Language undergoes very rapid development in the earliest years of life. Experience-dependent plasticity of the nervous system is most prominent in early childhood. Our Symposium will explore the interdependence of brain and language experience from neonates to early childhood. We will bring together world renowned researchers whose research focuses on language and brain development at the very earliest stages of life. Questions such as how the neonatal brain leads to language development, how early language development shapes neural processes, what neural markers predict language development, and how early intervention can result in better language will be discussed.

The Symposium will consists of talks by invited speakers and roundtable discussions opened to all CUHK members.

Keynote Speaker


Prof. Janet Werker

Perceptual Foundations of Language Acquisition in Monolingual- and Bilingual-learning Infants

Professor Janet Werker

The University of British Columbia




Invited Speakers


Prof. Megan Roberts

The Road to Effective Early Language Intervention: A Translational Journey of Theory, Research and Clinical Practice

Professor Megan Roberts
Northwestern University
Prof. Rene Kager

Perceptual Tuning for Lexical Tone

Professor René Kager
Utrecht University


Prof. Lee Chia-Ying

Neural Signatures for the Development of Speech Perception in Infancy

Professor Lee Chia-Ying
Academia Sinica



Lecture Theatre 1, Lee Shau Kee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong

Campus map of the Chinese University of Hong Kong: print version
Transportation from the University Train Station to the Conference Venue The University provides regular free school bus services from the MTR (formerly KCR) University train station to the main campus throughout the day.



Friday, 21 April 2017
Lecture Theatre 1, Lee Shau Kee Building, CUHK

9:00-9:10 Welcoming Speech by Professor Fanny Cheung 
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
9:10-9:20 Welcoming Speech by Mr. Patrick Huen 
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Stanley Ho Medical Development Foundation
9:20-9:25 Group Photo
9:25-10:15 Keynote Address by Professor Janet Werker, University of British Columbia 
“Perceptual foundations of language acquisition in monolingual- and bilingual-learning infants”
10:15-10:55 Professor Rene Kager, Utrecht University 
“Perceptual tuning for lexical tone”
10:55-11:15 Tea Break
11:15-11:55 Professor Chia-Ying Lee, Academia Sinica 
“Neural signatures for the development of speech perception in infancy”
11:55-12:35 Professor Megan Roberts, Northwestern University 
“The road to effective early language intervention: A translational journey of theory, research and clinical practice”
12:35-12:50 Introduction of the Stanley Ho Developmental Cohort Study by Professor Patrick Wong 
Director of Brain and Mind Institute
12:50-13:00 Concluding Remarks by Professor Ovid Tzeng, Academician 
Chancellor, University System of Taiwan