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

July 28 - 30, 2021
Abstract portal now open!

Submission deadline: April 23, 2021

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.

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.


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 open. For a complete list of submission categories and information on submitting an abstract, click here.

Planning Committee

The current members of the planning committee are:

Rachel Sayko Adams, PhD, MPH - USA
Vicki Anderson, PhD – Australia
David Arciniegas, MD - 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, CClinNeuropsychol PsSI - Ireland
Enrico Castelli, MD - Italy
John D. Corrigan, PhD - USA
Lorraine Crawley, BSc (Hons), MSc, DClinPsych - Ireland
Roberta DePompei, PhD - USA
Suvi Dockree, C.Clin.Neuro.Psychol.,PsS- Ireland
Donal G. Fortune, ClinPsyD, PhD - Ireland
Sonya Gallagher, BA, MSc - Ireland
Flora Hammond, MD - USA
Carol Hawley, PhD - UK
Eric Hermans, PhD - Germany
Grant L. Iverson, PhD - USA
Ingela Kristiansen, MD, PhD - Sweden
Jan Lexell, MD, PhD, DPhil h.c. – The Netherlands
Mark Linden, PhD - UK
Andrew I.R. Maas, MD, PhD - Belgium
James F. Malec, PhD, ABPP-Cn,Rp - USA
Dr Molly Manning, PhD, MPhil, MSc - Ireland
Jeffrey Max, MD - USA
Michael McCrea, PhD - USA
Grainne McGettrick - Ireland

Thomas McMillan, PhD - Scotland
Enrique Noé, MD, PhD - Italy
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
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
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 - USA
Brian Waldron, PhD - Ireland
R. Stephen Walsh, PhD - Ireland
Beth Wicks, PhD – United Kingdom
Barry Willer, PhD - Canada
Nathan Zasler, MD - USA
Mariusz Ziejewski, PhD - USA

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.


Registration will open shortly.


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

Abstract Information Exhibit and Sponsorship Information