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International pediatric research meeting showcases cutting-edge discoveries on children's health

Thousands of researchers will highlight new findings on topics such as lead poisoning, autism, concussions and the effects of poverty on medical well-being at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting in Baltimore April 30 to May 3

American Academy of Pediatrics

BALTIMORE, MD - Researchers will present thousands of original research abstracts and posters on children's health at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2016 Meeting in Baltimore, including new research on the Zika virus, the impact of lead poisoning in Flint, Mich., sports-related concussions, autism, media, e-cigarettes, and marijuana exposure in states that have made it legal. The largest international meeting focused on research in child health, the event will take place April 30 to May 3 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

More than 6,500 research scientists, health care providers and policy makers from around the world are expected to attend the meeting. Journalists will have access to scientists who are presenting original pediatric research, and thousands of scientific papers will be presented before they've appeared in medical journals.

"So many aspects of what we know about child health and well-being is rapidly evolving," said Clifford W. Bogue, MD, FAAP, PAS program committee chair. "The PAS 2016 meeting will provide the most cutting-edge updates from researchers working across the globe to refine what we are adding to that body of knowledge."

Highlights of the 2016 meeting include:

  • More than 3,000 new research abstracts will be presented in platform and poster sessions, including one by Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, the pediatrician who proved the tap water in Flint, Mich., was poisoning children. Dr. Hanna-Attisha will present an abstract outlining new data analysis documenting the rise in elevated blood lead levels after the town changed its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River.

  • Informational sessions will present the latest research and trends in health care in dozens of topic areas, including children and adolescents with gender dysphoria, new health risks from electronic cigarettes and vaping, precision genomic analysis for better pediatric care, and what the 2016 U.S. presidential election may mean for child health. A session at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, "Improving Early Child Development: From Science to Policy in Scaling-Up Effective Integrated Interventions Globally," will explore helping children reach their full developmental potential by addressing environmental risk factors such as poverty, nutrition, infectious diseases and violence.

  • Plenary talks include genetic predisposition to infectious diseases, youth violence, bullying, and the implications that extreme poverty has for child health in the U.S.


For embargoed news releases on research abstracts, contact PAS Media Relations at 847-434-7877 or For more information about the PAS 2016 meeting, or to register, visit

The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting brings together thousands of individuals united by a common mission: to improve child health and wellbeing worldwide. This international gathering includes pediatric researchers, leaders in academic pediatrics, experts in child health, and practitioners. The PAS Meeting is produced through a partnership of four organizations leading the advancement of pediatric research and child advocacy: the Academic Pediatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Pediatric Society, and Society for Pediatric Research. For more information, visit the PAS Meeting online at, follow us on Twitter @PASMeeting and #PASMeeting, or like us on Facebook.


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