Special Issue "Long-Term Respiratory Consequences of Prematurity and Early-Life Exposures"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2023 | Viewed by 107

Special Issue Editors

Pediatric Respiratory Unit, Department of Pediatrics, University of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece
Interests: respiratory physiology; lung development; asthma; cariopulmonary exercise testing
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Prof. Dr. Michael Anthracopoulos
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Guest Editor
Pediatric Respiratory Unit, Department of Pediatrics, University of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece
Interests: respiratory physiology; lung development; viral respiratory infections; asthma, smoking

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Adverse early-life events may have respiratory consequences that bleed into childhood, adolescence, or even adulthood. Preterm-born children often experience long-term respiratory morbidity, including recurrent wheezing, asthma, lung-function abnormalities, and reduced exercise capacity. Furthermore, early-life exposures, such as perinatal antibiotics, viral infections, nutritional factors, environmental pollutants, and tobacco smoke, can significantly contribute to the development and progression of various respiratory disorders.

This Special Issue aims to highlight the latest discoveries with regards to the Long-Term Respiratory Consequences of Prematurity and Early-Life Exposures. We invite submissions of original research articles, reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and perspectives exploring various aspects of this field. Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to, (1) the epidemiology of long-term respiratory morbidity in preterm-born individuals, (2) mechanisms underlying the respiratory morbidity of premature infants in later life, (3) the impact of early-life exposures on respiratory health and disease susceptibility, (4) socioeconomic and other environmental factors that may affect long-term respiratory outcomes in such populations, (5) biomarkers and diagnostic tools for the early detection and monitoring of individuals at risk, and (6) possible interventions to improve the long-term respiratory outcomes of preterm-born infants.

Dr. Sotirios Fouzas
Prof. Dr. Michael Anthracopoulos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Children is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • prematurity
  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • wheezing
  • asthma
  • exercise capacity
  • respiratory morbidity
  • viral infections
  • lung function
  • environmental exposures
  • tobacco smoke

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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