Paediatrician wins award

Dr Ben Albert.
Dr Ben Albert.
Dr Ben Albert, an Auckland paediatrician specialising in paediatric endocrinology, has won an award for his presentation on the outcomes of children with congenital hypothyroidism (CHT) diagnosed early through the Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme and treated aggressively.

The outcome study, commissioned by the National Screening Unit (NSU) and led by Associate Professor Paul Hofman, encompassed all children with CHT born in Auckland between 1993 and 2006. The study found that children diagnosed with CHT had similar IQs and motor function as children without CHT.

Ben presented the study at the Asia Pacific Paediatric Endocrine Society meeting in Indonesia and received the Kaichi Kida Award, named for the late Professor Kaichi Kida of Japan, who had an important role in the establishment of the Asia Pacific Paediatric Endocrine Society (APPES).

The award was for Ben to be the APPES representative at the recent 2013 Joint Meeting of Paediatric Endocrinology in Italy, attended by 5000 delegates representing 7 different paediatric endocrine organisations across the globe. Ben’s study was also published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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Page last updated: 13 December 2013