2012_Simpson-Ramsey

Welcome to the homepage for the

2012 Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium!


Key Dates

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Abstract Submission Deadline
                   STILL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Glenwood Lectureship
Thursday, April 26, 2012 Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium

 


General Information and Registration

The Neurodevelopment Symposium and Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship will be held in conjunction with the Glenwood Lectureship in the Margaret Cameron Spain auditorium of the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 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 here - “Register Here” - or on the link below.

Parking

For those of you coming from off-campus, please indicate on the registration form whether you will require a parking spot. 

Please use the 6th Avenue Parking Structure near the corner of 19th Street and 6th Avenue South for parking. Take a ticket, and BRING IT TO THE CHECK-IN DESK for validation. Please be aware: attendees arriving after 9:00am may not be able to find parking in that lot.

Directions

The Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium is located at 615 18th Street South; however, the entrance to the building is on the corner of 7th Avenue and 19th Street South.

 

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Welcome to the homepage for the 2011

Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium!

 



Key dates

 

Friday April 1st                        Abstract submission deadline

Wednesday April 20th             Glenwood Lectureship

Thursday April 21st                 Neurodevelopment/Simpson-Ramsey Symposium

 

General Information and Registration

 

The Neurodevelopment Symposium and Simpson-Ramsey Lectureship will be held in conjunction with the Glenwood Lectureship in the Alumni Auditorium of Hill University Center on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 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.

Register Here

 

 

Parking

 

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. The parking structure is on the corner of University Avenue and 9th Street (D9A-9th Avenue Parking Deck), and symposium attendees must arrive between the times of 7:30 am and 10:00 am to claim a spot. 



 

 

Invited Speakers

 

We are privileged to be hosting three outstanding external speakers at the symposium this year.

 

Dr. John L. Rubenstein
Dr. Eric Klann
Dr. Eric Courchesne 

 

Agenda

 

8:45 am           Light breakfast, on-site registration

9:00 am           Opening remarks

Eli Capilouto, D.M.D., Provost, UAB

Ray Watts, M.D., Dean of the School of Medicine, UAB

9:15 am           Introduction to the symposium

Rita Cowell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral

Neurobiology, UAB

9:30 am           John Rubenstein, M.D. Ph.D, Nina Ireland Distinguished Professor in

Child Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco

10:20 am         Coffee/snack break

10:35 am         Andrew West, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology, UAB

11:00 am         Eric Klann, Ph.D., Professor of Neural Science, New York

University

11:50 am         Poster session and lunch (free)

1:00 pm           History of Simpson-Ramsey Symposium, introduction to afternoon

speakers

Fred Biasini, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of

Psychology

1:10 pm           Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, UAB

1:35 pm           Eric Courchesne, Ph.D., Professor of Neuroscience, University of

California at San Diego

2:25 pm           Presentation of poster awards

 

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 APRIL 1st. 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

 

Poster Awards

 

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).

 

Basic research            

Swati Gupta – “Histone methylation is dynamically regulated in the entorhinal cortex during consolidation of long-term memories.”

 

Basic research

Elizabeth Lucas – “Parvalbumin deficiency and GABAergic dysfunction in mice lacking PGC-1α.”

 

Basic research – translational (any level)       

Rebecca Tomlinson – “Developing mouse models of autism.”

 

Clinical/applied research        

Heather Wadsworth – “Neural mechanisms underlying global and local information processing in children with autism.”

 

Clinical/applied research        

Christie Salamone – “Developing More Ways for Children to Share Their Perceptions of Parenting Behaviors.”

 

Clinical/applied research – translational (any level)   

Annie Garner – “Influence of parental distracted driving on teens with and without ADHD.”

 

CME Credit

 

If you would like to receive CME credit for this event, please indicate this on the registration form.

 

Sponsors

 

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

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center
Comprehensive Neuroscience Center

Department of Pediatrics Program in Translational Research in Normal and Disordered Development

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology

UAB Sparks Clinics

Department of Human Genetics

Department of Cell Biology

Department of Neurobiology

Department of Pathology

 

Directions to the Hill University Center

 

 

Contact information

 

For questions about your registration, please contact Robin Burkett, rburkett@uab.edu. If you have any questions specifically about the symposium, abstracts, or poster competition, please contact Rita Cowell, rcowell@uab.edu. For any problems with the website, please contact Molly Moran, mmoran@uab.edu.

 

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 Kinsbourne, 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

1988-Robert J. Haggerty, MD                                                          Darryl C. DeVivo, MD

                                                                                                            Lane Rutledge, 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 Alcino Silva, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Neurobiology, University of California at Los Angeles, and Peter Mundy, Ph.D., Professor of Education and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of California-Davis. Local speakers included Lucas Pozzo-Miller (Professor, Neurobiology), Bruce Korf (Chair of Human Genetics), Maria Hopkins (Assistant Professor, Psychology), and Alan Percy (Professor, Pediatrics). Also, there was a poster session held that featured over 20 poster presentations, and six poster awards were granted (see “Poster Awards”). The symposium attracted over 200 people from 22 different departments.  



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