The Developmental Disabilities Program hosts a series of Clinical/Basic Science Rounds on the second Wednesday of every month, from 4pm-5pm at the Child and Parent Resource Institute.
These rounds are meant to fill the gap that so frequently exists between bedside care and basic research, specifically in the population with developmental disabilities across the lfiespan.
There is no cost to attend these rounds, and are meant to speak to an inter-disciplinary audience. If you cannot attend these talks in person, they are also offered as live webinars, and are recorded for viewing here on our website after the fact.
The Child and Parent Resource Institute is located at 600 Sanitorium Road. Parking is free. The talks are held in the Crombie Building, room 2-18. A map to the location can be found by clicking here.
If you are interested in receiving emails about these talks, please contact Sarah O'Flanagan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The schedule for the 2017/2018 academic year is outlined below;
Wednesday October 11, 2017. Dr. Jennifer McLean
Dr. Jennifer McLean is a faculty member in the Departments of Paediatrics and Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, and her clinical practice as a Developmental Paediatrician is at the Child and Parent Resource Institute. Dr. McLean has published extensively on Developmental Coordination Disorder, and spoke about DCD in her October 11 talk.
The slides and audio for Dr. McLean's presentation are available for viewing;
Wednesday November 8, 2017. Dr. Caitlin Cassidy.
Dr. Cassidy is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Paediatrics at Western University. Dr. Cassidy’s main clinical focus is in the Transitional and Lifelong Care (TLC) Program, housed primarily at Parkwood Institute. The program provides long term rehabilitative care to people with chronic and sometimes complex conditions of childhood onset, including Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and others. Dr. Cassidy’s other clinical responsibilities include regular electrodiagnostic clinics at St. Joseph’s Health Care, specialty teen clinics at Thames Valley Children’s Centre, and inpatient coverage of the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation unit at Parkwood Institute.
The slides and audio for Dr. Cassidy's presentation are available for viewing;
Wednesday December 13, 2017. Dr. Rob Nicolson and Ms. Joan Gardiner
Dr. Nicolson is the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry, and a member of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. He is a Clinician-Scientist, and his clinical practice at both the Child and Parent Resource Institute and Victoria Hospital focuses on Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Ms. Joan Gardiner is a Speech Language Pathologist at the Child and Parent Resource Institute, a faculty member in the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, and a lecturer in the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Western University.
The December talk is entitled; “Thought, Language, Autism, and Psychosis”.
The slides and audio for this presentation are available for viewing;
Wednesday January 10, 2018. Dr. Lisa Archibald
Dr. Lisa Archibald is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Western University. Her research interests focus on the interaction between language and memory in typical and atypical development and the role of memory in communication disorders.
The slides and audio for this presentation are available for viewing;
Wednesday February 14, 2018. Dr. Bruce Morton
Dr. Morton is a Professor in Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario, and is also a faculty member of the Graduate Programme in Neuroscience, and a member of the Centre for Brain and Mind. Dr. Morton’s research interests concern the development of cognitive control and its association with changes in prefrontal cortex function.
Dr. Morton's presentation can be viewed here;
Wednesday March 21, 2018. Dr. Susanne Schmid
Dr. Schmid is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Western University. Her research focuses on finding out how the mammalian brain processes sensory information in order to generate the appropriate behavioural response. Her research also looks at habituation; a form of sensory filtering and an essential form of implicit learning, and at prepulse inhibition; our startle responses are inhibited by a preceding non-startling stimulus, considered to represent an ubiquitous sensory filter mechanism our brain that protects the processing of sensory stimuli. An impairment of PPI is one of the major symptoms in schizophrenia and other neurological disorders. She explores neurotransmitters, receptors and second messenger pathways that mediate PPI in rodents.
Wednesday April 11, 2018. Ms. Sarah O'Flanagan
Sarah O'Flanagan is the Program Coordinator of the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. The mandate of the Program (DDP) is to provide clinical education to medical students, residents, physicians and other health care providers, as well as to facilitate and produce scholarly research on developmental disabilities. The DDP is currently involved in a number of research studies investigating what Psychitary Residents are taught specific to developmental disabilities through their residency across Canada.
Wednesday May 9, 2018. Dr. Marc Joanisse
Dr. Joanisse is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Western University, and the Associate Chair, Graduate Affairs. His research focuses on language acquisition, language processing, and connectionist models. He is primarily interested in how children acquire their first language, and how language is represented in the brain. This includes work on developmental disorders of language and reading, such as specific language impairment (SLI) and dyslexia. He is also involved in research using brain imaging techniques such as functional MRI to better understand the brain bases of speech perception, reading and grammatical morphology. This research includes using connectionist models to derive predictions for behavioural and imaging studies, and using these models to better understand how general constraints on articulation, perception and statistical learning influence how humans learn and process language.
Wednesday June 13, 2018. Dr. Shiva Singh.
Dr. Shiva Singh is a Professor in the Department of Biology at Western University. His research program on genetic variation, including human molecular genetics deals with genetic and epigenetic factors associated with complex diseases and phenotypes with a focus on neurogenomics. It uses whole genome based methods (microarrays; expressed, SNPs and methylation specific oligonucleotide microarrays and complete genome sequences) in studies on Schizophrenia, Alcoholism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Cancers. .
Our final presentation of the 2016/2017 academic year was held on Wednesday June 14, 2017. It featured a presentation by Dr. Russell Schachar.
Russell Schachar is a staff psychiatrist at the Hospital for Sick Children and senior scientist in the Research Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. After graduating from medical school at the University of Toronto, he completed his residency in psychiatry at McMaster University after which he took up a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, under the supervision of Professor Sir Michael Rutter. Returning to the Hospital for Sick Children, he established a clinical-research programme in neuropsychiatry specializing in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Dr. Ryan Stevenson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Western University presented in December 2016.
You can view December's session below.
You can view November's session below.
You can view September's session below.
The Developmental Disabilities Program will host the 16th annual Developmental Disabilities Spring CPD on Wednesday April 18, 2018, at the Windermere Manor.
This year we will welcome the following speakers;
Dr. Joyce So
Dr. Joyce So is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her research interests are Identification and characterization of rare genetic variants in psychiatric populations. Dr. So will speak about rare genetic conditions, and when health care providers should send their patients with developmental disabilities for genetic testing.
Dr. Nicole Neil
Dr. Nicole Neil is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, and holds a cross appointment to the Developmental Disabilities Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. Dr. Neil is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and she is the Coordinator of the MPED in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her research interests are Applied behavior analytic interventions for individuals with Down syndrome and Fragile X Syndrome, Assessment and treatment of comorbid mental health diagnoses for individuals with developmental disabilities, optimizing intervention intensity in behavior-analytic instruction for individuals with developmental disabilities, and social skills and support programs for children with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Neil will speak about behavior interventions that primary and other health care providers can suggest and/or provide for their patients with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Rob Nicolson
Dr. Rob Nicolson is the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Program, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. He is a Child Psychiatrist at the Child and Parent Resource Institute, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. He is also a Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute.
Dr. Nicolson will speak about pharmaceutical options for behavior intervention in individuals with developmental disabilities.
A flyer for this event, as well as learning objectives for each speaker will be available here shortly.
Note; Registration is now open for this event. Please email Sarah O'Flanagan at email@example.com to register.
We accept 50 registrants for this event, and registration fills up quickly.
Lunch is provided for each participant, and there is no cost to register.
The Developmental Disabilities Program hosted the 15th Annual Spring CPD on March 29, 2017 at the Windermere Manor.
This year we welcomed Dr. Amer Burhan (Associate Professor and Chair - Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University), Dr. Michael Mak (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University) and Louis Busch, (BST, M. Ed., BCaBA. Behavioural Therapist, Forensic Rehabilitation Unit D, Complex Care & Recovery Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. President, Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis, Coordinator, Ontario Behaviour Analytic Community of Practice), to speak about Developmental Disabilities in the aging population, sleep disorders in the developmentally disabled population, and behaviour analysis for severe Pica (respectively).
The slides for these presentations can be viewed below.
Dr. Amer Burhan; Slides.
Dr. Michael Mak; Slides.
Louis Busch. Mr. Busch has recently published a paper in the journal "Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders" that focuses on this presentation. You can read that article here; https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs41252-018-0053-9.pdf
The 14th Annual Developmental Disabilities Spring CPD was held on April 13, 2016. This year we welcomed;
1. Heather Bailey - Occupational Therapist, who spoke about sensory issues in people with developmental disabilities. View Heather's entire presentation below.
2. Joan Gardiner - Speech Language Therapist, who spoke about communication disorders in people with developmental disabilties.
View Joan's entire presentation below.
3. Stephanie Gratton from Developmental Services Ontario, who spoke about navigating the DSO system.
View Stephanie's entire presentation below.