- Thirteen Renowned Medical Experts Slated to Attend First National Symposium -
CORTLAND, N.Y., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The first national symposium designed to explore the health impacts of energy drinks will be held next week in New York City when thirteen top experts gather to present research and analysis from their respective fields. The SUNY Youth Sports Institute will gather information and research on the health impacts that the $5 billion-a-year energy drink industry has on today's youth and adolescent population. The symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, June 30, 2009 from 7:40AM - 4:30PM at the SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology, The John Reeves Great Hall, 7th Avenue & 28th Street, New York, NY. Pre-registration is required via http://www.conference.youthsportsny.org
The SUNY Youth Sports Institute will package evidence-based findings into one easy-to-understand, comprehensive program and make it available to medical practitioners, parents, educators, young athletes, and youth sports coaches, according to Timothy Donovan, Executive Director, SUNY Youth Sports Institute.
"At a recent count there were nearly 500 energy drink brands. Classified as supplements and aggressively marketed, they have a special allure with young people. This causes confusion with adults who are trying to provide smart choices to their children and to the children they coach or teach. Little is known about the contents of each container, yet their brand names and marketing are synonymous with fun, adding to the confusion. The literature is showing that as stand-alone products or mixed with other substances, these drinks need to be understood by parents and caregivers," Donovan said.
It is the mission of the SUNY Youth Sports Institute to identify and share evidence-based knowledge on best practices to help children in their most formative athletic experiences. This helps them develop positive and healthy relationships within their youth sports community. By exploring this new beverage category for its effects on our youngest population we are helping to fulfill that mission," said Donovan.
Top experts in their respective fields will discuss the chemical makeup of these energy drinks, potential health risks, their physical and psychological effects on kids and what happens when energy drinks are mixed with alcohol and other stimulants. SUNY Youth Sports Institute and experts in psychiatry, substance abuse, toxicology, kinesiology, clinical psychology, and sports medicine will be making presentations.
Those presenting include: Mary Claire O'Brien, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Public Health Services,
"Drinking energy drinks mixed with alcohol just doesn't make sense. If someone told me that I had greatly increased odds of being taken advantage of sexually or riding with a drunk driver, just by drinking an energy drink with my alcohol, I'd think twice about the energy drink. It's just not worth it," said Dr. O'Brien.
Other panelists include: Chad Reissig, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Kathleen Miller, PhD, Research Scientist, Research Institute on Addictions,
Amelia Arria, PhD, is Senior Scientist, Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA, Associate Director, Center for Substance Abuse Research,
Other noted participants are from recognized institutions like New York Presbyterian Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, the
About SUNY Youth Sports: The SUNY Youth Sports Institute training network is called Youth Sports NY. It works with 29 SUNY Community Colleges and 50 high level coaches as trainers. Since March 2008 the program has trained over 2,000 non-school volunteer youth coaches in New York State to a common minimum coaching standard.
Peter Salgo, MD
Associate Director, Open Heart ICU at New York Presbyterian Hospital,
Chad Reissig, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Kathleen Miller, PhD
Research Scientist, Research Institute on Addictions,
Isabel Burk, MS
Director of The Health Network, New York, NY
Jeanna M. Marraffa, PharmD
Clinical Toxicologist, Upstate New York Poison Center, Assistant Professor,
Phil Buckenmeyer, PhD
Chair, Department of Kinesiology,
Mary Claire O'Brien, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Public Health Services,
Eric Small, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, and Rehabilitation Medicine, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
Mitchell Schare, PhD
Program Director, Department of Clinical Psychology,
Mary E. Wilfert, MEd
Associate Director of Health and Safety, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, IN
Bruce Goldberger, PhD
Professor and Director of Toxicology,
Amelia Arria, PhD
Senior Scientist, Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA Associate Director, Center for Substance Abuse Research,
Christina Calamaro, PhD, CRNP
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions,
|SOURCE SUNY Youth Sports Institute|
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