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Improving the health of all the world's children
Date:5/2/2010

VANCOUVER, BC -- Each year, millions of children in developing countries die from diseases for which known treatments exist. How to use this knowledge to save children's lives on a global scale will be discussed in a day-long session Monday, May 3, 2010, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Only 10 percent of the world's health research focuses on the health problems of the developing world, even though those countries are burdened with 90 percent of the world's disease, according to the Global Forum for Health Research. "We're talking about millions of children," said Alvin Zipursky, MD, chair and scientific director of the Programme for Global Paediatric Research (PGPR) at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr. Zipursky founded PGPR in 2004 after he noticed the paucity of research into the healthcare issues of the developing world. At that time, the PAS meeting attracted very few scientific abstracts addressing diseases specific to low-income countries. In 2010, PAS has more than 100 abstracts that focus on global health, which is also the focus of several sessions at the meeting. PGPR works as a "network incubator" bringing together experts from around the world to focus on health issues affecting children in developing countries.

The session takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT in at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. Highlights include:

  • An address at 8 a.m. by Robert Black, MD, MPH, professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who is receiving the 2010 PGPR Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health.

  • A keynote address at 9 a.m., titled "Implementation Science: Putting Knowledge into Action," by Roger Glass, MD, PhD, director of the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Glass will discuss the barriers that prevent scientific discoveries f
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Contact: Susan Martin
847-434-7877
American Academy of Pediatrics
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