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Meetings and Events of Interest

International Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products
May 20-22
Washington, DC
This conference is sponsored by the NIH Office of Rare Diseases and the Karolinska Institute of Stockholm, Sweden. Information and registration is available online.

Voice Foundation’s Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice
May 28-June1
Philadelphia, PA 
Hundreds of medical and scientific experts, speech-language pathologists, performing artists, and teachers from all over the world will be present at this meeting. Papers presented here seek to educate the public and the scientific community about advances being made in voice science and care. For registration or more information see the Voice Foundation’s Web site.

Hearing Loss Association of America
June 12-15
Reno, NV
The Hearing Loss Association of America describes its convention as “a highly interactive and accessible event for all people who are affected by hearing loss.” The program includes speakers, workshops, a research symposium, and exhibit hall.

International Conference on Cell Replacement in the Inner Ear
June 12-15
Bethesda, MD
The 2008 International Conference on Cell Replacement in the Inner Ear will serve as a forum to stimulate research in regeneration biology of the cochlea, vestibule, and primary neural pathways. Conference attendees will be exposed to the latest advances in regeneration research methods, both in the ear and in other systems, from investigators around the world. All potential methods to restore function will be discussed. The conference is open to all interested scientists, clinicians, and students. Visit the Deafness Research Foundation Web site to see the full conference program. The conference is sponsored by the Deafness Research Foundation, NIDCD, and the University of Washington.

National Stuttering Association
June 25-29
Parsippany, NJ
This annual conference for children, teens, parents, and professionals includes presentations on research, therapy, youth and family programs, and coping and management seminars.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
June 27-30
Milwaukee, WI
The association’s 48th biennial convention program includes six learning tracks, sessions, and social activities focusing on spoken language and listening skill development; professional development; a research symposium; and child and teen programs.

2008 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Each One Matters
July 10-12
Williamsburg, VA
Sponsored by the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America, this conference is for professionals, parents, and interested community members. Conference sessions cover speech therapy issues as well as all other aspects of language, development, literacy, education, instruction, and social-emotional goals of children with apraxia of speech. More information is available online.

International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste (ISOT)
July 21-26
San Francisco, CA
The 15th ISOT, organized by the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, will bring together researchers from around the world to present and discuss the latest findings in the field of chemical senses. The program includes presentations, symposia, and poster sessions. See the conference Web site for more information.

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