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Restoration, Resilience & Rebuilding – Call for Proposals

Desmond P. Kelly MD Nurturing Developing Minds Conference Restoration, Resilience & Rebuilding  theme

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Desmond P. Kelly MD Nurturing Developing Minds Conference & Research and Implementation Symposium: Restoration, Resilience & Rebuilding

The Desmond P. Kelly MD Nurturing Developing Minds Conference & Research and Implementation Symposium will be held February 23-24, 2023 in Greenville, South Carolina at the Greenville ONE Center.

This continuing professional development conference attracts a wide array of participants and provides an interactive learning and networking opportunity for a broad, interconnected workforce. We intend to provide both in-person and hybrid virtual learning opportunities.

We are soliciting proposals for sessions and/or posters around the following themes:

  • Early childhood programs
  • Promoting healthy child development
  • Autism and developmental disabilities
  • Special healthcare needs/chronic illness management

The themes above should only be used for guidance in developing your submission. We encourage broad consideration of our theme, Restoration, Resilience & Rebuilding.

Session Criteria:

  • This conference is strongly focused on inter-disciplinary collaboration. We invite participation from the field of child health, education, development, policy, and more. Please see agendas from 2022, 2021, & 2020 for context.
  • Most sessions will be 60 minutes long; the final timeline slot on Friday afternoon will be 45 minutes only.
  • Plan for at least 10 minutes of Q&A or other audience engagement.
  • All sessions should explicitly address equity and inclusion for all children.
  • We are particularly interested in research with immediate real-world implications in the worlds of pediatric health care, early care and education settings, and other fields working with children. Policy-focused research is also welcome.
  • If applying for poster sessions, posters should be sized 36” x 48.” You may indicate interest in your session proposal being considered for a poster session.

Speaker Logistics:

  • We strongly encourage submissions from early career professionals.
  • Registration is complimentary for first and second presenters; subsequent presenters in a session will receive discounted registration. Poster session presenters will receive discounted registration.
  • Hotel rooms will be made available at a discounted room. We cannot provide other travel support.
  • Note that Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP) airport is an accessible airport to this conference and has many direct flights.
  • At this time, we anticipate all speakers being in person at the event, with streaming options for virtual attendees.


Please direct 2023 NDM inquiries to Amber Posey.

Proposals must be received no later than 8pm ET/5pm PT on Friday, September 30, 2022. Input your data below. You will receive a response in early October.

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