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Callier Center for Communication Disorders

The Callier Prize Conference

Pediatric Communication Disorders:
From Disorder to Gene and Back Again
A Bruton Conference

Join us for this one-day conference as we honor the 2011 Callier Prize recipient, Dr. J. Bruce Tomblin, a pioneer in the field of speech and language disorders.

Dr. Tomblin and a panel of researchers will discuss how discoveries in the field of genetics are informing our models of pediatric language, speech and reading disorders.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Presentation 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

The University of Texas at Dallas
Callier Center for Communication Disorders
1966 Inwood Rd.
Dallas, TX 75235

Free, Registration is required.

8:00 a.m. Registration begins
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: “How work in genetics has influenced my thinking”
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. "Multiple Deficit Models of the Comorbidities of Dyslexia: ADHD, Speech Sound Disorder, and Language Impairment”
Dr. Bruce F. Pennington
Professor of Clinical Child and Cognitive Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Denver
10:45 - 11 a.m. Break
11a.m. - noon “What Twin Studies Can and Cannot Tell us About Language Development and Disorders”
Dr. Philip S. Dale
Professor and Chair
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
University of New Mexico
Noon - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. “From the Genetics Laboratory to the Clinic: Endophenotypes for Speech Sound Disorder, Language Impairment and Reading Disorders”
Dr. Barbara A. Lewis
Professor of Communication Sciences
Communication Sciences and Disorders Program
Case Western Reserve University
1:55 - 2:00 p.m. Break
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Prize Presentation
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. “Genetics as a Window into Neurocognitive Systems for Language”
Dr. J. Bruce Tomblin
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Otolaryngology
University of Iowa
3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Questions and Answers

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Philip S. Dale is the Chair of the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico.

His recent research focuses on the assessment, causes and outcomes of early individual differences in language development; the relationship of language development to cognition and to early literacy development; and cross-linguistic studies of language development. He is a collaborator on the Twins Early Development Study, a large population-based study of genetic and environmental influences on early development based at Kings College, London.

Dr. Barbara A. Lewis is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and an adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

Her research interests include the etiological bases of child language disorders with a focus on genetic, medical and neurological conditions that impact speech and language development. For the past 22 years, Dr. Lewis has been the principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health funded project investigating the genetic basis of speech sound disorders, the most common type of communication disorder in early childhood.

Dr. Bruce F. Pennington is a professor of Clinical Child and Cognitive Psychology at the University of Denver where he also directs the Development Neuropsychology Laboratory.

For more than 25 years, Pennington and his colleagues have been studying the developmental pathways that lead to the different neuropsychological phenotypes found in dyslexia, ADHD, autism and mental retardation. To do this, Pennington has pursued two strategies: working forward from genotype to phenotype, and backward from phenotype to genotype.

Dr. J. Bruce Tomblin, a pioneer in the field of speech and language disorders is the recipient of the 2010 Callier Prize in Communications Disorders. Tomblin is the Spriestersbach Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa, where he holds academic appointments as a Professor in the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Otolaryngology.

His research and teaching have long been in children’s language development disorders. In recent years, his research has focused on the development and the genetic influence on the occurrence of certain forms of children’s language problems.

Continuing Education:

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This course is offered for .5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Continuing education for Texas licensing with the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language pathology and Audiology for five hours will be available, also.

Special accommodations:

If you are a person with a disability and need special accommodations to attend this event, please call Linda Sensibaugh at 214-905-3003.

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The Bruton Conference Series on Communication Disorders is made possible through a generous gift from The David J. Bruton, Jr. Charitable Trust.