of pre-assignment = 0.5 ECTS
  • 22 h of course = 1 ECTS
  • 16 h of post-assignment/peer-review = 0.5 ECTS
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