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American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 Conference in Chicago Highlights Latest Research and Recommendations on Children's Health



At annual meeting and symposium Sept. 15-19, the nation's pediatricians to release newly updated recommendations on tattoos and piercings.

CHICAGO – More than 10,000 pediatricians are expected to converge in Chicago Sept. 15-19 for the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) national conference and pre-conference symposium.

The AAP National Conference & Exhibition takes place at McCormick Place, and will feature presentations on hundreds of original research abstracts, as well as special sessions and exhibits focused on evolving medical evidence and concerns in pediatric medicine. Pre-conference sessions and events begin on Friday, September 15.

Special events for journalists include:

Media Roundtable 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.

  • Meet the authors of highlighted research abstracts in the Press Office for lunch and interviews.  
  • Research includes new findings on the impact of the opioid crisis on teens and children; injuries to children from playground slides, golf carts, and firearms; concussions in female versus male youth athletes; and more.
  • Embargoed abstracts available in advance to credentialed media.

News Conference on Tattoos and Piercings -- 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18

  • Dr. Cora Breuner, chair of the AAP Committee on Adolescence, will present a new AAP policy recommendations on "Adolescent and Young Adult Tattooing, Piercing, and Scarification."
  • Video b-roll available.

Additional meeting highlights include:  

We Get The Job Done: Attachment and Nurturance

11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16

Luz Towns-Miranda, PhD, will draw on her decades of experience as a clinical psychologist to illuminate how attachment works and what pediatricians can do to help parents nurture positive bonds with their children. From her family's immigrant roots to her son Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway hit Hamilton, Dr. Towns-Miranda will weave together the threads of her professional and personal life to tell the story of how attachment and nurturance shape children.

Gun Safety: An American Crisis

10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17

J. Gary Wheeler, MD, MPS, FAAP, author of national research on firearm injuries and deaths among children, presents a plenary session on how pediatricians can help stem the epidemic of violence.

Allergy Myth Busters

5-5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18

Michael Pistiner, MD, FAAP, a member of the AAP Section on Allergy and Immunology Executive Committee, will expose some common falsehoods regarding food allergy, anaphylaxis, asthma, rhinitis and hives and offer advice on how pediatricians can respond.

Shaken Baby Syndrome: Science vs. Myth

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19

Shaken baby syndrome exists, yet the diagnosis is being challenged in the courts and media. Sandeep Narang, MD, JD, FAAP, explains the science, the challenges being proposed, and the danger this causes to children.


For information about covering the conference, including how to register, media guidelines, press room arrangements and meeting highlights, visit the AAP News Room or contact the AAP Department of Public Affairs at or 847-434-7877. The on-site Press Office will be located at the Hyatt Regency at McCormick Place, room Grant Park CD. Embargoed news releases and abstracts are available by request.


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