Summit Explores Neuroscience of Twice-Exceptionality

The Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development at the University of Iowa and the Iowa Neuroscience Institute (INI) hosted a Summit on the Neuroscience of Twice-Exceptionality this week. The event featured 24 speakers, presenters, and panelists over two days of virtual learning.

"This summit is an opportunity for scientists, psychologists, educators, students, and parents, all who are deeply committed to better understanding twice-exceptionality, to learn from each other and promote a sense of community," said Daniel Clay, dean of the Iowa College of Education; J. Brooks Jackson, dean of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine; and Kevin Kregel, university executive vice president and provost. Representatives from Belin-Blank and INI realized the potential intersections for research, and bringing together professionals from various disciplines "was a natural next step to addressing the parallel myths that individuals with high cognitive ability have no other cognitive problems or that individuals with a diagnosed disorder do not have high cognitive ability."

‘Starting my day’ (after night of PL) listening to final keynote by Dr Sally Reis as #NeuroScienceSummit attendees @belinblank wrap up their day! Survey of decades of #TwiceExceptional research suggests parent advocacy often key to overcoming lack of training in school context.
— Dr Katherine Hoekman (@kphoekman) May 17, 2021


In 2e research and beyond, collaboration is key.

"I firmly believe we make the best progress when we collaborate and communicate across disciplines, and that is what happened as a result of the summit," Dr. Megan Foley-Nicpon, associate director of the Belin-Blank Center, tol...


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