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Danilo Blank is a professor of pediatrics at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) School of Medicine, in southern Brazil, acting chiefly as senior attending at the outpatient department, and his main teaching activity being in the field of health promotion. A long time enthusiast of injury control, he published his first article on the role of the pediatrician in child and adolescent safety promotion in 1980. He is a founding member of the Committee on Accident Prevention of the Society of Pediatrics of Rio Grande do Sul, which he chaired from 1986 to 1992. The new committee's diligent work led to the organization of the First Latin American Congress on Accidents in Children, held in Porto Alegre, in 1988. In 1992, Dr Blank was appointed as the chairman of the Committee on Child and Adolescent Safety of the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics. Two of his main achievements during that period were the editing of the Handbook on Accidents and Poisonings in Childhood and Adolescence, and the production of the video “Protection, an act of love”, directed to the lay public and presented at the Second World Conference on Injury Control. From then on, he has authored many textbook chapters on safety promotion. Since 1995, Dr Blank is the executive editor of Jornal de Pediatria, the official scientific publication of the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics, and upon the recent launching of the journal's web site he presently serves as web editor.
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