DC – Pediatric leaders and researchers will tackle the complex
and often politically charged subject of gun violence during a special
symposium on Saturday,
May 4, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington,
The symposium, “Protecting the
Health of Our Children Through Scientific Approaches to Gun Safety and Violence
Prevention” will focus on guns and youth, violent media, guns and
suicide, the pathway to violence, and community efforts to prevent gun
the speakers is Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH, FAAP, who will summarize what science has to say about the
link between screen violence and aggression and what future research should
focus on. He also will touch on the disconnect between what science finds and
what the public believes.
of research have established a link between screen violence and real world
aggression. Our challenge is to translate these findings into actionable public
health strategies,” said Dr. Christakis, George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics
at the University of Washington and director of the Center for Child Health,
Behavior, and Development at
Seattle Children's Research Institute.
The symposium will be held from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Washington
and presenters include:
- 12:30 p.m. – “Overview of
Gun Violence and Youth,” presented by Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH, RAND Health Corp.,
Santa Monica, Calif.
- 12:50 p.m. – “Violent Media – What We Know and What
Do We Need to Learn?” presented by Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH, FAAP, Seattle
Children’s Research Institute, University of Washington, Seattle.
- 1:10 p.m. – “Guns and Suicide,” presented by Matthew
Miller, MD, MPH, ScD, Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Boston.
- 1:30 p.m. – “The Pathway to Violence – Early
Identification of Violence in Children and Young Adults,” presented by E.
Jane Costello, PhD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
- 1:50 p.m. – “Community-Based
Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence and Keeping Guns Out of the Hands of Young
Adults,” presented by Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Center
for Gun Policy and Research, Baltimore.
The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) are four individual pediatric organizations that co-sponsor the PAS Annual Meeting – the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Academic Pediatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Members of these organizations are pediatricians and other health care providers who are practicing in the research, academic and clinical arenas. The four sponsoring organizations are leaders in the advancement of pediatric research and child advocacy within pediatrics, and all share a common mission of fostering the health and well-being of children worldwide. For more information, visit www.pas-meeting.org. Follow news of the PAS meeting on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PedAcadSoc