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December, 2013
Welcome to the Newest CTAAP Board of Directors!
Anton Alerte, MD, will serve as Vice President
Robert Dudley, MD,  New Britain
Raul Arguello, MD, Danbury
Charles Thompson, MD, Stonington
M. Alex Geertsma, MD, West Hartford

And thank you to all of those Board Members who agreed to stay on for another 2 year term
Sandra Carbonari, MD, President
Anton Alerte, MD, Vice President
Alanna Coughlin, MD, Secretary
Katherine Marinelli, MD, Treasurer

At Large:
Andrew Carlson, MD
Douglas Idelson, MD
Cliff O'Callahan, MD
Scott Schoem, MD
Catherine Wiley, MD

A Note from Sandi Carbonari, MD, President, CTAAP
I want to thank Elsa Stone, MD, for her incredible gift of time to the Chapter over the last year. Cliff O'Callahan had been serving as Chapter Vice President when he had a wonderful opportunity to go to Africa for a year. But that left the Chapter with one less person on the Executive Committee, and at a time when we were working really hard on some legislative issues.

Elsa came to our rescue and agreed to serve as Acting Vice President.  As President of the Chapter, I don't know what I would have done with out Elsa agreeing, happily, I might add!  She was so engaged and committed to the work we were doing. Not all of you remember that Elsa served as President of the Chapter in the early 1990' this was her second time around.

Thank you, Elsa....our Chapter gained so much from your dedication and experience.

Sandi Carbonari
President, CTAAP

What's the Latest with the Flu: Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Seasonal influenza activity is increasing in some parts of the  United States. Three influenza-associated pediatric deaths for the 2013-2014 season already have been reported.


Vaccination remains the most important step in protecting against influenza. For the 2013-2014 influenza season, there are some new seasonal influenza vaccines available. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement "Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2013-2014" offers descriptions and guidance on the available vaccines as part of for this year's recommendations for seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children, respectively.


Everyone needs an influenza vaccine each year and more than 129 million vaccine doses have already been distributed across the country. As a reminder, it takes about two weeks after vaccination to develop antibodies for protection against influenza virus infection. Anyone who plans to visit or travel during this holiday season should get vaccinated now, while vaccine is readily available.


For more detailed influenza information, see the AAP Red Book Online Influenza Resource page or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FluView.


New treatment services for autism at the Child Study Center
The Child Study Center is delighted to announce our launch of a new line of clinical service for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These services are evolving products of many years of experience treating individuals with ASD at the Yale Child Study Center: Services will include...
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Medication Management
  • Social Skills Group Therapy
  • Speech-Communication Services
  • Partnership in Education Program (PIE)
To find out more about these services and to read Dr. Fred R. Volkmar letter to Colleagues, click here.

We are enthusiastic that this new line of service will help the ASD community tremendously by filling a large void in available clinical services. If you have patients, clients or families who might be interested, please refer them to Danette Morrison at (203) 785-3420. For more general information about the Child Study Center, please visit our web site at

Conference  -   Jan. 11th - 12th, MA
Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan: Evidence Based Clinical Update from Neurobiology to Therapeutics
This interactive, two-day conference delivers a comprehensive overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), from clinical care to breaking research. Unlike traditional conferences, the innovative and multidisciplinary conference is organized into several modules, each involving short lectures, expert debate, and audience interactivity. Faculty highlight and examine critical facets of ASD in-depth, such as psychiatric comorbidities, psychopharmacology, neuroimaging, genetics, and more. Modules cover topics from diagnostic dilemmas, social skills training for youth, spectroscopic neuroimaging, evidence-based psychopharmacology for ASD, legal issues, collaborative problem-solving, and more. Every module includes close-knit, interactive roundtable discussions that engage attendees and faculty in dialogue about treatment complexities and challenging clinical scenarios.
Connecticut AAP Chapter members are being offered $100 discount off the regular tuition if they register online with the code AAP.  Limited space is Available!

Please visit: for more information on the conference and how to register.

Pediatric Study
Velocardiofacial Syndrome Survey
Nassau University Medical Center in New York is interested in learning more about the ways primary care pediatricians care for children with Velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS). This survey has been reviewed by the North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System Institutional Review Board and participation is voluntary.

The goal of this study is to identify the type of care coordination involved in caring for children and adolescents with VCFS by primary care pediatricians. The University would like to identify the extent to which they use specialist care and community resources in caring for this specific group of patients.

Thank you for your support of pediatric research and education!

Jillian Wood
Executive Director

Tracey McDougall
Teleconference Coordinator

Yvette Moretti
Administrative Assistant

Kathryn Senk
Administrative Assistant's Assistant

Judy Blei
Government Relations

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