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Daily Highlights - Friday, October 25


American Academy of Pediatrics Opens National Conference & Exhibition Today

Media Contacts: 

  • Lisa Black:
  • Laura Alessio:
  • AAP headquarters (before Nov. 2): 630-626-6177
  • AAP National Conference Press Office: 504-670-5406

NEW ORLEANS – More than 15,000 people – including 10,000 pediatricians, medical specialists and professionals - will convene in New Orleans to share their passion for child healthcare advances and advocacy during the 2019 AAP National Conference & Exhibition, which begins today with sessions at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Cutting edge research will be presented during the five-day conference, with 400 sessions in 70 topic areas. Hot topics include examining the opioids crisis; marijuana and pregnancy; teen suicide; children’s media use; and climate change.

Meeting Highlights for Friday, Oct. 25:

Research Abstracts Are Published
Hundreds of original research abstracts will be presented on wide-ranging topics including marijuana, social media and teens, bullying, suicide, food allergies, substance use and soccer injuries. Embargoes lift on all abstracts at 12:01 a.m. ET Friday, Oct. 25. News releases on select abstracts are posted on and in the AAP News Room. To arrange interviews with researchers, call the AAP Press Office at 504-670-5406.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: AAP Community Cares Project
Noon – 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25
St. Michael Special School & St. Alphonsus School
This year the AAP will be working with St. Michael Special School, educating students age 6 through adulthood with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and St. Alphonsus School, where students and their immediate family are provided with a caring environment in which to learn and develop.

Pediatrics for the 21st Century Symposium:
“Opioids Through the Ages: Caring for Children and Families in the Wake of the Opioid Crisis”
1-5:30 pm. Friday, Oct. 25
Morial Convention Center, La Nouvelle AB
Opioid addiction is pervasive and has touched all demographics, yet efforts at ending the crisis have resulted in confusing and mixed messages. This program aims to clear up that confusion and give pediatricians knowledge, tools and resources to help their patients and families. During this symposium, pediatricians will learn more about the scope of the problem, but also the benefits and appropriate uses of opioids. The agenda is here. For more, go to AAP News.

“Controversies in Pediatrics: Social Media: Friend or Foe?
3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25
Morial Convention Center, Room 252-254
Jenny Radesky, MD, FAAP, and lead author of the AAP policy statement, “Media and Young Minds,” and Michael Rich, MD, MPH, FAAP, physician with the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders at Boston Children's Hospital will try to unravel the benefits – and potential harms - about the way parents and children use social media and how it can impacts the parent-child relationship.

“The Anti-Vaccine Movement in Post-Measles America: What’s Next?”
2-2:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25
Morial Convention Center Room 225-227
Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, FAAP, reviews the growth of the anti-vaccine movement from when it was first dismissed as a fringe element in 1998. Today, there are nearly 50- anti-vaccine websites and political action committees lobbying to maintain or expand vaccine exemptions. Dr. Hotez will talk about how to address vaccine-hesitant parents.

For additional daily conference highlights, go to the AAP News Room:

Media who have registered for the conference must come to the press office, room 208-209, to pick up media credentials. A badge is required for access to all sessions. Journalists are strongly encouraged to apply for media credentials in advance.


The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 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