Media advisory - Canadian Child & Youth Health Coalition 2007 Annual Symposium



    Child Health Successes:
    The Top 10 Canadian Advances in the Last 100 Years

    OTTAWA, Oct. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Child & Youth Health
Coalition (CCYHC - www.ccyhc.org) is a collaboration of five major national
child and youth health organizations working together on strategic priorities
to advance the cause of child and youth health in Canada. This year, CHU
Sainte-Justine is celebrating its 100th anniversary. To join in the centennial
celebration, the CCYHC will hold a symposium during the annual meeting of the
Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) in Montreal on
October 14th, 2007. We will use this opportunity to highlight Child Health
Successes: The Top 10 Canadian Advances in the Last 100 Years, as a means of
raising awareness about the importance of discovery to the health of our
children and youth, and the specific role of Canadians in making these
advances.
    Over the last months, the CCYHC asked members of the child and youth
health and health research community across Canada the following question:
"What is the most important Canadian discovery which has had the greatest
impact, or has the greatest potential for impact, on health outcomes for
children and youth in the last 100 years? Nominations were invited from across
a broad spectrum of discovery ranging from basic to social science.
    Following an enthusiastic response, a distinguished national expert panel
comprised of Dr. Michael Kramer (Scientific Director for the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Institute of Human Development, Child
and Youth Health), Dr. Alex MacKenzie (Director, Children's Hospital of
Eastern Ontario Research Institute), and Dr. Brian Postl (President and CEO,
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority) reviewed the nominations and narrowed the
list to the "Top 10" as follows:

    - AIDS drug 3TC;
    - Etiology of childhood HUS - verotoxin producing E. coli;
    - Insulin;
    - Mustard operation;
    - Neonatal screening for congenital hypothyroidism;
    - Pablum;
    - Polio vaccine;
    - Universal health insurance;
    - WinRho;
    - Yuzpe regimen of emergency contraception.

    Members of the child and youth health and health research community were
then invited to vote for the top advance/discovery on the CCYHC website. The
final ranking of the top 10 advances based on these votes will be presented by
Dr. Alex MacKenzie at the CCYHC Symposium on Sunday, October 14th, at what
promises to be a most engaging and informative event!

    
    WHAT:  Canadian Child & Youth Health Coalition 2007 Annual Symposium

    WHO:   Dr. Robert Armstrong, Co-Chair CCYHC, Associate Professor & Chair,
           Department of Paediatrics, University of British Columbia

           Ms. Marilyn Booth, Co-Chair CCYHC, Executive Director, Provincial
           Council for Children's Health (PCCH)

           Mr. Damian Duffy, Executive Director, Pediatric Surgical Chiefs of
           Canada (PSCC)

           Dr. Terry Klassen, Professor and Chair, Department of Paediatrics,
           University of Alberta; Program Leader, Maternal, Infant, Child &
           Youth Research Network (MICYRN)

           Dr. Alex MacKenzie, Director, CHEO Research Institute; Professor,
           Department of Paediatrics and Department of Biochemistry,
           Microbiology, and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of
           Ottawa

           Ms. Louise Poulin, Assistant Director, Partnerships and
           International relations, CIHR - Institute of Human Development,
           Child and Youth Health

    WHERE: Hilton Bonaventure Hotel
           900 de La Gauchetiere West
           Montreal, Quebec

    WHEN:  Sunday, October 14th, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    




For further information:

For further information: Melissa Clulow, CCYHC National Coordinator,
(514) 656-1268, (613) 737-2757, mclulow@cheon.on.ca

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