Seattle Demonstrates Pediatric Leadership at Annual Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting

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

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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