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55th Gatlinburg Conference

Kansas City, MO
April 10-13, 2023


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Register to Attend the 55th Annual Gatlinburg Conference

Early Registration Ends March 13, 2023
Academic Professional ($375 early | $425 late)
 = investigator, tenure-track or research faculty, clinician
Academic Student/Postdoc ($100 early | $125 late) = undergraduate, graduate student or postdoc
Non-Profit ($150 early | $175 late) = representatives of non-profit agencies supporting research in developmental disabilities
Self-Advocate ($100 early | $125 late) = individual advocates supporting research in developmental disabilities

Why attend the Gatlinburg Conference?

The Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is one of the premier conferences for behavioral scientists conducting research on intellectual and developmental disabilities.  It has a rich history that started in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in 1967, and the name of its original location remained.  Each year, Gatlinburg Conference brings together scientists from around the world to gather to discuss research and collaborations in the field.

Years of Gatlinburg Conference
Poster Sessions
Cups of Coffee Drank

Theme: Rare Genetic/Monogenic Disorders & Co-Occurring Conditions in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Conference Schedule

Monday, April 10

Pre-conference workshops
3:00 – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, April 11

Opening Session, Symposia and Poster Sessions
7:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 12

Plenary Talk, Symposia, Poster Sessions
7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Thursday, April 13

Plenary Talk, Poster Sessions, Closing Talk
7:30 AM – 12:30 PM

2023 Plenary Speakers

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD is the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Columbia University and the Director of Clinical Research for SFARI. She leads the SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge), Simons Searchlight study of monogenic causes of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders, and the GUARDIAN study of newborn screening to identify newborns with monogenic neurodevelopmental disorders shortly after birth.

Yona Lunsky, PhD

Yona Lunsky, PhD

Yona Lunsky, PhD directs the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities Program and the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on improving the mental health of adults with developmental disabilities, and their families, and on co-designing and evaluating health care interventions through partnerships with clinicians, people with disabilities and caregivers.

Elia M. Pestana Knight, MD

Elia M. Pestana Knight, MD,

Elia M. Pestana Knight, MD, is a pediatric epileptologist in the Pediatric Epilepsy Section, Epilepsy Center, Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute, Cleveland, Ohio. She is also and Associate Professor of Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Dr Pestana Knight has more than 50 papers published in peer-reviewed journal related to epilepsy and neurological disorders. Her areas of research interest include developmental and epileptic encephalopathy in particular CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder, refractory epilepsies, co-morbidities in pediatric epilepsy, epilepsy surgery and pediatric epilepsy outcomes.

Anne Wheeler, PhD

Anne Wheeler, PhD

Anne Wheeler, PhD is a neurodevelopmental psychologist and senior research analyst at RTI International, where she conducts multiple research projects focused on the development of tools and strategies to improve outcomes for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, especially those with rare monogenetic/neurogenetic conditions. She is the director of the LADDER database, an effort to curate and harmonize data collected on individuals with Angelman or Dup15q syndromes. Dr. Wheeler is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry and School Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

We're Goin' to Kansas City

Kansas City has a lot going on, See how you can make the most of your trip to Gatlinburg Conference 2023

Planning your trip to Gatlinburg 2023

Gatlinburg Conference is happening in the Crown Center section just south of Kansas City.  There is lots of things to see and do!

You can reserve your room at Westin Crown Center now at a discounted conference rate of $169 USD/night.  This rate is available from April 9 – 15. The only way to recieve the discounted rate, is using the special Gatlinburg reservation link below.  Don’t wait, the final day to reserve a room at the Conference rate is March 20, 2023.

Westin Crown Center Kansas City
Westin Crown Center
Westin Kansas City
Getting to KC
Kansas City Airport
KC Street Car
Cultural Activities
WW1 museum
Kansas City Accessibility Office
River Market of Kansas