I would like to invite you to the thirteenth annual Summer Institute on Friday, August 3rd at the UC Davis Conference Center in Davis CA.

This conference is intended for a wide range of professionals, including physicians, educators, psychologists, behavior therapists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech and language pathologists, as well as for self-advocates, families, caregivers and students. Presenters address the latest advances in neurodevelopmental research, policy and evidence based practices in prevention, assessment, treatment and support services across the lifespan. The conference will be held at the UC Davis Conference Center on the Davis campus (8:00-4:30).

As Chair of the Summer Institute Planning Committee, I am eager to share with you some of the conference highlights. The day begins with a keynote address by Dr. Connie Kasari from the UCLA Semel Institute and Dr. Tristam Smith from the University of Rochester, who will share new innovations in behavioral treatments for autism spectrum disorders, including methodologies that personalize intervention based on child response. Their talk, titled “Getting SMARTer About Personalizing Interventions for Children with ASD”, will be followed by breakout sessions addressing issues across the lifespan. Detailed information about each talk can be found in the Summer Institute Brochure » or by going to the Conference Registration Page ».

This year we are collaborating with the Autism Intervention Research- Behavioral (AIR B) Network who will be providing several presentations and hosting a family focused strand in the University Alumni Center. In addition to the multiple presentations throughout the day, there will be a resource fair where participants can learn about local resources including the various research studies and supports available through the UC Davis MIND Institute. During the morning and lunch breaks, trainees from our LEND (Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program will also be sharing information about their work and projects and community members can learn more about becoming a LEND Trainee at the MIND Institute in the 2018-2019 cohort.

Early Registration begins May 2, 2018. The conference will include valuable information for everyone who touches the lives of people with neurodevelopmental disabilities, and we hope to see you there!

Robin Hansen M.D.
Director, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD)
Director of Clinical Programs, UC Davis MIND Institute