(Vol.6 No.11 --- January 2002)

On November 10, 2001 we celebrated the inauguration of the Perinatal Chapter under the Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Society of Neonatal Medicine. Perinatal Medicine is a subspecialty crossing the two disciplines: obstetrics and neonatology. Throughout the years, specialists from the two disciplines have been working together to provide the best care for our newborn babies. The infant mortality rate of Hong Kong had dropped very significantly to a record low of 2.9/1000 live births in 2000. Although this improvement could have resulted from a general improvement of the socioeconomic conditions of Hong Kong, the contributions from our perinatologists should not be overlooked. During the Inauguration Scientific Meeting, we had experts from overseas and from Hong Kong addressing on the state of art of perinatal medicine. These lectures are now abstracted in this issue for our readers. I am sure even if one is not working in this field will still find these abstracts informative and interesting to read about. I must thank Dr. Bill Chan for writing a special article entitled 'Perinatal Care in Hong Kong' for this issue as well as compiling the abstracts from our speakers. I must also thank all the speakers in the Scientific Meeting for writing up the abstracts for the Medical Diary. Hope you all enjoy reading this issue.

Wishing you all a prosperous and successful Year 2002.

Dr. Dominic LI