Linking early brain development to Canada's future

    SACKVILLE, NB, May 12 /CNW/ - An international gathering of scientists
meets to here May 13-15 to examine why:

    - Over one quarter of Canadian children start Grade 1 with challenges so
      entrenched many are at risk of not graduating high school, and why this
      kind of achievement gap is the equivalent of a "permanent national
    - Canada ranks 27th out of 29 OECD countries in terms of childhood
      obesity. 27% of Canadian children are overweight setting them up for
      diabetes and heart disease and creating a crushing health and economic
    - Canada's birth rate is stagnating; by 2015 there will be more seniors
      than children. The consequences are staggering and demographers say we
      have little time to address the implications of this graying tsunami.
    - 4 in 10 Canadian adults do not have the literacy skills necessary to
      adapt to the knowledge economy.

    Canadian and international experts will discuss these and related topics
at the Putting Science into Action Conference. The conference brings
policymakers together with scientists from a number of disciplines to connect
the science of early brain development with what governments can, and should
be, doing.
    Hosted by the Council for Early Child Development, the conference opens
at 2 p.m., May 13 with New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, followed by keynote
speaker, the Honourable Paul Martin. Presenters include Dan Trelfer, Rotman
School of Management; University of Calgary neuroscientist, Bryan Kolb;
cardiologist and population health expert, Senator Wilbert Keon; former
banking executive, Charles Coffey; Sven Bremberg, director Swedish Institute
of Public Health; epidemiologist , Clyde Hertzman Rutgers researcher, Steven
Barnett; paediatrician and public health officer, Robin Williams and UCLA
public health expert, Neal Halfon.
    All sessions take place at Mount Allison University. The complete program
is available at

For further information:

For further information: Kerry McCuaig, (647) 295 2808,

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