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

7-Night Alaska Hubbard Glacier Cruise
Round-trip Vancouver, British Columbia
May 28 - June 04, 2023
<em>Celebrity Eclipse</em>
Celebrity Eclipse
12 CE Credits for Psychologists
12 ASWB ACE Credits
12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
12 ACPE Credits
12.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$795 for Physician Assistants
$595 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

Target Audience
Psychologists, Social WorkersPhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
The purpose of these lectures is to teach appropriate, comprehensive, compassionate family focused and culturally competent medical care for patients with developmental behavioral and educational challenges. Through disease state education, physicians will feel more comfortable with the presenting conditions and will be able to incorporate evidenced based care, medical treatments and “caring” for those with these conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder in children and adults and  ADHD.

Almost by definition these conditions require collaboration with providers outside of the traditional office setting including psychologists, school personnel, speech and occupational therapists. The physician's role in being able to provide a medical home for those patients and in be being able to communicate with entire team will be emphasized. The same principles hold true in being able to collaborate with the multiple medical specialists so often seeing the patient, for example, the children with ASD who have severe gastrointestinal challenges along with seizures.

Children with developmental disabilities represent a diverse population with a variety of causes, a variety of conditions and a wide range of developmental, behavioral and medical manifestations. The care of children with developmental disabilities, therefore, requires an appreciation of the complexities of diagnosis, and management involving medical care, promotion of optimal development and education, and attention to social, emotional, environmental and economic factors that influence the children, the family and the community.

This series of lectures will provide for the audience a framework for understanding the complex set of conditions characterized as developmental disabilities. In addition, there will be an orientation to the genetic and environmental factors that result in developmental disabilities and we will offer strategies for addressing these challenges to promote optimal health and well being for the children.
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.
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

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. 

Alan Rubinow, MD

Alan Rubinow, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Medicine, Hadassah University Medical Center, Ein-Kerem
Jerusalem, Israel 
  Dr. Alan Rubinow was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and is a graduate of the Hadassah - Hebrew University School of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel. Following his residency in Internal Medicine he trained in Rheumatology and Allergy in the Division of Arthritis at the Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts. His main research interest during his seven year tenure in Boston was amyloidosis, particularly the hereditary and familial forms of the disease. 

He is American Board certified in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology and Allergy/ Clinical Immunology. Dr. Rubinow is Associate Professor of Medicine and Senior Physician in the Department of Medicine and past chairman of the Rheumatology unit. He is past Chairman of the Israel Rheumatology Society and past Chairman of the Board of Examinations in Rheumatology. 

He has been visiting professor at many international universities and medical schools where he was involved in teaching at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels: Indiana University School of Medicine (1994), University of Western Australia in Perth (2004) Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York City (2005), University of Cape Town, South Africa (2007) and University of Florence, Italy (2008). 

Prof. Rubinow was a member of the Board of Directors of Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI). He is the author of over 140 publications and chapters in books. 

In 1998 Prof. Rubinow was the recipient of the Feldman Foundation Fellowship and was Associate Visiting Professor of Medicine in the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University. He is a member of the Hadassah Medical Center Helsinki committee (Institutional Review Board) for research on human subjects, member of the ethics bureau of the Israel Medical Association and advisor to the Ombudsman in the Ministry of Health.

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Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
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Cruise Itinerary

DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Mon May 29 Alaska Inside Passage
- -
Tue May 30 Icy Strait Point, Alaska
1:30 pm 10:00 pm
Wed May 31 Hubbard Glacier
9:30 am 2:30 pm
Thu Jun 01 Juneau, Alaska
7:30 am 8:00 pm
Fri Jun 02 Ketchikan, Alaska
2:00 pm 8:30 pm
Sat Jun 03 Alaska Inside Passage
- -
Sun Jun 04 Vancouver, British Columbia
6:00 am -
Sun May 28 Vancouver, British Columbia
- 4:30 pm
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Alaska Inside Passage - Winding along the breathtaking coast of Alaska, the Inside Passage offers magnificent views of forested islands, rock-walled fjords and snowcapped mountains. Richly diverse flora and fauna are also on display.

Icy Strait Point, Alaska - Immerse yourself in secluded beaches, old-growth forests and Alaskan adventure - the best of Southeast Alaska is yours, including some of the best whale-watching and bear viewing opportunities anywhere.

Hubbard Glacier - Marching to the beat of a different drum, Hubbard Glacier is advancing while the rest of Alaska's ice rivers are receding rapidly. In 1986, Hubbard galloped forward, closing off Russell Fjord to create an entirely new lake. The phenomenon quickly passed and was followed by a short retreat, but the glacier is once again on the move and Russell Fjord is headed for another spell as an inland body of water.

Juneau, Alaska - You can’t get to Juneau easily without a sprint by air or by sea. But once you arrive you’ll find majestic views and rich culture in every corner. With its snowcapped mountains, misty rainforests, massive glaciers and bounty of wildlife, Alaska’s remote state capital is the perfect place to dive into nature. Framed by Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts, the city’s picturesque downtown area offers centuries-old bars, boutique shops and historic landmarks. For a taste of the local culture, visit the historic district and the Alaska State Museum. And for outdoor thrills, you can take your pick of activities ranging from whale watching in Auke Bay Harbor to tundra trekking over Mendenhall Glacier, and even try your hand at gold panning in Last Chance Basin.

Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan sits at the southern end of Alaska’s Inside Passage— a gateway to the wild landscapes and seascapes of Misty Fjords National Monument. The canned salmon capital of the world, it’s a hub for fishing and outdoor sports. It’s also home to three tribes of Northwest Coast Indians, making it a great place to get a taste for the local culture. You’ll see it in the colorful, hand-carved totems that line the city’s streets and parks, and in the unique stilted homes that cling to Deer Mountain’s slopes. If you want to get up close and personal with nature, venture into the Tongass National Forest, the largest in the United States. Or head to Ketchikan Creek Waterfall for amazing views of downtown Ketchikan and a glimpse at the yearly salmon runs.

Vancouver, British Columbia - Sophisticated. Culturally diverse, this beautiful port city brims with attractions. From Vancouver's cosmopolitan downtown to the historically renovated Gastown district and exotic Chinatown, Vancouver displays varied urban scenes. Nestled near the city center is Stanley Park, resplendent with its deep forest, totem poles, and scenic promenades.

Non-US/Canadian individuals, please Click here to determine if you will need a visa to board this cruise which visits Canada.

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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