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MEDIA ADVISORY: UCSF Experts to Address Several Health Topics During Pediatricians’ Conference

By Suzanne Leigh

The nation’s top pediatric specialists from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco will present new clinical findings and fresh perspectives at the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Faculty from UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco will be among more than 10,000 pediatricians and other experts expected to attend the national conference and pre-conference symposium. Close to 1,000 scientific abstracts were accepted for the conference.

When: Friday, Oct. 21, to Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Where: Moscone Center in San Francisco


Robert Lustig, MD, MSL, director of the UCSF WATCH (Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health) program; professor of pediatrics, division of endocrinology, presents "Processed Food: An Experiment that Failed." The last 50 years have been a clinical research experiment in which Americans have been the unwitting research subjects of companies like Coca-Cola, Kraft, General Mills and Unilever. That experiment has been a failure according to four outcomes: food consumption, health, environment and cash flow. Monday, Oct. 24, 11:10 a.m. (plenary session)

Thomas Newman, MD, MPH, FAAP, professor emeritus of epidemiology & biostatistics, and pediatrics, presents "Don’t Believe Everything You Read: The Impact of Industry Funding on Clinical Research Material." An overview of drug companies’ strategies to make drugs appear more effective or bury results they don’t like Saturday, Oct. 22, 3 p.m.

Saleh Adi, MD, director of the UCSF Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes; associate clinical professor of pediatrics, presents "Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents: Lessons from the TODAY Study." Adi will explain the criteria for type 2 diabetes and address the magnitude of this problem in children. With an update on the SEARCH and TODAY studies, he will present the latest data on strategies for managing the condition in youth. Monday, Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m.

Tonya Chaffee, MD, MPH, FAAP, UCSF clinical professor of pediatrics; director, Teen and Young Adult Health Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center presents "The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: The Health Care Provider’s Role in Addressing Modern-Day Slavery" on Sunday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m.; "Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Fact, Fiction and First-Line Contraceptive Care for Adolescents" on Sunday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 25, 12:45 p.m.;  and "On and Off Campus: Care of the Adolescent and Young Adult After Sexual Assault" on Monday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Amy Gelfand, MD, director of the UCSF Pediatric Headache Center and assistant professor of neurology and pediatrics, presents "Brain Cramps: Migraines and its Variants" about treating migraine with triptans and the possibility of preventing them with CGRP monoclonal antibodies. The presentation is on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m.

Sue Rhee, MD, clinical director, pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, and professor of pediatrics, presents "Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disorders: Treating Wisely." The presentation is about how to tell when to treat reflux and whether it’s really colic in disguise. The presentation is on Sunday, Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m.

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.