Hello from the Chicago Conference Planning Committee!
We invite you to join us at the 2016 Disorders of the Corpus Callosum Conference on
Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24 in Chicago, Illinois.
Disorders of the Corpus Callosum Conference 2016 Highlights
- Featuring 40 informative lectures and discussion groups, the conference’s professional presentations are grouped into five tracks under the headings of Medical, Therapies, Behaviors, Education, and Financial/Community Life.
- Sunday morning panel questions and answers discussions on the medical, genetic and behavioral aspects of disorders of the corpus callosum with scientists Elliott Sherr, MD, PhD, Brain Development Research Program, University of California, San Francisco; Lynn K. Paul, PhD, Corpus Callosum Research Program, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA; and Warren S. Brown, PhD, Lee Edward Travis Research Institute, Pasadena, CA.
- Adults 18+ diagnosed with a DCC are invited to participate in discussion groups and life-skills workshops. These sessions include fun role-playing and other interactive techniques to help the adults better understand the world and improve talents and abilities. And…on Saturday afternoon there is an off-site leisure activity planned so everyone can get to know one another better in a fun, casual atmosphere.
- Join in the family fun at the Saturday evening pizza party and dance. Visit with old friends, make new ones, and be prepared to “dance your socks off.”
- The Kids and Teens Camps will once again be supervised by Corporate Kids Events for registered attendees aged 3–17 (limited to 60 children and 20 teens on a first-registered basis). Open to children with a DCC and their siblings, these camps offer a multitude of activities, games and crafts.
- NODCC encourages scientific research programs because they contribute to advances in the study of disorders of the corpus callosum. Research teams approved by the NODCC Scientific Advisory Board will be conducting research at the conference. If you are interested in participating in or learning more about these projects, please check the box on your registration form. You will be contacted directly by the research project coordinators to arrange an appointment.
- The Silent Auction is a popular conference tradition … and your contributions to the auction help off-set conference expenses. We sincerely appreciate your donations, such as gift baskets of any kind – gift certificates from national chain stores, restaurants and hotels – vacation weekends and amusement park tickets – sports equipment, memorabilia and game tickets – home décor, jewelry, bath and body products –books, CDs and DVDs – unique arts, crafts and pottery – specialty clothing, jewelry and handcrafts – toys and kids gifts – Chicago souvenirs – or whatever you think would be great auction merchandise! To learn more about donating, visit our Silent Auction page.
This summer’s conference will be held at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare hotel, located in Chicago, Illinois, about 25 minutes from downtown Chicago.
Plan your family’s summer vacation around the conference to experience the Windy City, home to more than 100 neighborhoods, each brimming with their own unique attractions, traditions and histories. Chicago’s lakefront has been preserved as a free playground to the public, with 26 miles of shoreline, 33 sandy beaches and an 18-mile long bike/running path along Lake Michigan.
Feel like you’re walking on air at the Ledge at Skydeck Chicago in the Willis Tower, where glass boxes extend into the sky more than 1,000 feet above ground. Explore the Art Institute of Chicago containing the world’s largest collections of French Impressionist paintings, and the Museum of Science & Industry, the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.
Chicago is one of only three U.S. cities to have its own Michelin Guide to over 4,700 restaurants. Indulge in award-winning deep-dish pizzas, or a famous Chicago-style hot dog. And, there is shopping galore at the along Michigan Boulevard’s “Magnificent Mile.” Take a stroll around Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park and enjoy the colorful light and music display. Ford the Chicago River by boat tour and explore Chicago’s architectural wonders, or visit the scenic Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the country’s oldest zoos, which is open to the public for free every day of the year.
You can find all the details about conference registration, lodging, childcare and more on our DCC Conference 2016 Information page.
We sincerely welcome and encourage you to join us in this incredibly enriching and celebratory event!
The NODCC Chicago Conference Planning Committee
Remember … be sure to register no later than June 15, 2016 to ensure admission and the $225.00 early bird rate.
P.S. Through the generosity of local professional speakers who donate their time and the financial gifts from our supporters, the NODCC is able to continue to offer affordable conference registration fees. But in order to ensure the fiscal viability of this summer’s conference we need to raise $60,000.
If you have any business contacts or if your family would be interested in sponsoring a lecture … or if you would like to contribute a personal donation in any amount … or if you would be willing to send requests for donations to your family and friends … please let us know.