NEWS | April 30, 2012

UC Davis to hold Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders


The annual MIND Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders — one of the nation's premier gatherings of health professionals, educators and families interested in research and best practices in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders — will be held Friday, Aug. 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom of Sacramento State University, located at 6000 J Street in Sacramento.

The daylong conference is designed for an interdisciplinary audience of health professionals, educators, therapists, students, people with disabilities, parents and caregivers.

Jointly sponsored by the UC Davis MIND Institute, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Sacramento State University and UC Davis Health System Office of Continuing Medical Education, the conference features nationally renowned speakers who will discuss the latest advances in research, education and therapies for children and adults with autism, fragile X syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Leonard Abbeduto, UC Davis MIND Institute's new director, will deliver this year's keynote address on "The Past, Present and Future of the UC Davis MIND Institute." Other presentations will cover topics such as nutrition and neurodevelopment, pharmacologic and biomedical treatments for autism spectrum disorders, whole-genome testing and the possibility of gene therapy for neurological disorders, and iPads as assistive-technology tools for communication and core curriculum support.

Tuition is $190 for health-care and other professionals, $180 per person for groups of five or more and $110 for students, parents or caregivers. Two parents or caregivers within the same family qualify for a special rate of $170 for both participants, as long as they register on the same enrollment form. Continuing medical education credits are available. Students or parents and caregivers registering at discounted rates will not receive continuing education credit or certificates of attendance.

For more information or to register, contact the UC Davis Health System Office of Continuing Medical Education at 916-734-5390 or visit the conference calendar.

Two pre-conference workshops will also be held Thursday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UC Davis MIND Institute, located at 2825 50th Street in Sacramento. The workshops will address new and emerging issues in special-education law and video modeling interventions for autism. The cost is $30 per workshop. To register for one or both of the pre-conference workshops, e-mail

The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif., was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where parents, community leaders, researchers, clinicians and volunteers work together toward a common goal: researching causes, treatments and eventual preventions and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders. The institute has major research efforts in autism, Tourette syndrome, fragile X syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The MIND Institute's Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities is one of 67 federally designated university centers across the country and focuses on projects in the areas of community support and advocacy, education and information dissemination. More information about the institute and the center are available at