FEATURE | Posted July 28, 2014

MIND Institute slates annual Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Event open to professionals, families, caregivers and students

MIND Institute © UC Regents
UC Davis MIND Institute

The UC Davis MIND Institute holds the annual Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Research to Practice on Friday, Aug. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Davis Alumni Center. The daylong conference offers nine seminars on a broad array of subjects delivered by some of the world’s leading experts on neurodevelopmental disabilities.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD) at the UC Davis MIND Institute, UC Davis Health System and the Office of Continuing Medical Education.

The Institute is intended for a wide range of professionals, including educators, psychologists, physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech and language pathologists, as well as families, caregivers and students. Presenters will address the latest advances in neurodevelopmental research and the most current standards for best practices in prevention, assessment, treatment and supportive services across the lifespan.

“This conference will include valuable information for everyone who touches the lives of people with neurodevelopmental disabilities,” said Robin Hansen, CEDD director and conference chair.

Robin Hansen © UC Regents“This conference will include valuable information for everyone who touches the lives of people with neurodevelopmental disabilities.”
— Robin Hansen

The conference will kick off with a keynote address by Bruce Pennington, John Evans Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver. Pennington will discuss “Analyzing Comorbidity with Genetic and Cognitive Methods.”

A series of workshops on evidence-based interventions will follow, as well as exhibits from community and advocacy organizations, businesses owned and operated by people with disabilities, and assistive technology devices. Friday’s events will be held at the UC Davis Buehler Alumni Center, 530 Alumni Lane, Davis, Calif., and the adjacent Conference Center.

Three pre- and post-conference workshops will be held at the MIND Institute in Sacramento, 2825 50th St., Sacramento, Calif. Internationally respected Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Sally Rogers, developer of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) method of autism early intervention, will hold an Introductory Workshop on ESDM during a pre-conference event on Thursday, Aug. 7. Post-conference workshops include a training update on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS – 2) Toddler Module on Saturday, Aug. 9, and an ESDM Advanced Workshop Aug. 11-13.

For the Aug. 8 conference, the tuition for health-care and other professionals is $195; groups of five or more professionals from the same agency who register together qualify for a group rate of $180 per person. Tuition for students, parents or caregivers is $115; the rate for two parents or caregivers registering together is $175. Early registration is recommended, as registration fees will increase after July 14. Registration is available online by clicking here. For other questions please contact ddcenter@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu or 916-703-0268.

Registration for the pre- and post-conference workshops is separate from registration for the conference. For information about prerequisite requirements, fees and registration for the workshops, please click here. For other questions, please contact esdmtraining@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu or 916-703-0465.

The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif., was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where families, 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, fragile X syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Down syndrome. More information about the institute and its Distinguished Lecturer Series, including previous presentations in this series, is available on the Web at mindinstitute.ucdavis.edu.