April 19, 2004

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Contact: Marla Sutton, KU Medical Center Continuing Education, (913) 588-4499, msutton@kumc.edu.

KU Medical Center symposium to focus on Asperger's, ADHD, PDD May 21

LAWRENCE -- Medical and allied health clinicians who commonly face difficult pediatric psychiatry cases will gather in May for the annual Paul Laybourne Symposium on Child Psychiatry. The symposium will focus on diagnosis and treatment of Asperger's disorder, pervasive developmental disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The symposium, set for May 21 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park, is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, pediatricians and other primary care physicians whose practice includes children and adolescents; advanced practice nurses; and physician assistants. Continuing education credit will be available for physicians, nurses and psychologists.

Topics will include diagnosis and treatment of Asperger's disorder, pharmacologic treatment of pervasive developmental disorders, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD with comorbid disorders, and principles of behavioral management for challenging disorders.

Faculty are Vincent Barone, Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.; Steven Pliszka, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio; Luke Tsai, MD, University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor; and Jessica Hellings, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center. The course director is Sharon Cain, MD, of the KU Medical Center.

Symposium details and registration are available by calling toll-free (877) 404-5823 or online at www.kuce.org/kumc/lscp/.

The conference is sponsored by the KU Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and KU Medical Center Continuing Education, in affiliation with the regional chapter of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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