NEWS | February 15, 2019

Expert in pediatric neurology to speak at North Pacific Child Neurology Colloquium


Tallie Baram, an internationally-recognized expert in pediatric neurology and neuroscience, will give the keynote address at this year’s North Pacific Child Neurology Colloquium on April 5 at the UC Davis Alumni Center.

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UC Davis Health’s Department of Neurology and UC San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital are co-hosting this annual regional event, which is designed for pediatricians, family practice providers, child neurologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, fellows, residents and medical students.

Baram’s keynote presentation, “How early-life experiences influence brain circuit maturation and promote vulnerability to neurological disorders,” will examine how brain circuits mature using trans-diagnostic and dimensional approaches to neuropsychiatric disease pathophysiology.

Baram is the Danette Shepard Professor of Neurological Sciences at the University of California-Irvine (UCI), and director of the UCI Conte Center and Epilepsy Research Center. As a child neurologist and neuroscientist, she is an internationally-recognized leader in studies of cognitive consequences of early-life and ‘modern-life’ stress on the developing brain. Baram has received several major awards, including the Cotzias Lecture and Award from the American Academy of Neurology in 2018, and the Basic Science Research Award from the American Epilepsy Society.

“We’re excited to host this year’s regional conference, and honored to have Dr. Baram as the keynote speaker,” said Celia Chang, pediatric neurology division chief at UC Davis Health’s Department of Neurology. “Attendees will get clinical updates on advancements in child neurology, and learn about cutting-edge research being done at UC Davis and UC San Francisco.”

The one-day event will feature a cross-section of speakers from different areas of expertise. Other presentations include:

  • “Strokes are different in little folks: When should we offer thrombectomy to children?” by Heather Fullerton, M.D., UCSF
  • “Newborn screening: Where we are and where we are going” by Madalena Martin, M.D., UC Davis
  • “The CRISPR promise: What’s on the horizon for neurogenetic disease?” by Alexander Fay, M.D., UCSF
  • “Changing your mind: Targeted epigenetic editing in the brain” by David J. Segal, Ph.D. , UC Davis
  • “Science and practice of mindfulness and compassion” by Philippe Goldin, Ph.D., UC Davis

This year’s conference also features several wellness activities, including a morning yoga session; the “Neuro Bowl,” a Jeopardy-style event where teams are quizzed on child neurology topics; and networking opportunities at the opening and closing receptions.

“Wellness is a new feature this year,” Chang said. “We recognize that physical and mental wellness is just as important as clinical research, and we want everyone to be able to participate in these activities.”

To register for the colloquium, visit