Child Mental Health Conference in Swansea
A prestigious Royal Society of Medicine conference on Childhood Illnesses and Child Mental Health, being held in Swansea today (April 22, 2008), is being chaired by Professor Gareth Morgan, Consultant in Paediatric Immunology at the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust and Deputy Head of the School of Medicine, Swansea University.
The conference, which is normally based out of London, is taking place at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Organised by Dr. Michelle James-Ellison of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust, it boasts an impressive line-up of UK’s experts in Paediatrics and Child Mental Health.
Welcoming the high profile conference to Swansea, Professor Morgan said, “This is a big moment for research in children in Swansea – we not only have a national conference here but are also playing host to some of the UK’s experts in child health. The conference will showcase high quality research and throw light on some of the most pressing issues concerning children’s mental health today – ADHD, Anorexia, Autism, Depression and Epilepsy. These conditions are collectively relatively common and affect the lives and work of many parents, children, teachers and other professionals on a daily basis.”
The conference will discuss the diagnosis and management of important child mental health issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Childhood Depression, Epilepsy and Child Psychiatry, Anorexia Nervosa in children and adolescents, Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Co-ordination Disorders.
The speakers, all leading lights in their field, are: Dr. Rob Potter, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Dr. Carolyn Samuel, Consultant Community Paediatrician, of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust; Dr. Alison Kemp, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Academic Department of Child Health, School of Medicine, Cardiff University; Professor Anita Thapar, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Cardiff University; Dr. Frances Rice, Research Psychologist, Department of Psychological Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University; Dr. Neil Aiton, Consultant Neonatologist, Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton; Dr. Mike Prendergast, Consultant Child Psychiatrist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital; Professor Simon Gowers, Professor of Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Liverpool; Dr. Mark Dalzell, Consultant Paediatric Gastroentrologist, Alder Hey, Liverpool; and Professor Gillian Baird, Consultant Paediatrician, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London.
Already 130 doctors, nurses, paediatrics, child mental health and healthcare professional have signed up to attend it.
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