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Autism, ADHD and Developmental Disabilities through the Lifespan - Biological and Environmental Perspectives

<em>Celebrity Constellation</em>
Celebrity Constellation
9-Night Croatia, Italy & Spain Cruise Conference
from Venice, Italy to Barcelona, Spain
August 25 - September 03, 2019
14.0 CE Credits for Psychologists
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
14.0 MOC (Part II) points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
4 Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
14 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants
$695 for Nurse Practitioners
$495 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Faculty

Raun David Melmed, MD, FAAP

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician
Director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale, Arizona
Co-founder and Medical Director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center
  Dr. Melmed is on on faculty at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona in Tucson. 
Dr. Melmed earned his medical training at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and completed a fellowship at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston, where he was an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics He is board certified in Pediatrics and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 

Dr. Melmed has set up nationally recognized physician training programs for the early identification of infants and toddlers with developmental and behavioral concerns and authored a program geared toward the early screening for autism spectrum disorders. He is the author of Succeeding with Difficult Children, Autism: Early Intervention, Autism and the Extended Family and Marvin's Monster Diary-ADHD Attacks. His latest book for children, Timmy's Monster Diary: Screen Time Attacks!, will be published in the fall of 2017.
Dr. Melmed is an investigator of novel psychopharmacological agents in the treatment of autism, Fragile X and ADHD and collaborates on studies of tools used in the diagnosis of developmental disorders. 

I. Leslie Rubin, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
Co-director, Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, Emory University School of Medicine 
Founder, Break the Cycle of Health Disparities, Inc.
Medical Director, Developmental Pediatrics Specialists
Atlanta, GA  Dr. Rubin is originally from South Africa where he trained in Pediatrics and immigrated to the USA in 1976. He was initially at the Hospitals of the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. In 1980 he moved to The Children's Hospital in Boston and the Harvard Medical School where he spent 14 years. He has been in Atlanta, Georgia since 1994 where he was on faculty at Emory University until 204 when he joined the Morehouse School of Medicine. He is a Developmental Pediatrician who is committed to serving children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities with a particular focus on the environmental impact of social and economic factors on the health, growth and development of children. 

Since 1998 he has been involved with the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at the School of Public Health at Emory, where he has integrated his understanding of Developmental Disabilities and applied this to populations of children who had been exposed to adverse environmental circumstances particularly in the city of Anniston Alabama, which was a formative factor in his academic and professional development. In May 2004, he founded the Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability, which is dedicated to improving awareness and understanding of the relationship between social and economic disadvantage and disabilities in children. He has also been collaborating with colleagues in Chile since 2006 towards of developing promoting children's environmental health in Chile. 

His research projects include Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities, one goal of which is to cultivate future leaders to address the challenges of children's environmental health disparities, Healthcare without Walls, which looks at creating a Medical Home for Homeless Children and Project GRANDD, which serves grandparents of low income minority communities who are the primary care givers for their grandchildren with disabilities. 

He has had a number of publications, most significantly the co-editor with Allen Crocker of Delivery of Medical Care for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities. 2nd Edition, and of Safe and Healthy School Environments Oxford University Press, with his colleagues at the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at Emory, as well as 5 monographs on Break the Cycle student papers.

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Target Audience
Nurses, Nurse PractitionersPsychiatrist, PsychologistsPhysicians, Physician Assistants, PharmacistsPediatricians
Program Purpose / Objectives
Topics:
  • Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
  • Prematurity and its Consequences
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Children’s Environmental Health
  • Environmental Health Disparities
  • Environmental Influences on Fetal Growth and Development
  • Medical Care for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities
  • Autism in Children and Adolescents
  • Autism in Adulthood
  • ADHD in Children and Adolescents
  • ADHD in Adulthood
  • Anxiety Disorders in Children

Objectives:
  • Orientation to the Course - need to understand the context of developmental disabilities in children
  • Prenatal factors - important to appreciate the vulnerability of the fetus to prenatal influences and exposures
  • Premature infants are vulnerable to CNS insults which result in developmental disabilities - need to appreciate the improved knowledge
  • Cerebral palsy is the prototype of a motor disability- need to understand the complexities in presentation and management
  • Children are uniquely vulnerable to environmental factors- need to appreciate and understand both positive and negative
  • Children who grow up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage - these children are more vulnerable
  • Children who have developmental disabilities are more likely to have associated medical problems and we need to be aware of them, in order to to identify and treat them
  • Identify common medical problems co-occurring with autism
  • Identify the challenges that adults with autism encounter
  • Implement screening and treatment programs in ADHD
  • Screen for adults with ADHD in their practices
  • Have an improved understanding of the way anxiety disorders manifest in children
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Sun Aug 25 Venice, Italy
- 4:30 pm
Mon Aug 26 Zadar, Croatia
7:00 am 5:00 pm
Tue Aug 27 Dubrovnik, Croatia
10:00 am 10:00 pm
Wed Aug 28 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Aug 29 Catania, Sicily, Italy
8:00 am 8:00 pm
Fri Aug 30 Valletta, Malta
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Sat Aug 31 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Sep 01 Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
9:00 am 7:00 pm
Mon Sep 02 Valencia, Spain
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Tue Sep 03 Barcelona, Spain
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
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Ports of Call

Venice, Italy - Venice is possibly the most romantic place you'll ever visit. It seems almost redundant to describe the charms of Venice. The cafes of St. Mark's Square, Palazzo-lined canals plied by gondolas, the elegant Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore: Venice is one impossibly beautiful sight after next. A great collection of Renaissance era art is housed at Gallerie dell'Accademia. Or, if you prefer modern art, Venice is home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. And, if you want to enjoy a truly special meal while here, visit one of the excellent restaurants of the Associazione dei Ristoranti della Buona Accoglienza.

Still not sure how you'll entertain yourself? Here's the New York Times' take on how to get the most out of your time in Venice (published June 12, 2014) 36 Hours in Venice

Zadar, Croatia - Zadar is blessed with beautiful natural surroundings. The city faces an Adriatic archipelago that is one of the best sailing areas in the world. With its mild winters and warm summer, Zadar offers inhabitants and visitors an excellent environment for work and leisure.

Zadar is bordered by four national parks: the untouched Kornati Islands, the breathtaking Velebit mountains, the winding Krka River and the peaceful Plitvice Lakes. Other natural sites include the canyon of the river Zrmanja and the caves at Cerovac. These places are ideal for swimming, diving, boating, surfing, tracking, climbing and even skiing.

Dubrovnik, Croatia - This ancient city is set on a peninsula and surrounded by a 1,000 year old protective wall. Said to be one of the prettiest spots in the world, it is as if you stepped back in time.

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Catania, Sicily, Italy - Catania is one of the major cities in Sicily and is located on the island's eastern coast between Taormina and Syracuse (see Sicily map). Catania is on a major rail line and has an airport with flights to and from mainland Italy and other European cities. Catania Top Sights: Greek and Roman Archeological Park with remains of an amphitheater, Odeon, Greek acropolis, Roman forum, catacombs, and baths.

Valletta, Malta - Tiny Malta abounds in forts and temples. In Valletta, wander through the ornate Grand Master's Palace of the Knights of St. John. Within the thick walls of Medina, the Silent City (no cars), visit the serene Baroque cathedral.

Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain - Floating gemlike off Spain's Mediterranean Riviera, these islands offer you pearls, pottery and perfectly sublime sandy beaches. Visit Valldemosa, where George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent a romantic winter in 1838.

Valencia, Spain - World-famous architect Santiago Calatrava has made his mark on Valencia with the impressive City of Arts and Sciences (Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències). This beautiful complex consists of a cinema, garden, theater, planetarium, science museum and more!

Barcelona, Spain -

Barcelona is a one of the world's great cities. Stroll down her tree-lined boulevards, the magnificent Passeig de Gràcia or the more touristed Las Ramblas. On the Passeig, shop a serious fashion district while marveling at examples of Mordenisme architecture, seemingly sculpted from the stuff of dreams (Gaudi's masterpiece of a family home, Casa Batlló is well worth a visit). If a trip on the Passeig hasn't convinced you of Gaudi's genius, a visit to La Sagrada Familia Cathedral will do the trick; this fantastic, soaring marvel will live on in your memory long after you've returned.

Not far from the Passeig and just north of Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter (the Barri Gotic) provides an abundance of shopping opportunities for all tastes, and a bit of European history to boot - check out the tranquil Cathedral of Barcelona. To see a bit of local life a visit to a food market is a quick, fun detour: try Santa Caterina near the Cathedral or Mercado de La Boqueria, right off of Las Ramblas.

Barcelona's food is also a highlight: stop into a tapas bar and try a variety of delicacies. "Standard" restaurants of every style are available, too. And, there's music, too! Visit an underground jazz club or the magnificent Palau de la Música Catalana; or stop by the Palau Dalmases for a stunning, flamenco performance (it's near the Picasso museum). Did we mention art? One of the largest collections of Picasso's art is found at the Museau Picasso, and a great collection of contemporary, figurative (i.e not abstract) painting and sculpture is housed at the European Museum of Modern Art just around the corner.

It's probably clear by now that you really can't get it all done in a day (even if all means "just the must-sees"). So, stay for a day or three in the Gothic Quarter or near Plaça de Catalunya and really get a feel for what makes Barcelona such a wonderful place. Partly it's the result of the "accidents" of its history and present: as the regional capital of Spain's prosperous Catalunya region, Barcelona has a "flavor" that is a bit of a mix between Spanish and French (it's located quite close to the French border). Yes, you can practice your Spanish here - it attracts Spaniards from throughout the country - but you'll also see and hear Catalan with it's own charm. You won't regret you time here.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
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