Internationally renowned expert discusses growth, development and biological gender differences

Growth hormone deficiency and growth failure may occur during infancy or later in childhood, and without treatment most children with growth hormone deficiency will not reach a height of 5 feet.

Some growth problems are genetic, while others may be caused by hormonal disorders or even poor absorption of food.

Internationally renowned authority, Ron G. Rosenfeld, MD, will discuss the latest on the endocrine basis of growth and development at the 31st Annual Frederic M. Kenny, MD, Memorial Lecture. Dr. Rosenfeld's lecture, "Do Boys and Girls Grow Differently: The Evolution of Sexually Dimorphic Growth," will showcase his more than 25 years of experience of studying and understanding the biology of growth hormone and growth factors.

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, along with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, will host this special continuing medical education event. This event also will be available via live Web cast on Children's Web site.

Dr. Rosenfeld's work has elucidated physiological, pathological, cellular and molecular aspects of mammalian growth, as well as the role of growth factors and their receptors in the fetus, newborn, child and adult in health and disease.

Dr. Rosenfeld is the senior vice president for Medical Affairs at Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Palo Alto, Calif. He also is a professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, as well as professor and chair (emeritus) of Pediatrics and of Cell and Developmental Biology at Oregon Health and Sciences University. He serves as president and CEO of ProteoGenix Inc.

Dr. Rosenfeld received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Columbia University in 1968 and his medical degree with honors from Stanford University in 1973. He stayed at Stanford as intern, resident and chief resident in pediatrics and, thereafter, as a post-doctoral fellow in pediatric endocrinology. He joined the faculty at Stanford in 1980, was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1985 and to professor in 1989. In 1993, he left Stanford to accept the position of chair of Pediatrics at Oregon Health Sciences University, where he served for nine years, before returning to Stanford.

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Registration for the live Web cast, and the post-event archived session, will be available on Children's Web site at http://www.or-live.com/cpi/1554/.


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