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Seattle Demonstrates Pediatric Leadership at Annual Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting

May 05, 2003

Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center and UW School of Medicine physicians are presenting more than 160 presentations on significant pediatric health issues during this year's Annual Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center and UW School of Medicine physicians are presenting more than 160 presentations on significant pediatric health issues during this year's Annual Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

Seattle, Wash.: May 5, 2003 - Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center and UW School of Medicine physicians are presenting more than 160 presentations on significant pediatric health issues during this year's Annual Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center.

Held May 3-6, the Annual PAS Meeting brings together leading international experts to discuss scientific breakthroughs and their application to children's health in a series of sessions and topic symposia. The focus of these sessions will be on translating clinical research and the application of new science, from functional genomics to health services research, to clinical practice. Highlights of the Annual PAS Meeting include the latest announcements of original child health research, public health policy discussions of the compelling issues facing pediatrics in clinical care, training and research. More than 100 workshops, special interest groups and clubs will be held during the meeting to discuss issues about providing and extending excellence in care, training and research.

"The high number of presentations by Seattle area researchers and physicians at this year's Annual PAS Meeting demonstrates the strength of the region's health care," said Jo Martin, director of media relations, Pediatric Academic Societies. "The Annual PAS Meeting is an opportunity for these experts from all areas of pediatric health to come together and focus on the latest advancements and issues in research, training and clinical care."

Children's Hospital's representatives include:

· Plenary Speaker John Neff, MD, director of the Center for Children With Special Needs, will discuss "Smallpox (Vaccinia) Vaccine: Efficacy and Complications."
· Hans Ochs, MD, will present a plenary session discussion entitled "The Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome, a Challenge for the Hematologist."
· Lisa Frenkel, MD, will present the latest genetic data on HIV drug resistance and continued presence in low levels in humans.
· Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH, will present data on the predictors of teenage obesity.

Dr. Christakis will also present findings on the use of Emergency Services among children who are covered by Medicaid, a topic of special interest given the current Washington state budget deliberations.

Other topics include end-of-life hospital care for children and young adults with complex chronic conditions, emergency department analgesia for fracture pain, quality of care among youth treated with antidepressants, and more. 

About Seattle Children's Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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