APS Newsletter JUNE 2017
Vol 8, Issue 4
NIH Director Named  •  I-Act for Children Launched  •  
New Society Director  •  PPC Rep Scott Denne Awarded
Message From APS President Elena Fuentes-Afflick MD, MPH
As we begin a new APS year, we’d like to highlight last year’s accomplishments and share our plans for this year.
The PAS 2017 Meeting in San Francisco was successful and featured outstanding scientific presentations. Although there were some challenges with accessing the PAS 2017 program, the PAS Program Committee is committed to addressing these issues before next year’s meeting in Toronto.

Dr. Michael Weitzman received the John Howland Award, the APS’ highest honor, in recognition of his contributions to child health and public health, specifically in the ever-combative fields of tobacco use and lead exposure. And at the APS Members’ Luncheon, we solicited your input regarding strategic priorities for the Society. We are digesting the information and will present a summary in the next newsletter.

As you may remember, the APS' mission is to engage distinguished pediatric leaders to shape the future of academic pediatrics. We accomplish our mission by promoting pediatric research and scholarship, serving as strong and effective advocates for academic pediatrics, recognizing and honoring achievement, and cultivating excellence, diversity and equity. With this in mind, this year I will focus on four areas:

  • Increasing APS members’ engagement
  • Enhancing collaboration with pediatric organizations
  • Enhancing diversity in all APS activities
  • Implementing the strategic plan

We are honored to serve as your leaders and will do our best to fulfill the Society’s mission. If you have suggestions or comments, please contact us: Elena Fuentes-Afflick at or Bruce Gelb at .

Best Regards,
Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPH
Committee Highlights
APS committees meet throughout the year to advance specific issues and priorities. Click HERE for more information.
Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI): CODI is actively engaged in promoting diversity within the APS and across pediatric organizations. The APS CODI sponsored several sessions at the PAS meeting in San Francisco as well as a networking reception. We continue to support the APA’s New Century Scholars program and are developing collaborations with the AAP, APA, and SPR.

The APS Advocacy Committee and Communications Committees are recruiting new members; DEADLINE: JULY 15, please contact us if interested.

The Leadership in Academic Pediatrics Committee has collected the Statements of interest and are reviewing the candidates! Stay tuned for new committee member announcement late June!

APS Member and PPC Representative Dr. Scott Denne Receives AAP Presidential Award for Outstanding Service  
With the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act in December 2016, provisions requiring the NIH to collect and report on the numbers of children enrolled in studies were signed into law. This milestone represents a significant step forward in the inclusion of children in medical research, and it was Dr. Scott Denne’s long-term vision and ability to effectively frame the issues that helped make this achievement possible. He has brought this passion to bear as  Chair of the APS Advocacy Committee for the past several years.
Dr. Denne is a Professor and Associate Chair for Clinical and Translational Research in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. His research focus is neonatal nutrition and metabolism. For nearly a decade, Dr. Denne has been at the helm of advocacy efforts for children to receive the benefits of medical research and to create transparency in the NIH's reporting and inclusion of children.
Pediatric Trial Consortium Launches I-Act For Children
Critical Path Institute established the Pediatric Trials Consortium (PTC) to provide advice and guidance related to the establishment of a new 501(c)3 non-profit now known as the Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for Children, or I-ACT for Children
Recently, they announced the completion of the PTC deliverables and the launch of I-ACT for Children. This has been accomplished through the hard work of all the PTC committees and work streams. 
I-ACT for Children believes that children of all ages deserve innovative medical therapies that are developed with the same level of urgency and commitment afforded adults. Visit the website to read more about its mission and scope.
News of Note
• JUNE 6: The White House announced on June 6 that Frances Collins will remain as director of the NIH. Collins spearheaded the Precision Medicine Initiative and helped defend the NIH from the Trump administration's proposed $6 billion budget cut earlier this year.
 CANADA: Recent approval of controversial Bill S-201 is poised to change healthcare. The bill prevents genetic discrimination by barring health and life insurance companies from forcing clients to disclose the results of genetic testing. 

• REGISTRATION is now open for the 2017 ACCP Annual Meeting. View the Detailed Program for a complete listing of pediatric-focused events. Discount registration HERE until June 30.
Call for APS MembershipNnominations | Open: Late June | Closes: August 28

Call for 2018 APS Howland Award Nominations | Open: June 15 | Closes: July 10 

Call for 2018 Officer & Council Nominations | Open: June 20 | Closes: September 1 

Call for PAS 2018 Volunteers Open: July 12 | Closes: October 3

Call for PAS 2018 Invited Science Open: July 12 | Closes: October 3 

Call for Mary Ellen Avery Award Nominations | Early August 
APS Fall Council Meeting in Washington DC | Oct 23 

Washington Hill Visit | Oct 24
APS Society News
New Association Director Alexandra Trummell 

We're delighted to announce that APS has found its permanent Association Director: Alexandra Trummell. Alex has an extensive background in business, program and event management, and supporting senior executives in demanding healthcare environments. Added to this, she brings a warm and open personality, a compassionate heart, and a readiness to support and serve. We are excited to welcome her on board.  

New Society Social Media Pages
APS now has its own dedicated APS Twitter and APS Facebook profiles! Click on each link to see the latest news and be sure to click "like" or "follow." 

Pediatric Research Journal Wants Your Submissions
Pediatric Research is the official journal of APS and SPR. We are currently working with Editors Cynthia Bearer and Eleanor Malloy to define what type of organizational communication will be published in the Journal. Please consider submitting your own scientific work to the journal to reach a rapidly expanding audience of pediatric researchers.

Coming Soon . . . Stay Tuned!

Call for new APS Members and Easy Online Nomination Center  
This year you will have more time to prepare and submit membership nominations online! Nomination submissions will open late June and close August 28, 2017. Be sure to spread the word and prepare to nominate distinguished colleagues. 

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