Welcome Letter from the IPBIS 2015 Meeting Chair and Co-Chairs

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted that the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS), in collaboration with the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA), will be hosting the first ever international conference for all those involved with treating and caring for children, adolescents and young adults with acquired brain injuries (ABI).

We are grateful to IBIA for allowing us the opportunity previously to be responsible for an increasing number of presentations and workshops relating to paediatrics during their biennial World Congresses and have seen the popularity of these grow with the number of delegates increasing.  

Over the past several years, IPBIS has also been invited to present seminars as part of conferences in Italy, Turkey, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Austria, UK and Iran. This reflects the numbers around the world who work and live with these young people, the welcome awareness that their needs differ from those injured as adults and an understanding of ABI as a lifelong condition. This has encouraged us to plan an event to focus solely on young people and IBIA is fully supportive of this.

Unlike some other meetings, in addition to exploring the causes of ABI and the numbers involved, our focus will be to explore practical ways to support young people with ABI on an ongoing basis and there will be exciting information regarding innovative programmes from around the world. We will also include all forms of acquired brain injury as well as that caused traumatically.

IPBIS has also been in contact with the United Nations regarding the development of educational materials and guidelines for working with children and families with acquired brain injuries. This will be another goal of our meeting.

We are excited that this meeting will be held in the wonderful British city of Liverpool. This is a vibrant city which is well known around the world for its links to iconic bands, such as the Beatles and others from the Merseybeat era, and the conference venue is situated right on the waterfront of the famous River Mersey. We are sure that you will enjoy joining us for our great Beatles themed social event. You will also be able to explore the other delights that the city has to offer. Liverpool was appointed as a UNESCO World Heritage site from 2004 and was the European City of Culture in 2007. As a result of the legacy from these initiatives and other programmes, there has been extensive rebuilding and refurbishment over recent years. Liverpool boasts the largest number of museums and galleries in the UK, outside of London.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to this groundbreaking and exciting event in a memorable location.

Carol Hawley, PhD
IPBIS chair
United Kingdom

Ronald Savage, EdD
Conference co-chair
United States

Beth Wicks
Conference co-chair      
United Kingdom         

 

For more information on the conference, click here.