7th Annual Brain Development Conference

This is a guest post submitted by Dan Goldowitz, Scientific Director at the Child & Family Research Institute. 

2016 Brain Development Conference

With a tradition of alternating meetings between western and eastern Canada, NeuroDevNet has chosen Calgary as the setting for the Seventh Annual Brain Development Conference. The city will also play host to our cerebral palsy research group’s annual event, CP in Motion, to be held for the first time this year in conjunction with the Network’s signature gathering of its members, stakeholders, and the community.
The annual brain development conference is a unique vehicle for dissemination of research that pushes the capacity to diagnose brain-based disabilities earlier in children's lives, and identifies treatments for core symptoms of individual disorders as well as cross-cutting neurodevelopmental issues. Beyond establishing an evidence base for what we do, NeuroDevNet is evaluating the cost-effectiveness of our contributions and the context into which they are introduced, with the aim of enabling children with brain-based disabilities to lead healthier lives, with social, economic and health benefits for all.
Hotel Arts, Calgary, Alberta
Sept. 28 – Oct. 1
CPIM Workshops scheduled for Oct. 1
Pre-conference events held on Sept. 27
Keynote Address: William Graf – Sept. 28
A professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Graf has focused his research on diagnostic approaches to complex neurodevelopmental disorders and medical care of families whose children have neurodevelopmental disorders, and pediatric epilepsy.
Fraser Mustard Lecture: Lessons that Fraser Taught Me – What do you want to be when you grow up? – Sept. 28
A presentation commemorating a true leader in neurodevelopmental research in Canada, this year’s Fraser Mustard Lecture will be given by Dr. Margaret Clarke, a former Fraser Mustard Chair in Childhood Development at the University of Calgary, who has made pivotal contributions to knowledge about child health and development in Alberta.
Family Participation and Exchange: An Ongoing Process and Priority – Sept. 28
As an important component of the conference, we are building the opportunity for meaningful and ongoing engagement of individuals with a neurodevelopmental condition and their families. A question to be addressed is, “How do we meaningfully engage with self-advocates and parents?” The aim is to build capacity and opportunity through multiple avenues: a pre-event meeting several weeks before the conference in which families will begin to set priorities for information sharing, a family workshop and other ongoing opportunities during the event in which aims and action plans for engagement will be further developed, and a follow-up session after the conference to solidify continuing discussion in the Alberta region. It is anticipated that these activities will inform subsequent capacity-building initiatives in line with our priorities of integrated family engagement and widespread impact.
The Power of Longitudinal Cohort Studies – Sept. 29
Canada is an international leader in longitudinal studies that gather a range of data from pregnancy and early childhood onward. Some of these "longitudinal cohort" studies on neurobehavioural development will be presented with the aim of introducing what one can learn from these efforts, as well as how they help to ask questions about brain development and suggest interventions that might be applied to improve brain health.
Measuring the Bridges and Barriers of Brain Development – Sept. 30
Modern neurotechnologies are rapidly enhancing our understanding of how young brains develop in health and disease. Experts in non-invasive brain stimulation, robotics, metabolic and other advanced imaging will outline such applications using cerebral palsy as a model.
CPIM Family Engagement Event: Living Life and Fulfilling Potential – Sept. 30
Moderated by experts in patient and family engagement, this interactive session will include panel discussions by both parents and patients followed by collective exercises involving all participants to help set priorities for new directions moving forward.


For more information visit the 2016 Brain Development Conference website

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