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Sheikh Zayed Institute at Children's National Medical Centre to participate in World Health Care Congress
2011-12-10 17:39:58
WAM Abu Dhabi, Dec 10th, 2011 (WAM)--Children's National Medical Centre and its Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, both located on the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine in Washington, D.C, will participate in the 2nd Annual World Health Care Congress (WHCC) Middle East, which will be hosted in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

During the Congress, which will run from December 11-13, Children's National and the Sheikh Zayed Institute will host a special luncheon for participants on �Innovations in Pediatric Chronic Disease'.

The lunch is expected to attract local and international medical practitioners and experts, and will cover a number of critical areas relating to innovations in pediatric health care. The panel, moderated by Dr. Peter Kim, Vice President of the Sheikh Zayed Institute at Children's National, will highlight ongoing shared challenges in common children's diseases, including asthma, obesity, and diabetes. Children's National has been treating children in Washington since 1870, and since that city has some of the highest rates of asthma, obesity, and diabetes in the U.S., it has developed unique efforts to improve care for children in these areas.

Some of these efforts, such as obesity, could be translatable to the Gulf region as well. Dr. Evan Nadler, co-director of the Obesity Institute at Children's National, who is a leading expert in childhood obesity, will provide a thorough evaluation of clinical interventions in obesity, including the value of surgical procedures.

The panel will also include Dr. Fran Cogen, Director, Childhood and Adolescent Diabetes Programme at Children's National, who will outline the trends in medications and device technology that control diabetes symptoms in children.

Dr. Stephen Teach, Chief of the Allergy and Immunology Division at Children's National, will offer insight into potential new interventions and promising clinical models to help families more effectively manage pediatric asthma.

Recent data suggests that the prevalence of children with obesity in the UAE is at least 14 percent . According to a 2010 study conducted by the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD), almost 1 in 3 children in the UAE are overweight or obese, and a high proportion of these will go on to have weight problems as adults without further intervention.

Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA, Acting Executive Vice President for Ambulatory Services and Senior Vice President of the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children's National Medical Center, will participate in one of the WHCC's Keynote Panel discussions, entitled, "Promoting Healthy Lifestyles." Dr. Cora-Bramble will join Dr. Jamal Al Kaabi, Director, Customer Care and Corporate Communication Division at HAAD; Dr. Ali Al Obaidli, Chief Clinical Officer at Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA); P.R. Smith, Author and Founder of the Great Sportsmanship Programame UK and; renowned TV Chef, Osama El Sayed, to compare and contrast approaches to healthy living and education, and how health care professionals can play an active role in the community by promoting health awareness.

Commenting on the upcoming participation at WHCC, Dr. Cora-Bramble stated: "Forums such as the WHCC are vital to promote future innovation in the field of health care. We are committed to participating in collaborative efforts and to further facilitate the knowledge transfer between medical practitioners both in the UAE and across the gulf region." Dr. Peter Kim added: "Our lunchtime seminar will see our top practitioners share their insights into future innovation in Pediatric Chronic Diseases. We hope to use the World Health Care Congress as an opportunity to engage with attendees and discuss how we can build a sustainable system to develop even more innovations for children's medicine in the future." Children's National and the Sheikh Zayed Institute works side by side with clinical and policy leaders from academic medical centers, corporations, and nonprofit organizations to translate research into areas of care that have a global impact. The Institute and Children's National have partnered with HAAD to begin discussions of how other regions of the world might start to address shared, global health concerns that Children's National has experience at addressing within the communities of DC.

These include pediatric asthma, congenital heart disease, obesity, developmental disabilities, and diabetes. In the past year alone, Children's National faculty members have traveled to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, India, Germany, Canada, and many other countries to collaborate with local doctors in the treatment of children and exchange best practices and new ideas on shared global health priorities, including obesity and diabetes.

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