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  • Neuro-developmental Disorders Across the LifespanMay 5, 2019 - May 6, 201912:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Hotel Fort Garry - LaVerendrye Room

222 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3C 0R3

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Neuro-developmental Disorders Across the Lifespan

LaVerendrye Room, Hotel Fort Garry

The MPA welcomes you to our Sixth Annual Spring Scientific Conference.

Registration for the MPA Conference INCLUDES COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION to the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) annual Continuing Professional Development Institute, to be held May 6 from 1:30 – 5:00 pm in the LaVerendrye Room.

Sunday May 5, 2019

  • 12:00-12:45 pm – Registration

  • 12:45-1:00 pm – Welcome & Introductions

  • 1:00-2:15 pm – Dr. Robert Hendren
    A Biomedical Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    By attending this session, the participant will:
    :: Appreciate underlying mechanisms contributing to the presenting features of ASD and comorbid conditions

  • 2:15-2:45 pm – Nutritional Break

  • 2:45-4:00 pm – Workshop #1 

  • 4:15-5:30 pm – Workshop #2 

  • Note – Workshops will repeat to allow participants to attend both sessions.


Dr. Robert Hendren – ASD Comorbidities and Psychopharmacology
By attending this session, the participant will:

  • Formulate a treatment approach depending on the presentation features of ASD and comorbid conditions.

Dr. Dawn McCartney – Social Difficulties: How Do You Know If It’s Autism
By attending this session, the participant will:

  • Be able to recognize core features of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Differentiate Autism Spectrum Disorder from other conditions that can cause social difficulties
  • Apply acquired knowledge to clinical cases

Monday, May 6, 2019

  • 8:00-8:45 am – Registration and Light Breakfast

  • 8:45-10:00 am – Dr. Lesley Jocelyn
    Untangling ADHD Treatment – The Essentials For Psychiatrists
    By attending this session, the participant will:
    :: Understand the various treatment modalities for ADHD

  • 10:00-10:30 am – Nutritional Break

  • 10:30-11:45 am – Dr. Robert Hendren
    New Research Trends and Discoveries in Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    By attending this session, the participant will:
    :: Be aware of emerging trends and discoveries in Autism Spectrum Disorder research

  • 11:45 am-12:00 pm – Questions and Wrap-Up

  • 12:00-1:30 pm – Lunch Break (On Your Own)

  • 1:30-5:00 pm – Canadian Psychiatric Association CPD Institute

Download a printable brochure here.


Dr. Robert L. Hendren (keynote speaker), D.O., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science; Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Co-Director of the UCSF Dyslexia Center; and Director, Program for Research On Neurodevelopmental and Translational Outcomes (PRONTO). Dr. Hendren is Past President of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2007-2009). He has published well over 100 scientific papers and 5 books and has been listed in “The Best Doctors in America”, each year since it was first published in 1996.

Dr. Hendren took his residency in general psychiatry at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center.

His current areas of research and publication interests are translational interventional outcomes research including clinical pharmacology, nutraceutical and nutritional trials using biomarkers (metabolomics, measures of inflammation, oxidative stress, immune function, pharmacogenomics and neuroimaging) to enhance resilience in neurodevelopmental disorders. He is currently applying a targeted outcomes research approach in collaborative projects with the Oak Hill School for youth with severe autism and neurodevelopmental spectrum, and the Charles Armstrong School, Athena Academy and Chartwell School for youth with dyslexia.

Dr. Dawn McCartney, MD, FRCPC, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with Neurodevelopmental Service at Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre. Her expertise is in providing psychiatric care for children with complex neurodevelopmental needs, supporting their families and caregivers and working as part of a multidisciplinary team. She teaches medical students and residents about caring for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities

Dr. Leslie Jocelyn, MD, FRCPC, is uniquely trained as both a Developmental Pediatrician and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She has spent her entire career working with children and youth with neurodevelopmental and behavior disorders. Dr. Jocelyn was previously a Developmental Pediatrician at the Child Development Clinic at Children’s Hospital, and she later obtained her FRCPC in Child Psychiatry. Dr. Jocelyn relocated to Ottawa, where she was a consulting Psychiatrist at Emerging Minds Clinic. Upon her return to Winnipeg, she resumed her academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba. She has a strong commitment to the clinical training of pediatric, psychiatry and family practice trainees as well as practicing physicians. Dr. Jocelyn is a consulting Psychiatrist at the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Center’s ADHD Service, where she provides assessment and treatment for children and adolescents with ADHD and associated comorbid disorders.

About the MPA

The MPA’s objectives are to represent psychiatrists within Doctors Manitoba, as well as to provide a formal regional representation to the Canadian Psychiatric Association and its national components. The MPA plays a role in advocating (along with other groups) for the mental health and psychiatric care of Manitobans, promoting our psychiatric profession, addressing the wellbeing of our profession’s practitioners and learners, and fully participating and supporting the ongoing educational needs of its members.


2019 Sixth Annual Spring Scientific Conference Planning Committee:
Dr. G. Omelan, Chair
Dr. C. Polimeni
Dr. L. Schwartz
Dr. Michael Harrington
Dr. James Simm


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