July 8, 2009

Public Invited to Conference on Early Childhood Health

LITTLE ROCK – The public and especially professionals who work daily with young children are invited to attend this year’s Special Needs in the Early Years Conference at the Hot Springs Convention Center on July 27 and 28.

Sponsored by the UAMS Department of Pediatrics, KIDS FIRST and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the conference’s invited experts will address autism, early brain development, early pediatric health care, infant mental health and nutrition issues in early childhood.

The cost to attend is $180 before the registration deadline of July 10, $200 thereafter and $225 for onsite registration.

Confirmed speakers and topics include:
• Craig Ramey, Ph.D., and Sharon Ramey, Ph.D., the founding directors of the Georgetown Center on Health and Education, on the benefits of early intervention
• Mary Gavin, M.D., pediatrician at AI DuPont Children’s Medical Center, on prevention of childhood obesity
• Joy Osofsky, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, on understanding social and emotional issues in infants and young children

To view the program agenda or to register online, go to http://www.arpediatrics.org/kidsfirst/events. For more information, contact KIDS FIRST at 364-3620, or e-mail sneyconference@uams.edu or norriskimberlyd@uams.edu.   

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a new 540,000-square-foot hospital, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,652 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.