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Scientific Symposium

September 21 @ 8:30 am - September 22 @ 1:30 pm

Scientific Symposium

50th Anniversary Scientific Symposium

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Event Details

September 21 | 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
September 22 | 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
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When: September 21 & 22, 2023
9:00 PM –5:00 PM
Where: Waisman Center
Friends of the Waisman Center Auditorium
1500 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
About: Hear about latest advances in autism, Down syndrome, functional genomics, and imaging research plus promising Waisman translational research in the areas of autism (Leann DaWalt), degenerative eye disease (David Gamm), Parkinson’s disease (Su-Chun Zhang).
Registration: Coming Soon
Sponsor This Event: Download the Scientific Symposium Sponsorship Form

Schedule & Program

Thursday, September 21

8:30 am
— Breakfast —
9:00 am Welcome and Introduction to the Waisman Center
Qiang Chang, PhD, Director
9:15 am Theme: Functional Genomics
Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD

Univ. of California San Francisco
10:15 am Waisman Research Spotlight
Daifeng Wang, PhD

James Li, PhD

Andre Sousa, PhD
11:00 am
— Break —
11:15 am Theme: Imaging
Cynthia Rogers, MD
Washington University St. Louis
12:15 pm — Lunch —
1:00 pm Waisman Research Spotlight
Doug Dean, PhD

Audra Sterling, PhD

Ruth Litovsky, PhD
1:45 pm — Break —
2:00 pm
Waisman Research Spotlight
Xinyu Zhao, PhD

Luigi Puglielli, MD, PhD

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT

Katie Hustad, PhD
3:00 pm Theme: Autism
Catherine Lord, PhD
Univ. of California Los Angele
4:00 pm Waisman Research Spotlight
Maureen Durkin, PhD

Brittany Travers, PhD

Andy Alexander, PhD
4:45 pm Waisman Training Spotlight
5:00 pm — Poster Session —


Friday, September 22

8:30 am
— Breakfast —
9:00 am Theme: Down Syndrome
Mara Dierssen, PhD
Centre for Genomic Regulation
10:00 am Waisman Research Spotlight
Sigan Hartley, PhD
Brad Christian, PhD
Anita Bhattacharyya, PhD
Qiang Chang, PhD
11:00 am — Lunch —
12:00 pm Promising Waisman Translational Research
Leann DaWalt, PhD
David Gamm, MD, PhD
Su-Chun Zhang, MD, PhD


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September 21 @ 8:30 am
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Teresa Palumbo
(608) 263-5837
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Friends of the Waisman Center Auditorium
1500 Highland Ave, 1st Floor Annex
Madison, WI 53565 United States
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