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Brain, Mind and Fluency Conference, November 11-13th, 2013

For three days, the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities and the department of learning disabilities hosted experts from abroad and Israel to discuss and explore new research and ideas surrounding the link between Brain Mind and Fluency. The conference included scientific talks on the multi dimensional aspect of fluency from neurons to schools and neighborhoods. Each day explored a different facet of the neuroscience of and educational interventions for learning disabilities. The first day was dedicated to the Brain Basis of Fluency as a Stepping Stone towards Intervention. The day's keynote speaker was Prof. Kenneth Pugh of the Haskins Laboratory at Yale University. He presented and update on recent findings of neuroimaging studies of reading and development and reading disability. Prof. Scott Holland of the Cincinnati Children's hospital was the second keynote speaker who discussed the influences on neuroplasticity in functional brain networks that support language in children and adults. Other presenters included Prof. Zvia Breznitz, Dr. Tami Katzir and Prof. Avi Karni of the University of Haifa and Dr. Joanna Christodoulou of Harvard University.  
 
The second day was dedicated to Fluency Intervention. The keynote speaker for this session was Prof. Daniel Brandeis of the Unviersity of Zurich, who spoke about the Reading Brain. Other presenters for this second session included: Dr. Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus of the University of Cincinnati, Prof. Heikki Lyytinen and Dr. Mikko Aro of Jyvaskyla University of Finland, Prof Marcus Hasselhorn and Dr. Telse Nagler of the German Institute for International Educational Research, Prof. Maria del Carmen Lopez Escribano of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Prof. Michal Shany of the University of Haifa. 
 
The third day was divided into two sessions: The Developmental Aspects of Fluency and Reading Fluency in Different Languages.  Speakers from abroad included: Prof. Linda Siegel of the University of British Columbia, Prof. Jane Ashby of Central Michigan University, Prof. Malt Joshi of Texas A&M University. From Israel, the conference was addressed by Dr. Orly Lipka, Dr. Shelley Shaul, Dr. Anat Prior, Prof. Asaid Khateb and Dr. Ibrahim Asadi, all of the University of Haifa.
During the conference there were poster sessions that presented a total of 45 posters from our doctoral students.
The conference ended with a group discussion session to summarize, to explore mutual collaborations, and directions for future research as well as plans for a book that will include the diverse ideas presented at the conference.