December 1969

Opening Remarks

Author Affiliations

San Francisco
From the Department of Pediatrics, University of California Medical Center, San Francisco.

Am J Dis Child. 1969;118(6):811. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1969.02100040813001

THIS morning's session consists of a symposium on "A Projection for Pediatric Research." This continues the theme of the final portion of my presidential address, given yesterday, in which it was predicted that future pediatric research, though it may have definitive clinical applications, will be essentially basic and highly specialized and will require the expertise of the embryologist, the geneticist, the biochemist, the neurophysiologist, and the developmental biologist.

With this in mind, we have invited five experts, each sophisticated in one of these special fields, to present their ideas of what may be the direction of research in pediatrics in these areas during the next few decades.

Dr. Benjamin Jackson will present his studies of surgically-produced anatomic and physiologic defects which mimic congenital embryologic abnormalities and will show how fetal surgery may be expected to cope with these. Dr. Charles Lowe will then discuss biochemical and metabolic disturbances which, though

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