CARL J. DUNST – USA
Senior Research Scientist at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute in Asheville and Morganton, North Carolina. His research and practice spans more than 40 years and includes early intervention, early childhood special education, family and social support, and family-centered practices. His primary areas of interest include evidence-based child, parent-child, and family intervention practices; meta-analyses and research syntheses of child, parent, parent-child, and family practices; and research on in-service professional development and adult learning methods and strategies.
EMILY VARGAS-BARON – USA
Director of The RISE Institute, consults internationally in the fields of education and integrated early childhood development, focusing on policy planning, training, program design and evaluation research. She is the author of many books, chapters, articles, research and evaluation studies, and she has worked in Latin America, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and South Asia.
Dr. 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.
CORIENE CATSMAN-BERREVOETS – NETHERLANDS
Associate professor and Head of the Paediatric Neurology department at Erasmus University Hospital/ Sophia Children’s Hospital. She is Chair of the PaediatricNeuro-oncology board in her hospital and coordinates the follow up of children after brain tumor treatment. She initiated research in children with immune mediated brain disease and helped to firmly establish the National Paediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center in Sophia Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the Dutch platform for acquired brain injury and chairs the Early Care Group. Currently, she is a board member of the European Paediatric Neurology Society and Chair of its Education and Training Committee. Her main areas of research interest are acquired brain disorders and their (late) effects on cognition. She (co) authored more than 100 publications on PaediatricNeuro-oncology, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Traumatic Brain injury.
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.
NICOLA SPECCHIO – ITALY
MD, PHD, Bambino Gesus Hospital, Roma. N.Specchios main contributions has been in the field of epileptic syndromes, genetics of epilepsies, and peculiar conditions associated to epilepsies increasing the awareness of epilepsy around the world. Moreover he actively participated to International congresses and educational courses giving his skills in order to improve the overall knowledge about epilepsy. He submitted several research projects to the European Union and to other Foundations.
STAFANO VICARI – ITALY
Professor, Head of Neuropsychiatric division of Neuroscience department, Bambino Gesus Children Hospital, Roma. His major contributions have been in the field of Child Psychiatry and Developmental Neuropsychology. S. Vicari worked both clinically and experimentally with children with Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, Williams syndrome, Down syndrome and Learning Disabilities. For each of these groups his interests are both clinical and scientific.
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.
MERAB KOKAIA – SWEDEN
Prof., at the Dept. Clinical Sciences, Epilepsy Center, Lund University, Sweden, and an author of more than 120articles. His research is focused on the role of neuropeptides and neurotrophic factors in modulation of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission and epileptogenesis in the brain.The aims of this research is to use both, direct and indirect, targeted gene transfers of neuropeptides and neurotrophic factors into the different brain regions, in order toinvestigate mechanistic aspects of their actionon synaptic transmission and epileptogenesis
GAREN KOLOYAN – ARMENIA
Head of Pediatric Traumatology and Orthopedics Service at “Arabkir” Joint Medical Center, Head of Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery Chair N2 at the Yerevan State Medical University, Member of EPOS (European Pediatric Orthopedic Society), Member of International Editorial Board of JCO (Journal of Children’s Orthopedics).
Main interest-in the treatment of children and adolescents with congenital and acquired problems of locomotor system. Provides care to patients with all kinds of trauma and also focuses on the treatment of general orthopedic and neuromuscular disorders, including: CP. Myelomeningocele, Peripheral nerve disorders, Congenital limb differences (anomalies, malformations), Congenital club feet and club hands, Limb shortness, Spine deformities.
Awardee of Cathleen Lyle Murray Award from AACPDM (American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine)
RAILI RIIKONEN – FINLAND
Professor of Child Neurology, Children`s Hospital, University of Kuopio, Research Consult at the Children`s Hospital Clinical and research interests: epilepsy (especially infantile spasms), nerve growth factors, autism, Rett syndrome, FAS, MS, stroke, Publications: 101 originals, 26 reviews /book chapters, and 100 abstracts.
Member of the epilepsy surgery board (University of Kuopio for 10 years. Invited visiting Professor, UBC, Vancouver 2008. Education of students and child neurologists (for 23 years), Reviewer/Editor in several scientific Journals; Lancet, Biol Psychiatry, Epilepsia, C Child Neurol, Pediatric Neurology, Neurology, Behavioural Brain Res. etc..
European Neuropediatric Society. National Advisor 2002-6
Executive Board member of International Child Neurology (ICNA) Society 2002-2014
Board member of European Pediatric Neurology Society (EPNS) 2010-2014.
Ethic Committee of international tuberous sclerosis trials from 2014 onwards
MINTAZE KEREM GUNEL – TURKEY
PT, PhD, Prof. She graduated from Hacettepe University, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in 1989. She had her doctorate degree with her thesis called “Effectiveness of Johnstone Pressure Splints in Children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy” supported by Hacettepe University Research Bursary in 1998. She had the professor since 2009, she is clinically studying in Hacettepe University faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Cerebral Palsy and Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit. Since 1993, She is a member of EACD (European Academy of Childhood Disability) and she did the country representative of Turkey as well also se is steering committee of IAACD. She is a tutor EBTA at 2012. She is chair of Association of Child Physiotherapists (www.cfd.org.tr) and Neurodevelopmental Therapists Assoc (www.bobathterapistleri.org).
PROF. 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).
PROF. TAMAR GAGOSHIDZE – GEORGIA
Expert on the Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology; Professor of Psychology at the IvaneJavakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU). She is an author of the handbooks on psychology, neuropsychology and inclusive education,founder of the Georgian Psychometric and Consultative Association and co-founder of the Institute of Neurology and Neuropsychology (INN) in Tbilisi, Georgia. Prof. Tamar Gagoshidze is a co-author of the Georgian National State Programs on “Prevention and Early diagnoses of Epilepsy” (is under way since 2005) and “Prevention and early diagnosis of developmental disorders at 1-6 years of ages”(since 2009). She is a Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the I. Javakhishvili TSU,head of the department of neuropsychological diagnostic and rehabilitation in children/adults at the INNand actively works on public, school teachers and parent’s education as well.