The 8th ‘Utrecht Sessions’ for Congenital Heart Disease – “Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: from fetus to stage I”

June 3 - 5, 2021


Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to our 8th ‘Utrecht Sessions’ on “Hypoplastic left heart syndrome: from fetus to stage I”. The Utrecht Sessions will take place on June 3th-5th, 2021 at the UMC Utrecht/Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, The Netherlands.

After last year’s highly successful conference on Aortic Anomalies, we will focus on the state-of-the-art management of patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Our multidisciplinary concept will cover the entire spectrum from fetal diagnostics to stage I palliation. The international faculty from Europe and North America guarantees stimulating lectures and interactive discussions. You are welcome to attend and share your experience with all professionals being involved in HLHS care.

The main topics will be:

  • Pathology and embryology of hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Imaging: from fetal echo to advanced MRI and CT
  • Surgical strategies: Norwood versus Hybrid palliation
  • Early shunt and pulmonary artery stenosis
  • Neo-aortic arch stenosis: surgical strategies and decision making
  • Brain protection and neuro monitoring in stage I palliation
  • Peri-operative management in ICU of single ventricle patients
  • Anticoagulation before and after stage I
  • Interstage programs across the world, institutional experiences

As in previous years we have selected a unique location for our social dinner on Friday June 4th 2021.

We look forward to seeing you on June 4th and 5th, 2021 in Utrecht!

Gregor Krings, Heynric Grotenhuis, Felix Haas

A separate Dutch-spoken satellite symposium will be held on Thursday June 3th intended for parents, local health care providers and our partners in the field of pediatric cardiac care.




BEN Professional association of ultrasound operators in the Netherlands

EBAC European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology

NAPA Dutch Association of Physician Assistants

NeSECC Dutch Sociëty for Extra Corporal Circulation

NVBMH Dutch Association for Bachelor Medical Assistance

NVHVV Dutch Association for Pediatrics

NVK Dutch Association for Pediatrics

NVT Dutch Association for thoracic surgery

NVVC The Dutch Society for Cardiology

SBHFL Foundation heart function laboratory


Abstract Submission

Feel free to send us your abstract on the topic of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: from fetus to stage I” to:

Social Event

We also would like to invite you for the Social Dinner on Friday evening June 4 th, starting at 07.30 PM. An intimate dinner in the old town of Utrecht, where you have the opportunity to speak with other quests and speakers in an informal setting. You can register for the social dinner at

€ 65,- (registration required)

Hotel & Route

You’ll find accommodations in all price classes and you can spend the night in your own way. Try a simple hostel in the city centre or a five-star hotel in a monumental building. Or would you prefer a snug bed-and-breakfast in a cellar wharf? Plenty to choose from. And how about a night never to forget? Then book a room at the remarkable Mother Goose Hotel, Hotel Badhu, Court Hotel or the new Eye Hotel, for a special place to stay.

Utrecht tourguide

Utrecht is the beating heart of the Netherlands. A city with an unparalleled vitality. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot. Large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops and interesting museums for days on end.

If you really want to get to know Utrecht, then just stay for the night. Because once night falls, Utrecht turns into a beautifully lighted city. Monuments that were worth the trip during the day are all the more beautiful at night with the magic play of light along the Trajectum Lumen art route. Lanterns shine along the canals and it gets even cosier in the snug cafés.

Utrecht Tourist Information (English)
Utrecht Promo video (Youtube)
Utrecht Canals (Google Streetview)
This is Utrecht (Youtube)
A day in Utrecht, Lonely Planet (Youtube)


For questions and more information
Sylvia van Zuilen,

June 3 - 5, 2021


University Medical Center Utrecht
Lecture Halls
Heidelberglaan 100
3584 EA Utrecht
The Netherlands