Peds2040: Talking trends and innovations in pediatrics

Peds2040 included vital input from the parents' and patients' perspective.

Peds2040 included vital input from the parents' and patients' perspective.

From January 6th to 9th, leaders in pediatrics gathered in Southern California to discuss pediatric health trends and innovation for the next 25 years. Peds2040 featured talks and workshops on topics ranging from genomics and precision medicine to medical devices and connected health. Attendees heard from an array of health professionals as well as crucial patient and parent perspectives.

IPI President Don Lombardi co-lead a workshop focusing on Innovations in Healthcare Delivery, where he shared case studies in pediatric health innovation from his work with IPI. Additionally, he represented IPI alongside hospital executives, clinicians, industry representatives, and parent and family advocates on a culminating panel of the event, “Peds2040, All Perspectives”.

Mohammad Sayed presents his Universal Arm at Peds2040.

Mohammad Sayed presents his Universal Arm at Peds2040.

Our friend and partner, Mohammad Sayed, or “Wheelchair Man” also presented his work at Peds2040. He participated in the Innovation Beach pitch competition and the Young Innovators workshop, sharing his story and the work it has inspired. Mohammad is working to make a product called The Universal Arm to meet the needs of people in wheelchairs, as well as a comic book called Wheelchair-Man to “inspire people in wheelchairs and encourage and support their reintegration into mainstream society; to make them believe that life is not over yet”.

Peds2040 was an inspiring place to collaborate, listen, and learn. We’re looking forward to next year!