Conference registration and hotel reservations are now OPEN!

About the Gatlinburg Conference

The Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was established in the 1960's. The conference continues its tradition as one of the premier conferences in the United States for behavioral scientists conducting research in intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The past decade has brought renewed calls for improving quality of life outcomes for individuals with Down syndrome, the most common neurogenetic syndrome associated with intellectual disability. Indeed, these renewed demands for translational research have prompted innovation in the biobehavioral research communities. Down syndrome is a multi-system disorder Father and Childthat affects biomedical and neurodevelopmental outcomes. Congenital and acquired medical complications, including congenital heart defects, gastrointestinal issues, and sleep apnea, influence developmental trajectories in Down syndrome in impactful ways and provide opportunities for collaborations between the clinical and biomedical communities. Unraveling links between biomedical, neurological, genetic and behavioral attributes can advance our understanding of the mechanisms underlying outcomes in Down syndrome. Ultimately, these findings can support the development of therapies and intervention programming that are tailored to address specific Down syndrome-related risk factors.

 The invited speakers for the 2019 plenary sessions represent a number of disciplinary perspectives, including neuroscience, neurobiology, genetics, psychiatry, and clinical medicine, to address basic and clinical science questions related to translational research in Down syndrome. Their work represents the forefront of translational research in Down syndrome and other neurogenetic disorders, and their presentations to the Gatlinburg Conference community will serve as a rich platform for scientific discussions for all attendees.

Pre-Conference Sessions
April 2, 2019

2:00-5:00pm (Contessa Ballroom)

Title: Performing and Understanding EEG Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Summary: The explosion of new techniques and less expensive equipment has led to a renaissance in event-related potentials (ERPs) and other forms of EEG research. Far less costly than fMRI, EEG has allowed a wide swath of researchers to make important contributions to understanding the psychology and neurobiology of IDD. The dark side of this revolution, however, is that errors in study design, analysis and interpretation may crop up in less experienced labs. Experienced investigators will help participants become more critical consumers of the EEG research literature and will provide ‘life lessons’ in building a strong EEG research program.”

5:00-7:00pm (Contessa Ballroom)

Title: Promoting reproducible science through strong data management: Gatlinburg Statistic and Methodology Pre-Conference

Summary: Good data management, which includes the acquisition, validation, and storage of data, is a foundational skill for any researcher, and guards against honest errors that may contribute to a lack of reproducibility. In this 2-hour workshop, we will discuss best practices in data management, including conceptual issues regarding the creation of a data management plan, construction of a data base, data entry, cleaning, annotating analytic code, and maintenance.

Date: April 3-5, 2019

Location: Hotel Contessa Luxury Hotel on the Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

Hotel Reservations: Hotel reservations will open December 2018

Conference Support

This conference is supported by grant number R13HD084155 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute on Aging.