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The 2023 DSMIG-USA Annual Symposium will take place July 20-22, 2023 at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. The symposium provides a forum for sharing of knowledge and experiences related to clinical care of children and adults with Down syndrome, clinical research related to Down syndrome, and development of Down Syndrome clinics. 

FULL Schedule

Thursday, July 20

3:00 – 4:30 PM: Therapy workgroup

3:00 – 4:30 PM: Clinic support committee

4:45 – 5:45 PM: Live poster session

5:50 - 6:50 PM: Member Meeting

7:00 - 8:30 PM: Welcome Reception

Friday, July 21

8:00 AM - 5:10 PM: Annual Symposium Sessions

5:10 - 6:10 PM: Poster Presentations

Saturday, July 22

7:30 – 9:30 AM: Adolescent/Adult Workgroup

9:45 – 11:45 AM: DS-ASD Workgroup


8:00-8:10 AM Welcome and Announcements, Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L

8:15-9:15 AM Assisting with Advance Directives For/With People with Down Syndrome, Brian Chicoine, MD; Mary Stephens, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FAADM; Jennifer Jett, MD

9:20-10:20 AM Trauma-Informed Approach to the Care of Patients and Families, Kimberly Canter, PhD; Gaby Vega, MS

10:20-10:30 AM Break

10:30-11:30 AM An Overview of Neurologic Conditions in Down Syndrome, Nicole Baumer, MEd, MD; Meghan O'Neill, MD, FAAP

11:30 AM -12:30 PM Lunch

12:35-12:45 PM Update from NDSC, Nicole Baumer, MEd, MD; Jordan Kough

12:50-1:50 PM Immune Dysregulation in Down Syndrome: Advances in Mechanistic Understanding, Diagnosis, and Treatment Through the INCLUDE Project, Joaquin Espinosa, PhD; Melissa Parisi, MD, PhD

1:55-2:55 PM Project ECHO and DSMIG USA, Brian Chicoine, MD; Mary Pipan, MD

3:00-3:10 PM Break

3:10-4:10 PM A Multidisciplinary Tiered Model of OSA Treatment in Children, Kevin Gipson, MD, MS; Gregory Young, PhD, LABA, BCBA

4:15-5:00 PM Practice Changing Articles - Update in the Medical Literature, Kishore Vellody, MD; Peter Bulova, MD

5:05-5:10 PM Closing Announcements


Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

4012 Central Florida Parkway

Orlando, Florida 32837


A limited number of hotel rooms are available at the Ritz Carlton; go here to make housing arrangements. If you need to enter a passcode once the webpage has opened, please enter NDSCRCA07921G91KFT.


Early Bird (on/before June 1, 2023):
  • Members of DSMIG-USA®: $299

  • Non-members: $349

  • Students/Trainees: $199

After June 1, 2023:

  • Members of DSMIG-USA®: $349
  • Non-members: $399
  • Students/Trainees: $199

Welcome Reception: $30

Saturday Workgroups: $25


  • 10.75 MOC: ABIM Medical Knowledge Points (Part II)
  • 10.75 MOC: ABP Lifelong Learning Points (Part II)
  • 10.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 10.75 ANCC Contact Hours
  • 10.75 APA CE Credits
  • 10.75 ACE Credits
  • 10.75 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours

Poster submissions are  accepted until May 12. You may wish to consider submitting: 

  • Original clinical research findings
  • A case presentation that is particularly instructive
  • An informational poster about a new program initiative or update

The goal of the DSMIG-USA Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance for recipients to attend the DSMIG-USA Annual Symposium. The number of scholarships awarded each year will depend on available funding. Find out more today!

Special thanks to the 2023 Symposium SupporterS:

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