Row 1: D Schonfeld, K Mason, M Zimmer
Row 2: K Edwards, K Kroeger-Goeppinger, R Gurwitch, S Wiley, R Parrish
Row 3: S Oppenheimer, T Froehlich, P Manning, D Schor, J Anixt, S Bishop, D Murray, R Gilman, H Castillo, S Grether
Children’s Joins DBPNet
In September 2010, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau awarded funding to establish the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Research Network – DBPNet. This network, which includes Cincinnati Children’s, involves 12 of the country’s leading clinical, training and research programs and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Combined, the programs have 93 faculty, more than 100 affiliated psychology faculty and 46 fellows. David Schonfeld, MD, division director , co-chairs the Research Protocol Development and Review Subcommittee. The mission of DBPNet is to conduct research and support training that optimizes the health and functional status of children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.
Spina Bifida Association
In June 2010, Cincinnati hosted the 37th National Conference of the Spina Bifida Association. At that conference, the association awarded Sonya Oppenheimer, MD, former division director, with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her more than 30 years of contributions to the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics.
Special Olympics Executives Visit
In December 2010, the division hosted Tim Shriver, PhD, chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Special Olympics, and Darcie Mersereau, vice president of health programs for Special Olympics International. During pediatric grand rounds, Shriver presented “Special Olympics: Advancing the Health of People with Intellectual Disabilities.” He facilitated a follow-up symposium involving Special Olympic athletes, leadership of Special Olympics from the Tristate area and other community partners to discuss how to build community support to promote the health of Special Olympic athletes and others with intellectual disabilities. He also met with researchers within the division to explore areas of collaboration. Katy Krohn, PhD, a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities trainee and psychology postdoctoral student in the division, was selected to be a student delegate to the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, to continue research she has initiated through local Special Olympics chapters.
International RTS Conference
In July 2010, the Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RTS) Program, along with the RTS-OKI (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) Support Group, hosted an international conference in Covington, KY, that involved more than 120 families, 20 speakers and 50 volunteers.