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Arch Dis Child. 2007 August; 92(8): 711.
PMCID: PMC2083874


The effect of environmental pollutants on foetal and child development: a global issue

A Programme for Global Paediatric Research Symposium, Hangzhou, China

26–27 October 2007

Presented by The Programme for Global Paediatric Research and the Chinese Pediatric Society of The Chinese Medical Association in cooperation with The Children's Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Shanghai Children's Medical Center and Xinhua Hospital, affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine.

The Programme for Global Paediatric Research (PGPR) includes paediatric researchers, societies and other organisations committed to child health. It was formed in January 2004 to address the disparity between the scientific research resources available in high‐income countries and the quantity of scientific research focused on the health of children in mid‐ and low‐income countries. PGPR works at the centre of a global network to inform, educate, facilitate international research cooperation and collaboration, and advocate for research to improve the health of all children.


The sessions will focus on the effects of environmental pollution on foetal and child development. Particular emphasis will be placed on child health in developing countries. The symposium will comprise expert presentations providing an overview of the problems, issues and instances of work that is being done; oral presentations from selected abstracts on related issues; and structured panel discussions and open forums focused on determining research that is needed.

Call for abstracts

The PGPR and The Chinese Society of Pediatrics of The Chinese Medical Association invite submissions of abstracts related to environmental pollutants affecting foetal and child development and especially neurodevelopment and intellectual/cognitive development. Abstracts are due 31 July 2007 and should be submitted through the conference website:

Further information

Colleagues throughout the world, who are working in fields related to environmental pollutants and childhood development, are invited to meet at this important symposium in order to examine the critical issues and establish clear plans for collaborative study. One of the goals of the symposium is to discern the next research steps that should be taken. If you require further information, please contact the conference co‐chairs:

Alvin Zipursky, MD

Chair and Scientific Director

The Programme for Global Paediatric Research

The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

Tel: (001) 416 813 8762


Xiaoming Shen, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Xinhua Hospital, affiliated with

Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine,

Head of Shanghai Key Laboratory of Children's Environmental Health

Shanghai, China


For more information about the symposium and workshop please go to the conference website:

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