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.
PETER ROSENBAUM, M.D., FRCP(C)
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.
Peter has been a graduate supervisor or committee member at the Universities of Oxford, Utrecht, Witwatersrand, and Toronto in addition to McMaster. From 2012-14 he was a consultant to UNICEF’s Expert Consultation on the Collection of Data on Children with Disabilities. His awards include the Ross Award from the Canadian Pediatric Society (2000); an Honorary Doctor of Science degree, Université Laval (2005); the AACPDM’s first Mentorship Award (2007) and its Lifetime Achievement Award (2014). In 2015, he received the inaugural Holland Bloorview Medal of Excellence for “outstanding achievement and leadership in making positive global advancements in the field of childhood disabilities. In October 2017 he was honoured by the University of Haifa with the university’s Carmel Award of Merit in recognition of his lifetime achievements in childhood disabilities research.
Senior Program Manager, Open Society Early Childhood Program
Dr Sretenov is a senior program manager in the Early Childhood Program of the Open Society Foundations. She leads the work dedicated to policy and systems development that support early childhood intervention and preschool inclusion of children at risk of developmental delays and those with identified special needs and disabilities. Before joining the OSF in 2012, Sretenov has spent the last 18 years working for Save the Children UK in various advisory and management positions at the country, regional, and headquarter level. Her final position with Save the Children was senior education advisor, based in the London head office, with key responsibilities for managing the portfolio of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) work and leading on learning, monitoring and evaluation, and impact assessment initiative for the education team and portfolio of 40+ countries. Sretenov has authored and co-authored several articles, guidelines and publications, including a book entitled Creation of Inclusive Kindergartens : Children with Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Kindergartens, and has delivered numerous trainings and presentations on inclusive education, children rights, equity, disability/SEN, and monitoring and evaluation to a wide variety of audiences. Sretenov has a PhD in inclusive education from the University of Belgrade, an MA in education-special needs/inclusion from the University of Birmingham, UK, an advanced certificate in autism/pupils from the same University, and a BSC in clinical psychology from the University of Belgrade. She has also spent 10 years in clinical practice working with children with mental health problems and developmental needs and as a family therapist.
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.
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.