Here is the program of the research symposium of the National Stuttering Association on July 5th and 6th 2011.
I am a bit taken back by Jerry Maguire's talk title: Advancements in the pharmacologic treatment of stuttering! Advances? Pagoclone was hailed as the advance, and the first serious trial has not been successful as far as I can see. Of course, the outcome data has not published. I seriously hope that this will be done soon. I must say that the title is a smoke screen. Jerry would do better to tune down his rhetoric. The same is true for his book which is more of a propaganda book! We all admire his commitment and focus on finding a pharmaceutical treatment, but science only cares about facts and benefits from a neutral discussion. A sales pitch is misplaced at the NSA symposium.
I like the high numbers of group discussion. I hope that the discussions will be beyond the typical "Thank you very much for all your efforts. I was wondering whether", and be a though honest no-niceties no-consensus-seeking intellectual debate. The success of such discussions depend on the moderators.