Second International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury



New Strategies to Improve
Outcome and Quality of Life

Rome, Italy
20-23 September, 2017



About the Conference
Who Should Attend
Call for Abstracts
Education Objectives
Exhibit and Support
Conference Format
About the Venue
IPBIS Social Event
Planning Committee



The International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS) and the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) are pleased to announce that the Second International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury will be held in Rome, Italy, from 20-23 September, 2017.

This international event builds on the success of the inaugural Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury that was held in Liverpool, UK, in 2015.  To view the on-site program for the 2015 conference, click here.



With the theme New Strategies to Improve Outcome and Quality of Life this Conference will focus on the development of new assessment tools, innovative therapies and devices, rehabilitation programmes, teaching strategies, psychological and social support, increasing the potential to recovery in young people affected  by brain injury and giving, at the same time, support to the families.  

The Conference 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, anoxic-ischemic damages, neurotoxic poisonings).



The conference should bring together all people with a professional interest, supported by evidence-based research, in the field innovative therapies and rehabilitation strategies for children, adolescents and young adults with acquired brain injuries.  It is anticipated that attendees will be comprised of:

  • Allied health professionals
  • Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Therapists 
  • Physicians (clinicians and surgeons)
  • Educators
  • Legal professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Bio-engineers

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.



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

  • Evidenced-based research regarding the mechanisms of functional recovery and the efficacy of medical, rehabilitative and educational treatments, of children and adoloscents  with acquired brain injury.  
  • The varied causes of ABI in childhood, including medical conditions and non-accidental traumatic injuries.
  • Development of advocacy protocols to support families of children and adolescents with ABI, towards affecting change at National and International levels.  
  • The role of advanced technologies in paediatric rehabilitation.  
  • How to improve Quality of Life of children with ABI and their families.  
  • New models of Service organizations and multi-professional supports for childrens and adolescents  with ABI and their families.  
  • How to better recognise, manage and treat mild TBI and concussions in children and adolescents. '
  • Neuropsychological and behavioral disorders, from assessment to therapeutic strategies
  • Multidisciplinary approach and team work in the management of children and adolscents with ABI.  
  • Strategies for improving speech and language performances.  



The "Call for Abstracts" will open in late 2016.  The abstracts will be scored by the Scientific Programme Committee and accepted work will be presented as either short oral presentations or as a poster. 

IPBIS welcomes abstracts on the following topics:

  • Traumatic or non-traumatic brain injuries.  
  • Clinical outcome measures
  • Epidemiology
  • Family supports/interventions
  • Functional outcome measures
  • Legal issues
  • Life-long issues
  • Mild brain injury
  • Non-accidental injury
  • Prevention
  • Rehabilitation strategies
  • Robotic rehabilitation
  • Neuropsychological rehabilitation 
  • Social and behavioural interventions
  • Sports concussion
  • Transitions to adult age
  • Quality of Life
  • Services organization and team work

To view the abstracts submitted for the 2015 conference in Liverpool, click here.  

The submission process for symposia is now open.  To submit a symposia proposal
click here to download the proposal form and return the completed form by January 20, 2017 to either Margaret Roberts ( or Megan Bell-Johnston (  


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.  

Click here to dowload the exhibit and suppor prospectus. 

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



Registration will open in December, 2016.

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 within the beautiful grounds of the Pontificia Università Urbaniana, which is located directly adjacent to the Vatican. The Urbaniana is steps away from St. Peter’s Square and the St. Angelo Castle.   The surrounding area is rich in culture and history, and is abundantly walkable. The Vatican, monuments, restaurants, and shopping are all within an easy walk of the conference venue.



The social highlight of the Conference at the stunning Palazzo Colonna, a magnificent palace in the heart of Rome. More details on this unique evening will posted as the conference nears.



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 recent World Congress was held in The Hague in 2016 and attracted over 1000 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. 



Enrico Castelli - Italy 
Lucia Braga – Brazil
Carol Hawley – UK
Beth Wicks – UK


Children's Hospital Bambino Gesù, Rome – Italy
Mariella Enoc - President
Bruno Dallapiccola - Scientific Director
Massimiliano Raponi - Director of Healthcare Department



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