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

February 2 - 4, 2023


Dear friends and colleaques,

We would like to invite you to our 8th ‘Utrecht Sessions’ on congenital heart disease, which will take place on February 2nd – 4th, 2023 at the UMC Utrecht/Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, The Netherlands.

After last year’s highly successful conference on Aortic Anamalies, 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 quarantees stimulation lectures and interactive discussions. Your 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 stenosis 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 of single ventricle patients in ICU

Anticoagulation before and after stage I

Interstage programs across the world, institutional experiences


We are looking forward to see you on February 3th and 4th, 2023 in Utrecht!

Gregor Krings, Bram van Wijk, Gabriëlle van Iperen, Heynric Grotenhuis, Trinette Steenhuis,

Michiel Voskuil





The first day of  our conference (Thursday, February 2nd, 2023) is in Dutch; this day is intented for parents and patients with a congenital heart defect, referrers and our care partners.

The international symposium in English will take place on February 3th and February 4th 2023, for which registration is possible separately.



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 Cardiac and Vascular Nurses

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:


  • Deadline: December 31, 2019
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: docx, doc, rtf.
    Abstracts should include: Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion sections.
    Maximum words: 250
    Graphics: Integrated in text file
    Max Filesize: 4Mb
  • Elected abstract authors will be notified before January 2nd 2020.

Social Event

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,

February 2 - 4, 2023


The Center for Congenital Heart Defects is part of the University Medical Center in Utrecht and offers the widest possible range of diagnostic procedures and treatment for congenital heart defects, for children and adults. Children are treated at the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital (WKZ); adult patient (Grown Ups with Congenital Heart disease, or GUCH) at the UMC Utrecht. The two locations are directly linked and collaborate intensively at the UMC Utrecht Center for Congenital Heart Defects. In recent years, we have worked intensively with our important partners to develop top-of-the range diagnostic processes, care, treatment and research.

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