Second International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury



New Strategies to Improve
Outcome and Quality of Life

Rome, Italy
20-23 September, 2017


Thank you for attending the Second International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury


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Programme and Theme
About the Conference
Who Should Attend
Call for Abstracts
Education Objectives
Hotel Accomodations
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 was held in Rome, Italy, from 20-23 September, 2017.

This 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 program for the conference, click here.



Please find a link to the Abstract Book, that was also found on the Mobile App by clicking here.   

Abstract Book
Author Index


With the theme New Strategies to Improve Outcome and Quality of Life this Conference focused 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 educational programme was 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). For further details, see:

Conference Program
Pre-Conference Courses
Post-Conference Session

Symposia and Panels
Keynote Speakers

Invited Speakers



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:

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

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 ideveloped a broad educational programme that addressed 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 adolescents  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 children 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.  



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 download the exhibit and support prospectus. 

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



Registration is now CLOSED.

  IPBIS Rates 5

Group Discounts
Bringing five or more people to the Congress? A 10% discount will apply to all group reservations of Member and Non-Member rates (does not pertain to Pre-conference, Post-conference, Trainee or Gala rates).

Note: The 10% discount will only apply by selecting the Member or Non-Member rate, please use the Member or Non-Member rate respectively in your group. Trainee registrations can be counted as a group member but will not receive a discount as the Trainee registration is already discounted. Please note that a group must consist of a minimum of 5 attendees, must be registered together at one time and will be on one invoice.

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

Terms and Conditions
All requests for cancellation will incur a $200.00 USD administrative processing fee. For a full refund (less 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 close of business EST on Friday, 21 July, 2017. Requests received after July 21st, but prior to Monday, 21 August, 2017, will be considered for a partial (50%) refund on a case-by-case basis. Absolutely no refunds will be granted on or after 21 August, 2017. All wire transfer fees will be deducted from refunds granted.

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 click here for a list and rates of all of the hotel accommodations.

Please click here for information on dicounted airfare to the Conference.



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 conference will take place on the grounds of the Pontificia Universita Urbaniana in the heart of Rome, only steps away from St. Peter's Square. (Photo credit: Alekjds).  



Please click here for information regarding the IPBIS Gala.



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

Applications are due by the close of business on 1 September, 2017.  To learn more about the award and Dr. Jane Gillett, click here



Please click here to view the Planning Committee.



MCC Association Mgt.
5909 Ashby Manor Place
Alexandria, VA 22310
Tel: (+703) 960-6500
Fax: (+703) 960-6603
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Chas Haynes
Margaret Roberts