Educational Lectures

Sue Fletcher Watson

Sue Fletcher Watson

Senior Research Fellow  Patrick Wild Centre, University of Edinburgh

The neurodiversity movement emphasises natural variability in the way that different people’s brains work. It is associated with the disability rights and autistic rights movement, which calls for greater understanding of autism (and other neurodevelopment conditions) in terms of differences rather than deficits.


Brochard Sylvain, Christopher Newman

Opening ceremony of the 31th EACD conference in Paris.

Innovation for participation was the motto of the meeting.

Recorded at the 31th EACD conference in Paris, France, May 23, 2019.

Novak Iona

Professor Iona Novak is Co-founder and Head of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute. She manages the strategic development of research into the prevention and cure of cerebral palsy and supports the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register. Professor Novak is a Fulbright Scholar focused on conducting a research program of neuro-protective, neuro-regenerative and neuro-rehabilitative clinical trials in cerebral palsy.

Lecture recorded at the 31th EACD conference in Paris, France, May 23, 2019.

Jan Willem Gorter

Jan Willem Gorter, MD, PhD, FRCP(C) is Director of CanChild, Professor of Pediatrics and Scotiabank Chair in Child Health Research at McMaster University in Canada.
Jan Willem has training in pediatric and adult physical medicine and rehabilitation with a special clinical and research interest in healthcare transition and lifecourse health development. He has extensive clinical and research experience in the transition to adulthood and leads a teen-transition clinic for adolescents with disabilities and their families at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

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Closing ceremony

Recorded in Tbilisi Georgia, May 31, 2018

Giovanni Cioni

Giovanni Cioni, Italy

Giovanni Cioni, is Full Professor of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Pisa, Italy. He received MD at the University of Florence and Specializations in Child Neurology and Psychiatry and in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Pisa and training in child neurology and rehabilitation in many Centres in Europe. He is currently Scientific Director of IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris, National Biomedical Research Hospital for neurodevelopmental disorders, Director of the School of Specialization in Child Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Pisa. He is also Chair of the European Academy of Childhodd Disability (EACD), member of many others and in the board of several scientific journals. His main research interests are: Early brain plasticity in relation to neurodevelopmental disorders (human and animal models) and early intervention; Neuroimaging techniques (including Ultra High Field MR) and application to child neurology. He has been recipient of many international awards and author of several publications in scientific journals and books.

Lecture recorded at the 30th EACD conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 28-31, 2018.

Hans Forssberg, Sweden

Hans Forssberg is Professor in neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet and Consultant in neuropaediatrics at Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden. He is past dean and past vice president of Karolinska Institutet and past member of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine. He has also been head of the Department of Paediatrics at Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital. His research has focused on children with neurodevelopmental disorders; from translational research on underlying mechanisms of motor and cognitive dysfunctions, to clinical research aiming at developing new methods for assessment and intervention. He has published more than 200 original research articles. Recently, he has shifted focus towards the global situation for children with developmental delay and disabilities, in particular in low and middle income countries. He is president of the International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability and past chairman of the European Academy of Childhood Disability.

Lecture recorded at the 30th EACD conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 28-31, 2018.

Tamar Seperteladze

Tamar Seperteladze, Georgia

Parents point of view

Lecture recorded at the 30th EACD conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 28-31, 2018.

Roslyn Boyd, Australia

Professor Boyd has primary training in Physiotherapy (Pediatrics, Neurological, Neonatal, Orthopaedics) with post graduate training in Biomechanics (Pgrad) and Neuroscience (PhD). She has an international track record in conducting randomised clinical trials in the field of cerebral palsy. Dr Boyd’s studies have combined clinical outcomes with an understanding of the mechanisms underpinning response to intervention with novel use of Advanced Brain Imaging (functional MRI, Diffusion Imaging, Functional Connectivity, CP connectome). Her strong collaborations in neuroscience have enabled the development of novel rehabilitation trials in Action Observation training, multi-modal web based training and environmental enrichment for infants, children and youth with Cerebral Palsy. She is passionate about training the next generation of researchers and in 2014 received the research supervision excellence award. Dr Boyd has been on the scientific board of the 3rd International Cerebral Palsy conference (2009), 4th (Italy 2012) and 5th ICP (June, Sweden, 2016).

Lecture recorded at the 30th EACD conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 28-31, 2018.

Diane Damiano

Diane Damiano, USA

The chief of Clinical Center of functional and applied biomechanics section. A physical therapist by training, Dr. Damiano holds a PhD in research methods/biomechanics from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science in physical therapy from Duke University, and an undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Catholic University. Her area of expertise is in the investigation of both existing and novel rehabilitation approaches in children with cerebral palsy. Her most recent interest is the role of physical activity in enhancing motor coordination and promoting neural recovery in those with brain injuries.

Elsass Foundation Prize lecture  

Lecture recorded at the 30th EACD conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 28-31, 2018.