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About the Gatlinburg Conference

The Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was established in the 1960's. The conference continues its tradition as one of the premier conferences in the United States for behavioral scientists conducting research in intellectual and developmental disabilities.

New discoveries in biological markers have clear implications for early detection, prevention and treatment of conditions associated with intellectual and developmental and disabilities (IDD).  Indeed, there is increased recognition of the critical role of biomarkers in increasing the precision with which we understand a spectrum of conditions in this era of “personalized medicine.” However, the relationship between biomarkers and behavior is complicated and our understanding of complex traits such as IDD will be best understood when the influence of culture, race, and ethnicity are integrated Little girl on the beachwith biology within a family systems perspective. A family systems perspective recognizes the myriad roles that families play. Within this perspective, we also acknowledge both the biological aspects of families and the importance of families as socializing agents. The plenary talks at the 51st annual Gatlinburg Conference will cover a range of topics germane to biological and cultural perspectives on the family, including family factors associated with early detection of IDD; the intersection of culture, race, and ethnicity in shaping the family; and behavioral and neural markers of impairment in individuals with IDD. Our plenary speakers are leading scholars who will be sharing their findings and approaches regarding biology, genetics, neuroscience, culture, and family studies as they relate to the field of IDD. Our plenary speakers represent diverse disciplinary perspectives and they are engaged in impactful translational research. We encourage the same disciplinary diversity in submissions from our conference participants.

Date: April 11-13, 2018

Location: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, San Diego, California

Discounted Room Rate: $167/night (excluding taxes and fees)

Conference Support

This conference is supported by grant number R13HD084155 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Institute on Aging.