The 11th BDA International Conference Opens Today!

The 11th BDA International Conference Opens Today!

Latest Research & Evidence from Worldwide Experts

Today marks the start of the 11th BDA International Conference with high profile speakers from across the world.

The Telford International Centre will be buzzing with hundreds of delegates attending to connect with and hear from experts in neuro-science, literacy, numeracy and other topics related to dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. There are a whole host of interesting and enlightening sessions to attend, led by many leading experts.

As well as hearing from keynote speakers, attending workshops and masterclass sessions, there are networking events for speakers, delegates, sponsors and exhibitors including a drinks reception with Lord Addington on Thursday 12th April, 6-8 pm and the Mayor's Reception on Friday 13th April, 4.30-6.30 pm which will include a speech from the talented dyslexic designer of the Telford International Centre, Aidan Ridyard.

The International Conference is a great opportunity to hear evidence from newly released research including:

  • Professor Simon Fisher, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen will be talking on 'A genomic perspective on speech, language and reading'

Professor Fisher has been involved with a paper on whole genome sequencing of children with developmental speech problems which was recently published online in the Molecular Psychiatry Journal. Professor Fisher will explain more about the main findings during his keynote speech on Friday afternoon. This most recent speech-related work shows how new sequencing technologies can find novel genes involved in these disorders.

  • Professor Victor van Daal, Edgehill University, sharing his research showing that reading is not only about phonics. 'Phonics allows you to make a good start and sometimes some recovery, but more needs to be done to become a fluent reader and speller.'
  • Professor Manuel Casnova, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, presenting data showing that both imaging and postmortem studies indicate differences in brain connectivity that help characterise neurodevelopmental conditions, such as dyslexia and autism.  'Brain connectivity is defined by a bias in short vs long connections that help integrate different areas of the brain.  In the general population, this bias in connectivity falls within a distribution having different cognitive profiles at its tail ends.  Neuroimaging techniques can be used to define structural characteristics that could provide for an early diagnosis and use neuromodulatory techniques to enhance some of the cognitive strengths exemplified by these neurodevelopmental conditions.'


Notes to Editors:

For more information about the British Dyslexia Association and how it is helping to raise awareness and create a dyslexia-friendly society for all, please visit our main website or get in touch.

The BDA International Conference is sponsored by Microsoft, Scanning Pens and Nessy.

There is an event specifically for Parents and Carers running on Saturday 14th April, at just £20 per person.


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