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Daily Highlights - Saturday, October 26


American Academy of Pediatrics Highlights for National Conference & Exhibition

Media Contacts: 

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

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.

Meeting Highlights for Saturday, Oct. 26:

Soundbite Session: Authors of Newsworthy Research to Highlight Key Study Results for Media
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25
Morial Convention Center, Press Office, Room 208-209
Authors of newsworthy research abstracts will give brief presentations from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Authors will be available afterward for one-on-one interviews over lunch. For a list of authors and abstracts that will be highlighted on each day, contact AAP Media Relations. Note: a separate session on Sunday will feature different abstracts.

Opening Keynote address: The Power of One
11:20 a.m.- 11:50 a.m. Saturday, Oct.26
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Great Hall
Josh Shipp, a former foster care child, says he could have been dead, in jail or homeless based on the childhood trauma he experienced. He speaks to the power of what one caring adult can do to change a child’s life course, using his own story that led him to become a successful author, speaker, who reaches children with a social and emotional learning curriculum.

Plenary: A Conversation with Sonia Sotomayor Author of “Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You”
11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Morial Convention Center, Great Hall
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor draws on her own experience as a child diagnosed with diabetes to discuss and celebrate the different abilities of children and adults. She encourages readers to “just ask” when they encounter someone different from themselves during this moderated conversation. A book signing follows the conversation. Interviews must be requested in advance of the conference.

“Controversies in Pediatrics: Probiotics: Friend or Folly?”
8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
Morial Convention Center, Room 217-219
Do the good bacteria in your gut live up to the hype? James P. Nataro, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAP, will lay out evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of probiotics, while James D. Campbell, M.D., M.S., FAAP, will present some caveats to consider. For more, go to AAP News.

“Vaccine Updates: What’s New and What’s Changed?”
8:30-9:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Morial Convention Center, Room 243-245
Tina Tan, MD, FAAP, discusses changes in vaccine recommendations, indications and uses of newly licensed vaccines. She examines the process by which vaccine recommendations are vetted.

“Strategies to Help Sleepless Teens”
2-2:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Morial Convention Center, Room 352
Sleep isn’t always a priority for teens, and many don’t get the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep their bodies require. Adiaha I. A. Spinks-Franklin, MD, MPH, FAAP, talks about evidence-based strategies that pediatricians can talk about with their patients. “It’s a very important topic to discuss during clinic encounters.” For more, go to AAP News.

“Turn It Down! Sounding the Alarm on Effects of Noise Exposure in Infants, Children, and Teens”
3-3:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Morial Convention Center, Room 352
Excessive noise can cause hearing loss, as well as a physiologic stress response that interferes with sleep and conversation. And like other forms of pollution, noise can affect children more than adults. Sophie J. Balk, M.D., FAAP, talks about noise pollution as an often-overlooked public health issue. For more, go to AAP News.

Firearm-Related sessions

“Protect Kids, Not Guns: How Can Pediatric Providers Promote Firearm Safety?”
3-3:45 p.m. Saturday
Morial Convention Center Room 356-357
More children under age 5 died as a result of gun-related injuries in 2016 than law enforcement officers in the line of duty. That is the context for this session provided by Alyssa H. Silver, MD, FAAP, who will speak on how pediatricians can address firearm safety through education, advocacy, and research. For more, go to AAP News.

“Policy, Politics and Pediatricians: Protecting Children from Gun Violence”
4-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Morial Convention Center Room 353-355
Pediatricians will discuss evidence-based approaches to provide guidance on firearm injury prevention, and review legislation and the barriers and benefits to asking and counseling on firearms. Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, and Lois Lee, MD, MPH lead this session that breaks it down: What to ask, how to ask it and what to do with the answers.

Joint Program: Section on Emergency Medicine, Section on Neurosurgery, and Section on Surgery: “Gun Violence, Mental health, and Advocacy: Where Does the Trauma System Fit?”
2:15- 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Grand Ballroom B
Medical specialists review gun violence in children, its relationship to mental health and how to advocate for change at local, state and national levels of government.

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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