Disorders of Synaptic Dysfunction 2012 Symposium and Workshop

Date: 4/12/2012 - 4/13/2012
Location: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital (NRI), working together with Science Translational Medicine, plans a special symposium entitled "Disorders of Synaptic Dysfunction" on April 12 - 13, 2012. Registration to the meeting is free but attendees are asked to register in order to be admitted. Please click here to register.

View the DSD Symposium Flyer.

Preliminary Schedule:

Thursday, April 12

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

NRI 2nd Floor Lobby

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Opening Remarks and Meeting Charge

Onstead Auditorium


Morgan Sheng, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Vice President Neuroscience, Genentech


Huda Zoghbi, M.D., HHMI Investigator; Director, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; Professor, Baylor College of Medicine


8:45 am - 9:00 am

Clinical Summary of Synaptic Disorders

(NRXN, NLGNs, Shank3, Fragile X)

TBD - Clinician from Texas Children's Hospital

9:00 am - 9:25 am

  Thomas C. Südhof, M.D.  (NRXN and NLGN)

  Professor, Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Neurology & Neurological Sciences,

      Psychiatry & Behavioral Science

  Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation & Translational Neurosciences

9:30 am - 9:55 am

  Guoping Feng, Ph.D.  (SHANK)

  Investigator, McGovern Institute
  Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

10:00 am - 10:25 am

  Paul Worley, M.D.  (SHANK-HOMER-ARC)

  Professor of Neuroscience

  The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience 

  Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

10:30 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 11:10 am

  Mark F. Bear, Ph.D. (Fragile X)
  Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  Picower Professor of Neuroscience

  The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

11:15 am - 11:40 am

  Jacqueline Crawley, Ph.D. (Animal Models of Behavior; Pre-clinical Trials)

  Chief, Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience
  National Institute of Mental Health

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Panel Discussion

TBD - Moderator

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch / Meet Children with Disorders of Synaptic Dysfunction

NRI Second Floor Lobby

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Clinical Summary of Rett, Angelman's, TSC

Jeffrey Neul, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

2:00 pm - 2:25 pm

  David Sulzer, Ph.D. (TSC and Network)

  Professor of Neurobiology

  Columbia University

2:30 pm - 2:55 pm

  Ben Philpot, Ph.D. (Angelman)

  Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology

  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

3:00 pm - 3:25 pm

  Michael E. Greenberg, Ph.D. (MeCP2)

  Department Chair
  Nathan Marsh Pusey Professor of Neurobiology

  Harvard Medical School

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm


3:45 pm - 4:10 pm

  Freda D. Miller, Ph.D. (Neurotrophins)

  International Research Scholar, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  Professor, Dept. of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

  Senior Scientist, Dept. of Developmental Biology, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

4:15 am - 5:00 pm

Panel Discussion and Refinement of Questions for Working Groups

TBD - Moderator

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


NRI Second Floor Lobby

Friday, April 13

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

Groups Finalize Presentations


8:30 am - 9:30 am

Working Group Presentations (20 minutes each)

TBD - Group Leader 1

TBD - Group Leader 2

TBD - Group Leader 3

9:30 am - 10:15 am

Discussion of Presentations

TBD - Moderator

10:15 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 11:15 am

Input from Pharmaceutical Leaders and NIH Directors

11:15 am - 12:00 noon

Identification of New Research Paths and Priorities for Advancing Promising Translational Research

TBD - Moderator

12:00 noon            

Adjourn with Boxed Lunches


Last Edited: 02/22/12 11:17 AM by Corina Miclea