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  • Shaping the Developing Brain: Prenatal through Early Childhood
    Fifth Annual Aspen Brain Forum

    November 11 - 13, 2014
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by The Aspen Brain Forum Foundation, Science Translational Medicine, and the New York Academy of Sciences

    The future success of a child is crucially dependent upon the earliest stages of brain development, during pregnancy and infancy. Scientific research from multiple academic and medical disciplines has shown that the changes that take place during this early period of brain development can profoundly shape the rest of a child's life, and affect long-term health, well-being, and cognitive ability.

    As a child grows — from inside the womb through the first few years of life — massive changes take place in the connectivity and plasticity of the brain. Deepening our understanding of the connection between a child’s early behavioral milestones and their brain’s structural and neural development is a critical first step for promoting healthy brain development, as well as improving treatments for developmental and learning disorders. Additionally, functional or dysfunctional social and family relationships, socioeconomic status/poverty, stress, nutrition, and other environmental experiences produce lasting effects on the brain and impact how children will respond to adversity, how they will interact with their peers, and whether they will succeed in school and throughout their lives.

    This 2.5-day conference will convene leading researchers with expertise in the fundamental stages of early brain development, and will focus on the connection between research and improved outcomes for children.  Conference speakers will present the latest discoveries from cognitive neuroscience and experimental psychology regarding typical and atypical development of human learning and memory, emotion, and social behavior in the first few years of life. They will also explore socioeconomic, family, and nutritional factors that can affect brain and behavior.  The conference will highlight educational practices, health and nutrition practices, applied research, and government policy with the potential for enhancing healthy brain development and improving outcomes for at-risk children.

    This conference will feature a dedicated session: Spotlight on Nutrition and Brain Development, co-presented with The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, a program of the New York Academy of Sciences.

    Keynote Speaker

    Thomas R. Insel, MD

    National Institute of Mental Health

    Public Lecture Information — Separate Registration Required

    Registration for the associated Public Lecture, Baby Talk: Closing the Achievement Gap, Word by Word, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 is free for Shaping the Developing Brain Conference registrants (Please see Agenda tab for a detailed schedule). However, separate pre-registration will be required. Ticket availability we be on a first come, first served basis. Conference registrants will receive a discount code via email to use during the registration process.

    Registration Pricing

      By 10/03/2014 After 10/03/2014 Onsite
    Member $295 $350 $395
    Student/Postdoc Member $195 $250 $295
    Nonmember (Academia) $395 $450 $495
    Nonmember (Corporate) $495 $595 $650
    Nonmember (Non-profit) $395 $450 $495
    Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Fellow) $220 $275 $320


    Registration includes a complimentary, one-year membership to the New York Academy of Sciences. Complimentary memberships are provided to non-members only and cannot be used to renew or extend existing or expiring memberships. A welcome email will be sent upon registration which will include your membership credentials.

    Presented by

    • Aspen Brain Forum
    • AAAS Science Translational Medicine
    • NYAS


    Session IV: Spotlight on Nutrition and Brain Development is co-presented with