May 2007: Toronto - Disease & Development
PGPR Symposium: Global Childhood Diseases Which Can Impair Development
PGPR Workshop: Researching Outcomes for High-Risk Newborns and
Children in Developing Countries
May 8 & 9, 2007
Participants in the May 9, 2007 PGPR Workshop: Researching Outcomes for High Risk Newborns
and Children in Developing Countries
PGPR's fifth symposium was held May 8, 2007 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. This three-part symposium focussed on global childhood diseases which can impair development. Parts 1 and 3 were comprised of expert presentations providing an overview of the problems and issues and instances of work that is being done. Part 2 featured platform presentations from selected abstracts on related issues.
Symposium topics included:
- Introduction – Including an overview of factors affecting child development in developing countries
Sally Grantham McGregor, Centre for International Child Health, London, U.K.
- The challenge of neurodevelopmental outcomes among high risk children in developing countries
Naila Zaman Khan, Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- The legacy of childhood malnutrition in Barbados: 35 years later
Janina R. Galler, Boston University, Boston, U.S.A.
- Micronutrient deficiencies and child development in developing countries
Maureen Black, University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A.
- The effect of Plasmodium falciparum on child development
Charles RJC Newton, University College of London, London, U.K.
- Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, kernicterus and subsequent neurological sequelae in developing countries
Tina Marye Slusher, University of Louisville, Louisville, U.S.A.
- Impact of birth defects on developmental outcomes in developing countries
José Cordero, University of Puerto Rico School of Public Health, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
- Iodine deficiency: A Zambian experience
Chifumbe Chintu, School of Medicine, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
At the follow-up workshop on May 9 colleagues from high-, mid- and low-income countries met in order to examine the critical issues and establish clear plans for collaborative study on outcomes.
We are now working to make the proceedings from the symposium and workshop available via publication and on this website.