4th Annual New England Research on Dyslexia Society (NERDY) Meeting

Monday, June 24, 2019 (All day)
Building 114, 16th Street, Charlestown Navy Yard


Logo for the New England Research on Dyslexia Society (NERDY)


Please join us for our 4th annual New England Research on Dyslexia Society (NERDY) meeting, presented by NERDY and MGH Institute of Health Professions Speech and Language (SAiL) Literacy Lab.


Featured Speaker

Photo of Albert M. Galaburda, MD

Albert M. Galaburda, MD, is a cognitive neurologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and, since 1995, the Emily Fisher Landau Professor of Neurology (Neuroscience) at Harvard Medical School. In addition, he serves as Director, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Career Advancement at BIDMC and as Co-director, Mind, Brain, and Behavior Interfaculty Initiative at Harvard University.

Dr. Galaburda is a native of Chile and a graduate of Boston University's Six-year Liberal Arts-Medicine Program (1971). After medical school he trained in Internal Medicine and in Neurology at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center). From 1979 until 2015, he directed a NIH-funded bench laboratory on the fundamental causes of learning disorders, especially language based learning disabilities, and from 1992 until 2015, he directed the Division of Cognitive Neurology at BIDMC.

He has written extensively on cerebral lateralization and on dyslexia. He has published more than 230 original articles, reviews, book chapters and books, and has lectured extensively locally, nationally and abroad on the general field of cognitive neurology. He has also been recognized for his work with several prizes, including the Pattison Prize in Neuroscience, the IPSEN Prize in Neural Plasticity, the American Academy of Neurology Decade of the Brain keynote speaker award, the Behavioral Neurology Society of the AAN's Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Dyslexia Association's Samuel T. Orton Award, and others.

Since January of 2015, Dr. Galaburda devotes half of his time to diversity and inclusion, as well as the career advancement of students and physicians underrepresented in medicine.

Call for Research and Service Project Abstracts

The Planning Committee would like to invite you to submit 15 minute talks or posters related to research on dyslexia. The NERDY’s Program Planning Committee will review submissions based on the presentation of findings and results. Past poster submissions are welcome.

This conference presents basic and applied science on dyslexia for researchers. If you are a parent, educator, or administrator interested in learning more about dyslexia, please contact for professional development options.

Please include with your abstract the following information: title, authors, author credentials and affiliations, and any funding sources if applicable. Abstracts are limited to 150 words (excluding the headers below, title, authors, affiliations, and funding source) and must include the following information:

  • Background
  • Objective
  • Methods/Approach
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Format – Presentation or poster

Submit Abstract online.

Deadline for Abstracts is April 1, 2019.

Contributors will be informed about the acceptance of their abstracts for presentation by April 1, 2019. Upon acceptance, you will be given more information regarding the poster format.


Please join us at this informal, scholarly presentation. There will be time dedicated to sharing ideas and opportunities for collaboration.

About the New England Research on Dyslexia Society (NERDY)

The organization, founded in 2012, is an interdisciplinary community of New England based researchers, educators, clinicians, and policy experts whose work aims at elucidating the biological, including psychological, and social underpinnings of Developmental Dyslexia and related disorders, with the objective of improving prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment/intervention, and social support (including legal, political, and public health) associated with this learning disability.

The NERDY community draws broadly from different academic settings (schools, universities, research institutes) to bring together scholars with a common commitment both to empirical research and to multidisciplinary dialogue.

NERDY Executive Board

Nicole Landi (President of NERDY; University of Connecticut and Haskins Laboratories)
Nadine Gaab (past President of NERDY; Boston Children’s Hospital)
Albert Galaburda (BIDMC; Harvard Medical School)
Tiffany Hogan (MGH Institute of Health Professions)
William Baker (The Dyslexia Foundation)
Eric Falke (Carroll School & MIT) 

RSVP Date: 
June 17, 2019

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