Health of School-Age Children

Conference venue: Grand Hotel Reykjavík, Iceland

October 8-10, 2008

Programme and summaries




Detailed Programme with direct access to individual presentations


Wednesday, October 8, 2008


18:30 Registration

Welcome session and refreshments on the invitation of the Minister of Health


Thursday, October 9, 2008


08:00 Registration

Chairperson: Guðjón Magnússon, Professor of Public Health, Reykjavík UniversityOpening ceremony


09:00 Welcome Geir Gunnlaugsson, Conference Organizer

Nick Spencer, ESSOP President

Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister of Health

09:20 Early childhood development and school readiness

Clyde Hertzman, Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership, Department of

Health Care and Epidemiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

10:10 Coffee break


Session 1: School readiness


10:40 Age maturation and school performance

Júlíus Björnsson, Director of Educational Testing Institute, Reykjavík

11:10 Social influences on early childhood and school readiness

Nick J. Spencer, University of Warwick, UK

11:40 Voices of Icelandic Children

Margrét María Sigurðardóttir, Children´s Ombudsman, Iceland


12:10 Lunch


Session 2: Late childhood and early adolescence

Chairperson: Ragnar Grímur Bjarnason, Chairman of the Icelandic Pediatric Association

13:15 Research, policy and practice for adolescents

Inga Dóra Sigfúsdóttir, Dean of School of Health and Education, Reykjavík University

13:50 Adolescent at risk in a global environment

Thórólfur Thórlindsson, Director of the National Public Health Institute, Reykjavík

14:30 Health indicators for school aged children

Mitch Blair, Consultant Reader in Paediatrics and Child Public Health, Northwick Park Hospital, London, UK

15:00 Coffee break

15:20 Poster session –  Chairperson: Nick Spencer, University of Warwick

15:50 Panel discussion with speakers: Determinants for health of young children

Moderator: Guðjón Magnússon, Professor of Public Health, Reykjavík University

16:50 End of day

18:30 Reception the Reykjavík City Hall at the invitation of the City Mayor


Friday, October 10, 2008


Session 3: Developmental screening of young children

Chairperson: Anna Björg Aradóttir, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief of Division of Clinical Quality and Public Health, Directorate of Health

08:30 Identifying children likely to have school problems

Francis Glascoe, Professor of Paediatrics, Vanderbilt University, USA

09:25 Identification of young children with developmental problems in Iceland

Geir Gunnlaugsson, Professor of Public Health, Reykjavík Unversity and Director of the Centre for Child Health Services, Iceland

10:00 Coffee


Session 4: School health services

10:25 School health services – what for?

Olivier Duperrex, Medical Director, Unité des Éscoles en Santé du Canton de Vaud, Switzerland

10:55 6H-cube for health promotion in Icelandic compulsory schools

Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir, Head of Section of School Health Services, Centre for Child Health Services, Iceland

11:25 380° Prevention that works! LazyTown ‐ The Only Brand dedicated to Kids HealthMagnús Scheving, Creator and CEO of LazyTown

12:00 Lunch


13:00 Poster session – Chairperson: Mitch Blair, Consultant Reader in Paediatrics and Child Public Health, Northwick Park Hospital, London, UK


Session 5: Health for the future

Chairperson: Gülbin Gökçay, İstanbul University, Institute of Child Health Çapa, Istanbul, Turkey.

13.30 School performance and health in youth

Anders Hjern, Professor, Centre for Epidemiology (EpC) , Stockholm, Sweden

13:50 Why we need to tackle climate change as a matter of urgency

Tony Waterston, Newcasle upon Tyne, UK


Session 6: Free papers

Chairperson: Gyða Haraldsdóttir, Psychologist, Head of the Section for Development and  Behaviour, Centre for Child Health Services, Reykjavík

14:15 Recent developments on school health services in Turkey

Serpil Uğur Baysal, Institute of Child Health, Istanbul University, Turkey

14:28 How can Community Paediatricians help to reduce school exclusion of young people with behavioural difficulties?

Anthony Tam, Southwark Children´s Services, London, UK

14:41 How to handle death in the school

Stella Tsitoura, 2nd Pediatric Clinic, University of Athens, Greece

14:54 The effect of route of tobacco smoke exposure of breastfed and non‐breastfed infants on urinary cotinine levels

Gonca Yılmaz,, Department of Pediatrics, Keçiören Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

15:07 Assessment of general health findings with relation to blood lead levels in school children in Kırıkkale, Turkey

Selda Bülbül Hızel, Kırıkkale University, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

15:20 Psychosocial maladjustment influences symptoms severity and treatment efficacy in unctional dyspepsia in children

Igor Radziewicz‐Winncki, Department of Health Promotion and Environmental Nursing, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland

15:35 Coffee

15:55 Panel Discussion: Future of school health services

16:45 ESSOPs Annual General Meeting

18:30 End of Conference

20:30 Conference dinner in Kaffi Reykjavík, Vesturgata 2, Reykjavík