The Child Health Symposium is a collaborative presentation of Western University's Faculty of Health Sciences and the Thames Valley Children's Centre. It provides an opportunity for families, service leaders, researchers, educators and students from all disciplines to:
Friday, May 26, 2017
8:45 am to 3:45 pm
Check-in begins at 8:00 am
Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building
Keynote address, clinical and research presentations, service provider panel
Fees: The Child Health Symposium is FREE. Limited spaces are available. Please register by May 19. A catered lunch is provided.
Registration opens April 10, 2017 and will be available online through Eventbrite. The link will be posted here when it is available. Registration closes on May 19.
Dr. J Bruce Morton is an Associate Scientist at Children's Health Research Institute. He has served as a Professor in Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario since 2002, is a Principal Investigator at Western's Brain and Mind Institute, and a core faculty member of Western's Graduate Neuroscience Program. Dr. Morton’s interests concern the development of self-regulation behavior in children.
Many children in the world today endure highly stressful experiences such as exposure to family violence, natural catastrophes, war and famine, and/or abuse. There is a growing understanding that stressful early life experiences of this kind can have a lasting negative impact on the physical and psychological health of the affected individual. My talk will provide an overview of what we know about the long-term health implications of early life stress and discuss why it is that stress early in development can have a lasting impact the physical and psychological make-up of the individual. I will conclude with some ideas about how we might buffer children against the potentially “toxic” impact of early life stress.
Potential presenters are invited to submit an abstract of a description of their brief presentation via the electronic form posted below by March 30, 2017. Proposals should reflect one (or more) of the purposes of the symposium.
Brief Oral Presentations: Length of presentations should be 15 minutes (short presentations allow symposium attendees to be exposed to a variety of research studies and best practices).
Poster Presentations: Maximum poster size is 1.2 m (4’) high by 1.2 m (4’) wide. Poster presenters must be present during the scheduled poster presentation time. Poster presenters will have an opportunity to introduce their poster topic during the Poster Teaser session prior to lunch.
Please use clear, person-first language. All presentations abstracts will be included in materials for the symposium. Presentation and poster handouts will be made available for attendees to download.
The target audience for the Child Health Symposium includes: researchers, clinicians (e.g., behaviour therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, recreational therapists, social workers, nurses, etc.), service leaders, and undergraduate and graduate students.
Please prepare your submission in the following format:
The CHS Selection Committee will review all proposals submitted by the due date (March 22, 2017) by looking at the submission title and 250-word abstract. Preference will be given to those submissions that are clearly communicated and address one of the purposes of the CHS. Proposals will be selected to ensure a varied program. Note that some submitters may be offered an alternative presentation format (dependent on the total number of submissions received). The Selection Committee’s decisions will be final and there will be no appeal process. Selected presenters will be notified in earlyl April and provided with specific details for formatting the presentations and posters.