The EACD2017 conference in Amsterdam has been very successful. About 960 participants from 60 countries were involved The atmosphere in the conference was remarkable: there was lots of interaction between participants from different backgrounds and countries. The time scheduled for the 150 posters each day was used to get into contact with fellow researchers and to discuss new research developments. These personal contacts at an international conference are important for exchanging knowledge and building up collaboration in research and patient care.
The opening ceremony illustrated the goal of all our efforts: to improve the life of persons with a disability. Over 40 parents and persons with disability contributed to the programme.
The high level of the key note presentations, with topics ranging from involving families in research and e-mental health interventions to genetics and muscle pathology in cerebral palsy, contributed to the success of the conference. We were very proud to have these excellent keynote speakers at the conference in Amsterdam. The opening ceremony and keynote lectures are available as video recordings on the educational EACD website - http://edu.eacd.org/lectures.
The pre-symposia, instructional courses, mini-symposia and oral sessions were on a wide variety of topics and also of high quality. We thank all presenters for their efforts. The sponsors of the conference made it possible to have such a nice venue in Amsterdam. We are very grateful for their contributions. I hope that our conference has contributed to ongoing and new international collaborations and development of the care for persons with a childhood onset disability and we thank all participants for attending the conference.
On behalf of the organizing committee,
President of the EACD2017 conference
Some information about the meeting is still available at the conference webpage www.EACD2017.org
Recordings from the meeting
EACD 2017 Opening Ceremony - Jules Becher, Giovanni Cioni, Mira Thompson band
Involving families in research & prioritising research questions - Christopher Morris (Exeter, United Kingdom)
What is the matter with muscle in cerebral palsy? -Richard Lieber (Chicago, USA) - La Fondation Motrice’s lecture
Evidence and long-term results in single-event multi-level surgery in cerebral palsy - Tim Theologis (Oxford, United Kingdom)
From activity to interactivity: finding the active ingredient of very early intervention - Andrea Guzzetta (Pisa, Italy)
E-mental health interventions supporting the Needs of Children, Siblings and Parents in Pediatrics - Martha Grootenhuis (The Netherlands)
EACD 2017, Closing Ceremony - Sarah Winter (AACDPM), Awards ceremony, Jules Becher, Giovanni Cioni