Educational Lectures

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.

Rudolf Korinthenberg

Rudolf Korinthenberg, Germany

Prof. MD is the head of the Department of Neuropediatric and Muscular Disorders at Children’s Hospital, University Hospital Freiburg.. He publications have touched broad range of topics in child neurology, and during the last 18 years he has concentrated on the clinical scientific work in neuromuscular disorders. He has conducted several German multicenter trials in NMD as a principal investigator, being the head of the Trials Organization Center of MD-Net and The Clinical Trials Coordination Center of TREAT-NMD.

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

Peter Rosenbaum

Peter Rosenbaum, Canada

Joined the faculty of McMaster University in July 1973 and has been a Professor of Pediatrics since 1984. He held an inaugural Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs (2001- 2014). In 1989, Peter co-founded the award-winning CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, a health system-linked research unit now recognized world-wide for its research and dissemination activities.

Peter has held more than 80 peer-reviewed research grants and is a contributing author to over 330 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker in 30 countries. He co-authored “Cerebral Palsy: From Diagnosis to Adult Life” (2012), and co-edited “Life Quality Outcomes of Children and Young Adults with Neurological and Developmental Conditions” (2013) with Dr. Gabriel Ronen. In 2016, he and colleagues published a book on ethical dilemmas in developmental medicine.

La Fondation Paralysie Cérébrale Award Lecture

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

Federico Vigevano

Federico Vigevano, Italy

Professor of pediatrics, neurology, Head of Neuroscience department Bambino Gesus children hospital, Roma. F. Vigevano dedicated himself to a rigorous study of pediatric epilepsies promoting video-EEG and polygraphic recordings of seizures. This allowed to define the semiology of seizures in early life. He is devoted to the treatment and diagnoses of the most severe forms of childhood epilepsy. More recently, his studies have been focused on the clinical characteristics of pediatric epilepsy due to genetic mutations.

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

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Opening ceremony of the 30th EACD conference in Tbilisi

Recorded on May 29, 2018.

Early Intervention

Documentary film

The short documentary film is about childhood disability and Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) system development in Georgia. It was produced for EACD 2018 Tbilisi meeting with the financial support of Open Society Foundation.

The film focuses on the children with disabilities. It portrays how the lives of those children changed after the deinstitutionalization reform and development of ECI services.

The film clearly shows the achievements and problems of the system, and how ECI helps these children and their families in everyday life, their inclusion in kindergartens and/or schools, and communication with the peers.

Film presented at the opening ceremony of the 30th EACD conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 28-31, 2018.

Sarah Winter (AACDPM), Awards ceremony, Jules Becher, Giovanni Cioni

29th EACD Annual Meeting: Steps into the Future

Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 17-20, 2017

 Martha Grootenhuis

Martha Grootenhuis (The Netherlands)

Martha Grootenhuis performs research on pediatric psychology in both the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology in Utrecht as well as in the Emma Children's Hospital AMC in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She works on studies in order to identify psychosocial problems at an early age and stage, and interventions to improve psychosocial functioning and quality of life for children with cancer, chronic disease, their parents and other family members. Her research is increasingly relying on web-based applications, such as the KLIK method (, designed to systematically track the quality of life and development of children and integrate results in the clinical practice, and the psychosocial group intervention online Op Koers (

Lecture recorded at the 29th EACD Annual Meeting in Amsterdam on May 20,  2017

Susan Horn

Susan Horn (USA)

Susan D. Horn, PhD is Professor, Health Services Innovation and Research Program, University of Utah School of Medicine. She is a statistician and health services researcher with major interest in severity of illness measurement (developed the Comprehensive Severity Index (CSI®)) and has conducted 35 multi-site practice-based evidence comparative effectiveness studies, including 4 in rehabilitation.

Lecture recorded at the 29th EACD Annual Meeting in Amsterdam on May 19,  2017.