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.
2018 Theme: Biological and Cultural Perspectives on the Family: Implications for IDD
New discoveries in biological markers have clear implications for early detection, prevention and treatment of conditions associated with intellectual and developmental and disabilities (IDD). Indeed, there is increased recognition of the critical role of biomarkers in increasing the precision with which we understand a spectrum of conditions in this era of “personalized medicine.”
However, the relationship between biomarkers and behavior is complicated and our understanding of complex traits such as IDD will be best understood when the influence of culture, race, and ethnicity are integrated with biology within a family systems perspective. A family systems perspective recognizes the myriad roles that families play…