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.

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



Address: Dr. Stanley Ho Medical Development Foundation Headquarters, 9/F, ICBC Tower, Macau Lankmark, 555 Avenida da Amizade, Macau


Saturday, 22 April 2017

13:10-13:30 Registration
13:30-13:40 Welcoming Speech by Mr. Patrick W.M. Huen
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Stanley Ho Medical Development Foundation
13:40-13:55 Souvenirs Presentation and Group Photo
13:55-14:35 Professor Janet Werker, University of British Columbia
“Perceptual foundations of language acquisition in monolingual- and bilinguallearning Infants”
14:35-15:15 Professor Rene Kager, Utrecht University
“Perceptual tuning for lexical tone”
15:15-15:40 Break Time
15:40-16:20 Professor Lee Chia-Ying, Academia Sinica
“Neural signatures for the development of speech perception in infancy”
16:20-17:00 Professor Megan Roberts, Northwestern University
“The road to effective early language intervention: A translational journey of theory, research and clinical practice”
17:00-17:15 Professor Patrick C.M. Wong, Director of Brain and Mind Institute, The Chinese University of Hong Kong “Introduction of the Stanley Ho Developmental Cohort Study”
17:15-18:00 Tea Reception