October 2004 - Inaugural Meeting

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PSPME holds lay forum 
The Philippine Society of Pediatric Metabolism and Endocrinology (PSPME) held its first pediatric endocrine lay forum on October 26 last year at the Manila Pavilion Hotel. The event was able to take in more than a hundred participants, most of whom were people involved in the care of children with metabolic and endocrine disorders. 

The PSPME envisioned the forum to be the first step toward the organization of future assemblies that will help raise awareness on pediatric endocrine and metabolic disorders. Dr. Sioksoan Chan-Chua, PSPME president, said that the Philippine Pediatric Society designated October as endocrine month.

Dr. Sylvia Estrada of the National Institutes of Health spoke about the significance of newborn screening and the conditions it seeks to recognize early: congenital hypothyroidism, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, phenylketonuria, galactossemia, and glucose-6-phosphohydrase deficiency. She emphasized that early detection of congenital hypothyroidism and congenital adrenal hyperplasia may prevent mental retardation or even death.

Estrada noted that in the Pacific region, the Philippines is not a backwater in the implementation of newborn screening. The Newborn Screening Act of 2004 is now in place, and to date, there are 379 hospitals doing newborn screening.

Speaking about growth disorders, Dr. Carmelita Domingo, also of the NIH, said that constitutional growth delay is the most common cause of short stature among Filipinos while nutritional deficiency is the most common cause of growth failure, which may be poverty-related.

Five simultaneous workshops were held during the forum, covering such topics as congenital hypothyroidism, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, type 1 diabetes mellitus, obesity, and growth and nutrition. The workshops followed this general pattern: pretest, registry, feedback and a lecture, a posttest, and open forum.

The other officers of PSPME' are Drs. Melinda Atienza, vice president; Lorna Abad, secretary; Susana Campos, treasurer; Pilar Regidor, PRO; and Caridad Santos, auditor. J. M. Nailes, MD