The 26th annual meeting of the EACD took place from July 3rd to July 5th 2014 in the congress centre of Messe Wien in Vienna, Austria.
“The Other Side” attracted 516 delegates from all over the world. About 73 % of the delegates came from Europe, the rest from North America, South America, Australasia, and a few delegates from the Middle East and Africa. Ten of the attendees from low-income countries received a bursary.
196 papers and courses were submitted and 180 of these accepted. Additionally, 49 speakers were invited; four of them gave the keynote lectures, one the Castang lecture. These lectures were video recorded and are available for viewing.
The keynote lecture on “From Freud and Luria to Neuropsychoanalysis” given by Mark Solms, University of Capetown, South Africa, was reported as ‘brilliant’ by many of the attendees.
Bernard Dan, University of Brussels, Belgium, introduced a growing and challenging topic, “Ethical issues in childhood disability”.
Thomas Stegemann, University of Vienna, Austria, did not only present his lecture but also let us experience and showed us the “Effects of music in our brain”.
Hans-Peter Kapfhammer presented the lecture "The way of Sigmund Freud from child neurology to psychoanalysis".
The excellent Castang lecture of this year’s meeting, prepared by Simon Baron-Cohen, University of Cambridge, Great Britain, dealt with the question “Why is autism more common in males?”
As every year there were many sessions on cerebral palsy and the different challenges resulting from that disorder. Some had a focus for therapists, some for all members of the team around the child. There were - similar to previous annual meetings - the joint sessions with the European Paediatric Neurology Society (EPNS), the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) and the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS).
All in all there were
- 24 parallel sessions (including the 3 parents’ sessions)
- 14 instructional courses
- 34 oral presentations
- 120 posters
- 2 industry sponsored lunch symposia.
On Thursday morning a closed EACD workshop was organized with the aim of developing global recommendations to enhance function and participation in children with cerebral palsy (Download the document).
To relive the best moments of the congress visit photo gallery.
Selected abstracts are published in a Special Issue of the Journal Developmental Medicine & Child
Neurology available at the Annual meeting in Vienna as well as at Wiley Online Library.