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The Eleventh World Congress on Brain Injury



To view the published abstracts from the 2016 IBIA World Congress in the Hague, please click here



The International Brain Injury Association thanks the delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors who attended the 11th World Congress on Brain Injury that was held March 2-5, 2016, at the World Forum Conference Center in the Hague, the Netherlands.

IBIA congratulates Congress organizers Gerard Ribbers, Wilco Peul and Caroline van Heugten who organized a varied educational program on a range of topics covering neurorehabilitation, neurotrauma and brain injury related technology. 

During the Congress, IBIA presented the following awards:

Jennett Plum Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to the Field of Brain Injury
Sureyya Dikmen

Lifetime Achievement Award
Andrew I.R. Maas

Young Investigator Award for Early Career Contributions to the Field of Brain Injury Science
Rachel K. Rowe

The IBIA Early Career Award for Important Contributions to the Field of Brain Injury Science
Steven P. Broglio 

In all, close to 1000 delegates from over 50 countries attended the Congress. In addition to the 200 oral presentations and 600 poster presentations, keynote lectures were delivered by luminaries in the field including Andrew I.R. Maas (Belgium), Jennie Ponsford (Australia), Ann Glang (USA), Sureyya Dikmen (USA), Nicholas Schiff (USA) and Cathy Price (UK).   

All professionals working in the field of brain injury should note that IBIA is switching the World Congress on Brain Injury to an odd year pattern.  This means the next World Congress is only one year away!  Mark your calendars for the 12th World Congress on Brain Injury will be held March 29-April 1, 2017, in New Orleans. Louisiana, at the Sheraton Hotel.

Abstract submission system will open in the summer of 2016. 


To view the published abstracts from the 2016 IBIA World Congress in the Hague, please click here


The original webpage for the 2016 Congress is provided below.


The World Forum Conference Center
The Hague, The Netherlands

2-5  March, 2016


IBIA would like to thank those that attended and supported the meeting.  Please refer back in the coming weeks for a summary of this event and the upcoming World Congress information which will be posted shortly. 


CME/CEU Credits: You need to claim your credits and fill out paperwork by April 1, 2016.  For more information click here

Click here to view the program 

Click here to view satellite information   

Click here for the abstracts. 



Congress Overview
Congress Presenters
Exhibit and Support
Planning Committee
Endorsing Organizations
Continuing Education
Social Programs and Tours
Conference Location: The Hague
Congress Venue
Congress Hotels
Registration Information
Social Media



The Eleventh World Congress on Brain Injury will take place on 2-5  March, 2016, in the Hague, the Netherlands at the World Forum Conference Center.  The theme of the 2016 Congress will be Brain Injury: from Cell to Society. To read the official Welcome Letter from the congress organizers, Drs. Gerard Ribbers, Wilco Peul, Caroline van Heugten, and David Arciniegas, click here



Abstracts have been reviewed by the Scientific Planning Committee, accepted work will be presented as either a short oral presentation or as a poster.

IBIA welcomes abstracts submissions on pediatric and adult brain injury on the topics listed below.

  • Neurorehabilitation - activities and participation
  • Neurorehabilitation - basic research
  • Neurorehabilitation - case report/clinical research
  • Neurorehabilitation - public policy
  • Neurotrauma - basic research
  • Neurotrauma - case report/clinical research
  • Neurotrauma - health services and outcomes
  • Neurotrauma - prevention and public health
  • Technology - basic research
  • Technology - clinical research applications

Accepted Oral Abstract Presenters, please click here for important information and due dates.

For Poster Presenter FAQ's, please click here.   

For Poster Assignment List by day, please click here.

To view the published abstracts from the 2016 IBIA World Congress in the Hague, please click here



Held biennially, 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. Over 1400 multidisciplinary professionals attended our last Congress in San Francisco, California in 2014.

The aim of the Eleventh 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.

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 Congress program will feature internationally recognized invited speakers, platform lectures, panels, and workshops, as well as oral presentations and poster sessions selected from the submitted abstracts.

Presenters, please click here for important information and due dates.

Keynote Presenters: 

Sureyya Dikmen
University of Washington

Ann Glang
University of Oregon

Andrew I. R. Maas
University Hospital Antwerp

Jennie Ponsford
Monash-Epworth  Rehabilitation Research Centre

Cathy Price
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging

Nicholas Schiff
Cornell  University

Click here to view the program 


Invited Presenters:

The current list of speakers is provided below.  Additional names will be added leading up to the Congress.  

Yvette Alway

Nada Andelic

Vicki Anderson

David Arciniegas

Philippe Azouvi

Ryan Bailey

Mark Bayley

Gary Bedell

Steven Broglio

Neil Brooks

Shane Bush

Hans Bussmann

Enrico Castelli

Coriene Catsman-Berrevoets

Sebastien Chastin

Camille Chatelle

John D. Corrigan

Christine Croisiaux

Jurriaan H. de Groot

Arend de Kloet

Myrthe de Koning

Peter de Koning

Erwin de Vlugt

Sureyya Dikmen

Michael Esterman

Joseph Fins

Ioan Stefan Florian

Robert Forsyth

Catherine Fortier

Lou French

Joseph Giacino

Ann Glang

Kate Gould

Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa

Tessa Hart

Carol Hawley

Allen Heinemann

Kathy Helmick

Sidney R. Hinds

Frank Humle

Mary Alexis Iaccarino

Gabriela Ilie

Grant Iverson

Holly Jimison

Claire Jourdan

Heather Keenan

Verena Klamroth-Marganska

Marsh Konigs

Sanna Koskinen

Odile Kozlowski Moreau

Wolfgang Kuehne

Martin Kulla

Ulrich Kunz

Arnaud Lanthier

Anne Laurent-Vannier

Steven Laureys

Jan Lavrijsen

Harvey Levin

Andrew I. R. Maas

Geoffrey T. Manley

Simon Mayer

Thomas McAllister

Michael McCrea

Skye McDonald

Regina McGlinchey

Carel G.M. Meskers

Maarten Milders

Martin M.  Monti

Risa Nakase-Richardson

Misha Pavel

Arwen Pel

Lianne Peppel

Wilco Peul

Jennie Ponsford

Cathy Price

Kate Radford

Lukas Rasulic

Gerard Ribbers

Kresimir Rotim

Marc Rousseaux

Peter Rumney

Tomislv Sajko

David Salat

Angelle Sander

Jaana Sarajuuri

Myrthe Scheenen

Nicholas Schiff

Caroline Schnakers

Alfred C. Schouten

Ronald T. Seel

Ruud Selles

Zhanna Semenova

Agaath Sluijter

Kerstin Spielmann 

Jacoba M. Spikman

Gershon Spitz

Dick Stegeman

Wolf Ingo Steudel

Jacek Szczygielski

Olli Tenovuo

Aurore Thibaut

Leanne Togher

Jean-Luc Truelle

Andy Tyerman

Coen van Bennekom

Willemijn van Erp

Judith van Velzen

Erwin van Wegen

Frans van der Helm

Hans van der Horn

Herman van der Kooij

Joukje van der Naalt

Rick van der Vliet

Thomas van Essen

Martie Vink

Annemarie Visser-Keizer

Petar Vulekovic

Kevin K. Wang

Gale Whiteneck

John Whyte

Elisabeth A. Wilde

Kai Wohlfarth

Dieter Woischnek

Hal S. Wortzel

Giles Yeates

Ross Zafonte

Sarah Zandvliet

Nathan Zasler

Barbra Zupan


Presentation Topics (As of February 2016): 

A Pathway of Care for Patients with TBI – A European Prospective

Advances in the Medical Understanding of Pediatric ABI: What we know and don’t know

Advancing Padeiatric/Adolescent ABI Rehabilitation and Adaption Using NeuroTechnologies 

Ambulatory Measurement of Posture and Movement in Daily Life After Acquired Brain Injury

Cognitive Rehabilitation in the Real World: Merging the Evidence Base With Individual Needs

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) Symposium

Deployment Trauma: Insights from the TRACTS Cohort of the Effects of mTBI and Blast Exposure in OEF/OIF Veterans

Disorders of Consciousness (I)

Disorders of Consciousness (II)

DOC SIG Symposium

Euroacademia Multidisciplinaria Neurotraumatologica Symposium

Holistic Neurorehabilitation – Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives

Innovations in Social Cognition Rehabilitation

Innovative Approaches to Delivering Safety, Health, and Activity Self-Management Interventions 

IPBIS: From Cell to Society, Interventions and Participation

Long Term Management of Severe TBI in Europe – The Value of a Network

Mild TBI and Outcome – The Role of Emotion Regulation, Stress and Coping

Moral Boundaries of Care in Severe TBI

New Developments in Assessing Outcomes in TBI and Stroke

Non-invasive Brain Stimulation:  Opening up New Horizons in Neurorehabilitation

Novel Engineering to Understand Motor Recovery After Brain Injury

The Placebo and Nocebo Effect in Brain Injury

Prediction of Recovery from Mild to Moderate TBI

Prevalence and Correlates of a Lifetime History of TBI in the Adult, General Population

Psychiatric Disorders Following TBI

Return to Work After Acquired Brain Injury: An Overview of Vocational Rehabilitation Interventions

Sports Concussion

Symptom Validity Assessment: Clinical and Forensic Caveats

WFNR IBIA Symposium: Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms: What Clinicians and Researchers Should Know



Marketing your product or service at the IBIA World Congress brings you face-to-face with the decision makers and key opinion leaders who are shaping the future of brain injury research, treatment and rehabilitation. The World Congress presents a unique opportunity to promote the advances in brain injury made by your organization or company to this highly specialized group of professionals.

Click here for a list of past exhibitors and supporters of the IBIA World Congresses. 

Click here to download the 2016 World Congress Exhibit and Support prospectus (pdf).

The IBIA Eleventh World Congress on Brain Injury is the largest gathering of international professionals working in the field of brain injury. Delegates are comprised of neurosurgeons, rehabilitation physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, nurses, case managers and legal professionals. 

If you have any questions regarding the prospectus, please contact Megan Bell by email ( or phone (713-526-6900).



Congress President:  Gerard Ribbers, The Netherlands

Congress Co-Vice President:  Caroline van Heugten, The Netherlands
Congress Co-Vice President:  Wilco Peul, The Netherlands
IBIA Chairman:  David Arciniegas, USA

The Planning Committee for the Eleventh World Congress on Brain Injury is: 

Catherine Aaro Jonsson

Vicki Anderson

David Arciniegas              

Philippe Azouvi

Ian Baguley         

Coen van Bennekom
The Netherlands

Jorge Bergado   

Lucia Braga

Ingrid Brands    
The Netherlands

Lisa Brenner

Andras  Buki      

Ross Bullock

Tamara Bushnik               

Enrico Castelli

John Corrigan              

Peter de Koning

Roberta DePompei

Henk Eilander               
The Netherlands

Jonathan Evans

Luciano Fasotti
The Netherlands

Michael Fehlings

Dawson Fong
Hong Kong

Rita Formisano 

Joseph Giacino

Carol Hawley

Majanka Heijenbrok-Kal
The Netherlands

Kathy Helmick  

Eric Hermans

Caroline van Heugten
The Netherlands

Peter Hutchinson

Grant Iverson 

Barry Jordan

Douglas Katz       

Ingela Kristiansen

Jan CM Lavrijsen             
The Netherlands

Jose Leon-Carrion           

Jan Lexell            

Mark Linden
N. Ireland

Andrew Maas   

Alison Madden

James Malec     

Geoff Manley

Jeffrey Max      

Thomas McAllister          

Michael McCrea              

Audrey McKinlay

Mary McMahon              

Tom McMillan  

David Menon    

Joukje van der Naalt      
The Netherlands

Enrique Noe     

Melissa Oliver   

Lisandro Olmos

Tamara Ownsworth       

Jiri Pazdirek
Saudi Arabia

Michael Perdices             

Claudio Perino  

Wilco Peul
The Netherlands

Rudolf Ponds  
The Netherlands

Jennie Ponsford              

John Povlishock                

Gerard Ribbers
The Netherlands

David Ripley       

Peter Rumney

Bernhard Sabel

Mieke van de Sandt
The Netherlands

Ronald Savage 

Caroline Schnakers         

Marleen Schonherr        
The Netherlands

Ronald Seel      

Mark Sherer      

Jun Shinoda

Jacoba M. Spikman   
The Netherlands

Sven Stapert
The Netherlands

Donald  Stein     

Bruce Stern       

Ewout Steyerberg        
The Netherlands

Nino Stocchetti

Robyn Tate      

Olli Tenovuo      

Jean-Luc Truelle              

Lyn Turkstra      

Rodney Vanderploeg     

Walter  Videtta

George Vuturo

John Whyte       

Beth Wicks

Elisabeth Wilde

Barbara Wilson

Nathan Zasler   

Mariusz Ziejewski           


The IBIA awards are presented during the congress, including the Jennett Plum Award for Clinical Achievement in the Field of Brain Injury Medicine, the Henry Stonnington Awards for best review articles in Brain Injury, the Young Investigator Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Car of the Year Award.

Click here for the criteria for 2016 awards. 



Twenty-nine international organizations endorsed the 2014 Congress held in San Francisco.  Members of endorsing organizations are entitled to register at the discounted IBIA members rate.  

Current list of Endorsing Organizations:

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM)
American Neuropsychiatric Association

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI)
Brain Foundation Netherlands
Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)
Brain Injury Association of Canada
Brain Injury Australia
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
Encephallitis Society
European Brain Injury Society (EBIS)
International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP)
International NeuroTrauma Society (INTS)
International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS)
North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS)
Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF)
Sarah Jane Brain Project
Sociedad Neurologica Argentina
Society for Research in Rehabilitation (SRR)
United States Brain Injury Alliance (USBIA)
World Federation for NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR)

 If your organization is interested in endorsing the World Congress, please download and complete the attached form.  Please contact Megan Bell by email ( or phone (713-526-6900). 



IBIA will be offering a range of continuing medical credits for the upcoming Eleventh World Congress on Brain Injury.  

Please click here for further information. 
Please click here for speaker disclosures.



Sightseeing Day Tours

The Congress will offer a variety of optional tours and offsite activities so delegates can experience the rich cultural history of the Hague and the nearby city of Amsterdam.  You will be able to register for the tours until February 22. Additional information about sightseeing tours as well as purchase can be found here  


IBIA Gala at the Louwman Museum 

The Gala event will take place in the Louwman Museum on Saturday, March 5th, 2016, from 7:30-10:00pm. The museum is located on The Hague's Leidsestraatweg, and boasts of beautiful architecture with stunning gardens and a petite pond within the establishment. The Louwman Museum is spread over three floors and over 10,000 square meters of exhibition space. The museum was artistically designed by American architect Michael Graves with complementary landscaping at the surrounding park by architect Louis Baljon.

Upon arriving, you will be escorted through a vast hall, home to a handful of rare cars. You will be able to enjoy a 1966 Chevy Corvette 427 Stingray, 1958 Citroen DS19, a stunning Toyota 2000GT, and a rather strange and peculiar Art Deco amalgamation of a Lincoln Sedan and a Harley Davidson. The Louwman Museum additionally houses the extraordinary 1887 De Dion Steam Quadricycle, one of the oldest automobiles in the world! Experts regard the collection as one of the most beautiful in the World.

The Gala will consist of a walking dinner with minimal seating to accommodate your exclusive viewing of the exhibits. Please wear cocktail or formal business attire. Guests will be picked up and dropped off by coach at the World Forum. For purchase please be sure to request when registering, or you may re-visit the registration site at a later time to add.

Ticket prices are $110.00 per ticket. To purchase Gala tickets, please click here.

For more information about the Louwman Museum, please click here.


Welcome Reception

All delegates to the World Congress are invited to attend the Welcome Reception on Thursday evening starting at 6:45pm. Entertainment will be provided by the band Maddogs, which includes IBIA member Peter de Koning. Admission is included with your World Congress registration!



The Hague is one of the most extraordinary cities in Europe. Not just because of its world famous international organizations like the International Court of Justice, but also because of its many monuments, historic districts and its location near the beautiful North Sea coastline. The Hague is also known as the 'Royal City by the Sea' and is called ‘the residence city’ because of the many members of the Dutch Royal Family who reside in its chic neighborhoods.

The Plein and Grote Markt squares abound with great restaurants, eateries, coffee houses and night clubs and are lively and welcoming places every day of the week. The Hague’s shopping is as varied as the city itself, ranging from luxury department stores and international top brands to cosy little streets filled with boutiques and specialty shops. It also has a lot of internationally renowned art and culture to offer.

The Hague proves that a modern skyline and a historic city center are perfect partners. Scheveningen, the best known seaside resort on the Dutch coast, is a great place to go for a suntan and water sports in summer and a bracing walk in winter.

And last but not least, The Hague is only a short distance (approximately 1/2 hour) by public transport to Amsterdam, a city known for it’s iconic canals, world class museums and heritage sites.

Click here for more informaton on the Hague. 

Click here for information on Netherlands visa requirments.



The Congress will be held at the Hague World Forum, one of Europe's leading conference centers.  To view a short video on the Hague World Forum click here.  



The following are the current list of official accommodations: 

Hotel Novotel Den Haag  (inside the World Forum Convention Center) 
Hotel Novotel Den Haag World Forum features modern, luxurious rooms. Free WIFI is available in the hotel. The hotel is located in the World Forum and is very well served by public transport from The Hague city center. Parking is available in our own parking garage.  Negotiated rates for congress attendees through December 18, 2015, are: €149.00 standard single room per night; €169.00 standard double room per night. To make a reservation at the Hotel Novotel Den Haag click here.

IBIA room block was released on February 7, so please make your reservations as soon as possible.

The Hague Marriott Hotel  (adjacent to the World Forum Convention Center)
The four-star Hague Marriott Hotel (formerly Worldhotel Bel Air) is an ideally situated hotel in The Hague.  It is in the middle of the Statenkwartier area across the Catshuis, within easy walking distance of the Gemeente Museum, the Peace Palace and the World Forum Convention Center. Single rooms per night are €139.00; double rooms per night are €159.50. To make a reservation at the Hague Marriott Hotel, click here.

IBIA room block was released on February 7, so please make your reservations as soon as possible. As of February 17, there are still some rooms available.

Crowne Plaza Den Haag  (0.19 Miles, 0.3 KM from the World Forum Convention Center)
The Crowne Plaza Den Haag is nestled in the lush Van Stolk Park between The Hague city centre and Scheveningen's sandy beaches. To make a reservation at the Crowne Plaza Den Haag, click here

All remaining rooms in the IBIA room block were released back to the public on 1/27/16; however, they are holding a small number for IBIA attendees.  As of February 17, there are still some rooms available. The rate for a standard room is €133.00.

Contact Monica Rodgers, with questions or concerns regarding the IBIA hotels.  



Registration site for this event is now closed. 

Group Discounts
Bringing four or more people to the Congress?  Call (703) 960-6500 for details on group discounts, or email IBIA here. Please note that all group registrations will be on one invoice.  If separate invoices are requested, there will be an additional $25 administration fee.

Wire Transfer Fees
Registrant is responsible for all fees incurred with a wire transfer. IBIA will not consider your registration complete if the amounts above are not credited to our account for individual registrations. 
Visa Letter 
If you need a visa letter to attend the meeting, please fill out the form by clicking here.
Do you need a travel visa for the Netherlands? Click here for more information.

Refund Cancellation Policy 

  • All requests for cancellation will incur a $200.00 USD administrative processing fee.
  • If you paid by wire transfer, you will incur the return wire transfer fees charged by our bank.
  • For a full refund (less above-mentioned admin fee), all requests for cancellation must be received in writing to the attention of Colleen LoGrande via email at, by mail at PO Box 1804, Alexandria, VA  22313, or by fax at (703) 960-6603 no later than January 6, 2016.
  • Requests received after January 6, 2016 but prior to February 3, 2016, will be considered for a partial (50%) refund on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Absolutely no refunds will be granted after February 3, 2016. 
  • Refunds on the Gala will incur a $25.00 USD processing fee in addition to any wire transfer charges if payment was made by wire transfer.

On-line registration will close as of 5:00 pm EST in the USA on February 26, 2016.  Registration will continue on-site beginning Wednesday, March 2, 2016.  All on-site registrations for the congress only (does not pertain to the pre-conference or gala) will incur an additional $50 charge.



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