IAACD  Executive Committee Members

During the transition period when the organization according to the constitution is build up, a Steering Group will execute the tasks of the Executive Committee.

Hans Forssberg
President

Hans Forssberg

Hans Forssberg is professor in neuroscience and consultant in neuropaediatrics at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. He performs research in global health on children with neurodevelopmental disorders in low and middle income countries.

Robert Armstrong
Secretary

Robert Armstrong

Robert Amstrong is Foundation Dean & Professor of Paediatrics Medical College, East Africa Aga Khan University. Professor Armstrong’s clinical and research interests are in the area of childhood disability, development of population-based strategies for prevention of developmental disorders and clinical and health services strategies for improving outcomes of children with disabilities.

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Dr James Rice
Treasurer

Dr James Rice

James Rice is a Paediatrician and Rehabilitation Physician with 25 years’ clinical experience. James trained in Paediatrics in leading tertiary children’s hospitals in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, with additional international training in Paediatric Rehabilitation in Canada. James is currently Deputy Director, Medical Services, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, and part of the Network leadership team, in combination with his busy clinical role as Head of Paediatric Rehabilitation.

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Arnab Seal
Member

Arnab Seal

Arnab Seal is a Consultant neurodevelopmental paediatrician based in Leeds, U.K. He works in the UK National Health Service and is a Course Organiser of the MSc Paediatrics Course of the University of Leeds. Arnab’s interests are in medical education and training, particularly in the developing world. He is the current Chair of the Global Professional Education Committee and is the Prospective Chair of the EACD.

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Christine Imms
Member

Christine Imms

Christine Imms (BAppSc(OT), MSc(RS), PhD) is Professor of Occupational Therapy and Co-Director of the Centre for Disability and Development Research: Diversity across the Lifespan at the Australian Catholic University. Christine holds an Honorary Research Affiliation at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, as well as at CanCHILD Centre for Childhood Disability Research in Canada as an International Scientist.

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Diane Damiano
Member

Diane Damiano

Dr. Damiano is the Clinical Center’s Chief of Functional and Applied Biomechanics Section. A physical therapist by training, she holds a Ph.D. 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. She is a past president of the Clinical Gait and Movement Analysis Society and the past president of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, the first physical therapist to serve in that role in the organization’s history. She is a member of the scientific advisory board of the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Education Foundation.

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Giovanni Cioni
Member

Giovanni Cioni

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.

Jilda N Vargus-Adams
Member

Jilda N Vargus-Adams

Jilda N. Vargus-Adams, MD, MSc, is a pediatric physiatrist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati. She graduated from Brown University, the Yale School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Vargus-Adams completed both a combined residency in pediatrics and physical medicine & rehabilitation and a research fellowship in pediatric rehabilitation at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s.

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Kirsty Stewart
Member

Kirsty Stewart

Kirsty Stewart is a senior occupational therapist in Kids Rehab at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead with extensive clinical and research experience in cerebral palsy, movement disorders and neuromodulation interventions. Kirsty completed a two-year knowledge transfer fellowship in dyskinetic cerebral palsy through the Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy, 2017 to 2018.

Sarah Winter
Member

Sarah Winter

Dr. Winter is a Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. Dr. Winter is board certified in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and has special interests in children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and complex medical conditions, issues related to neonatal follow-up and early identification of motor disabilities.

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