Promoting well-being in children and young people with ABI
and their families

Belfast, Northern Ireland
26-28 September, 2018




Programme and Theme 
About the Conference
Who Should Attend
Call for Abstracts and Proposal Submissions
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 organisers encourage the submission of original paediatric brain injury research for presentation at the conference. Abstracts will be scored by the Scientific Programme Committee and accepted work will be presented in either short oral presentions or as a poster.  

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

Abstracts will be due 16 April, 2018 at 11:59 PST.  

To submit an abstract, click here.   

Additionally, IPBIS is accepting proposals for Symposia and Preconference sessions.  To submit a proposal, click hereThe deadline for the call for proposals has been extented to 28 March, 2018.  



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



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 programme will be posted after the abstracts have been reviewed by the Planning Committee.  Click here to view the 2017 Program.  



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   



Registration is currently not open.  


Please find airline discounts here

Hotel Accomodation information will be posted as it becomes available.  



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.



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

Jennie Ponsford

Karen Barlow

Eli Gunnarson

George Prigatano

Miriam  Beauchamp

Juliet Harbauer-Krupa

Michael Radix

Barbara Benz

Carol Hawley

Peter Rumney

Katie Byard

Eric Hermans

Ron Savage

Enrico Castelli

Nathan Hughes

Semyon Slobounov

Mathilde Chevignard

Catherine Aaro Jonsson

Katherine Snedaker

Al Condeluci

Heather Keenan

James Tonks

Peter de Koning

Bryan Kolb

David Walker

Carol DeMatteo

Ingela Kristiansen

Beth Wicks

Roberta DePompei

John Leddy

Elizabeth Wilde

Linda Ewing-Cobbs

Mark Linden

Barry Willer

Torun Gangaune Finnanger

Audrey McKinlay

Huw Williams

Rob Forsyth

Greg O'Shannick

Keith Yeates

Isabelle Gagnon

Pritesh Parbhoo

Nathan Zasler

Gerard Gioia

Peter Patrick




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 14 July, 2018.  To learn more about the award and Dr. Jane Gillett, click here



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