Fragile X Syndrome Research Workshop Monday 21 May 2018 - Edinburgh


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This event is a collaboration between the Fragile X Society and the Patrick Wild Centre at the University of Edinburgh. It is primarily aimed at researchers and other professionals involved in the world of Fragile X syndrome but a number of tickets are available for families. The details of the event are set out below and free tickets are available here: Tickets

Venue: Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh. Link to Venue Details

Map: Link to Map

09.00 - 09.25 Arrival and Registration
09.25 - 09.30 Welcome

Session 1: Neurobiology and Genetics

09.30 - 10.15 Keynote 1 – Dr. Sébastien Jacquemont
Clinical trials in Fragile X syndrome. Lessons learned and implications for neurodevelopmental disorders.

10.15 - 11.05 Five 10 minute flash talks
Antonis Asiminas: Sustained correction of associative learning deficits following brief, early treatment in a rat model of fragile X syndrome.
Sam Booker: Altered structure-function relationship of dendritic spines in the developing somatosensory cortex in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome.
Laura Simoes De Oliveira: Structural changes in the axon initial segment contribute to altered neuronal excitability in rodent models of fragile X syndrome.
Joanna Smith: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging in a Rat Model of Fragile X Syndrome.
Christos Gogcas: The role of Mmp9 in fragile X syndrome.

11.05 - 11.35 Coffee and posters

Session 2: Family perspectives and cognitive research

11.35 - 12.00 Keynote 2 – Craig McDonald
A Family Perspective

12.00 - 13.00 Six 10 minute flash talks
Sue Fletcher-Watson: The Family in Residence: a way to engage with patient and participant communities.
Elise Ng-Cordell: A longitudinal investigation of autistic symptomatology and pragmatic language difficulties in young boys with fragile X syndrome.
Charlotte Tye: Associations between social and non-social attention and later ASD symptoms in infants with tuberous sclerosis complex: Implications for fragile X syndrome.
Hayley Crawford: Social avoidance emerges in infancy and persists into adulthood in fragile X syndrome.
Katherine Ellis: An experimental study of sociability in fragile X syndrome.
Laura Groves: The prevalence of anxiety disorders in fragile X syndrome

13:00 - 14.00 Lunch and posters

Session 3: Educational and Clinical perspectives

14.00 - 14.50 Five 10 minute flash talks
Jacalyn Guy: The effects of social distraction on attention and memory in fragile X syndrome: An eye-tracking study
Sonya Campbell: A trial of an online working memory training intervention for individuals with fragile X syndrome.
Gaia Scerif: Mapping longitudinal change over educational settings in boys with fragile X syndrome.
Nermin Khalil: Cognitive emotional dysregulation in FMR1 gene premutation carrier mothers of children with fragile X syndrome.
Rachel Hale: Social and ethical implications of fragile x screening: the families’ views.

14.50 - 15.20: Coffee and posters

Session 4: Looking forward

15.20 - 16.20: Keynote 3 – Jeremy Turk
Research & Clinical Practice; where we have come from and where we might be going

16.20 - 17.00: Discussion: Next steps

Evening: Optional Networking Dinner

There are no creche facilities available on this occasion.