2017 AAOSH Spring Seminar

Chicago, IL | May 12-13, 2017 | Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital

Oral-Systemic Links in the Pediatric Patient - The Silent Airway Problem and Microbiomes

225 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL

Earn up to 12 CE Credits!


Join Dr. Mark Cannon and the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health for a spring seminar!

In this two-day seminar, some of the topics we'll cover include:

  • The Infant Microbiome
  • Behavioral Issues & the Microbiome
  • Oral Health, IBD, & GERD
  • Airway Problems
  • Enteric Short-Chain Fatty Acids & Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Oral-Systemic Health Research Update

Thursday evening, a welcome registration and reception will be held at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile (633 N St Claire Street).


Friday, May 12, 2017


Dr. Aaron Hamvas
Raymond and Hazel Speck Berry Professor in Neonatology
Professor in Pediatric- Neonatology

Dr. James G MacKenzie, DO

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics
Medical Director of Consultation-Liaison and Emergency Services Department of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry Clinical interests include the recognition and treatment of delirium in
medically hospitalized patients.
Interests - Child and Adolescent psychiatry; Psychiatry; Psychological issues of patients dealing
with medical illness

Kirsten Berding Harold

Kirsten is a fourth year doctoral student in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) studying under Dr. Sharon Donovan. Before coming to UIUC she received her BS degree in Dietetics from the University of Memphis, TN. Her dissertation research focuses on the interrelationship between nutrition and the gut microbiome in influencing behavior and symptom severity of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She will complete her Dietetic Internship to become a Registered Dietitian in the Fall 2017.

Dr. Jeffrey B Brown, MD
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics - Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
My laboratory focuses on understanding pathways relevant to the recruitment and trafficking of leukocytes within the intestines. Our goal is to understand how altering this recruitment can influence states of intestinal inflammation, specifically Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). My primary clinical interest is IBD (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis). I am also interested in understanding the relationship of the intestinal immune system to GI symptoms in rheumatologic disorders, specifically Juvenile Dermatomyositis.

Dr. Stephen H. Sheldon, DO, FAAP
Dr. Sheldon is Professor of Pediatrics, Northwest University School of Medicine and Director, Sleep Medicine Center of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is very active in the clinical practice of pediatric sleep medicine and has an intense involvement in pediatric sleep medical education and research. Dr. Sheldon graduated from Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in pediatrics at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago. He completed a faculty fellowship in Sleep Medicine at the University of Chicago. Dr. Sheldon has served as a consultant on committees and task forces across a wide range of government, academic and public endeavors. Among them are, The Education Committee of the Ambulatory Pediatrics Association, Chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee and the Fellowship Training Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has served AASM as a board member and as Secretary/Treasurer as well. He currently serves as Associate Editor, The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, and on the boards of the American Insomnia Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Sheldon is the author of Pediatric Differential Diagnosis, Pediatric Sleep Medicine, Evaluating Sleep in Infants and Children, Atlas of Sleep Medicine in Infants and Children and Differential Diagnosis in Sleep Medicine. He is currently the Senior Editor of the premier textbook for the medical profession on diagnosing and managing all sleep problems in infants and children, Principles and Practice of Pediatric Sleep Medicine.

Craig B Langman MD
The Isaac A Abt MD Professor of Kidney Diseases
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Head, Kidney Diseases, The Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago


Several rare diseases may affect the skeleton, other organs and the teeth, including hypophosphatasia, X-linked dominant hypophosphatemic rickets, osteogenesis imperfecta, and FAM20A mutations, among others.  After a review of the differential diagnosis of such disorders, the lecture will focus on hypophosphatasia.

Hypophosphatasia is due to more than 250 identified autosomal recessive, or autosomal dominant inherited mutations in the tissue non-specific alkaline phosphatase gene, and has varying age of onset, severity, and systemic manifestations.  The pathophysiology of hypophosphatasia, its clinical phenotypes, and an approach to enzyme replacement therapy will be reviewed. 

Successful learning will be demonstrated by:

  1. Discussing the differential diagnosis of early tooth loss coupled with genetic bone disease
  2. Discussing the role that the absence of alkaline phosphatase has in systemic calcium homeostasis, including the teeth
  3. Providing a framework where enzyme replacement therapy has a key role in improving outcomes in hypophosphatasia.
Professor,Division of Dentistry, Department of Clinical Otolaryngology
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Chicago, IL


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Director: The Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group
Department of Psychology and Psychiatry (Division of Developmental Disabilities)
University of Western Ontario, 1151 Richmond Street, London , Ontario , Canada
Dr. Mark Cannon
Professor- Division of Dentistry, Department of Otolaryngology
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL