On May 30, 2016 , now celebrated as the National Day of the Gifted, the First International Conference on Giftedness will be held. For the first time in the history at Latin America, the issue of students with higher intelligence diagnosis, attention and education will be treated. This model of conference which is held in European or Asian nations has been previously organized in Latin America.
The event will integrate a wide current experience in intellectual giftedness with research of international and national speakers (from Harvard University, Connecticut University, National Center for Research on Gifted Education, University of Chemnitz in Germany, Autonomous University of Puebla, Technological Institute of Monterrey, Mexican Space Agency, Mexican Federation of Intellectual Giftedness, Talent Attention Center, among others). This conference will also host the first exhibition on Mexican soil of the results of the select Intensive Intellectual Enhancement Program now developed as one of the worldwide most successful models for intellectual giftedness. It should be noted the presence of a scientific poster exhibition by children with superior intelligence during this Congress and a special presentation of the student group assigned to the Mexican Center for Gifted.
With an audience larger than 850 people, this annual conference will inaugurate a new phase of development in the community of gifted in Mexico and Latin America to present the practical scientific advances in theory and superior intelligence that national and international institutions have made in recent years in favor of the most valuable human capital of a nation : their children with intellectual giftedness.
Department of Psychology
Dr. Andrew Almazan Anaya graduated with honors from the Bachelor in Medicine at Universidad Panamericana, also he has a Degree in Psychology, Master of Education with Emphasis on Cognitive Development by the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), and currently is candidate for the PhD in Educational innovation.
At age 12 was granted admission at University, to study two bachelor degrees; medicine and psychology. Becoming the youngest university undergraduate in Mexico and one of the youngest in the world. At age 16 he became the world's youngest Psychologist. He received the Youth Award of the Federal District 2010 in the category of Academic, Scientific and Professional.
He is one of the " Thirteen Mexican representatives of the XXI century" honor awarded by the President of the Republic in 2008 to settle a letter from him in the box of time, which will be open in 200 or 300 years, which assures him to be a writer who will be read in two or three centuries. In 2015 Panamericana University handed him the Extraordinary Research Award for his research that integrates medical care with studies regarding superior intelligence.
Dr. Almazan has published more than 20 articles and participated in national and international conferences in Europe, China and USA.
He has runned for six years the scientific research at Talent Attention Center (CEDAT), currently recognized as the largest institution for in Latin America. Among the projects he has worked, the most important have been:
Profile of Gifted child (with more than 2,300 cases, the largest research in the twenty-first century with gifted), the diagnostic process of gifted children as well as the physiological effects of superior intelligence.
He is a delegate (elected representative) of Mexico before the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) (elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2015) and president of the Mexican Federation of Intellectual Giftedness (FEMESI).
World Youngest Psychologist
Cetro Mexicano de Alumnos Sobredotados
Lic. Dafne Almazan Anaya's has a bachelor degree in Psychology from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, graduating at age 13, when she became the world's youngest Psychologist, surpassing the previous records of age.
She has a Professional Certification in Critical Thinking and Differentiated Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was recognized in August 2015 by Forbes Magazine as one of the 50 most powerful women in Mexico. Participated in the World Conference of Gifted Children at Denmark to present her case as an example of a successful model of radical acceleration for gifted students applied in Mexico.
She was invited to submit differentiated education projectst by the American Educational Research Association in April 2016, where her participation in Washington DC will be held as part of the ceremonies of the centenary of this educational body.
Currently Lic. Dafne Almazán collaborates in the Intensive Intellectual Enhancement Program ayt the Mexican Gifted Center, affiliated to CEDAT, where she is in charge of teaching Chinese language to children with superior intelligence.
Center for Empathic Therapy
Dr. Peter Breggin is known as the "Conscience of Psychiatry" and for several decades has led the global effort to reform the field of mental health and leading the modern criticism towards the use of psychiatric drugs and electroshock therapy.
Dr. Breggin is medical doctor, with honors, from Harvard University and the Case Western Reserve Medical School. He studied and taught psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. For two years he was general counsel of the National Institute of Mental Health. In 1970 Dr. Breggin organized a successful campaign to prevent the use of lobotomy and neurosurgery to control behavior. Has been a leader in the global opposition to over-diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity in children and the use of psychiatric medications.
He has written more than 50 scientific articles and 20 books including bestseller Talking Back to Prozac which established new legislation to regulate the approval of drugs with neurological effects.
He has used his clinical and forensic experience to describe the numerous cases of adverse reactions to drugs in their books Medication Madness:
The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime (2008), and Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families (2013) Currently Dr. Breggin is Director of the Center for Studies in Empathic Therapy whose specialization is to treat adults and children with no pharmacological models, as well as improving the procedures of the withdrawal from psychiatric drugs.
National Center for Research on Gifted Education
Dr. Del Siege is a teacher - specialist in superior intelligence, with Doctorate in Special Education for Gifted at Connecticut University. He served as President of the National Association for Gifted Children 2007-2009 and at the Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE Montana), and Chair of the Special Interest Group of Research on Giftedness, Creativity and Talent of the American Educational Research Association. He is co-editor of Gifted Child Quarterly. He writes the column of technology at the Gifted Child Today. He is coauthor of the renowned textbook Education of the Gifted and Talented, and the book: The Underachieving Gifted Child: Recognizing, Understanding, & Reversing Underachievement.
He currently heads the Department of Educational Psychology and is Director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Children in Connecticut University.
Professor of Medicine, Former General Chancellor
Universidad Autónoma de Puebla
Dr. Hugo Eloy Melendez is a medical surgeon and architect from the Autonomous University of Puebla, Specialty in Physiological Sciences , and Master of Higher Education from the Autonomous University of Tlaxcala. He was recognized as Outstanding Medical Doctor at Puebla City by the state governor in 1997. He has been a professor and university professor for more than 40 years and in 2007-2008 participated as an instructor at the pilot radical acceleration program for gifted children at a university level.
He was Secretary General of the Autonomous University of Puebla , Director of the University Cultural Complex , and is currently Honorary Professor of Human Physiology of the Faculty of Medicine in that university.
Escuela Nacional de Educación, Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades
National School of Education, Social Sciences and Humanities ITESM
Armando Rodriguez Lozano holds a degree in Primary Education at the Normal School "Miguel F. Martinez," where he earned honorable mention as second place at the generation. He studied a Master of Education with specialization in Cognitive Development at the Eugenio Garza Sada campus ITESM and a PhD in Educational Technology and Innovation in the Virtual University of Tecnológico de Monterrey. His professional experience has revolved in the levels of professional primary education, baccalaureate, and master.
He has served as professor and assistant (tutor) in the graduate program in education. He is the author of several books about learning styles and editor of books on educational and instructional technology. He has published several research papers in refereed journals in Mexico and other countries like the United States and Costa Rica.
Has participated in national and international conferences, as keynote speaker and expert in Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, the United States and Canada. He is a member of the National Research System Level 1.
For several years he was Director of the Master in Education Program in Tecnologico de Monterrey, and is currently a research-professor at the National School of Education, Social Sciences and Humanities ITESM.
Center For Senior Management In Economy And Business
Universidad Anáhuac México
Dra. Maria Elena Labastida is professor and researcher at the Center for Senior Management in Economics and Business from the Universidad Anahuac Mexico. She was a professor of international finance and economic development in the Department of Economics at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas). As a researcher, she studied a postdoctoral fellow from 2009 to 2010 working with the position of research associate at the Experimental Center for Economic Behavior Science at UT Dallas. In 2010 she received from the foundation "Atlas Economic Research Foundation" an institution based in Washington, D.C., a research grant to start as a director, a research center at UT Dallas studying topics on entrepreneurship, economic development and technological change. She completed her doctorate in public policy and political economy by the UT Dallas in 2009. Her postgraduate studies include an MBA in European Studies with specialization in economics from the European Institute of the University of Geneva, Switzerland in 2004 and a master's degree in international political economy at the Institute of international Studies and Development in 2002, the institute also affiliated with the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
She has been a research assistant at the Embassy of Mexico in Morocco in 2000 and director in Mexico of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization from 1998 to 1999; coordinator of the division of consumer products in the multinational company Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS Group) from 1994 to 1998.
Among the research of Dr. Labastida Tovar the most important are: the international economy (trade and finance); knowledge economy; spontaneous organization systems; human capital, innovation and business competitiveness; and the relationship between educational freedom, cognitive skills and wealth creation. She has now been focused towards the average economic impact and financial potential produced by the population of gifted children and adults.
Cátedra de Psicología Educacional y del Desarrollo
Technische Universität Chemnitz
Prof. Dr. Heiner Rindermann, is Professor of Educational Psychology and Development at the Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany. He studied psychology at Heidelberg and worked for universities in Munich, Magdeburg, Saarbrücken, Paderborn and Graz before becoming Professor of Psychology in Chemnitz, East Germany. His research covers topics of human cognitive capital from different angles: Competition Cognitive Intelligence, High Skills, Education Policy and its impact on skills development, individual and national productivity, quality organizations and institutions, Politics and Culture. His other topics deal with quality instruction and student evaluation of teaching and emotional competence. His interdisciplinary research encompasses different branches of Psychology, Education Sciences, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy of Science and trans-cultural studies. Prof. Rindermann has published about 150 articles, chapters and books. He is a member of the editorial board of the journals High Ability Studies, Intelligence and Zeitschrift für Evaluation and reviewer in 50 other magazines.
Prof. Rindermann received the prestigious William-Stern-Award for outstanding innovative work in psychology from the German Society for the Study of Individual Differences, Personality and Psychological Diagnosis. It is Member of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and is a member of the American Economic Association (AEA).
Economic and Public Policy Analyst
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Ing . Victor Quiroz has an Industrial and Systems Engineering Degree from ITESM and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University . He specializes in designing manufacturing environments for development , and currently also studies opportunities for economic transformation in Mexico through its gifted population.
He has developed more than 7 specialized research in the automotive sector along with comparative analysis of manufactured goods between China and Mexico.
He worked in the Presidency of the Republic , as Director of Analysis and Strategic Projects managing infrastructure projects in various sectors: transport , water infrastructure , roads and health. The total value of the projects he administered was three billion dollars.
He was Deputy Secretary to the Minister of Economy , the INEGI and the Ministry of Education .
Yes , as part of a tradition established in 1830 by General Carl von Clausewitz , the community of gifted in Mexico awards annually without interruption a number of medals for children and youth who have completed a year, which is a prime number, in status active within any of the institutions supported by the gifted community in Mexico. These medals are only delivered in a solemn ceremony during the National Day of the Gifted every May 30. Individuals who miss such delivery may only receive his medal until May 30 next year (if they remain with active status).
Lic . Dafne Almazán at her 14 years will deliver a keynote address where she will address various topics of relevance in intellectual giftedness , including her case as a girl who at young age has a degree in Psychology and is currently studying the degree of Master of Education.
Also a select group of CMAS ( Mexican Center for Gifted ) will perform a series of presentations on the Intensive Intellectual Enhancement Program results.
More information will be given later.
The divisions of Mexican Alliance Group for Giftedness will perform the corresponding publication of a call to its members for participation in the contest of scientific posters in order to select the best exhibitors who will present their project at the conference in the poster session.
Due to the high demand for places for this congress, the numbered tickets were distributed to the organizing institutions (including CEDAT).
The process to obtain tickets is currently organized by them.
This conference is an official event of the Community of Gifted in Mexico , therefore it is disposed that its official musical emblem should be sung at the beginning of any ceremony performed by this group. This congress will be the first occasion where the anthem of the gifted will be heard in an international academic event.
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Ciudad de México, México