Paediatrics Section Annual General Meeting, Thurs 11th June 1987

11/06/1987 in Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin 2

The Annual General Meeting o the Section of Paediatric:s was held on Thursday 11th June, 1987 at 5.30 p.m. It was agreed by all that the year had been very successful and had included two major meetings :

A joint meeting with the Section of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, on 27th November 1986 entitled “Communication between Paediatricians and Community Care Doctors, and a joint meeting with the Irish Paediatric Association, on 6th February 1987, entitled “An Update in Neonatology”.

A joint meeting with the Irish Paediatric Association is being organised for 31st October 1987 in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. Election of Officers: Dr. Joseph O’Sullivan was elected President, proposed by Dr. Mary Kent and seconded by Dr. T. A. Clarke. Dr. Hilary Hoey was elected Secretary, proposed by Dr. T. A. Clarke and seconded by Dr. Mary Kent.

Council: Dr. Mary Kent, Dr. Sylvia Dockeray and

Dr. Mary King.

The AGM was followed by a joint meeting with the Junior Irish Paediatric Association with the presentation of six papers. The Chair was then taken by Dr. J. O’Sullivan, incoming President.

The programme included presentation of the following papers :

I. Alphafoetoprotein in the diagnosis and management of childhood neoplasia by Dr. Anthony Staines, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin.  He clearly demonstrated the valuable role of this investigation in paediatric malignancies.

2. The appearance of hypertension in association with scarred kidneys by Dr. B. Kinnane, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin. He reviewed a large number of patients who had hypertension related to renal pathology.

3. Case presentation to demonstrate the value of cerebral function monitor in neonates by Dr. Ann Bergin, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1. This monitor was clearly shown to be of great benefit.

4. A case of prolonged neonatal jaundice secondary to hypopituitarism by Dr. Mary Waldron, Our Lady’s Hosp4tal for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin. This paper emphasised that hyp3pituitarism should be considered in a child with jaundice associated with hypoglycaemia or small genitalia in a male.

5. Two case of ‘Kenny Syndrome’ by Dr. Mary Connolly, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin. Both had dysmorphic features, short stature and hypoparathyroidism.

6. AIDS in children with haemophilia by Joseph Keane, Medical Student, TCD/National Children’s Hospital, Harcourt Street, Dublin. He reviewed the incidence of AIDS in children with haemophilia and found it is a considerable problem.

These papers were well researched and prepared. They were very competently presented and stimulated much valuable and interesting discussion.