International Conference to Address the Real Science Behind Shaken Baby Syndrome Diagnosis

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Leading International Experts Available for Interviews.

WHAT: Interview opportunities with leading experts at the Eleventh Annual International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. Highlights include:

How Science has Evolved: Views from a Pediatric Forensic Neuropathologist
(Sunday 9/12, 11am-12pm). Lucy Rorke-Adams, MD, Professor of Pathology, Neurology and Pediatrics (Philadelphia, PA, USA). Dr. Rorke-Adams is the most experienced Forensic Pediatric Neuropathologist in the world. Over her 45 year career she has been contributing to the evolving science of pathology helping to establish objective evidence for diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome. Dr. Rorke-Adams will present the evidence base for this diagnosis which consists of utilizing a combination of clinical, investigative and pathological data which dispels the myth that death cannot be caused by shaking an infant.

The Strange Politics of Child Abuse (Monday 9/13, 8:00-9:30am). Ross Cheit, JD, PhD (Providence, RI, USA). Child abuse, once considered a noncontroversial topic, is often the source of intense controversy. Professionals who deal with SBS know the phenomenon but may wonder why the views of dubious defense "experts" are sometimes accepted without apparent skepticism. Professor Cheit, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University, has investigated these issues for more than a decade and will share his experiences and wisdom.

SBS/AHT 2010: What We Know, What We must Learn, What We must do to Move Forward (Tuesday 9/14, 1pm-2pm) Robert Block, MD, FAAP (Tulsa, OK, USA). Dr. Robert Block is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, President-Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is certified in the in the new subspecialty of Child Abuse Pediatrics. Dr. Block will review the current state of clinical knowledge and summarize work to prevent shaken baby syndrome, AHT. He will set the stage for important work we must accomplish soon, and provide insight into the growing denial of SBS/AHT as a clinical diagnosis by defense teams in court cases; and the confusion about "new science" - is it really new, or a sham?

WHEN: Sunday, September 12 – Tuesday, September 14, 2010.

WHERE: InterContinental Hotel (Buckhead), Atlanta, GA, 3315 Peachtree Road NE

WHO: In addition to the above-mentioned keynote speakers, additional experts available for interviews include:

Marilyn Barr, Founder and Executive Director of the National Center on Shaken Baby
Syndrome and is leading the national effort to provide evidenced based SBS prevention through the program the Period of PURPLE Crying: a new way to understand your baby’s crying.

Mark Dias, MD, FAAP, extensively published in pediatric neurosurgery journals that cover SBS/AHT including the Journal of the American Medical Association and Pediatrics

Brian Holmgren, JD, Assistant District Attorney General at Davidson County District Attorney General's Office in Nashville, Tennessee where he is team leader of the child abuse unit. Served as Senior Attorney with the American Prosecutors Research Institute’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse from November 1995 to July 1999

Ronald G. Barr MDCM, leading international infant crying researcher and Director of the Centre for Community Child Health Research in British Columbia. He is well-known for his studies on infant behavior. He has published the connection between the normal infant crying curve and the incidence of SBS.

Jennipher Dickens, mother of Christopher, who was shaken by his biological father.

Michele Poole, grandmother and adoptive mother of twins who were shaken, one of whom is profoundly handicapped as a result.

WHY: Babies die every day from injuries suffered after being violently shaken. While a minority group clamors for a controversy around SBS, established medical organizations, government agencies and the majority of medical professionals continue to work toward increasing awareness about SBS and instituting SBS prevention programs. An internationally renowned panel of experts will address this issue head-on at the conference.

CONTACT:    For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Brian Lopez at
801-510-5575 OR Amy Wicks at 801-510-2409 OR blopez(at)dontshake(dot)org.

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