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

Celebrity's Classic Celebrity Constellation
Celebrity Constellation

9-Night Croatia, Italy & Spain Cruise Conference
from Venice, Italy to Barcelona, Spain
August 25 - September 3, 2019

14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
14 Contact Hours
14 CE Credits for Psychologists
4 Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
14 MOC (Part II) points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program

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

BIAS FREE CME - No Commercial Support was provided for this CME activity.

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.
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
Research Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine
Co-director of the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Unit (PEHSU) in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University
President and Founder of Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability (ISDD)
Medical Director of Developmental Pediatric Specialists in Atlanta, Georgia

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.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Physicians, Pediatricians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Psychologists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  • 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
  • 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.

Accredited Continuing Medical Education Accreditation: Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: Continuing Education, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) .

Canadian Physicians: This activity is eligible for Section 1 credits in the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program . Participants must log into MAINPORT to claim this activity.

US or Canadian Family Physicians: Please let us know if you require AAFP Prescribed Credits.

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Nurse Practitioners: can claim either ANCC Contact Hours or AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ as needed.
Pharmacology credits are identified on individual activities.

ANCC Accredited Continuing Nursing Education
Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or used with an activity.

Approval: Continuing Education, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Continuing Education, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Designation: As an organization approved by the American Psychological Association, Continuing Education, Inc. is offering this activity for a maximum of 14 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be given for partial attendance.

MOC Accreditation Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 14 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provide's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

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
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, 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 -
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
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