2006 John Merck Fund Summer Institute on the Biology of Developmental Disabilities

Directors: Bruce McCandliss, Brad Schlaggar, & BJ Casey

The sixth annual John Merck Fund Summer Institute on the Biology of Developmental Disabilities was held at Princeton University during the week of June 25-30, 2006. This week long course examined the neural basis of multiple forms of learning and maturational change that take place over development, and were implicated in many developmental disorders. Distinguished psychologists, neuroscientists, and molecular biologists lectured on related topics in addition to leading hands-on workshops on structural and functional imaging and computational modeling. The institute is geared toward graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and provides travel stipends, room, and partial board for attendees.

2006 JUNE 25 Sunday: Overview and Kickoff
3:00
Sackler Institute - Cornell
Overview of Summer Institute
 
3:45 Student Discussion Activity  
4:30
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Harvard
Study and Modulation of Human Brain Plasticity
Pascual-Leone et.al. 2005
2006 JUNE 26 Monday: Mechanisms of Learning
8:30
Birkbeck College
Interactions between Learning and Development in Language Acquisition: Evidence from Behavior, Neuropsychology, and Imaging
Dick et.al. 2004
Conboy & Mills 2006
10
UCLA
Imaging Skill Learning Using fMRI: Insights and Challenges
Poldrack 2000
Poldrack inpress
11:30 Lunch  
2:30
UPenn
Mechanisms of Learning a Visual Discrimination
Gold & Shadlen 2002
4:00
Damien Fair
Washington University in St. Louis
Workshop
 
5:30 Computer Workshop  
2006 JUNE 27 Tuesday: Human Brain Plasticity
8:30
Princeton
Modeling Hippocampal and Neocortical Contributions to Learning
Norman, Newman & Perotte 2005
O'Reilly & Norman 2002
10
Johns Hopkins
Neural Basis of Recovery of Language after Stroke
Hillis et.al. 2002
Cog Theory of Rehabilitation
11:30 Lunch  
2:30
Washington University in St. Louis
Attentional Networks of the Human Brain and Their Breakdown After Brain Injury
Corbetta et.al. 2003
Corbetta et.al. 2005
Corbetta & Shulman 2002
Sapir et.al. 2005
4:00
Washington University in St. Louis
Using fMRI to Study the Development (and Developmental Plasticity) ofLanguage
Brown et.al. 2005
Palmer et.al. 2004
5:30 Happy Hour  
2006 JUNE 28 Wednesday: Molecular-cellular mechanisms of learning, memory, plasticity
8:30
Baylor College of Medicine
How does Neuronal Activity Shape Brain Development?
Chandrasekaran et.al. 2005
10
NIH
Role of Action Potentials in Long-Term Synaptic Plasticity
Adams et.al. 2005
Adams & Dudek 2005
11:30 Lunch  
2:30
University of Oklahoma
Neurobiology of Attachment Learning During Development
 
4:00
Princeton
Experience and Structural Plasticity
Leuner et.al. 2006
Stranahan et.al. 2006
5:30 MRI Workshop  
2006 JUNE 29 Thursday: Critical Periods
8:30
MIT
 
 
10:00
Beckman Institute
Experience, Genetics, Brain Development and Pathology
 
11:30 Lunch  
2:30
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Is There a Critical Period for Language Learning?
Seidenberg & Zevin inpress
4:00
Sackler Institute
Computational Workshop
 
5:30 Debate Preparation  
7:00 Reception and Debate  
2006 JUNE 30 Friday: Ties with Clinical Disorders
8:30
Baylor College of Medicine
Keynote
 
10:00
Sackler Institute - Cornell & Washington University in St. Louis
Wrap Up Discussion
 
Address
Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Box 140, 1300 York Avenue NY, NY 10065
Phone
212.746.3324
Fax
212.746.5755