For the first time ever, Vancouver will host the International Pediatric Association (IPA) Congress from August 17-22. More than 2,400 delegates from around the world, including BC Children’s Hospital, will come together to discuss initiatives and research, listen to speakers and take part in a variety of workshops.
Held every three years, this year marks the 28th congress. The five-day event encourages health experts to take part in a global gathering focused on improving the health of children and youth around the world. The theme for this year’s conference is, “Community, Diversity, Vitality,” which represents Vancouver and the scope of the scientific program.
Several leaders from BC Children’s will present on emerging technology and research they’ve conducted within their area of expertise. BC Children's Chief of Medicine Dr. Allison Eddy is a member of the Congress Scientific Program Committee and the Abstract Reviewing Committee , and will chair the Nephrology Update “Meet the Expert” session and an abstract platform presentation session.
BC Children’s Vice-President, Medical Affairs, Dr. Niranjan “Tex” Kissoon, will discuss critical care for children and youth. Dr. Kissoon will also speak about pandemic and disaster planning when resources are limited.
BC Children’s Dr. Quynh Doan, Dr. Tyler Black, Dr. Garth Meckler, and Dr. Ali Eslami, along with Alison Lee, pediatric resident, University of British Columbia, will provide details on their collaboration with HEARTSSMAP, a mental health evaluation tool. HEARTSSMAP is used by Emergency Department (ED) clinicians to conduct a comprehensive and efficient assessment for patients who have a mental health concern. The tool facilitates clinicians’ decision making on urgency for psychiatric consult in the ED or within 72 hours after the assessment and discharge. The evaluation of the tool showed an improvement in waiting times for patients with mental health concerns and the overall length of stay in the ED.
Several other lectures will be delivered by current BC Children’s and Women’s Hospitals’ physicians and scientists. Some of these include: Drs. Linda Casey (nutrition for complex care children); Dorothy Shaw (Muskoka initiative on maternal, newborn and child health); Edmond Chan (food allergies); Michael Kobor (epigenetics in early life); Helen Nadal (advanced radiology); Bruce Carleton (pharmacogenomics); Bruce Vallance (gut microbiome); Louise Mässe (obesity); Sylvie Langlois (prenatal genetic testing); Paul Rogers (adolescents and young adults with cancer); Tobias Kollmann (vaccine impact); Hal Siden (palliative care); Kevan Jacobson (inflammatory bowel disease); Dzung Vo (mindfulness); Janis Dionne and Cherry Mammen (kidney disease); Pei Yoong Lam (eating disorders in older children and adolescences) and Shu Sanatani (heart rhythm disorders).
The 28th Congress of the International Pediatric Association is co-hosted by the Canadian Paediatric Society and continues to be a platform for the sharing of information among leaders in pediatric health care. To learn more, visit: www.ipa2016.com