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Third International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury


Hotel Accomodations
Exhibit and Support
Conference Format
About the Venue
Jane Gillett Award
Planning Committee



The International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS) is pleased to announce that the Third International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury will be held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 26-28, September, 2018.

This international event builds on the success of IPBIS’s prior conferences held in Liverpool (2015) and Rome (2017).

The conference will focus on the development of innovative treatments, rehabilitation programmes, support mechanisms and ways to improve the lives and potential of young people affected by brain injury. The educational programme will be inclusive of all issues relating to paediatric brain injury, both traumatic (e.g., external physical force injuries, penetrating injuries) and atraumatic (e.g., infectious diseases, tumours, stroke, neurotoxic poisonings).

The IPBIS strives to achieve gender balance in all aspects of their third conference on promoting well-being in children and young people with ABI and their families. The committee endeavours to achieve this balance through equal female and male representation on the organising committees and as session chairs as well as through invitations to high quality speakers of both sexes in line with the gender balance in our research community.



Abstract acceptance notifications have been sent out.  

The organisers encourage the submission of original paediatric brain injury research for presentation at the conference. Abstracts have been scored by the Scientific Programme Committee and accepted work will be presented in either short oral presentions or as a poster.

Information for Oral Presenters

Information for Poster Presenters  

The categories are as follows:

  • Cognitive, social and behavioural rehabilitation
  • Developmental issues through childhood, adolescence and young adulthood
  • Education issues
  • Epidemiology
  • Family supports/interventions
  • Life-long and chronic issues
  • Litigation and criminal issues
  • Long term medical concerns and issues
  • Mild brain injury and sports concussion
  • Non-accidental and non-traumatic brain injury
  • Outcome measurements
  • Prevention
  • Technology in rehabilitation
  • Transition issues



The theme of the conference is: Promoting well-being in children and young people with acquired brain injury and their families. 

The Conference's Plenary Keynote Speakers are:

There will be four half-day pre-conference sessions which will take place at Riddel Hall on Wednesday, 26 September, 2018.  For more information on the sessions, please view below.  

  1. Updates: Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Innovative Technologies Used with Children and Adolescents Following Acquired Brain Injuries
  2. Successful Education Following Childhood TBI - Problems and Solutions: A Global Perspective
  3. Post-Traumatic Amnesia in Children / Novel Approaches in the Evaluation and Treatment of Children with Disorders of Consciousness

On Thursday, 27 September - Friday, 28 September 2018, various symposia sessions will take place in Riddel Hall.  For more information on these sessions, please view below.  

The Thursday, 27 September 2018 Symposia are:

The Friday, 28 September 2018 Symposia are:  

Click here to view the Preliminary Programme



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

  • The epidemiology of acquired brain injuries in children and adolescents from a world health care perspective,
  • Evidence-based research regarding the nature and efficacy of medical, clinical and educational rehabilitation of acquired brain injuries in children and adolescents,
  • The varied causes of ABI in childhood, including medical conditions and non-accidental traumatic injuries,
  • 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, and
  • How to better recognize, manage and treat mTBI/Concussions in children/adolescents.

The complete programme will be posted after the abstracts have been reviewed by the Planning Committee. 

View the Preliminary Program Here! 

For more details about the Preconference Sessions click here!



The Conference will bring together multidisciplinary professionals with an interest in improving outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults with brain injury.

Attendees will be comprised of physicians, neuropsychologists, therapists, allied health professionals, and brain injury advocates. This list is not exhaustive and the organisers expect all multidisciplinary professionals involved in paediatric brain injury will benefit from this valuable opportunity to engage with experts, gain insights, and establish new collaborations.  



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.  

For more information on exhibit and support opportunities, please click here.  To view the prospectus, click here.  

If you are interested in exhibiting and/or sponsoring at the meeting or have questions, please contact Megan Bell-Johnston at   



Main Meeting Registration, click here.   

Pre Conference Registration ONLY, click here.

Group Registration, click here.

Group Discounts
Bringing (5) or more people to the Congress? A 5% discount will apply to all group reservations of Member and Non-Member rates (does not pertain to Pre-conference, Trainee or Gala rates).

Group registrations must consist of 5 or more people and may be any combination of members, non-members, or trainees. Please note the following:

  1. All (5) or more people must register at the same time. Any previously registered attendees can be added to your group; however, a $100 processing fee will be charged.
  2. Only member and non-member rates in the group will receive a 5% discount.
  3. Only one invoice will be generated for the group; we unfortunately cannot accommodate individual invoices or receipts.
  4. The 5% discount will not apply to any pre-conference, gala, or trainee registrations.

Wire Transfer Fees
Registrants are responsible for all fees (both front and back end) incurred with wire transfers. Your registration will not be considered complete until all fees have been paid. For further information please contact Colleen LoGrande at

Cancellation Policy
Please find the cancellation policy here

Visa Letter  

Upon registering for the conference, you will be asked if you need a Visa Letter from the following options:

  • Yes, and I am an abstract submitter/ presenter
  • Yes, and I am NOT an abstract submitter/ presenter

Please be sure to select the choice that best identifies your situation, so that we may provide you with the correct visa letter. 

NOTE: You will not receive the Visa Letter until you have selected your choice and completed registration, or called the IBIA administrative office at 703-960-6500.



Please find details surrounding the Gala here.  



Please find information regarding hotel accommodations here

Please find airline discounts here



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, symposia and poster sessions.

View the Preliminary Program Here! 

For more details about the Preconference Sessions click here!



The conference will be held in Riddel Hall at Queens University, a sympathetically renovated Grade-2 listed building retaining many original features while incorporating the best of today’s technology.

The city of Belfast was named as the “2018 Top Region to Visit” by Lonely Planet, and the surrounding area offer dining options and activities to suit all tastes. The old docklands are now the home to exciting restaurants, hip bars, and attractions including the sensational Titanic Museum where the IPBIS conference dinner will be held.

Beyond lies the Causeway Coast, whose timeless beauty and high-grade distractions – golf, whiskey and some of the world’s most famous rocks – are more popular now than ever. Game of Thrones fans will not want to miss the opportunity to take a guided tour of the real Westeros!



The International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS) is a professional association of multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to advancing research and disseminating knowledge on paediatric 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 and their families.

In 2013, IPBIS entered into a strategic affiliation with the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA), the world’s largest organisation for multidisciplinary professionals working in the field of brain injury.  In 2015 and 2017, IPBIS organised highly successful, abstract driven conferences in Liverpool and Rome respectively, each attracting over 400 delegates from more than 40 countries around the globe.


Mark Linden, Conference Chair
Ronald Savage, Conference Co-Chair
Beth Wicks, Conference Co-Chair
Carol Hawley, IPBIS Chair

Vicki Anderson

Ann Glang

Peter Patrick

Karen Barlow

Eli Gunnarson

Jennie Ponsford

Miriam  Beauchamp

Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa

George Prigatano

Barbara Benz

Carol Hawley

Michael Radix

Katie Byard

Eric Hermans

Peter Rumney

Enrico Castelli

Nathan Hughes

Ron Savage

Mathilde Chevignard

Catherine Aaro Jonsson

Semyon Slobounov

Al Condeluci

Heather Keenan

Katherine Snedaker

Peter de Koning

Bryan Kolb

James Tonks

Carol DeMatteo

Ingela Kristiansen

David Walker

Roberta DePompei

John Leddy

Beth Wicks

Linda Ewing-Cobbs

Mark Linden

Elisabeth Wilde

Torun Gangaune Finnanger

Alison Madden

Barry Willer

Rob Forsyth

Audrey McKinlay

Huw Williams

Isabelle Gagnon

Greg O'Shannick

Keith Yeates

Gerard Gioia

Pritesh Parbhoo

Nathan Zasler



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 created the Dr. Jane Gillett Award. This award is being generously supported by the Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  

Applications were due by the close of business on 14 July, 2018.  To learn more about the award and Dr. Jane Gillett, click here



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