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Children's health is focus of annual meeting of Pediatric Academic Societies

DENVER The latest scientific discoveries in children's health will be presented in Denver April 30-May 3, as part of the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS). This year's gathering is a joint meeting with the Asian Society for Pediatric Research (ASPR), and more than 6,500 leaders in academic pediatrics from around the world are expected to attend the meeting at the Colorado Convention Center.

Journalists will have access to hundreds of scientists who are conducting original research in children's health. More than 3,000 scientific papers will be presented on a wide range of topics, from prematurity and infancy, through adolescence and diseases that carry into adulthood.

This is the second time PAS has held a joint meeting with the ASPR, and the collaboration represents a special opportunity to focus on global issues related to pediatric health. Highlights of the 2011 meeting include:

  • The worldwide epidemic of obesity, and its impact on diseases such as diabetes and heart disease
  • A video address by First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Child health implications of environmental disasters such as the Gulf oil spill
  • Tobacco control
  • Media and infant development
  • Health care reform and children's health and well-being

To view a 1-minute video of media highlights of the PAS meeting, visit

Journalists are invited to cover PAS and may register to attend the meeting at Journalists wanting to receive embargoed news releases on scientific abstracts in advance of the meeting should contact PAS Media Relations at 847-434-7877 or or Embargoed news releases will be issued in late April.


Contact: Susan Martin
American Academy of Pediatrics

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