Internationally Recognized Researcher to Speak at Conference on Early Child Development

Dr. Bruce McEwen, noted neuroscientist and neuroendocrinologist at The Rockefeller University, will be joining a number of leading researchers in child development at a Toronto-area conference addressing the challenges of child health in today’s world.

The Nurturing Matters: Investing in Population Health Approaches to Support Parenting and Infant Development conference will share results from a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded analysis of existing research on early child development interventions. The research, which will help public health programs improve child health outcomes, is the result of a partnership between Peel Public Health and top Canadian researchers, led by Brenda Smith-Chant, PhD of Trent University. The conference will be held February 22 and 23, 2012 at the Pearson Convention Centre, Brampton, ON.

Dr. McEwen is an esteemed member of Harvard University’s National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, which developed the framework chosen for Peel Public Health’s strategic priority, Nurturing the Next Generation. The framework will guide how Peel Public Health works with the community to help all parents, regardless of situation, gain access to programs and services that meet their needs. The Region of Peel is exploring what public health’s specific role needs to be to optimize early child development outcomes. Dr. McEwen will explore linkages between the framework, the research and his groundbreaking work on the effects of stress in early childhood.

“Dr. McEwen brings a wealth of knowledge in the field of early child development to the Nurturing Matters conference,” says Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health for Peel Public Health. “His keynote will provide context as we unveil this important research analysis to help public health staff plan services and programs for the benefit of all Canadian children.”

The Nurturing Matters conference welcomes leaders in public health and early child development from the broader child development community to work collaboratively in making recommendations on how the research findings can be applied in practice. Speakers will include members of the research team: Brenda Smith-Chant, PhD, Trent University, Stuart Shanker, PhD, York University, the Nicole Letourneau, PhD RN, University of Calgary, along with noted child and adolescent psychiatrist and early child development advocate Dr. Jean Clinton, social marketing expert François Lagarde, M A, and Peel Public Health representatives.

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