Welcome to the 2010 Neurodevelopment/ Simpson-Ramsey Symposium!



Wednesday, March 31st Abstract submission deadline
Wednesday April 21st Glenwood Lectureship
Thursday April 22nd Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium



General Information


The Neurodevelopment Symposium and Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship will be held in conjunction with the Glenwood Lectureship (https://www.soph.uab.edu/lectureseries/glenwood) in the Alumni Auditorium of Hill University Center (http://main.uab.edu/Sites/students/facilities-finance/hill-center/) on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (http://www.uab.edu). 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.


Parking – for those of you coming from off-campus, please indicate on the registration form whether you will require a parking spot at the Hill University Center.


Invited Speakers


We are privileged to have two outstanding external speakers at the symposium this year.


Dr. Alcino Silva (http://www.silvalab.com/)

Dr. Peter Mundy (http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/ourteam/faculty_staff/mundy.html)




7:45                 Light breakfast, on-site registration

8:20                 Opening remarks (Eli Capilouto, James Meador-Woodruff)

8:45                 Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Associate Professor of Neurobiology, UAB

9:15                 Bruce Korf, Professor and Chair of Genetics, UAB

9:45                 Alcino Silva, Professor of Neurobiology, UCLA

11:00               Poster session (clinical and basic research)

12:00               Box lunches for pre-registered participants - “We will attempt to accommodate as many registrants as we can depending on funds); registrants will be notified before the day of the meeting whether they made the cut-off for the free lunch.”

12:45               Introductions, history of Simpson-Ramsey lectureship (Fred Biasini)

1:00                 Maria Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Psychology, UAB

1:30                 Alan Percy, Professor of Neurology, UAB

2:00                 Peter Mundy, Professor of Neurology/Neurobiology, Lisa Capps Chair for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Education, UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute

3:00                 Awards and concluding remarks



Abstract and Poster Submission Information


The abstract should be less than 250 words in length. Submission of the abstract is required using the online registration form BY MARCH 31. It will be printed in an abstract book for distribution to all 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
  • education
  • issues of special needs children
  • clinical psychology
  • clinical trials
  • or any other discipline that relates to child mental and neurological health

Click here to Register


Poster Awards

Basic research – graduate student
e.g. “The role of adhesion factors in the migration of neuronal precursors”

Basic research – postdoc/resident/fellow e.g. “Factors influencing the growth and metastasis of childhood brain tumors”

Basic research – translational (any level) e.g. “Amelioration of behavioral deficits in a mouse model of Rett Syndrome with antipsychotic medication”


Clinical/applied research – graduate student e.g. “Approaches to improve classroom performance of special needs children”

Clinical/applied research – postdoc/resident/fellow e.g. “Functional recovery in children with surgical removal of brain tumors”

Clinical/applied research – translational (any level) e.g. “Using fMRI to identify children at risk for autism”




We would like to enthusiastically thank the following departments and centers which made this event possible.


Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship Fund

Civitan International Research Center (http://www.circ.uab.edu/)

Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (http://www.uab.edu/cnc/)

Department of Pediatrics Program in Translational Research in Normal and Disordered Development (http://medicine.uab.edu/Peds/66895/)

Department of Psychology (http://www.psy.uab.edu/)

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology (http://www.psychiatry.uab.edu/)

UAB Sparks Clinics (http://circ-uab.infomedia.com/index2.asp)

Department of Genetics (http://www.heflingenetics.uab.edu/)

School of Education (http://www.ed.uab.edu/)

Department of Cell Biology (http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=7691)

Department of Pathology (http://pathuab.infomedia.com/)


CME Credit and Learning Objectives

The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Certificates verifying participation require a payment of $25 per person to UASM ACCME the day of the event.


After completing this activity, clinician participants should be able to:


1. Review how animal models of neurodevelopmental disorders improve understanding of etiologies
2. Review the approaches being used to ameliorate behavioral abnormalities in animal models of neurodevelopmental disorders
3. Recognize key behavioral/attentional disruptions in patients with autism

Directions to the Hill University Center




Contact information


If you have any questions about the symposium, please feel free to contact Rita Cowell, rcowell@uab.edu.


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