Eighth World Congress on Brain Injury

The International Brain Injury Association held a highly successful Eighth World Congress on Brain Injury in Washington, DC on March 10-14, 2010.  A Congress recap will be posted on this site shortly.

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The preliminary program for the Eighth World Congress on Brain Injury is now available for viewing on-line. We are looking forward to a wonderful scientific program with over 100 world renowned experts in the field of brain injury presenting on a variety of topics across the continuum of care. IBIA has also planned other special features including workshops, panels, scientific poster and paper presentations and candlelight sessions with experts. 

To view the program, click here.
To view the list of invited speakers, click here.
To view the list of accepted oral and poster abstract presentations, click here



Abstracts accepted for the Eighth World Congress on Brain Injury will be published in a supplemental issue of the journal Brain Injury. Submissions must be data-driven or assessment/treatment model descriptions. 

PLEASE NOTE: Abstracts will be published only if the presenting author is a registered delegate to the Congress. IBIA does not pay or support the travel of presenters. Only abstracts written in English and submitted online will be considered. Be sure that abstracts do not contain grammatical or spelling errors, which may disqualify your submission.  Presenters of all accepted papers, both oral and posters, must also complete and return the Congress disclosure form.

Oral Presentations: Unless otherwise noted, accepted oral presentations will be 10 minutes in length, including 2 minutes of Q&A.

Poster Presentations: 
Accepted posters should be formatted to fit within the following size: Width: 4 feet (1,2 m) Height: 3.5 feet (1,0 m)

To view the list of accepted abstracts, click here.

Over 650 abstracts were received for the Congress, a new record.  There will be a first and second place certificate for the Best Poster which also will come with a cash award.



The IBIA World Congress is the largest gathering of international professionals working in the field of brain injury. Delegates are comprised of physicians, psychologists and neuropsychologists, therapists, social workers, nurses, case managers, legal professionals, advocates and all others working in the field of brain injury.

The Eighth World Congress program will feature internationally recognized invited speakers, platform lectures, workshops, short oral presentations and poster sessions.

The aim of the Eighth World Congress is to provide an opportunity for establishing collegial relationships with international professionals focused on the care and/or service of persons with acquired brain injury and/or the science of brain injury research. State of the art research will be presented dealing with information spanning from basic science to clinical (coma to community) aspects of brain injury.

International priorities in the field of brain injury research will be discussed. Finally, the Congress seeks to provide didactic opportunities for clinicians interested in advancing their knowledge in brain injury science, medicine and care.  The official language of the Congress is English, and sessions are open to all delegates registering to attend the event.


The International Brain Injury Association is pleased to offer a variety of awards in conjunction with the World Congress. The Jennett and Plum Award for Clinical Achievement will be presented to Graham Teasdale and Henry Stonnington (the latter, posthumously). The Henry Stonnington Award will be given for the best review article in the journal Brain Injury, and the 2010 Safe Car of the Year Award will also be presented. This year, IBIA will also begin a new tradition of presenting a Young Investigator Award to a research clinician below age 40 who has made a significant early contribution to the field in brain injury scientific research or care. There will also be a first and second place certificate for the Best Poster which also will come with a cash award.


The Congress will be held in Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. The newly renovated Hyatt Crystal City hotel is perfectly positioned to allow Congress delegates easy access to the entire DC metropolitan area, with world famous monuments, museums and historical sites all just minutes away. The hotel has been spectacularly updated and boasts award-winning dining and inviting new guestrooms with stunning views. The Hyatt Crystal City offers a superb combination of luxury and convenience.

Washington, DC is a dynamic city filled with cultural attractions and world-class entertainment venues, as well as some of the best shopping and dining in the United States. The Smithsonian Museums are the most visited museums in the world and there’s nothing more majestic than viewing the floodlit monuments on the national mall at night. There are also beautiful parks and recreational facilities sprinkled throughout DC and its suburbs. March is a wonderful time to visit the nation’s capital with the famous cherry blossoms just coming into bloom.

To book accomodation on-line, click here.
To book accomodation by telephone, call +1 703 418 1234, and reference the "IBIA World Congress on Brain Injury".

NOTE: The Hyatt Crystal City currently has limited availability on Tuesday, March 9.  Availability exists for all other days of the Congress at this time.  Attendees seeking accommodation on Tuesday night are encouraged to book at the nearby Marriott, and also to check periodically with the Hyatt as rooms on Tuesday may become available in the coming weeks.


IBIA is pleased to offer all World Congress attendees (both International and Domestic) a special rate on all American Airlines flights for travel to the Washington, DC complex area that is booked within the travel dates of March 7 – 18, 2010. World Congress attendees will receive a 5% discount off the lowest applicable eligible published air fare by using the Promotional Code 9830AK. The percentage discount can be booked on-line atwww.AA.com for American Airlines and American Eagle flights only. Reservations may also be made via telephone by calling the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 1-800-433-1790 from anywhere in the United States or Canada. There will be a separate ticketing charge of $20.00 USD per ticket for tickets purchased via the phone or $30.00 USD per ticket for tickets purchased at the airport. This amount is subject to change. International originating attendees not booking via the internet will need to call their local reservations number and refer to the Promotion Code.


IBIA has organized a number of optional sight-seeing and social events that celebrate the culture, diversity and historical landmarks of the capitol of the United States, Washington, DC. Our expertly guided tours will ensure that IBIA delegates will return home with a full appreciation for the city and its world famous sites and monuments . Delegates are encouraged not to miss the social highlight of the Congress: a Private Evening Dinner and Tour at Mount Vernon with all its’ historic glory. Mount Vernon was the beloved home of George and Martha Washington from the time of their marriage in 1759 until General Washington's death in 1799. On this special evening, the estate will be opened exclusively to delegates attending the World Congress for our Gala Awards Dinner. To learn more about the various sightseeing tour options and the Gala at Mount Vernon,click here.


David Arciniegas, MD - USA
Philippe Azouvi, MD, PhD - France
Michael Barnes, MD – United Kingdom
Lucia Braga, PhD - Brazil
Ross Bullock, MD, PhD - USA
Wen Ta Chiu, MD, PhD - Taiwan
Karen Chua, MD - Singapore
Jose Leon Carrion, PhD - Spain
Rita Formisano, MD, PhD - Italy
Esteban Fridman, MD - Argentina
Nora Cullen, MD - Canada
Jane Gillett, MD - Canada
Grant Iverson, PhD - Canada
Col. Michael Jaffee, MD - USA
Douglas Katz, MD - USA
Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD - USA
Steven Laureys, MD, PhD - Belgium
Jan Lexell, MD, PhD - Sweden
Andy Maas, MD, PhD - Belgium
John Olver, MD - Australia
Jennie Ponsford, PhD - Australia
George Prigatano, PhD - USA
Bernhard Sabel, PhD - Germany
Yaron Sacher, MD - Israel
Ronald Savage, EdD - USA
Nachum Soroker, MD - Israel
Donald Stein, PhD - USA
Olli Tenovuo, MD - Finland
Klaus von Wild, MD - Germany
Ross Zafonte, DO - USA
Nathan Zasler, MD - USA
George Zitnay, PhD - USA


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and The International Brain Injury Association. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this educational activity for a maximum of 33AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Educational Objectives:

  • Evaluate the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation for individuals with TBI.
  • Provide didactic opportunities for clinicians interested in advancing their knowledge in brain injury science, medicine and care.
  •  Predict life long, post-acute rehabilitation needs of individuals with TBI, especially military members with blast injuries.
  • Recognize the challenges of assessment and treatment of children with traumatic brain injury.
  • Summarize current advances in acute neurosalvage of persons with TBI.
  • Critique the current methods of differential diagnosis of MTBI from PTSD.
  • Explore the neuropsychiatric complications associated with traumatic brain injury.
  • Recommend new techniques and technologies to evaluate awareness in persons with disorders of consciousness following acquired brain injury.
  • Summarize the current consensus on response bias and effort testing in persons with TBI.



The organizations listed below have officially endorsed the World Congress.  Please note that members of these organizations are entitled to register for the Congress at the discounted IBIA member rate:

Academy of Multidisciplinary Neuro-Traumatology
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
American Neuropsychiatric Association
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Society of Neurorehabilitation
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment
Brain Injury Association of America
Brain Injury Association of Canada
Brain Trauma Foundation

Care Planner Network
Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
European Brain Injury Society
Euroacademia Multidisciplinaria NeuroTraumatica
European Neurological Society
Foundation for Life Care Planning Research
International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals
International Neuropsychiatric Association
International Society for Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
International Brain Research Foundation
International Neurotrauma Society
Latin American Brain Injury Consortium
National Academy of Neuropsychology
National Neurotrauma Society
Neurocognitive Rehabilitation Research Network
Neurotrauma Foundation
North American Brain Injury Society 
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America

World Federation of NeuroRehabilitation
World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies


$495.00 IBIA members and members of endorsing organizations 
$645.00 Non-Member Rate
$195.00 Trainee (proof of student status will be required on-site).
$150.00 Spouse (includes access to all complimentary social functions but no scientific sessions)
$150.00 Optional pre-congress symposium.

On-line registration is now closed.  To register on-site, print out and complete the registration form and bring it with you to the Congress registration desk.


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