2007 John Merck Fund Summer Institute on the Biology of Developmental Disabilities

BJ Casey, Dima Amso, and Barbara Finlay

The seventh annual John Merck Fund Summer Institute on the Biology of Developmental Disabilities was held the week of June 3-8, 2007, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. This weeklong course highlighted translational approaches to the study of developmental disorders. We featured experts working in the area of genes, brain, and behavior who are all examining issues pertaining to different forms of learning and development. Students benefited from lectures given by internationally renowned scientists and will participate in didactic interactions with the speakers on each methodology described. The institute was geared toward graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and provides travel stipends, room, and partial board for attendees.

2007 JUNE 03 Sunday: Opening Address and Student Introductions
4:00
Historical Overview of Summer Institute and The John Merck Fund & Overview of the 2007 Summer Institute: The week to come!
 
4:30
Opening Address at AD White House: Molecular Studies of Learning and Memory: Future Directions
 
5:30 Opening Reception and Dinner at AD White House  
7:00 Student Introductions  
2007 JUNE 04 Monday: Translational Studies: Learning & Development
9:00
Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) Transgenic Mouse Model
 
10:30
Amygdala and Hippocampal dependent Learning: Bridging Mice and Men
 
12:00 Lunch on your own  
2:00
Adult Neurogenesis and Learning
 
5:00
Chas Glatt, MD, PhD and Dima Amso, PhD
Statler Hour w/ students: Discussion of caveats of genetic and translation studies
 
2007 JUNE 05 Tuesday: Developmental Learning
9:00
Language Developement in Infants
 
10:30
Neurobiology of learning and memory using the songbird as a model system
 
12:00 Lunch on your own  
2:00
Are there critical periods for human language and speech development?
 
5:00 Dinner on Cayuga Lake  
2007 JUNE 06 Wednesday: Developmental Transition: Adolescence
9:00
Animal Models of Adolescent Development
 
10:30
Risk Taking and Decision Making in Adolescents
 
12:00 Lunch  
2:00
Human Functional Imaging Studies of Risk and Reward
 
5:00
Statler Hour w/ students: Discussion of caveats in human imaging studies
 
2007 JUNE 07 Thursday: Developmental Trajectories & Disorders
8:30
Typical and Atypical Brain Development
 
10:30
Imaging Genetics of ADHD
 
12:30 Lunch  
2:30 Student Preparation of Skits for Evening Debate  
5:00 Depart for Sheldrake Winery for closing dinner  
2007 JUNE 08 Friday: Closing Address
9:00
Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston
Closing Address: Future Directions on the Biology of Developmental Disabilities
 
11:00
Closing Remarks
 
11:30 Adjourn  

Address
Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Box 140, 1300 York Avenue NY, NY 10065
Phone
212.746.4886
Fax
212.746.5755