The Programme for Global Paediatric Research™ Workshop:
Researching Outcomes for High Risk Newborns and Children
in Developing Countries
May 9, 2007, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sheraton Centre, Toronto
I Plenary Session
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m
Introduction (including summary of May 8 PGPR symposium presentations regarding outcomes for survivors of neonatal/childhood diseases in developing countries)
Alvin Zipursky, Chairman and Scientific Director, The Programme for Global Paediatric Research™, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
Conducting Outcome Studies in Developing Countries
Gary Darmstadt, Associate Professor and Director, International Center for Advancing Neonatal Health, Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A.
Etiology of Developmental Disorders in Developing Countries
Donald Silberberg, Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Methodology for Evaluating Cognitive/Intellectual Development in Low and Mid Income Countries
Robert Armstrong, Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia; and Chief, Paediatric Medicine, BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada
II Small Group Sessions
10:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Alvin Zipursky provided directions for the small group studies: The groups were asked to determine clear recommendations and to present these at the final plenary session.
Chairs: Zulfiqar A. Bhutta The Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan; and Gary L. Darmstadt, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.A.
Topic: How can follow up studies best be incorporated into research protocols designed to study the effect of community health workers treating neonatal asphyxia and infectious diseases?
Chairs: Waldemar A. Carlo, University of Alabama, Birmingham, U.S.A.; and Reeta Rasaily, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India
Topic: How should community health workers be trained in order to best conduct follow up studies of survivors of neonatal and childhood diseases?
Chairs: Robert Armstrong, British Columbia Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada; and Chifumbe Chintu, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
Topic: What methods for follow up studies of child development are applicable in low and mid-income countries?
Chairs: William Feldman, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; and Margaret Nakakeeto, Milago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
Topic: How can political and social issues best be navigated when conducting follow up studies of survivors of childhood diseases?
III Final Plenary Session
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Presentations from each of the small groups, summarizing discussions and recommendations
- General discussion and preparation of final recommendations
Support for The Programme for Global Paediatric Research™, including funds for this meeting, and travel support for some attendees, provided by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Canadian International Development Agency; The Harbinger Foundation; The Hospital for Sick Children; March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation Grant No. 4-FY07-436; Novartis Canada; The Pediatric Academic Societies; and The Public Health Agency of Canada