November 5–6
AT&T Conference Center, Austin, TX.


Registration is open on a space available basis. To inquire about attending, or for other assistance, contact Susan Onion, Conference Planner, at  .

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Please join us on November 5th and 6th in Austin to hear from experts in developmental brain sciences and those that are working to turn that science into viable community change.

This invitation-only summit is a collaboration between The Department of Family and Protective Services, The Department of State Health Services, Population Health at the University of Texas System Administration with support from Episcopal Health Foundation and St. David’s Foundation.

The pediatric brain health initiative is a multi-sector, multi-agency collaboration focused on the prenatal to three-year-old developmental window. The purpose of the initiative is to use the current science on pediatric brain development to help inform and support programs that promote community resilience and optimal development in Texas’ children. Further, the initiative will work towards educating community partners and the public about the importance of promoting early brain health as a necessary component of promoting the long-term health of Texans.

 The Texas Pediatric Brain Health Summit is the first step towards realizing and building the details of that initiative. The summit will feature internationally recognized experts in the field and innovative work happening here in Texas. Attendees will discuss the needs in Texas and how we, as a state, can help support and promote optimal development in our youngest children.     


Tentative Agenda

Monday November 5, 2018

10:00–10:30   Welcome and overview

10:30–11:30   State Panel: What is pediatric brain health?


Developing resilient brain circuits in young children
Dr. Judy Cameron, University of Pittsburg

12:30–1:30   lunch


Lasting epigenetic impact of early life adversity
Dr. Frances Champagne, University of Texas at Austin

2:30–3:30   Break out session: The Brain Architecture Game

3:30–3:45   break


Panel: Community programs working to build resilience
Angelica Stafford, Victoria County Public Health Department
Carol Marlar, North Texas Area United Way

5:15–5:30   closing


Tuesday November 6, 2018


Panel: Addressing childhood adversity in the pediatric clinic
Dr. Louis Appel, People’s Clinic
Dr. Teresa Duryea, Texas Children's Hospital Primary Care Practice

9:30–10:30   Interactive break out session: Understanding the needs in the state


How to talk about pediatric brain health
Dr. Julie Sweetland, Frameworks Institute

11:30–12:30   lunch


Building a pediatric brain health initiative
Dr. Michelle Gagnon, Alberta Family Wellness Initiative

1:30–2:30   Interactive break out session: Overview of programs and policies

2:30–2:45   break

2:45–3:45   Closing State panel: now and in the future

3:45–4:00   Closing