The 27th annual meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) took place from May 27-30, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The conference was held at the largest event venue in Copenhagen - Tivoli Congress Centre and was opened by H.R.H. Princess Benedikte who is also the patron of the Spastics Association, the Danish Disabled Sports Association and the Helene Elsass Centre.
The first keynote lecture was delivered by Professor Michael Merzenich from UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco, covering recent developments in the field of Neuroplasticity.
Four main topics were chosen for the meeting which are essential to childhood disability:
- nutrition and exercise
Among these four topics the conference organisers focussed on novel ideas, research and solutions to both enlighten and inspire participants. This is why the motto of the conference was: New ways, new moves.
During the conference, there was an opportunity to visit Troldemosen, Børneterapien and the Helene Elsass Centre to see how they organise rehabilitation programmes in Denmark.
The conference was attended by 593 delegates from 49 different countries, the majority were from Denmark followed by the other Nordic countries, UK and the Netherlands. Among the participants, there were 257 non-physicians, 105 physicians, 51 students and 45 parents.
Main keynote lectures were recorded during the conference and now are available for EACD members
Neuroplasticity. Harnessing the Genie - Dr. Michael M. Merzenich
Eat Wise and Exercise for Better Brain Health - Charles H. Hillman,PhD
Getting Electrical Signals in and out of the Brain - Terence Sanger, MD, PhD
Corticospinal Tract & Movement Control John H. Martin PhD
Cognitive origin of so-called motor deficits mechanisms - Alain Berthoz
CP, Muscle & Technique. The use of 2D clinical muscle ultrasound - Sebastian A. Schroeder
Muscle growth in cerebral palsy. Part I. - Adam Shortland PhD
Muscle growth in cerebral palsy. Part II. - Dr. Martin Gough
Musculoskeletal Imaging in Children with CP (Workshop P.1) - Dr. Martin Gough
Musculoskeletal Imaging in Children with CP (Workshop P.2) - Adam Shortland PhD.
To view the lecture EACD members have to press green “Login” button in the right top corner of the screen that will redirect to the member login area.
Conference abstracts are published in a Special Issue of the Journal Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology and are available at Wiley Online Library.
Conference program is here.