The First International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury


The International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury
Supporting Young People and Their Families to Maximise Good Outcomes and Quality of Life
Crowne Plaza Hotel

Liverpool, United Kingdom
16-18 September, 2015

This programme is supported by the
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)

This event is now over.  Close to 500 pediatric brain injury professionals from around the world attended this unique educational event.  A full conference recap will be posted on this page shortly.

Programme pdf, click here




About the Conference
Education Objectives
Continuing Education Credit
Abstracts & Preliminary Programme
Who should attend
Exhibit and Support
Conference Format
About the Venue & Accommodations
IPBIS Social Event
Planning Committee



The International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS) and the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) would like to invite you to attend the First International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury, to be held in 16-18 September, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool, England. To read a Welcome Letter from the chair, Carol Hawley, PhD, and co-chairs, Ronald Savage, EdD, and Beth Wicks, click here



The International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS) and the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) are pleased to announce that they will jointly hold the First International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury on 16-18 September, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool, England.

This will be the first global event that brings together all those involved in the identification, treatment and prevention of brain injury of children, adolescents, and young adults.  The theme of the conference is Supporting Young People and Their Families to Maximise Good Outcomes and Quality of Life.

The scientific aim of the conference will be to explore current and innovative treatments, rehabilitation programmes, support mechanisms, and ways to improve the lives and potential of these young people and their families. The conference programme will be inclusive of all issues relating to every aspect of brain injury, both traumatic (i.e., external physical force injuries, penetrating injuries) and atraumatic (i.e., infectious diseases, tumours, stroke, neurotoxic poisonings).



IPBIS is pleased to include two special half-day pre-conference sessions that will occur on Wednesday, September 16, 2016 from 1:00 to 5:00pm.

Clinical Assessment and Management of Concussion in Children and Adolescents
Chairs: Michael Collins (USA) Audrey McKinlay (Australia) Panelists: Vicki Anderson (Australia) Barry Willer (USA) John Leddy (USA)

Family Resilience After ABI: Working with Families to Find their Positive Place
Chairs: Roberta DePompei (USA) Lucia Braga (Brazil).   Panelists: Family members (UK) Caron Gan (Canada) Jenny Jim (UK) Ann Glang (USA



The Scientific Planning Committee is developing a broad educational programme that will address a wide range of topics, including:

  • The epidemiology of acquired brain injuries in children and adolescents from a world health care perspective.
  • Evidenced-based research regarding the nature and efficacy of medical, clinical and educational treatment of acquired brain injuries in children and adolescents.
  • The varied causes of ABI in childhood, including medical conditions and non-accidental traumatic injuries.
  • Development of advocacy protocols to support families affected by paediatric ABI, towards affecting change at National and International levels.
  • Models of innovative systems, services and supports for children/adolescents with ABI and their families.
  • How to better recognise, manage and treat mTBI/Concussions in children/adolescents. 



The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has approved this activity for up to a total of 17 CPD credits, in accordance with the current RCPCH CPD Guidelines as follows:

  • Special Pre-Conference Sessions 16/09/2015: 3.5 CPD Credits
  • Thursday 17/09/2015: 6 CPD Credits
  • Friday 18/09/2015: 7.5 CPD Credits

This programme has be accredited by Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Training for 17.75 CPD hours (4 hours for the pre-conference session and 13.75 hours for the main conference).

Participation Certificates: A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to each requesting participant.  Please stop by the registration desk for details.



Please note: only three exhibit spaces are remaining!  Your sponsorship and/or exhibit presence at the conference will bring you face-to-face with the decision makers and key opinion leaders who are shaping the future of paediatric brain injury research, treatment and rehabilitation. This Conference presents a unique opportunity to promote your organisation to this highly specialized group of professionals.  IPBIS can offer a variety of support and exhibit opportunities with a range of price points to fit any budget. 

If you are interested in exhibiting sponsoring the meeting, please contact Megan M. Bell at  You can download a complete prospectus by clicking here.



 Click here for the Conference Abstracts
For the current programme, click here.

The meeting's "Call for Abstracts" is now closed.  The abstracts were scored by the Scientific Programme Committee and accepted work were contacted May 15, 2015.  Accepted abstracts were awarded either short oral presentations or as a poster.

The submission categories:

  • Clinical outcome measurements
  • Epidemiology
  • Family supports/interventions
  • Functional outcome measurements
  • Legal: litigation issues
  • Legal: criminal justice
  • Life-long issues
  • Mild brain injury
  • Non-accidental injury
  • Non-traumatic brain injury
  • Prevention
  • Rehabilitation: cognitive
  • Rehabilitation: educational
  • Rehabilitation: medical
  • Rehabilitation: social and behavioural
  • Sports concussion
  • Transitions

 Click here for the Conference Abstracts
To view the current programme, click here

ORAL PRESENTERS:  Click here for more information associated with when your abstract will be presented. 

POSTER PRESENTERS:  Click here for frequently asked questions for poster presentations. 

VISA LETTERS:  To obtain a visa letter, please click here, and fill out the form requesting a visa letter. 



The conference seeks to bring together with all those an interest in the development of innovative treatments for acquired brain injuries in children, adolescents and young adults, supported by evidenced-based research.  It is anticipated that attendees will be comprised of:

  • Allied health professionals
  • Clinicians
  • Educators
  • Legal professionals
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Physicians
  • Therapists

This list is not exhaustive and the organisers encourage all multi-disciplinary professionals involved in paediatric brain injury to benefit from this valuable opportunity to engage with experts, gain insights, and establish new collaborations.



Conference registration is now open! You can only register to attend the pre-conference and attend the social event.  The conference registration is now closed.   To register for the remaining events, click here. Prices displayed are in US Dollars and charges will be automatically converted to dollars by your credit card company. Please note that the registration system allows you to enter multiple registrants if desired.

Meeting Fees/Rates: 

  • Trainee, through September 1: $465 USD
  • Member, through September 1: $555 USD
  • Non Member, through September 1: $595 USD
  • Pre-Conference:  $120 USD
  • Social Event:  $80 USD

Note:  You can no longer register for the general conference due to the large demand for the conference. You will only be allowed to register for the Pre-Conference and Social Event.  For any questions, please contact

Invoices: If you require an invoice, please register on-line and an invoice will be generated upon checkout. You will be able to access and print the invoice. All invoices are in US Dollars. Please note that we are unable to generate invoices in other currencies.

Cancellation Policy:  All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to the attention of Colleen LoGrande via email at, or by letter at PO Box 1804, Alexandria, VA  22313, or by fax at (703) 960-6603 no later than 30 days prior to the start of the conference. All requests for cancellation will incur a $100 cancellation fee.

Visa Letter:  To obtain a visa letter, please click here, and fill out the form requesting a visa letter.  



The conference will feature a number of lively debates on key specialty areas over a three day period. The educational format will include plenary talks, concurrent tracks for oral presentations, workshops and poster sessions.



The conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located directly on the lively Liverpool waterfront. Liverpool, a city rich in culture and history, was recently named a UNESCO world heritage site.  Museums, Beatles tours, restaurants, live music, and shopping are all within an easy walk of the conference venue. 

Rooms may be reserved at the rate of £115 per night. Make your reservation as soon as possible.  Please note that the room block is limited.

To reserve a room online, click here. To reserve a room by phone, please call the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 0151 243 80800151 243 8080.  Please provide the code "IPB" and state that you are attending the Paediatric Conference.

As of June 4, 2015, Friday night is fully booked at the conference rate.  When booking your hotel stay, please do not select Friday night as part of your selection because it will tell you no hotel rooms are available.  If you are needing to stay at the hotel on Friday evening, please contact Becky at directly and she will be able to assist you in reserving a Friday evening room at the best flexible rate. 

Click here to view additional accommodation options in the area.  You will need to input your check in and check out dates to view the options.



Liverpool is home to John, Paul, Ringo and George! Enjoy a live performance of the music of the best known musicians in the world with your colleagues. Entertainment, buffet, and drinks are included. It will be a night to remember with the Fab Four! An additional fee is required to participate in this event.  The Social Event will take place on Thursday, 17 September, 2015 starting at 19.30 (7:30pm).    To register, click here



The  conference will serve as a platform for the development of Guidelines for ABI in Children and Adolescents for presentation to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) UNESCO, particularly focusing on the concept of ABI as a chronic disease process.  These Guidelines seek:

  • To raise awareness about the magnitude, risk factors and impact of ABI globally.
  • To draw attention to the preventability of brain injuries in children and present what is known about the effectiveness of intervention strategies.
  • To make recommendations that can be implemented by all countries to effectively reduce ABI in children and adolescents.



The International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS) is a professional association of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to advancing research and disseminating knowledge on pediatric brain injury. Members of IPBIS collaborate to develop and share best practices, mentor colleagues, advance research and promote prevention for the benefit of children, adolescents and young adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families.

In 2013, IPBIS entered into a strategic affiliation with the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA), the world’s largest organization for multidisciplinary professionals working in the field of brain injury.  IBIA organizes the biennial World Congress on Brain Injury; the most recently World Congress was held in San Francisco in 2014 and attracted over 1400 multidisciplinary brain injury professionals from over 40 countries. 


Dr. Jane Gillett was a paediatric and adult neurologist who was at the forefront of brain injury treatment. She was the medical director of the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Hamilton Health Sciences in Hamilton (ON, Canada) and an Associate Professor at McMaster University.

In order to honor and always remember this outstanding woman and to stimulate others to provide services using her philosophies, the Board of Directors of the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society, in cooperation with Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers, created the Dr. Jane Gillett Award.

To learn more about the award and Dr. Jane Gillett, click here. 



The Planning Committee for the First International Conference on Paediatric Brain Injury is: 

Catherine Aaro Jonsson               
Clinical Neuropsychologist           
Ostersund Hospital

Vicki Anderson 
Theme Director, Critical Care & Neurosciences Research          
Murdoch Children’s Reasearch Institute

Richard Appleton            
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
United Kingdom

David Arciniegas
Professor and Neuropsychiatrist
Baylor College of Medicine & TIRR Memorial Hermann
United States

Lucia Braga         
Research Director           
Sarah Network

Katie Byard        
Consultant Neuropsychologist  
United Kingdom

Enrico Castelli   
Head of Paediatric Neurorehabilitation 
Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital

Cathy Catroppa
Research Fellow, Child Neuropsychology
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Carol DeMatteo               
Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science     
McMasters University

Roberta DePompei    
Distinguished Professor Emeritus 
University of Akron
United States          

Patrick Donohue             
Sarah Jane Brain Foundation & Academy of Hope
United States

Ingrid Emanuelson         
Associate Professor/Child Neurologist    
University of Gothenburg

Gerry Gioia        
Professor, Division of Paediatric Neuropsychology          
George Washington School of Medicine
United States

Carol Hawley     
Associate Fellow             
Warwick Medical School
United Kingdom

Eric Hermans     
Brain Project
The Netherlands

Gillian Hotz        
kiDZ Neuroscience Center, University of Miami
United States

Ingela Kristiansen           
Paediatric Neurologist   
Uppsala University Hospital

Arend de Kloet
Paediatric Psychologist
Sophia Rehabilitation
The Netherlands

Bryan Kolb         
Professor of neuroscience          
University of Lethbridge

Peter de Koning
Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine   
Heliomare Rehabilitation Centre
The Netherlands

Mark Linden      
Queens University
United Kingdom

Alison Madden
Clinical Psychologist       

Audrey McKinlay             
Senior Lecturer
University of Melbourne

Thomas McMillan           
Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology   
University of Glasgow
United Kingdom

Peter Patrick     
Former Director of Paediatric Neuropsychology
University of Virginia
United States


Jennie Ponsford
Professor of Neuropsychology 
Monash University

George Prigatano           
Emeritus Chair of Clinical Neuropsychology         
Barrow Neurological Institute
United States

Gerard Ribbers
Professor and
Rijndam Rehabilitation Center
The Netherlands

Peter Rumney  
Physician Director           
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Ronald Savage        
President Emeritus
Sarah Jane Foundation
United States

Robert Tasker   
Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
United States

Anthony Ward 
Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine     
North Staffordshire NHS Trust,
United Kingdom

David Walker    
Professor of Paediatric Oncology              
University of Nottingham
United Kingdom

Beth Wicks         
Specialist Education Consultant
Private Practice
United Kingdom

Keith Yeates      
Professor, Department of Psychology   
University of Calgary

Nathan Zasler   
Concussion Care Centre of Virginia
United States

Carol Hawley, PhD, Chair of IPBIS Board
Ronald Savage, EdD, Co-chair of Conference
Beth Wicks, Co-chair of Conference


The Local Advisory Group for the First International Conference on Paediatric Brain Injury is: 

Lynne Carrick-Leary, Business Development Manager, Irwin Mitchell LLP
Sue Davie, Chief Executive, Meningitis Now
Ava Easton, Chief Executive, The Encephalitis Society
Carol Hawley, Chair of IPBIS
Chloe Hayward, Chief Executive, United Kingdom Acquire Brain Injury Forum
Mark Linden, IPBIS board member
Jackie Parker, Managing Director, J S Parker Ltd
Lisa Turan, Chief Executive Officer, Child Brain Injury Trust
Beth Wicks, IPBIS board member



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 International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) and International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS) would like to thank the following supporters for their support of the International Paediatric Conference on Acquired Brain Injury in Liverpool and IPBIS: