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2015 William A. Silverman Lecturer
Saroj Saigal

Dr Saroj Saigal will deliver the 2015 William A. Silverman Lecture on April 26th at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Diego. The William A. Silverman Lectureship was established in 2006 by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Perinatal Pediatrics to honor Dr. Silverman. The awarded will address evidence based medicine and/or bioethics of the newborn. Dr. Silverman was a leader in both and each is an important area in today’s research.

Dr. Saroj Saigal obtained her medical degree and pediatric training in India. She is the co-founder of ‘Adults born Preterm International Collaboration’ (APIC), a network that facilitates collaboration and sharing of data with investigators interested in the long-term health and disease of this vulnerable population.

Dr. Saigal is internationally recognized for her studies that focus on the quality of life and consequences of having been born extremely prematurely. She has recently published a book for a general audience, “Preemie Voices,” a collection of letters that provide a description of life from the perspectives of adults who were born very prematurely.


 Lula Lubchenco, MD

 In 1982, Dr. Lula Lubchenco became the eighth Apgar  Award  recipient and the first woman to be so honored.

 Dr. Lubchenco was born in Turkistan, Russia in 1915 to  Dr. Portia  McKnight Lubchenco (an American physician)  and Alexis  Lubchenco (a Russian agronomist).  Her  parents had met in  South Carolina when her father was  studying the agriculture of  cotton.  The family left Russia in 1917 due to the scourge of war,  settled initially on the  Lubchenco farm residence in South  Carolina, but in 1930 relocated to Colorado driven by the dual pestilences of the depression and the boll weevil.

Dr. Lubchenco graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1939.  She met her future husband, Dr. Carl Josephson, while doing a rotating internship at Colorado General Hospital.  She trained in Pediatrics at both Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York and Denver Children’s Hospital.  Her daughter, Dr. Patricia McFeeley, has related that she continued to use her maiden name professionally because at the time married women were less competitive in the academic world.

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National Conference & Exhibition

October 24-27, 2015
Washington, DC

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NRP Grant Opportunities

NRP Research Grants, up to $50,000, and Young Investigator Awards (available to residents, fellows-in-training or those professionals who are no more than four years out of their fellowship), up to $15,000, are available from the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program to support research that furthers knowledge in the area of neonatal resuscitation.  Researchers from US and Canadian medical institutions are invited to apply.  Applicants must submit an intent for application to the NRP Steering Committee by Friday, May 1, 2015

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TIOP III - Toward Improving the Outcome of Pregnancy III

CHAPTER 10: Quality Improvement Opportunities to
Promote Equity in Perinatal Health Outcomes

Despite more than a decade of federal support for programs to eliminate disparities in health outcomes, many disparities — especially in chronic diseases and perinatal health — continue to plague urban and rural communities, individuals with disabilities and special health needs, and racial and ethnic populations.

Ch 10: Quality Improvement Opportunities to Promote Equity
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