Sixteenth International Conference on
Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma
September 16, 17, 18, 2018 - Orlando, Florida
The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome is proud to announce the Sixteenth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. This world-renowned event will be held on September 16, 17, and 18, 2018 in the exciting city of Orlando, Florida at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.
Make sure you block your calendar so you can join leading experts as they discuss the latest scientific research, medical practices, investigative and legal techniques, prevention efforts and family resources.
Interested in presenting? Abstract submission will open May 2017. Watch our website for more details as this date approaches.
Where We Have Come: Clinical Relevance of Biomechanics
Mary Clyde Pierce, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Luire Children's Hospital of Chicago (Chicago, IL, USA)
The 1987 paper from Duhaime et al. was one of the first studies to examine the biomechanics of shaken baby syndrome. In the 29 years since that paper was published, our clinical experience and understanding of the mechanisms that contribute to the injuries seen in children in SBS/AHT cases has grown vastly. Many biomechanical studies have been done since using more biofidelic models and other studies that have used animal models that more closely resemble those of human infants. This presentation will examine how biomechanical studies have evolved and how they have contributed to our understanding of what we see clinically in cases of SBS/AHT.
How to Craft a Message
Ranny Cooper, Publics Affairs President, Weber Shandwick (New York, NY, USA)
The media’s reporting of abusive head trauma/shaken baby syndrome (AHT/SBS) over the last several years has focused on wrongful convictions and alleged “new science” that challenges the existence of AHT/SBS. Despite the efforts of many individuals and organizations to re-frame the discussion and educate the media about the realities, the press increasingly covers the subject this way. Ranny Cooper, former Chief of Staff for Senator Ted Kennedy and an expert in strategic communications, will discuss why the media reports the way that they do and what we can all do to ensure that the messages we want get to the public.
Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma: Impact on the Family
Tami Revering (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
Angela Pengelly (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
Those who shake and injure a child are often not bad people, but rather people who lose their temper – and in a moment of frustration and anger – react by shaking a child. Tami Revering lost her patience and reacted by shaking her best friend’s, Angela Pengelly, baby. Now, Tami and Angela work together to share their personal experience of the impact this has had on each of them and how their experience has led them to educate others about how this can happen to anyone, and that forgiveness, while not easy, can help with the healing process.
Fatal Head Injury in Infants and Children: Lessons Learned from Autopsy
Michael S. Pollanen BSc MD PhD FRCPath DMJ (Path) FRCPC, Chief Forensic Pathologist of Ontario, University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, CA)
In this presentation, the basic autopsy findings in fatal pediatric head injury will be reviewed. In addition, some of the pitfalls in this area will be illustrated by presenting 3 cases that focus on the importance of combining clinical, radiologic, pathologic and neuropathologic findings in a forensic analysis. The forensic pathologist's integrated expert opinion on the issues in these cases is explained, in detail.
Power of the Narrative
Stephanie A. Deutsch, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Lori Frasier, MD FAAP, Department of Pediatrics, Division Director, Child Abuse Pediatrics Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital (Hershey, PA, USA)
Lawrence R. Ricci, MD, Maine Medical Center (Portland, ME, USA)
Cases of shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma (SBS/AHT) are some of the most difficult for physicians because of the devastating injuries and lifelong impact these cases have on infants and young children, and also because the parents and caregivers responsible for causing the injuries often don’t realize the damage they were doing in a moment of frustration and anger. In this panel presentation, three child abuse pediatricians will talk about SBS/AHT cases that have resonated with them and the importance of talking about these cases with other professions and with the media to inform everyone about the realities and devastating consequences.
Anatomy of an Exoneration: The Audrey Edmonds Case
Tom Fallon, JD, Dane County Deputy District Attorney (Madison, WI, USA)
Although the word exonerate has a number of meanings; in law to exonerate someone is to declare them not guilty of criminal charges. Some media, some legal commentators, her lawyers and Ms. Edmunds herself claim exoneration. This presentation will examine the case of State v. Audrey Edmunds. Is that what really happened? You decide whether this is fact or whether you are being misled.