McPosium Sessions 2016

The McPosium sessions at the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation International Conference produced a series of recorded presentations that address the issues most pressing to our families.  The McPosium was a custom designed symposium that was delivered in a format of 20 minute presentations, 20 minute small group discussion and 20 minute panel question and answer sessions.

The McPosium produced a series of white papers, authored by Lauren Schmitt, PhD and Geraldine Bliss, MS, summarizing the discussions in the small group sessions, intended to give researchers insight into topics of interest to families of all ages.

Below are the presentations and associated white papers from the McPosium.


Gastrointestinal Issues

Colleen Hadigan, MD, MPh, National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Jon Bernstein, MD, PhD, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Children’s Health

Epilepsy in PMS

Jimmy L. Holder, MD, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital

Natural History

Dr Alex Kolevson,  MD, Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mt. Sinai

Genetics of PMS

Dr. Catalina Bentancur, MD, PhD, Neuroscience Paris Seine


Dr. Audrey Thurm, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)


Matthew Mosconi, PhD, Lifespan Institute, University of Kansas

The Results are In

Jays Bea Smalley, MPA, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Opening Remarks

Geraldine Bliss, MS, Research Chair, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation

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