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Experts to focus on the science of gun safety

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May 4, 2013
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American Academy of Pediatrics
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Pediatric leaders and researchers tackled the complex and often politically charged subject of gun violence.

Pediatric leaders and researchers will tackle the complex and often politically charged subject of gun violence during a special symposium on Saturday, May 4, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC.

The symposium, "Protecting the Health of Our Children Through Scientific Approaches to Gun Safety and Violence Prevention" will focus on guns and youth, violent media, guns and suicide, the pathway to violence, and community efforts to prevent gun violence.

Among the speakers is Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH, FAAP, who will summarize what science has to say about the link between screen violence and aggression and what future research should focus on. He also will touch on the disconnect between what science finds and what the public believes.

"Decades of research have established a link between screen violence and real world aggression. Our challenge is to translate these findings into actionable public health strategies," said Dr. Christakis, George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute.

The symposium will be held in the Washington Convention Center.


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