Summit on the Neuroscience of Twice-Exceptionality

About the Summit

Co-hosted by the Belin-Blank Center and the Iowa Neuroscience Institute

May 17-18, 2021

Bridging psychology and neuroscience, the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and the Iowa Neuroscience Institute will collaborate to bring researchers, clinicians, educators, and parents together to address the current state of research on twice-exceptionality. Part of the purpose of this interdisciplinary summit is to form partnerships with other institutions in furthering twice-exceptional research and best practice.

The summit will be online, and more details on the platform and schedule will be available as the date approaches.

How to Register

Registration is available now. Standard registration is $145. Current students may register for $45. If you currently attend or are employed by the University of Iowa, email us at to register for free.

A credit option is available to those who participate in the summit through PSQF:4128:0WKA – Neuroscientific Implications for Gifted Ed: Neuroscience of Twice-Exceptionality (May 20 – June 10). Learn more.


We feature speakers sharing research from several different domains, including neuroscience, genetics, gifted education, special education, psychology, and psychiatry.

Belin-Blank Center - Iowa Neuroscience Institute Presenters

Members of the Belin-Blank Center and Iowa Neuroscience Institute collaborative team look forward to sharing their current work with attendees through presentations and panel discussions.


The summit will be completely online and feature a variety of keynotes and breakout sessions delving into recent research's insights into twice-exceptionality. Registrants will have access to the live sessions, as well as recordings of all presentations after the event.

Monday, May 17
8:30-9:45 AM Keynote Presentation, Ted Abel
9:45-10:00 AM Break
10:00-10:45 AM Invited Presentation, Dorit Kliemann
10:00-10:45 AM Invited Presentation, Gregory Wallace
10:45-11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Research Panel, Alissa Doobay, Duhita Mahatmya, Megan Foley-Nicpon
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 PM Keynote Presentation, Thomas Nickl-Jockschat
2:00-2:15 PM Break
2:15-3:00 PM Invited Presentation, Seth King
2:15-3:00 PM Invited Presentation, Marjorie Solomon
3:00-3:15 PM Break
3:15-4:15 PM Keynote Presentation, Sally Reis
4:15-5:00 PM Discussion Panels
Tuesday, May 18
8:30-9:45 AM Keynote Presentation, Jake Michaelson
9:45-10:15 AM Parent Panel: Kate Boonstra, Amanda Freese, Amanda Weaver
10:15-10:45 AM Student Panel: Alex Schiesher, Martika Theis, Noah Egge
10:45-11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Keynote Presentation, Hanna Stevens
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 PM Research Panel, Susan Assouline, Brandon LeBeau, Katie Schabilion
2:00-2:15 PM Break
2:15-3:00 PM Invited Presentation, James Booth
2:15-3:00 PM Invited Presentation, Jason Wolff
3:00-3:15 PM Break
3:15-4:15 PM Keynote Presentation, Lane Strathearn
4:15-5:00 PM Discussion Panels

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