2017 Conference Attendees!!

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's 10th anniversary International Conference on Neural Tube Defects.  It was a huge success, thanks to all of you!

And a special thanks to our conference organizers: Drs. Richard Finnell, Laura Mitchell, Philip Lupo, and John Wallingford.

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The Marcy Speer Award Winners for 2017

The Marcy Speer award is given out at each meeting of the International Neural Tube Defect Conference to the pre-and post-doctoral trainees whose presentation was ranked the best by a panel of distinguished scholars.   The competition is always intense, as all of the participants bring their finest work to the meeting.  This year there was a tie for the best presentation by a pre-doctoral student.  Ms. Amanda Baumholtz from Dr. Aimee Ryan’s laboratory at McGill University in Montreal and Ms. Micah Ross of Brigham Young University Provo, Utah ran away with the award.  Amanda’s work on Claudins and neural tube defects is about complete and she will be on the postdoctoral job market soon!  Ms. Ross works on redox potentials in embryos challenged by developmental toxicants.  Amanda and Micah have both attended the conference before.  A first-time attendee who impressed the judges enough to win the Speer Award for postdoctoral trainees was Dr. Jitao Zhang of the University of Maryland.  His presentation on measuring stiffness in embryonic tissues microscopically was extremely impressive!  Force matters in closing the neural tube. Congratulations to Jitao, Amanda and Micah, and really, to all of the trainees.  The efforts they put forth give us great hope that the future looks bright for the NTD research community.

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A big THANK YOU to our amazing sponsors...

Sponsors
 

We are grateful to the following for their generous sponsorship of the 10th International Conference on Neural Tube Defects.
 

  • NIH Institutes (NICHD, NINDS and NIEHS)**

  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health

  • Fibich and Associates PC

  • The Susan Wayne Strauss Charitable Foundation

  • Michael W. Kessler, Attorney at Law

  • Phillips & Paolicelli LLC, Waters & Kraus, Cooney & Conway, and the Thornton Law Firm

**Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by NIH grant R13HD093414 (NIH Institutes: NICHD, NINDS and NIEHS). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the NIH; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

 

HOTEL DEADLINE is September 5

Please note that our HOTEL BLOCK deadline is September 5.  Our current room rate is $189 per day.  If you book your hotel room after September 5, you will have to contact the hotel directly and pay the $209 daily rate.  So DON’T DELAY!!!  Book your hotel room ASAP at this link: http://ntdconference.com/accomodations/   

NEW THIS YEAR: NEED A ROOMMATE??  If you want to keep hotel costs down, we now have a form you can fill out to find a conference roommate.  Please see the link below.  The sooner you add yourself to this roommate list, the sooner you can find one!!  Don’t delay.

https://goo.gl/forms/r0u90FNHnupYi4d22

 ** If you registered yourself for a roommate, click this link to find a match!!  Check back often as more people register themselves for a roommate, the list will update itself.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oFAwrpkneqNKtd6Nli-QElpa64el9M9JxpKQgzuSTr4/edit?usp=sharing

We hope to see you in October!!!
Jen

Now accepting ABSTRACTS!!!

We are now accepting abstracts for the 10th International Conference on Neural Tube Defects!!!  Submissions are limited to a single page, Word document, with 0.75-inch margins and 12-point font, and must include:

  • Title
  • Author(s) – presenting author in bold
  • Affiliation(s)
  • Summary of work to be presented
  • Contact information for the corresponding author, including email address
  • Research Category: Genomics of NTDs, Developmental Biology, Clinical Consequences of NTDs, Emerging Technology or Other
  • Presentation Category: Pre-doctoral Trainee Presentation; Post-doctoral Trainee Presentation
  • Preferred presentation format: platform, poster

Please do not include images, graphics, or references as part of your submission. They will be deleted from the abstract booklet.  Abstracts must be emailed as a WORD document to jgilmore@austin.utexas.edu by Saturday, August 12th.

Thanks,
Jen

Registration is NOW OPEN!!!

Thank you for your patience as we've been putting this conference together.  We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 10th International Conference on Neural Tube Defects, to be held October 1-4, 2017, in Austin, TX.  This year’s focus will be on:

-       Genomics of NTDs-Efforts at Major Collaborations
-       Developmental Biology
-       Clinical Consequences of NTDs-Hydrocephalus
-       Emerging Technologies

REGISTRATION

Click here to register.  If you are a postdoctoral fellow or PhD candidate, please complete the trainee registration - $325*.  Otherwise, regular registration is $450*.

LODGING

The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is the host hotel for the International Conference on Neural Tube Defects.  The room rate is $189/night, plus applicable taxes and fees.  If you want to enjoy everything our city has to offer before the conference begins, we've arranged for a limited number of rooms to be available for check in starting as early as Friday, September 29.

We hope to see you here in Austin in October!

Rick Finnell
Laura Mitchell
Philip Lupo
John Wallingford
Your conference co-organizers

* Please note the increase in registration rates are to accommodate the rising costs of hosting this conference, and decreased funding from supporters.  We appreciate your understanding.

Funding Statement

 

 

 

 

 

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by Grant 1 R13 HD084156-01 from the

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and

moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human

Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply

endorsement by the U.S. Government.

 

Poster Specifications

Posters can be designed in Powerpoint: In Page Setup, set the size you would like your poster to be. For example, 42" x 60" or 36" x 54".  Typical font size for the poster title at this scale would be around 90, with poster text around 24.

Posters can also be designed in Adobe Illustrator: Set the poster up (when you create the document) to scale (36 or 42 inches tall by less than 60 inches long). 

Message re: Abstract Deadline

Dear Neural Tube Defect Research Community,

I want to thank those of you who have managed to meet one of our three abstract deadlines and submitted your abstract and registered for the conference.  Now for the remaining 50% of you (and you know who you are), it is time to get serious.  We cannot put the Program together because we want to include your work (again, you know who you are) but we cannot if we cannot review your abstracts. And on a personal note, I am financially liable to the tune of $100,000 if we don’t make our room commitment with the ATT Center.  While I am expecting a modest raise on September 1st, it is unlikely to cover this bill.  So PLEASE REGISTER, PLEASE GET A ROOM, PLEASE SEND ME YOUR ABSTRACTS!  We will continue to accept registrations up until the meeting or space available.  We will accept abstracts until September 10th, although your chance of getting a platform presentation decreases with the passing of time.

We look forward to seeing y’all in Texas.

Rick, Laura, Philip and John 

Second Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission is now open for the 9th International Conference on Neural Tube Defects to be held in Austin, Texas, October 26-29, 2015.

Abstracts must be emailed as a WORD document to ntd2015@utlists.utexas.edu by Sunday, August 30th.

This year’s agenda will focus on:

  • Environmental Determinants of NTDs
  • Genetics and Development Biology
  • Emerging Technologies (e.g., genomics, metabolomics, imaging)

Submission Guidelines can be found under the NTD 2015 tab.

Conference Registration is Now Open

Complete the online registration form and then proceed to payments. The link will pop up after registration has been completed to navigate to the online store that accepts credit cards. If a different payment method is selected, a conference organizer will follow-up with instructions via email.

Here is the link as well: TxShop. When completing the form, indicate a quantity of 1 in the first box and then add the number of participants in the categories below. Registration fees can be paid for multiple participants, but ensure that a registration form is completed for each individual participant.

Questions? Send an email to satterbe@austin.utexas.edu.

The first day of the NTD conference will start at 5 pm - 7 pm on 10/26/15.

 

Hotel Reservation Website is Available

Online hotel reservations are now available online for the NTD Conference via the following link: 

Click here for Hotel Reservations. The reservation code is NTDCON1015. September 28, 2015 is the cut-off date.

If you prefer the option of phone reservations, please use the following dedicated Group Reservations phone numbers in order to make sure to access special block rates and you book within the block.

Reservations Toll Free: 877-744-8822
Reservations Local Phone: 512-404-3600

First Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission is now open for the 9th International Conference on Neural Tube Defects to be held in Austin, Texas, October 26-29, 2015.

Abstracts must be emailed as a WORD document to ntd2015@utlists.utexas.edu by Sunday, August 30th.

This year’s agenda will focus on:

  • Environmental Determinants of NTDs
  • Genetics and Development Biology
  • Emerging Technologies (e.g., genomics, metabolomics, imaging)

Submission Guidelines can be found under the NTD 2015 tab.

Save the Date!

The dates have been confirmed for the 9th Annual Conference on Neural Tube Defects. The 2015 conference will be held October 26-29 in Austin, Texas.

More information will follow soon...

2013 Winners of the Marcy C. Speer Memorial Award for Best Student Paper


Marcy C. Speer Memorial Award  
Marcy C. Speer Memorial Award  

Congratulations to the 2013 winners of the Marcy C. Speer Memorial Award, Dr. Ran Blekhman and Ms. Juliette R. Petersen.

Dr. Finnell with Dr. Blekhman

Dr. Finnell with Dr. Blekhman

2013 Post-Doctoral Winner

Dr. Ran Blekhman

University of Minnesota

“Using Deep Whole-Genome Sequencing to Understand the Role of Non-Coding Genetic Variation in Complex Developmental Disease”

 

Dr. Finnell with Ms. Petersen

Dr. Finnell with Ms. Petersen

2013 Pre-Doctoral Winner

Ms. Juliette R. Petersen

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

University of Colorado Denver

“Towards an Understanding of the Role of Folic Acid in Neural Tube Closure”