PREVIEW: 8th World Congress of Neurorehabilitation (WCNR 2014)

Conference details:  8-12 April 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.

WCNR 2014 will be held in conjunction with the Turkish Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialists and aims to bring together scientists and rehabilitation professionals from all around the world.

The WFNR was established in 1996 with over 4000 members worldwide.  It is a multidisciplinary organisation; membership and World Congress programmes reflect the interests and expertise of a range of professionals including rehabilitation physicians, physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, rehabilitation engineers, basic neuroscientists and many others. There are 32 National Societies in various countries affiliated to the WFNR and over 25 Special Interest Groups formed for topics as diverse as mild brain injury, robotics and telerehabilitation.

The Congress will comprise half-day workshops, ‘Meet the Professor’ breakfast sessions and a scientific programme entitled ‘Towards New Horizons in NeuroRehabilitation’.  The programme will mix basic neuroscience and clinical practice covering international research, discovery and innovation in all the major areas of neurorehabilitation including traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple sclerosis, stroke, spasticity management and neuro-oncology. In addition there will be WFNR Special Interest Group meetings.

A wide range of eminent speakers will be presenting at the Congress.  The 3rd Michael P Barnes Lecture, established in recognition of the visionary leadership and dedication of the founding WFNR President, will be delivered by the eminent Professor Leonardo G Cohen, Chief of the Human Cortical Physiology Section of the USA Bethesda-based National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.  Professor Cohen’s experience as a Neurologist has focused on research in neuroplasticity and neurorehabilitation after stroke. Dr Emilio Bizzi, a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research will be discussing whether motor control concepts have been helpful for neurorehabilitation.  Professor Robyn Tate a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist at Sydney University has extensive clinical experience in rehabilitation after TBI and will be reviewing outcome measures.   The clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation will be discussed by Professor Barbara Wilson, Visiting Scientist at the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK.

The Social Programme will focus on Istanbul’s proud culture and national heritage.  Delegates will discover the attractions of the timeless city, enjoy the delicious tastes of Turkish and Ottoman cuisine, and experience traditional Turkish hospitality. Those who wish to spend additional time in Turkey can choose to attend the superb pre-or post-congress tours to various magnificent places along the Mediterranean or in Anatolia.

Professor Ayşe A. Küçükdeveci, President of the Local Organising Committee said: “We believe that WCNR 2014 will be a major event remaining long in the memory of all participants”.

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