It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman 3rd International Conference on Pediatric Chronic Diseases, Disability and Human Development, which will be held in Jerusalem on December 2-5, 2012. The Conference represents the joint collaboration of three leading institutions in the care of children with chronic diseases and people with disabilities: Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Israel National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Leading healthcare professionals from Hadassah, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and other guests from Israel and around the world will lecture and conduct symposia on a wide range of topics related to pediatric and adolescent chronic diseases, disabilities and human development. Specific topics to be addressed include: the management of children and adolescents with chronic diseases, pain management, intellectual disability, autism, eating disorders, mental illness, impact of chronic disease and disability on human development, shared decision-making, improved quality of care and strategies for ensuring the social and educational enfranchisement of children with chronic diseases or people with disabilities.

The lectures and workshops of the Conference are geared to professionals from all disciplines involved in the care of children and adolescents with chronic diseases and people with disabilities as well as those involved in the field of human development and public health. The organizers of the conference are inviting the submission of abstracts.

We hope that you can join us in Jerusalem, an enchanting city, for a delightful and fruitful conference that will advance the cause of people with chronic diseases and disabilities.

Thomas G. DeWitt
Cincinnati Children’s
Eitan Kerem
Ariel Tenenbaum
Isaiah D. Wexler

Hadassah University Medical Center
Joav Merrick
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel