The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine are delighted to announce:

The Adolescent Health Coming of Age 2019


This two-day conference will bring together clinicians, researchers and academics to discuss the unique challenges of caring for adolescents and showcase new ideas and innovations.

Day 1: Wednesday 18 September

Making health services for young people developmentally appropriate

Keynote: The Sky is not Falling - Investing in adolescent health to transform risk to wellness

Keynote speaker:

Professor Maria Trent

President, SAHM

Paediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist, John Hopkins Children’s Centre in the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health in Baltimore and President Elect, SAHM

Dr. Trent is a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health who has been consistently ranked by her peers as a 'top doc’ serving adolescents in the greater Baltimore Metropolitan area. She is an independent scientist that serves as the principal or key investigator multiple research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding agencies. A major focus of Dr. Trent’s research and clinical interest has been on reducing adolescent and young adult sexual and reproductive health disparities. She is also committed to producing the next generation of adolescent health scientists and directs the NIH-funded Adolescent Reproductive Health Training Program within Johns Hopkins Medicine. She is a sought-after speaker and the author of scientific research articles, editorials, book chapters, and patient-directed media materials in the field of adolescent health. She has been recognized for her work by medical associations and the lay press and has subsequently emerged as an important voice in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Trent serves as the Chair of the Section on Adolescent Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics, on the board of directors for the American Sexual Health Association, and as the President-elect for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

"Health professionals must become more powerful on behalf of young people to help them reach their full potential." "#teensrock"

Plenary session: Developmentally appropriate Healthcare & Transition

Dr Janet McDonagh, Senior Lecturer in Adolescent Rheumatology, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, University of Manchester; NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust; Manchester Academic Health Science Centre

Dr Gail Dovey Pearce, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust & Associate Researcher, Newcastle University

Dr Dougal Hargreaves, Clinical Senior Lecture in Paediatrics & Population Health, Imperial College London

Professor Allan Colver, Emeritus Professor of Community Child Health Newcastle University

This session will explore the concepts of developmentally appropriate healthcare for young people (DAH) and transition, and consider how they come together to apply to healthcare delivery and practice.

Plenary session: The adolescent vaccination platform comes of age

Dr Jessica Kahn, President Elect SAHM, Director, Rauh Chair, Division of Adolescent and Transition Medicine Associate Chair, Academic Affairs and Career.

Dr Kahn will discuss the emerging adolescent vaccination platform, including human papillomavirus vaccine; meningitis vaccine; and tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine. She will also discuss successes and challenges in adolescent vaccination across the globe, and what is on the horizon for adolescent vaccines.

Workshop topics

- Innovative health services

- Gender and health

- Migrant and asylum-seeking young people

- Complex physical conditions


Conference dinner

Day 2: Thursday 19 September

Mental health

Keynote: Promoting mental health

Keynote speaker:

Professor Vikram Patel

The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow

Enjoy Professor Patel's keynote at the SIPS 2018

“If some of our adolescents are failing in education, developing mental health problems, or getting into trouble with the law, it only means we have failed them as a society from their earliest years of life.”

Plenary session: Bringing Brain and behaviour together

Professor Sarah Jayne Blakemore, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London and co-director of the Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Neuroscience at UCL

Dr Polly Waite, Associate Professor in the School of Psychology Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist Development, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Workshop topics

- Eating disorders

- Digital and eHealth

- Advocacy

- Participation

- Global health and education

An exceptional opportunity to meet with other influential speakers, including:

Professor Deborah Christie

Immediate Past President, SAHM

Professor of paediatric and adolescent psychology, Consultant clinical psychologist/lead at University College London Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust

Watch above Professor Christie's inspirational presidential address at the SAHM2018

“This is why we get up every day, to advocate for every adolescent around the globe to get what they need to be successful.”

Professor Russell Viner

President, RCPCH

Professor of Adolescent Health at the UCL Institute of Child Health in London, Director of the Department of Health Obesity Policy Research Unit

Watch Professor Viner talk about one of his favorite topics, the battle against unhealthy food and young people obesity

“Young adults aren’t big children nor are they little adults; they are a unique subgroup of the population and need to be treated as such.”

And more to be announced...

In a fantastic venue in Ascot, UK

The Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa in Ascot is a beautiful, accessible, four-star hotel near Windsor which is surrounded by amazing landscaped gardens and offers access to spa facilities.

The Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa four-star hotel in Ascot

Set in the historic town of Ascot, you can enjoy a visit to the local race track, a choice of excellent golf courses or explore the attractive town centre. The world-famous Royal residence, and venue of the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, Windsor Castle is nearby, as well as the John F. Kennedy memorial, and the Magna Carta Monument plus fun for the family at Legoland.

Ascot, a prestigious track for horse race lovers
Home of Windsor Castle, recently featured in the Royal Wedding

And much more...


Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa Bagshot Road, Sunninghill, Ascot, SL5 9JH, United Kingdom

The venue is easily accessible from London by rail or car and is just 15 miles from Heathrow Airport.


RCPCH Events Team


+44 (0) 20 7092 6000

Two-day conference, hotel accommodation and dinner - £399

Two-day conference only - £299

Single day - £175

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