Welcome to the 2014 Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium!
|Friday, April 4, 2014||Abstract Deadline for Inclusion in Award Competition|
|Friday, April 11, 2014||Registration Deadline (without posters)|
|Thursday, April 17, 2014||Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium|
General Information and Registration
The Neurodevelopment Symposium and Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship will be held in the Cudworth Building, at 1919 University Blvd between the Shelby Building and the Doubletree Hotel. The symposium will feature seminars from local and invited speakers and a poster session for anyone involved in basic or clinical research related to normal or disordered brain development or child health. The goal of this symposium is to bring together researchers throughout Central Alabama to discuss recent progress in the field of brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders and to provide a forum for anyone involved in research related to child mental and neurological development to interact with other researchers. You can register by clicking on the “Register Here” link below.
NEW THIS YEAR!!! WE WILL BE CHOOSING THREE TRAINEES FROM THE ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS TO GIVE A 10 MINUTE TALK! IN PAST YEARS THREE POSTERS WERE CHOSEN TO RECEIVE AWARDS; THIS YEAR, THREE SPEAKERS WILL BE CHOSEN FOR TALKS AND THEN THREE POSTER PRESENTERS WILL BE CHOSEN FOR AWARDS. EACH TRAINEE WILL RECEIVE A $100 AWARD (6 TOTAL).
For those of you coming from off-campus, please indicate on the registration form whether you will require a parking spot. Parking spots will be reserved for you, ONLY IF YOU HAVE INDICATED SO ON THE REGISTRATION FORM. If you indicate your need for parking on your registration form, we will contact you the week of the symposium with instructions for parking.
The Cudworth Building is located at 1919 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35294-2080
We are privileged to be hosting five outstanding speakers at the symposium this year (three external and two internal).
Dr. Greg Barsh, Hudson Alpha/Stanford University
|8:45AM||Light breakfast, on-site registration|
Introduction to the symposium
Stephen A. Back, M.D., Ph.D.
|10:10AM||First trainee presentation (chosen from abstracts)|
Greg Barsh, M.D. Ph.D.
Christopher Pittenger, M.D. Ph.D.
|12:00PM||Poster session and lunch (free)|
History of Simpson-Ramsey Symposium,
Second trainee presentation (chosen from abstracts)
Leon Dure, M.D.
Third trainee presentation (chosen from abstracts)
|2:25PM||Donna Ferriero, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Dept. Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco
“Imaging Selective Vulnerability in the Developing Brain”
|3:15||Presentation of poster awards|
|3:45PM||Reception at J. Clyde|
Boxed lunches will be free for the first 150 registrants. You will be notified by email before the symposium if you do not make the “cutoff;” if you do not receive an email, there will be a lunch reserved for you. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like a vegetarian lunch and/or have any food allergies. If you register after the deadline, you will not be guaranteed a lunch, but can sign up on a waiting list when you sign in at the symposium.
Abstract and Poster Submission Information
Two abstracts are required for this symposium – a scientific abstract and a lay abstract (to orient the non-scientific audience to your research). The abstracts should be less than 250 words in length. Submission of the abstracts is required using the online registration form BY FRIDAY APRIL 4th. By April 7th, three trainees (categories: basic, translational, clinical) will be chosen from the abstracts to give a 10 minute presentation. Each will receive a $100 award. All abstracts will be printed in an abstract book for distribution to participants.
Poster - Maximum size of 4’ x 6’
Poster topics can include, but are not limited to
- basic brain development
- studies of neurodevelopmental disorders (basic or clinical)
- child health
- issues of special needs children
- clinical psychology
- clinical trials
- or any other discipline that relates to child mental and neurological health
Three poster awards will be granted this year, with an award amount of $100 per person. These are separate from the speaker awards. Awards will be granted in three different areas: basic research, clinical research, and translational research.
Posters will be judged based on:
- Rationale/purpose of the study (20 pts)
- Use of scientific method (35 pts)
- Clarity of presentation (35 pts)
- Originality and creativity (10 pts)
Here are examples of awards in the different categories (these were granted at the 2010 Symposium).
- “Histone methylation is dynamically regulated in the entorhinal cortex during consolidation of long-term memories.”
Basic research – translational
- “Developing mouse models of autism.”
Clinical/applied research - translational
- "Influence of parental distracted driving on teens with and without ADHD."
- “Developing More Ways for Children to Share Their Perceptions of Parenting Behaviors.”
If you would like to receive CME credit for this event, please indicate this on the registration form.
The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
After participating in this CME activity, participants should be able to
1) Review how specific periods in brain development are critical for establishment of adult circuitry
2) Review genetic approaches to understand the molecular contributors to intellectual disability
3) Review the key symptoms of Tourette Syndrome and the biological systems that are being used to identify molecular mechanisms of brain dysfunction
4) Review the recent approaches to evaluate vulnerability in the developing brain
We would like to enthusiastically thank the following departments and centers which made this event possible.
- Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship Fund
- Office of the Vice President of Research
- Civitan International Research Center
- Comprehensive Neuroscience Center
- Cognition and Cognitive Disorders Strategic Planning Group
- Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics (CNET)
- Department of Pediatrics Program in Translational Research in Normal and Disordered Development
- Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology
- Department of Human Genetics
- Department of Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology
- Department of Neurobiology
- Department of Pathology
- Center of Clinical and Translational Science
History of the Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship
The Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship was established to honor the contributions of two men who devoted much of their lives to individuals and families with developmental disabilities. Dr. John Simpson and Dr. Joseph Ramsey helped the Sparks Center make great strides in training professionals to care for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Dr. John Simpson dedicated his medical career to improving the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. He served as a staff physician at the Sparks Center from 1967 until his death in 1973. While at the Center, he was known as a “people person” who never tired of serving children and families with disabilities. An associate professor of pediatrics at UAB for 28 years, he was a member of the Jefferson County Medical Society and the Alabama State Medical Association. Dr. Simpson was co-founder of the Charlanne School in Homewood, a residential school for children with cerebral palsy.
After being in private practice for 23 years, Dr. Joseph Ramsey joined the UAB Sparks Center in 1971 for a one-year-post-doctoral fellowship in developmental pediatrics. After completing the fellowship, he was appointed Director of the Division of Medicine. Increasing other pediatricians’ awareness of developmental disabilities was only one of his many contributions. Dr. Ramsey was a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Jefferson County Medical Association, and President of the Jefferson County Pediatric Society. He was also an associate professor of pediatrics in the UAB School of Medicine.
Previous Distinguished Simpson-Ramsey Lecturers
|1978 - Julius B. Richmond, MD||1989 - Marcel Kinsbourn, MD|
|1979 - Thomas E. Malone, PhD||1991 - Diana Slaughter-DeFoe, PhD|
|1980 - H. Carl Haywood, PhD||1993 - Wade F. Horn, PhD|
|1981 - Phyllis B. Acosta, DrPH||1996 - Jim Dearth, MD|
|1982 - Jean K. Elder, PhD||2002 - Reid Lyon, phD|
|1983 - Vince L. Hutchins, MD, MPH||2003 - Albert C. Hergenroeder, MD|
|1984 - Edwin W. Martin, Jr., PhD||2004 - William E. Pelham, Jr., PhD|
|1985 - Craig T. Ramey, PhD||2005 - Zolinda Stoneman, PhD|
|1986 - Marie Scott Brown, RN, PhD||2006 - Joseph Piven, Jr., MD|
|1987 - Paul Cassamassimo, DDS, MS||2007 - Stephen D. Cederbaum, MD
Darryl C. DeVivo, MD
Lane Rutledge, MD
|1988 - Robert J. Haggerty, MD|
History of the Neurodevelopment Symposium
In 2010, Fred Biasini (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology) and Rita Cowell Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology) decided to combine efforts and expand upon the Simpson-Ramsey Lectures to include lectures by scientists researching the neurobiology of neurodevelopment disorders. The initial symposium occurred on April 22nd, 2010, and featured lectures by external and internal speakers. The symposium attracted over 200 people from 22 different departments and has continued to be successful in subsequent years.
Previous Distinguished Simpson-Ramsey/Neurodevelopment Symposium Lecturers
|2010||Alcino Silva, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Neurobiology, University of California at Los Angeles|
|Peter Mundy, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of California-Davis|
|2011||John Rubenstein, M.D. Ph.D, Nina Ireland Distinguished Professor in Child Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco|
|Eric Klann, Ph.D., Professor of Neural Science, New York University|
|Eric Courchesne, Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience, University of California San Diego|
|2012||Takao Hensch, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, Harvard|
|Pat Levitt, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Dept. Cell and Neurobiology, University of Southern California|
|Jack Katz, Ph.D., Speech Pathologist, Auditory Processing Service|
|2013||Kevin Pelphrey, Ph.D., Harris Professor, Child Study Center, Dept. Psychology, Yale University|
|Edwin Cook, M.D., Director, Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Professor of Psychiary, Univeristy of Illinois College of Medicine|