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American Academy of Pediatrics 2016 National Conference & Exhibition

AAP meeting in San Francisco features presentations on digital media and children, Zika, lead contamination and other hot topics

American Academy of Pediatrics

SAN FRANCISCO - More than 10,000 pediatricians will gather Oct. 21-25 for the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) national conference and pre-conference symposium, where new policy recommendations and family resource tools will be unveiled as top medical experts address the most critical health issues facing today's children.

The AAP National Conference & Exhibition takes place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. A special pre-conference symposium taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 focuses on how to keep kids healthy as they grow up immersed in today's digital media environment.

The symposium, "The Medium Is the Message: How Electronic Media Are Transforming Our Patients' World," will feature original research abstracts, presentations and panel discussion with several of the nation's leading experts on the effects of media exposure from birth to adulthood.

The AAP will host two news conferences to announce new policy recommendations, including:

  • 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21 - Media and Children

A panel discussion and news conference will highlight new recommendations to be released Oct. 21 from the AAP on children's use of media.

  • 10:15 a.m. Monday Oct. 24 - Safe Sleep for Infants

Speakers will address new recommendations to be released Oct. 24 from the AAP on safe sleep for infants, including prevention of SIDS and recommendations regarding bed-sharing.

Nearly 1,000 original research abstracts will be presented during the conference, including new research on concussions, e-cigarettes, social media and more.

Additional meeting highlights include:

Promoting Children's Health: From ABC to the Twitterverse
11:15 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22

In this keynote address, pediatrician Richard Besser, MD, FAAP, chief health and medical editor for ABC News and former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will share a behind-the-scenes look at how he uses media to promote children's health.

Cracking the Case: the Flint Water Crisis and Public Health Advocacy
11:45 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 23

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP, who uncovered unsafe lead levels in children exposed to lead in the water supply of Flint, Mich., will discuss overcoming challenges that face pediatricians and their patients to achieve lasting change for children's health.

Election 2016 Spotlight: Pediatricians' Role in Shaping the Future for Children
5:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23

This special event will highlight AAP's "Blueprint for Children: How the Next President Can Build a Foundation for a Healthy Future" and #VoteKids campaign.

Preparing for Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Zika and More
10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24

This plenary session featuring Eric Dziuban, MD, DTM, FAAP, who leads the Children's Preparedness Unit for the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will explore why doctors, hospitals and communities must be prepared for public health emergencies such as the recent outbreak of Zika.

Processed Food: An Experiment That Failed
10:50 a.m., Monday, Oct. 24

Pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig, MD, MSL, will present burgeoning evidence that processed foods created for convenience, especially those high in added sugar, are causing rampant obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and even fatty liver disease in children.

Journalists may obtain embargoed news releases and research abstracts by contacting the AAP Department of Public Affairs at or 847-434-7877. Embargoed news releases will also be posted on (media log-in required). For information about covering the conference, including how to register, media guidelines, press room arrangements and meeting highlights, visit the AAP Press Room or contact the AAP Department of Public Affairs.


The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit

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