A Global Conference and Meeting of Minds for Adult and Pediatric Brain Injury Professionals

July 28 - 30, 2021
Abstract portal is now closed.

Congress Overview

Mark your calendars now for the 2021 Virtual World Congress on Brain Injury! This multidisciplinary event will offer a broad and varied program spanning cutting-edge research to practical and applied techniques for improving outcome for persons with brain injury. The conference is a joint initiative of the International Brain Injury Association, ABI Ireland, the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society, the North American Brain Injury Society, PINK Concussions, and the IBIA Special Interest Groups.

Educational Content

The conference will span an intensive three-day period and will feature internationally-renowned plenary speakers, platform lectures, workshops and panels. In addition, brain injury professionals from around the world will have the opportunity to share their research and clinical findings through the peer-reviewed abstract submission process. All conference participants will join the decision-makers and key opinion leaders who are shaping the future of brain injury research, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Education Credits

The continuing education activity will be provided through collaboration between International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) and AffinityCE. Currently, we are applying for continuing education credit for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, rehabilitation counselors, case managers, and speech-language professionals. We expect to have the following types of credits for congress attendees:

Who Should Attend

Delegates are comprised of rehabilitation physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, neurosurgeons, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, educators, nurses, case managers, advocates, legal professionals and all others committed to improving the outcome of adults and children with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury.

Keynote Speakers

The International Brain Injury Association, ABI Ireland, the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society, the North American Brain Injury Society, the ABI Ireland, PINK Concussions, and the IBIA Special Interest Groups are pleased to introduce the Keynote Speakers confirmed to-date for the upcoming 2021 Virtual World Congress on Brain Injury. The Keynote Speakers are:

To learn about the Keynote Speakers, please click here.


The Congress organizers have assembled an outstanding group of speakers and panelists who will participate in this unique educational event. Click on the link below for details. Additional speakers will be added as they are confirmed, so check back often!

For a list of the currently confirmed faculty, click here.

Planning Committee (As of April 19. 2021)

Rachel Sayko Adams, PhD, MPH - USA
Vicki Anderson, PhD – Australia
David Arciniegas, MD - USA
Mark J. Ashley, ScD, CCC-SLP, CCM, CBIST - USA
Neil Austin – Ireland
Alberto Blanco-Campal – Ireland
Debra Braunling McMorrow, PhD - USA
Lisa A. Brenner, PhD - USA
Tamara Bushnik, PhD, FACRM - USA
Sarah Casey PhD, DClinPsy - Ireland
Enrico Castelli, MD - Italy
John D. Corrigan, PhD - USA
Lorraine Crawley, BSc (Hons), MSc - Ireland
Dervilla Danaher, MSc - Ireland
Roberta DePompei, PhD - USA
Suvi Dockree, PhD- Ireland
Donal G. Fortune, ClinPsyD, PhD - Ireland
Rita Formisano, MD, PhD - Italy
Sonya Gallagher, BA, MSc - Ireland
Flora Hammond, MD - USA
Carol Hawley, PhD - UK
Eric Hermans, PhD - The Netherlands
Grant L. Iverson, PhD - USA
Marilyn F. Kraus, MD - USA
Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD, ABPP, FACRM - USA
Ingela Kristiansen, MD, PhD - Sweden
Jan Lexell, MD, PhD, DPhil h.c. – Sweden
Mark Linden, PhD - UK
Andrew I.R. Maas, MD, PhD - Belgium
James F. Malec, PhD, ABPP-Cn,Rp - USA
Molly Manning, PhD, MPhil, MSc - Ireland
Jeffrey Max, MD - USA

Michael McCrea, PhD - USA
Garret McDermott – Ireland
Grainne McGettrick - Ireland
Thomas McMillan, PhD - UK
Enrique Noé, MD, PhD - Spain
Barbara O’Connell - Ireland
Philip J O'Halloran, BSc FRCS PhD - Ireland
Fiadhnait O'Keeffe, PhD, DClin Psych - Ireland
Niall Pender, PhD - Ireland
Jennie Ponsford, AO, PhD - Australia
Scott William Pyne, MD - USA
Robert Rauch, PhD, AFBPsS - Ireland
Gerard Ribbers, MD PhD – The Netherlands
Bernhard A. Sabel, MD, PhD - Germany
Caroline Schnakers, PhD - USA
Pushpa Sharma, PhD – USA
Jonathan M. Silver MD - USA
Grahame Simpson, PhD - Australia
Katherine Snedaker, LCSW - USA
Jacoba M. Spikman, PhD – The Netherlands
Olli Tenovuo, MD, PhD - Finland
Leanne Togher, PhD - Australia
J van der Naalt, MD, PhD – The Netherlands
George Vuturo, RPh, PhD - USA
Brian Waldron, PhD - Ireland
R. Stephen Walsh, PhD - Ireland
Beth Wicks – UK
Barry Willer, PhD - Canada
Nathan Zasler, MD - USA
Mariusz Ziejewski, PhD - USA


The organizers of the conference welcome the submission of original research and clinical findings on a broad range of brain injury topics. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and accepted abstracts will be presented as oral talks or electronic posters. Accepted abstracts will also be published in IBIA’s official journal, Brain Injury.

The abstract portal is now closed. For a complete list of submission categories and information on submitting an abstract, click here.

Exhibits and Support

The 2021 Virtual World Congress on Brain Injury offers an unparalleled opportunity to make direct connections with the decision-makers and key opinion leaders who are shaping the future of brain injury research, treatment and rehabilitation. For more on sponsorship and virtual exhibit opportunities, click here.


For the 2021 Virtual World Congress, we will have a new registration category, “International Outreach”, as noted below. The rates for the 2021 Virtual World Congress on Brain Injury are:

Registration is now open; please click "Registration" button below.


International Outreach Registration
Brain injury professionals who live and work in developing regions of the world may register for the 2021 Virtual World Congress at a subsidized rate. Professionals located in countries classified as “Low income” or “Lower middle income” as determined by the World Bank Atlas may avail themselves of this special rate. To review the index of qualifying countries, click here.

Exhibits & Sponsorships

The 2021 Virtual World Congress on Brain Injury presents a unique opportunity to promote your organization and create goodwill with this highly specialized group of professionals. IBIA is pleased to offer a variety of support and exhibit opportunities with a range of price points to fit most budgets.

For information on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Contributing Organizations

For more information on the contributing organizations, click here.

Congress Co-Chairs

David Arciniegas, MD

Nathan Zasler, MD


For any questions, please email congress@internationalbrain.org.

Abstract Information Exhibit and Sponsorship Information