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AAP National Conference and Exhibition October 10-14, 2008

CHICAGO, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 10,000 pediatricians and other health care professionals are expected to attend the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2008 National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

Special Presentation: SONGS OF LOVE

Sunday, October 12, 11:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

The ABC Ballroom at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston will temporarily transform into a huge recording studio as over 2,500 pediatricians get to record a "Song of Love" for 12-year-old Cerebral Palsy patient Matthew Bastianelli. Matthew is being treated at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston.


All media personnel are required to register at the AAP's Press Room on-site before being admitted to meeting sessions. If you have registered in advance, you are still required to visit the Press Room to pick up your press badge. Press badges allow admission to all news briefings, plenary sessions and seminars and must be worn at all times. Video crews must be accompanied at all times by an AAP Press Room staff member when shooting inside the convention center or at one of the affiliate hotels.


Located in Room 308 with interview space, modem lines, printers, telephone and fax services available for media representatives. Two computers will be available for limited use.

The Press Room hours (ET) are:

Friday, Oct. 10 Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 11 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 12 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 13 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 7:45 a.m. - Noon

Copies of the conference program will be available in the Press Room or by calling the AAP Department of Communications (see phone numbers below). You can also access the meeting program and all relevant meeting information through the AAP interactive meeting Web site at


Registration fees for working press are waived. Department of Communications staff consider working press to be editorial staff of newspapers or magazines, medical or health care publications and broadcast or Web-based media. Media representatives must provide identification (e.g. business card, letter of assignment and published samples of editorial/news work) before receiving a press badge.


AAP Department of Communications staff can assist reporters by providing background information on child health issues and helping to set up interviews with meeting speakers or AAP officers and spokespersons.


News briefings will be held throughout the meeting. Please refer to the news briefing schedule for further information.


To reach a member of the Department of Communications staff before and after the meeting, please call the AAP central office at 847/434-7877 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (CT). From Oct. 10-14, call the NCE Press Room at 617-954-2966.


During the 2008 National Conference & Exhibition, the American Academy of Pediatrics will hold the following press briefings in Room 307 of the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. All times indicated are Eastern Daylight Time. Please check press briefing times with the AAP media relations staff as there may be changes to the schedule. Prior to Oct. 10, AAP media relations staff can be reached at 847-434-7877. From Oct. 10 to 14, media relations staff are available at the Hynes Convention Center at 617-954-2966.


9:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Learn the latest news in diagnosis, treatment and research of Autism

Spectrum Disorders and pose your questions about autism to a panel of experts.

Moderated by Donald Shifrin, MD, FAAP.

Susan Hyman, M.D., FAAP

Chief, Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong at the University of Rochester

Chair, AAP Autism Subcommittee

Susan Levy, M.D., FAAP

Medical Director, Regional Autism Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Member, AAP Autism Subcommittee

Penelope Dennehy, M.D., FAAP

Director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I.

Member, AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases

10:45 a.m.

The AAP's New Policy on Vitamin D to be Introduced

Prevention of Rickets and Vitamin D Deficiency in Infants, Children, and Adolescents

Frank Greer, M.D., FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Chair, AAP Committee on Nutrition

SOURCE American Academy of Pediatrics
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