Workshop Agenda

The Programme for Global Paediatric Research
Workshop: May 5, 2004
Hilton San Francisco
Ballroom Level, Parlor 8
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

8 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Introduction and outline of workshop format
Speaker: Alvin Zipursky, PGPR, Toronto, Canada

8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
“The need for and potential of The Programme for Global Paediatric Research”
Chair: Bernard Brabin: The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, U.K.

Five experts, each with experience in a different country or region, will discuss their perspectives on global child health research needs. They will also discuss their ideas of how PGPR could and should facilitate collaborative research and the establishment of sustainable research infrastructure in developing countries.

Each speaker will be allocated 15 minutes for presentation and five additional minutes for discussion. Following the presentations, there will be an additional 20 minutes of open discussion.


Demissie Habte: Consulting Health Specialist, Regional Human Development, AfricaTechnical Families, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Hoosen M. Coovadia: Professor of Paediatrics, The Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, University of Natal, Congella, South Africa
Xiqiang Yang, Editor in Chief of the Chinese Journal of Pediatrics, Chongqing, China
José Ignacio Santos Preciado: Director General, Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez, Mexico City, Mexico
Edward F. Bell: Professor of Pediatrics, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Iowa, U.S.A.

10:15 a.m.
Directions and charge to break-out groups
Chair:Alvin Zipursky

10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Break-out group meetings

Group 1
This group will discuss the following:

How can PGPR best foster and facilitate collaborative research on the needs associated with the symposium topics (i.e. micronutrient deficiency, malaria and tuberculosis)?

Group Leaders:Bernard Brabin, LiverpoolSchoolof TropicalMedicine, U.K.and StanleyZlotkin, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

Group 2
This group will discuss the following:

Presupposing that PAS continues to invite PGPR to conduct symposia as part of the PAS meeting, should PGPR consider also holding symposia elsewhere? What model should be adopted for planning times, locations and content of future meetings? Where and when should the next PGPR symposium be held? What should be its scientific content? What has been learned from the 2004 symposium that will enhance the next meeting?

Group Leaders:Philip Fischer, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, U.S.A.and Shoo Lee, University of British Columbia, Canada

Group 3
This group will discuss:

What should be PGPR’s relationship with each of its types of participants (individuals, societies, government agencies, non-government agencies, and industry)?

What role should each of these types of participants play in relation to PGPR?

What organizational structure will best facilitate ongoing dialogue between interested parties and the programme as a whole?

Should any restrictions be placed on the types of support PGPR should accept?

Group Leaders:Demissie Habte, World Bank, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., Alvin Zipursky, The Programme for Global Paediatric Research, Toronto, Canada

In addition, each of the four groups will consider the broader vision of the role of PGPR in relation to your individual topics: Should PGPR’s function be restricted to arranging symposia and identifying research priorities? Should it be a conduit for funding? Does it have a role to play in implementing research programmes? If so, what would be its ongoing relationship with these programmes? Does it have a role in education and training? What form might this take?

2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Coffee Break
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Presentations and specific recommendations from breakout groups will be presented to all workshop attendees and discussed* Beverages provided.