Media Advisory - Paediatricians gather to discuss hot topics in child and
youth health

OTTAWA, June 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Paediatric Society's 87th Annual Conference, June 22-26 in Vancouver B.C., will showcase the latest research and developments in child and youth health. Over 900 paediatricians and child and youth health professionals from across Canada are expected to attend.

The program includes more than 190 scientific abstracts in areas such as neonatal-perinatal medicine, developmental paediatrics, adolescent health, infectious diseases and mental health.

The conference features:

    -  A keynote address by Dr. James Orbinski, physician, author and
       humanitarian activist. Former president of the International Council
       of Médecins Sans Frontières, he is a recipient of the Order of Canada.
       Dr. Orbinski will speak Tuesday, June 22 during the Opening Ceremonies
       between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. (all times local Vancouver).

    -  Timely workshops and concurrent seminars on child and youth health.
       Topics include adolescent obesity, environmental health, childhood and
       adolescent nutrition, mental health, drug therapy, travel medicine and
       emerging issues in infectious diseases.

    -  Paediatric Update: Presentations on some of the timeliest issues in
       the field including celiac disease, peanut oral immunotherapy,
       syphilis, as well as ways to improve children's emotional and mental
       health. Updates will take place Saturday, June 26 at 10:15 a.m. in
       Salons 2 and 3.

Journalists can register FREE OF CHARGE. For registration information and additional conference media materials, including a listing of scientific abstracts visit: Pre-conference interviews can be arranged and media assistance is available on-site.

Events will be held at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver. The media office is located in the Fraser Room. Office hours are Tuesday, June 22 - Friday, June 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time and Saturday, June 26 from 8 a.m to 12 p.m. Staff will be available to help arrange interviews and locate delegates.

The media kit is available online ( along with other conference resources.

Founded in 1922, the Canadian Paediatric Society ( is a national professional association representing more than 2,600 paediatricians, paediatric residents and paediatric subspecialists across Canada. It advocates for the health needs of children and youth.


For further information: For further information: Media inquiries: Ashlie Cormack, Public Relations Officer, Canadian Paediatric Society, 613-526-9397 ext. 247; Christine LaRocque, On-site in Vancouver (June 22 - 25), Manager, Public Affairs, 613-290-3163

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