List of Contributors

We would like to thank all those who have submitted or reviewed material for the Knowledge Hub. Without the considerable generosity of these colleagues in donating their time and materials, this Knowledge Hub would not be possible. Those listed below are the faculty who have kindly contributed to the Knowledge Hub in 2019 and they are listed in alphabetical order.

Guro Andersen 

Norway 

Guro L. Andersen is a pediatrician and the leader of the Cerebral Palsy Registry of Norway (CPRN). She received her PhD in 2011, based on initial data from the register. 

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The CPRN has been repeatedly ranked among the top national medical quality records in Norway by The Norwegian Advisory Unit for Medical Quality Registries. Andersen is a member of the CP research group at NTNU, and currently holds a 10% position as an Associate Professor at the Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the university.  

Guro has 46 publications, with over 500 citations. She has also been supporting supervisor for 8 PhD candidates, and is currently supervising 4, 2 as the main supervisor.  

In 2003, Andersen joined the Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe (SCPE) on behalf of the CPRN, which a broad network on cerebral palsy in Europe. She is co-author on many papers based on data from both the CPRN and the SCPE. In 2014, she was elected as one of two Deputy Chairs of the SCPE Steering Committee. Andersen was also an elected member of the General Managing Committee of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) for the years 2014-2017. 

Carolina Ayllon MD 

Brazil 

Carolina graduated as medical doctor from the Universidad National de La Plata in Argentina. She has since achieved :

  • Fellowship in P&RM at Children’s Hospital Sor Maria Ludovica 
  • Specialist in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine from SAMFYR (Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Argentinean Society) and Buenos Aires Doctors Association 
  • Certified Doctor from AMA (Argentinean Medicine Academy) 
  • Specialist in Pediatric Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine from SAMFYR 
  • Physiatrist of the P&RM service at Children’s Hospital Sor Maria Ludovica since 1994. 

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Carolina has held many roles 

  • Chairwoman in charge of the Cerebral Palsy Program. 
  • Founder and Medical Director of CRIA since 1997 
  • Coordinator and Trainer of the Botulinum Toxin Program of Buenos Aires. 
  • Member of the SAMFyR committee. 
  • Member of CARPE 
  • Member of ISPRM 
  • Coordinator of the Spasticity Interdisciplinary Committee of at Children’s Hospital Sor Maria Ludovica. 
  • Trainer and Teacher of residents of P&RM program at Children’s Hospital Sor Maria Ludovica. 

Olaf Kraus de Camargo 

Canada 

Dr. Olaf Kraus de Camargo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster UniversityHe completed his medical education and pediatric training in Brazil, followed by a residency in Germany where he received training in developmental-behavioural pediatrics and child neurology. 

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Prior to joining the faculty at McMaster, Dr. Kraus de Camargo held positions as a Professor of Social Medicine at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen and as CEO and Medical Director of Kinderzentrum Pelzerhaken gGmbH in Germany, an inpatient and outpatient facility for children with developmental-behavioural disabilities and chronic neurologic disorders. 

Dr. Kraus de Camargo is a scientist at the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research and a member of MacART (McMaster Autism Research Team). He continues practicing as a developmental pediatrician at the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.  

Since 2001, Olaf Kraus de Camargo has been involved with the implementation of the WHO – International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). He co-edited the book ICF: A Hands-On Approach for Clinicians and Families (http://www.mackeith.co.uk/shop/icf-a-hands-on-approach-for-clinicians-and-families-ebook/ 

View Dr. Kraus de Camargo’s research and publications on ResearchGate, a digital network dedicated to science and research. 

Connect with Dr. Kraus de Camargo via Social Media: 

LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/krausdecamargo 

Twitter – @devpeds 

 

 

Dr Sarah Capelovitch PhD

Israel 

Dr Capelovitch is a physiotherapist qualified in a variety of treatment approaches (Senior EBTA tutor, qualified by the Bobaths and Jenny Bryce. Qualified SI (SIPT) by Dr. Stallings Sahler, Certified Vojta Therapist, successfully completed a two months Conductive Education International Course, Peto Centre, Budapest, Hungary. 

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She is a twice past president of EBTA, a past chair of their Education Committee and an Honorary Member.  

Dr Capelovitch is a former Senior Lecturer at the PT school of Haifa University and Tel Aviv University (Asaf Harofeh PT School) . She is Chair of the Israeli National Tutors organization teaching nationally and internationally, Bobath Foundation, Advanced, Baby (qualified by the late Mary Quinton and Dr. Elsbeth Kong) and Refresher Courses.  

Dr Capelovitch received the Life Achievement Award from The Israeli Association of Child Development. She is mother of 2 daughters, an OT ad a PT.  

Jennifer Carroll MA, MCSP, PGC (HE) 

United Kingdom 

Jenny is Centre Director and Consultant Physiotherapist at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales (BCTCW), a specialist centre for children who have Cerebral Palsy.  

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She is passionate about quality services and continual improvement and led the first physiotherapy department to receive the UK government’s Charter Mark in 1996.  She supports clinicians in integrating the ICF (International Classification Functioning Disability and Health) into their practice, including clinical reasoning and service measurement. 

Jenny has a particular interest in Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) and its use to measure the effectiveness of therapy for individuals and services.  GAS has been used at BCTCW since 2006. Her focus is on services being able to demonstrate effectiveness in an economical yet robust way.   

She is a former treasurer of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) and current member of the Global Professional Education Committee of the IAACD.    

She is co-lead on a project developing a Cerebral Palsy Register for Wales. 

Magdalena Chrościńska-Krawczyk 

Poland  

Magdalena is a pediatrician, pediatric neurologist and Assistant Professor at the Department of Pediatric Neurology at the Children’s University Hospital in Lublin.  

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Her main professional interests are: neurodevelopmental disorders in children, clinical genetics, rare diseases, cerebral palsy and neuromuscular diseases.  

She works with the Foundation for the Development of Psychomotorics in Warsaw, implementing a program to improve children with neurodevelopmental disorders according to Belgian Model Procus-Block. 

Magdalena supports the  SPINA Foundation, which brings together parents of children with Myelomeningocele.  

She is the EACD coordinator in Poland.  

Magdalena is co-author of numerous scientific publications and chapters in academic textbooks. She is an academic teacher. She especially likes traveling and biographical books. 

She is a former treasurer of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) and current member of the Global Professional Education Committee of the IAACD.    

She is co-lead on a project developing a Cerebral Palsy Register for Wales. 

Maria Decristoforo

Austria

Maria Decristoforo is currently working as a physiotherapist and EBTA-Bobath tutor at Wiener Sozialdienste, Zentrum für Entwicklungsförderung, an interdisciplinary early intervention center for children from 0-10 years of age in Vienna, Austria. 

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She has numerous years of clinical experience treating pediatric and neurological clients in educational and rehabilitation settings. Her main experience lies in infants diagnosed with or at high risk of cerebral palsy 

As a teacher she worked from 1996 to 2009 as a full time member of the teaching team at the Academy of Physiotherapy – General Hospital Vienna and since 2006 she is a lecturer of pediatrics and neuropedatrics at the physiotherapy department of the University of Applied Sciences – Campus Wien. 

From 2004 to 2018 she was the Austrian Contact person of the European Bobath Tutor Association (EBTA) and is a member of EACD.  

Bernard Dan 

Belgium 

Professor Bernard Dan is a paediatric neurologist and rehabilitation physician based in Brussels.  He is Professor of Neuroscience at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Medical Director of Inkendaal Rehabilitation Hospital, and Editor-in-Chief of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.  

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His clinical and research interests include cerebral palsy, neurogenetic conditions and neurophysiology.  

Bernard was the 2010 president of the EACD and chaired the scientific committee of the academy until 2019.  

He has written over 250 articles in top-ranking journals, textbooks on Angelman syndrome and  childhood disability. He has co-edited a major reference book on cerebral palsy and one on ethics in childhood neurodisability.  

Bernard has served as scientific curator for several art exhibitions relating to disability and authored novels and short stories. 

Sarah Foley 

Australia 

Sarah Foley is the Senior Physiotherapist and co-founder (in 2003) of the Kids Plus Foundation a not for profit community based provider of services for children with neurodevelopment disabilities, predominantly cerebral palsy, in regional Victoria, Australia.  

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Her early employment was at the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne, then she worked for several years as a senior physiotherapist at the Hospital for Sick Children in London with the Department of Neurology.  

Sarah completed her post graduate studies in health research methods in 2005, studying the effectiveness of partial body weight support treadmill training for children with cerebral palsyShe has been responsible for leading collaborative research partnerships within Kids Plus Foundation.  

Recently, Sarah has developed an early detection and intervention program, Be- SMART, for infants born at risk of neurodevelopmental disabilities as part of the Kids Plus therapy programs – an innovative program providing early development support for at risk babies on hospital discharge. Her leadership in the program has included training therapists within Kids Plus on best practice in early identification and intervention with infants. 

With a strong interest in clinical practice, Sarah is also trained as a Senior Bobath Tutor and is a life member of ABNDTA in recognition of her involvement in teaching clinically based courses on the treatment of children with CP both Australia wide and overseas. More recently she has developed online learning courses on the classification of the movement disorders in CP and understanding typical /atypical development in babies and children 

Sarah is also a regular guest lecturer on post graduate physiotherapy courses in Australia. 

Dr Juliet Goldbart 

United Kingdom 

Juliet is Professor of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University 

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She is a Developmental Psychologist by background. She has taught on Speech and Language Therapy and Psychology programmes for over 35 years, and supervised more than 25 PhD students. She has published more than 60 academic journal articles. 

Juliet’s research addresses the communication challenges experienced by people with severe and profound learning disabilities or complex physical disabilities. She worked on the recently completed I-ASC project which aims to enhance clinical decision making in the provision of symbol communication aids to children with little or no functional speech (https://iasc.mmu.ac.uk). 

She has been involved in establishing the evidence base for communication interventions for children and adults with a range of difficulties and her work features in the U.K. Government’s on-line training course on Complex Needs (http://www.complexneeds.org.uk/).  

Juliet has commitment to working in partnership with professionals, researchers and families, including those in under-served countries.  

j.goldbart@mmu.ac.uk 

Danijela Grahovac 

Canada 

Danijela is a M.Sc. IT Engineer, and works as Senior Technical Support Analyst at CanChild. She developed IAACD website and is a point person for websites design/maintenance and IT issues. Danijela is also a mother of a sixteen-year old son with cerebral palsy. 

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Danijela is involved in the school systems in Ontario and has previously done research on the use of SMART boards for children with special needs. Danijela has been a member of the F-words in Childhood Disability Research Team since February 2014. She was involved in the F-words Awareness Video Project (2014) and in 2015 created the F-words Photo Collage. Danijela has co-presented on the F-words on multiple occasions (including poster presentations, oral/panel presentations, and invited workshops) and has been involved in developing the Knowledge Hub.

Professor Meenakshi Girish, MD

India 

Professor of Paediatrics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur, India. Professor Girish has been in the teaching profession for the last 25 years. 

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She has been drawn towards developmental paediatrics as a speciality because of  two factors – the plight of affected children and their families and association with Dr G Shashikala, a developmental specialist and a selfless crusader towards the cause of improving health care delivery for such children.   

Professor Girish has led a team of professionals from the Indian Academy of Cerebral Palsy, in devising a structured approach to the assessment and initial management of children with developmental disabilities for primary care physicians, in order to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skill to detect, manage, refer and follow-up cases of development disabilities.  

She is currently working on creating a composite scoring system for functional limitations in children with cerebral palsy. 

Dido Green 

United Kingdom 

Professor Dido Green qualified as an Occupational Therapist, gaining clinical experience in community paediatrics and learning disabilities before specializing in Paediatric Neurodisability; developing the paediatric occupational therapy service at the Evelina Children’s Hospital and Guy’s & St Thomas Hospital. London. 

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Dido’s research interests focus on translational medicine and inter-disciplinary collaborations, investigating brain and behaviour relationships to develop interventions which promote participation. Identification of factors contributing to outcome, determination of time scales of motor learning and predictive modelling of response to treatment are important components of this work; receiving > £7.5 million in research grant funding. Dr Green is currently Professor in Occupational Therapy and researcher in the CHILD Research Group at Jönköping University, Sweden, Professor in Occupational Therapy at Brunel University and Research Therapist Royal Free Hospital, London UK and Associate Editor of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology and Editor of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. 

Marcia Greenberg MS, PT, KEMG

United States of America

Marcia received her Master of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of Southern California’s School of Physical Therapy. She has been the Clinical Coordinator of the UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Center for Cerebral Palsy since 2000.

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Along with her clinical duties, as a licensed kinesiological physical therapist in the state of California, she performs gait analysis in the Center’s Kameron Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory. In collaboration with the Director of the laboratory and Medical Director of the Center, she interprets the data for treatment recommendations.

Ms. Greenberg worked at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation as a staff therapist, clinical supervisor and visiting lecturer, presenting continuing medical education workshops to physical therapists throughout the US and Canada. She was later on faculty at the Chapman University School of Physical Therapy.

Since 2014, she has taught evidence-based rehabilitation to physical therapists around the world, including El Salvador, Colombia and Ukraine. She has authored peer-reviewed articles and presented at numerous scientific conferences. Marcia is also a member of the IAACD Global Professional Education Committee.

Mintaze Kerem Gunel; PT, PhD, Prof.

Turkey

Professor Gunel is Director of the Cerebral Palsy and Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit of Hacettepe University Faculty of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, where she has been clinically and academically studying since 1993.

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Mintaze graduated from Hacettepe University, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in 1989. She received her doctorate degree supported by a Hacettepe University Research Bursary in 1998.

Mintaze teaches pediatric rehabilitation to graduate and post graduate students of physiotherapy.

Since 1993, she has been a member of EACD, serving on its nominations committee and she is a member of the membership committee of IAACD.

Mintaze is Chair of the Association of Child Physiotherapists, a senior EBTA tutor and Chair of the Turkish Neurodevelopmental Therapists Association.

E-mail: mintaze@hacettepe.edu.tr

Leena Haataja 

Finland 

Leena Haataja, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Paediatric Neurology at the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital.  

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A central objective of her  research activities is to study fetal and neonatal risk factors (e.g. prematurity, brain injuries, inflammation), and potential protective factors (e.g. genetic mechanisms, early parent-infant interaction) and their possible long-term neurodevelopmental effects.  

Another important research focus is to standardize clinically applicable developmental assessment methods and compose treatment guidelines which would harmonize clinical treatment processes at national level (e.g. the processes of care for children with CP) in order to make intervention studies and benchmarking possible.  

 

Mijna Hadders-Algra

Netherlands

Mijna Hadders-Algra MD, PhD is professor of Developmental Neurology at the University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands.

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Her research deals in particular with pathophysiology, early detection of developmental disabilities, and early intervention. The research on pathophysiology focuses on general movements and postural control, that on early detection on general movements, the Infant Motor Profile (IMP) and the Standardized Infant Neuro-Developmental Assessment (SINDA).

Together with Tineke Dirks she developed the early intervention program COPCA (COPing with and CAring for infants with special needs – a family centred program).

She has (co)authored over 250 publications in internationally peer reviewed journals, and she has published four books. Currently Mijna is working on a book on Early Detection and Early Intervention in Developmental Motor Disorders and the manuals of the IMP and SINDA.

Mijna served ten years on the board of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (2000-2009).

She frequently teaches and lectures about early detection and early intervention worldwide.

Kate Himmelmann, MD, PhD 

Sweden  

Kate Himmelmann is a child neurologist and Associate Professor at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, and senior consultant at the Regional Rehabilitation Centre, Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.  

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She is leader of the CP Register of western Sweden, and Scientific Activities Group of the Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe, the research network behind the MRI Classification System. Kate is the author of numerous publications. 

Veronka Horber, MD 

Germany 

Veronka is a paediatrician and child neurologist at the University Children‘s Hospital in Tübingen, Germany in the Department of Pediatric Neurology and Developmental Medicine.  

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 Veronka has a special interest in cerebral palsy and imaging in cerebral palsy. She is part of the EU wide network (Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe, SCPE) 

Veronka is involved in studying the epidemiology of CP. She contributed to the development of the Reference and Training Manual of the SCPE, especially concerning the part on neuroimaging and the development of the classification system for MRI results in CP (MRICS) 

Susan Horn 

United States of America 

Susan D. Horn, PhD is Professor, Health Services Innovation and Research Program, University of Utah School of Medicine.  

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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. 

Karen Horridge 

United Kingdom 

Dr Karen Horridge is a Disability Pediatrician in Sunderland in the north-east of England with over 30 years of NHS experience. She led the successful bid for neurodisability to become a subspecialty of pediatrics in 200and until March 2017 was chair of the British Academy of Childhood Disability.  

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Karen is Chair of Informatics for Quality Committee of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the UK and leading on harmonisation of paediatric terminologies, underpinned by SNOMED-CT codes, so that each and every need of all children and young people can be made visible.       

Karen is also associate editor for Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, co-director of the Paediatric Disability Distance Learning Courses and clinical lead for Disability Matters: www.disabilitymatters.org.uk 

Karen waclinical coordinator for the neurodisability work-stream of the Child Health Outcome Review programme, commissioned by NHS England’s Health Quality Improvement Programme, led by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD). This examined in detail the quality of care for children and young people with cerebral palsies across the UKhttp://www.ncepod.org.uk/2018cn.html 

Karen is passionate about using population data for advocacy and quality improvement in experience and outcomes for all disabled children and young people. 

Professor Christine Imms BAppSc(OT); MSc; PhD; Fellow OTARA

Australia

Christine Imms is a Professor of Occupational Therapy and co-founding Director oft he Centre for Disability and Development Research (2015-) at theAustralianCatholic University. She is current President of the Australasian Academy ofCerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

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Christine’s clinical experience led to a long-standing interest in the participation outcomes of those with childhood-onset neuro-disability. Using a range of methods and approaches, her research has predominantly involved children and young people with cerebral palsy, and been focused on describing patterns of participation, developing measures, designing and testing interventions of relevance to occupational therapy and other allied health practices. Her research track record includes over 100 peer reviewed publications, more than$11.3million (AUD) in grant income, and supervision of 30 research students.

Sally Jary 

United Kingdom 

Dr Sally Jary is a physiotherapist and has worked clinically in the field of pediatric neurodevelopment in both community and acute pediatric settings in the UK since 1990, specializing in neonatal intensive care and developmental follow up since 2000.

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She was recently involved in developing the NICE guideline for the Developmental Follow up of the Preterm Infant and is activity involved in promoting EI SMART as a model for delivering early intervention to infants at high risk of developmental delay and cerebral palsy. http://www.eismart.co.uk/  

She works in the Department of Neonatal Neuroscience at University of Bristol and her research involves the use of standardized developmental measures and MRI to evaluate developmental outcome and to inform early interventions for infants after perinatal brain injury which has resulted in several publications in the field.    http://www.bristol.ac.uk/clinical-sciences/research/neurosciences/research/neurology/    

Sally continues to also work clinically as Consultant Lead for a transdisciplinary early intervention service for infants diagnosed with or at high risk of cerebral palsy at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre, Wales. http://www.bobathwales.org/specialist-service/better-start-better-future/  

Virginia Knox MSc MRes MCSP

United Kingdom

Virginia is Clinical Lead for Community Paediatric Physiotherapy in a London hospital. She has a PGCE and Masters’ degrees in both Clinical Neuroscience and Clinical Research.

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After qualifying as a physiotherapist in 1981, she worked in a variety of paediatric settings within the National Health Service in the UK, and then as a Consultant Physiotherapist at the Bobath Centre, London; specializing in the treatment of children with cerebral palsy.

Virginia has a special interest in outcome measures, presenting on this topic nationally and internationally.  She teaches on UK post-graduate courses and internationally in developing countries.

Virginia has published in a variety of peer reviewed journals. Her current research focuses on improving outcome measurement in children with more severe mobility impairments.

Rudolf Korinthenberg 

Germany 

Rudolf Korinthenberg Prof. MD is the head of the Department of Neuropediatric and Muscular Disorders at Children’s Hospital, University Hospital Freiburg.  

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His 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. 

Jo Lebeer MD PhD 

Belgium 

Jo began his career as general practitioner. After his PhD on brain plasticity and developmental ecology in brain-damaged children (Utrecht, NL), He trained in Ecological Health Care, the International Classification of Functioning, and Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment and Learning Potential Assessment.

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He coaches families of children and adults with developmental disabilities or acquired brain damage towards learning and inclusion.  

 He has been associate professor at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences (Belgium), where he teaches disability issuesinterprofessional collaboration and the biopsychosocial model.  

He is also visiting professor in Santiago de Chile and Cluj-Napoca (Romania)He coordinated several European multi-national projects on inclusive & cognitive education 

His other research interests are: functional disability assessment, ethical decision making, CP rehabilitation, children with Down syndrome and children born very preterm. 

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Antwerp, Campus Drie EikenDoornstraat 33s, 2610 Wilrijk, Belgium. Email: jo.lebeer@uantwerpen.be  

Richard Lieber 

United States of America 

Richard L. Lieber, PhD, is Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Research at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. He is professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and physiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. 

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Dr Leiber joined the organization (then the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago or RIC) in March 2014, bringing an extensive research focus on the science and physiology of skeletal muscle. Dr. Lieber is the established expert in the field, both nationally and internationally, and is a pioneer in conducting translational research. 

As Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Lieber oversees the work of more than 200 researchers. Under his leadership, are more than 300 research studies and clinical trials. 

Specifically, Dr. Lieber’s research is studying the design and plasticity of skeletal muscle. Currently, he is developing state-of-the-art technical and biological approaches to understanding and solving painful and debilitating muscle contractures that result from cerebral palsy, stroke and spinal cord injury. 

He has published more than 300 articles in scientific journals, from the fundamental journals such as Biophysical Journal and the Journal of Cell Biology to the more applied-science publications such as the Journal of Hand Surgery and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 

Over the span of his career, Dr. Lieber has won numerous prestigious awards, among them Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, February 1994; Fulbright Scholarship (Sweden), 2007; The Göteborg University Medal, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, June 2007; Giovanni Borelli Award, American Society of Biomechanics, August, 2007; Kappa Delta Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, February 2013, Chicago, IL; and most recently, Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), March 2019, Washington DC. 

Prior to joining Shirley Ryan AbilityLabDr. Lieber was Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and principal investigator of the San Diego Skeletal Muscle Research Center.  

Dr Leiber earned his doctorate in Biophysics, with a minor in Electrical Engineering, from the University of California, Davis, where he also earned a BS in Physiology. He earned his MBA from the Rady School of Management at UCSD. 

https://www.sralab.org/researchers/richard-lieber-phd 

Lynne Romeiser-Logan PT, PhD, PCS 

United States of America 

Lynne Romeiser-Logan PT, PhD, PCS, CIBS is a Board Certified Pediatric Physical Therapist with many years of clinical experience. Dr. Romeiser-Logan is currently the Program Manager for the Tone Management and Mobility Program at Upstate Medical University, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, in Syracuse, New York. 

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Dr. Romeiser-Logan received her BS in Physical Therapy at Ithaca College and her MA in Special Education at the College of St. Joseph the Provider. She completed her PhD in Pediatric Science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo UT.  

She is a member of APTA Sections on Pediatrics, Research and Neurology; the American Association for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine; serving as the past chair of the International Committee, Outcomes Committee, Communication Committee and Newsletter Editor. She has spoken at many conferences and co-authored several chapters.  

Lynne’s research interests are varied. Her dissertation research evaluated the physiological effects of sensory level electrical stimulation on the quadriceps and hamstring muscles in children with cerebral palsy. She recently received a grant to study gait and leg length inequality in children with CP 

Lynne has a continuing interest in the practice of evidence based therapy and the methodology for conducting systematic reviews. She was part of a multi-center trial of the Walkaide Neural Orthotic. She is currently PI of the Adult Spina Bifida Clinic at Upstate and working on a study of tethered cord syndrome through the Spina Bifida registry. She serves on the committee for science and publication of the registry.  

Lynne chairs the Outcomes committee at Upstate which has created an outcomes website for the therapists with valid and reliable measures. The committee is currently working on core outcomes by diagnosis group to be used throughout the rehabilitation continuum. 

For relaxation Lynne races sailboats, gardens, kayaks, hikes, ice skates, studies ikebana, and travels. 

Petra Marsico 

Switzerland 

Petra Marsico is physiotherapist and research associate at the Rehabilitation Centre of the University Children’s hospital of Zürich, Switzerland.  

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 She has started her PhD program at the Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, UK.  

Petra leads the Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in Neurodevelopmental Therapies (University of Basel). Her experience lies in pediatric physiotherapy, with a main focus on treating children with neuromotor disorders.  

She has a wide knowledge in assessments and gait training, including robotic-assisted gait training. She likes to translate scientific findings into clinical therapeutic handling and, vice versa, to design research projects based on clinical questions.  

Nicole McGrath

Australia

Nicole McGrath BSc MRCOT has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She has a special interest in Cerebral Palsy (CP) and completed her Bobath training course in October 2016.

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Nicole joined the team at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales in February 2018 and completed the Early Assessment and Intervention with Babies and Young Children.  Nicole has presented internationally on the ‘Video self-modelling’ tool for children with cerebral palsy. She has also been involved in volunteering with a children’s home for children with C.P in Uganda, where she worked to train staff, including therapists, and volunteers as well as providing education to families in the community.  

Nicole is passionate about inclusion for children with disabilities and wrote a children’s book, ‘The Magical Sunglasses’ which includes a child with cerebral palsy and demonstrates some of the concepts (such as self-efficacy) behind the video-self modelling technique. 

Chris Morris 

United Kingdom 

Chris leads the research unit PenCRU at the University of Exeter Medical School, which undertakes a programme of applied health services research aimed at identifying ways to improve the health and wellbeing of disabled children and their families and seeks funding to carry out specific major research projects. 

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The goals of PenCRU are consistent with the broader mission of PenCLAHRC, whilst being focused on childhood disability research. PenCRU involves families of disabled children as partners in all the activities of the unit through our Family Faculty. The vision for PenCRU is to work in partnership with families, clinicians and commissioners as the principal users of our research findings. Activities include identifying research questions, designing research projects, and disseminating the findings to various users of research findings. 

PenCLAHRC is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula 

Lindsay Newman 

Canada 

Having had close relationships with several people with neurodevelopmental impairments while growing up, I developed an early interest in the field of Child Development. During my Master’s degree, I sought out the mentorship of Developmental Pediatrician and CanChild co-founder Dr. Peter Rosenbaum and have benefited from his inspiration and guidance ever since.  

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Now, as a medical student at McMaster University in Canada, I have continued to cultivate a passion for working with children with developmental conditions and their families, and I aim to go on to pursue further training in Pediatrics. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be involved as a reviewer for IAACD. The materials I have been exposed to have enabled me to both broaden my own knowledge base and feel optimistic about the work being done by passionate people all around the world. 

Helena Poulton 

United Kingdom 

Helena is an occupational therapist who has been working in paediatrics for 14 years primarily in the NHS and for the last 4 years as clinical lead for neurodisability. She completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational therapy in 2005 and completed her MSc in Occupation and Health in 2012her dissertation investigating how children participate within therapy and decision making around their own care. This has inspired her to continue to explore how we enable children to participate in research and this underpins her clinical knowledge and practice. 

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Helena has been able to extend her vision for increasing child participation within a role in the commercial and manufacturing industry where she has a clinical consultancy role that looks to assist with increasing child and family involvement in the clinical training and product development agenda within etac R82 UK Ltd. This has enabled her to extend her therapeutic and research skills and confidence on national basis through clinical assessment training across the UK. 

Helena is currently working as an occupational therapist at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales where is able to apply her passion for working with children with neurological and occupational needs, enabling them to participate in their own therapeutic journey. 

Andrea Paulson

United States

Andrea completed undergraduate school at Hamline University with Majors in Religion and Biology, Medical School at the University of Minnesota, Residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/University of Cincinnati in Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. 

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Her specific areas of expertise  are Cerebral Palsy comprehensive care, advanced spasticity management through the use of baclofen, neurotoxin injections, phenol, and intrathecal baclofen pumps, electrodiagnostics with EMG/NCS, inpatient pediatric rehabilitation care, wheelchairs and equipment, and adaptive sports.  

Eric Racine, Ph.D. 

Canada 

Eric is Research Professor and Director of the Pragmatic Health Ethics Research Unit at the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) with additional appointments at University of Montreal and McGill University. A leading international researcher in bioethics with recognized contributions to the development of neuroethics and pragmatic ethics,  he has published 170+ peer reviewed papers and presented 150+ lectures in more than 20 countries.  

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Inspired by philosophical pragmatism, his research aims to bring to the forefront the lived experience of ethically problematic situations by patients and stakeholders and then to resolve them collaboratively through deliberative and evidence-informed processes. 

Professor Dinah Reddihough 

Australia 

Professor Dinah Reddihough has appointments at The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and is also a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne.   

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She had many years’ experience as a paediatrician and is now concentrating on her research program.  This is focused on gaining a better understanding of the causes,  along with improving outcomes and quality of life for children and adolescents with disabilities, particularly cerebral palsy”.  

Sarah Reedman 

Australia 

Dr Sarah Reedman is an early career clinician-researcher with a professional background in family-centred paediatric physiotherapy for children with disabilities.  

 

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Sarah has specific clinical and research expertise in promoting and enabling participation for youth with cerebral palsy in community physical activities and intensive functional goal-directed training.  

Sarah is currently employed as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland Child Health Research Centre, working on two multi-site clinical trials.  

Sarah’s vision is for an active and healthy society that is inclusive and welcoming for youth with disabilities and health conditions. 

Ricardo De Moraes Ribeiro 

Brazil 

Ricardo is a medical doctor who graduated in 2006 at the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina – Tubarão – Santa Catarina 

He is a paediatrician  (residency program at Hospital Infantil Joana de Gusmão – Florianópolis – Santa Catarina) and Child Neurologist  (residency program at Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre – Porto Alegre – Rio Grande do Sul).

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Ricardo is fluent in Portuguese and also English to intermediate level. 

He is currently working in private practice as a child neurologist (Chapecó – Santa Catarina  Brazil). He is also a lecturer and Professor of Post-Graduation at UNOESC and UNOCHAPECÓ. 

Ricardo’s publications include: 

1. Pediatric neurotoxocariasis with concomitant cerebral, cerebellar, and peripheral nervous system involvement: case report and review of the literature.Pediatr (Rio J). 2010 Nov-Dec;86(6):531-4. doi: 10.2223/JPED.2037. 

2. Treatment of refractory neonatal seizures with topiramate. Neuropediatrics. 2012 Dec;43(6):353-6. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1327771. 

He is a member of the following organisations 

  • Sociedade Brasileira de Neurologia Infantil 
  • Liga Brasileira de Epilepsia 
  • International Child Neurology Association 

Peter Rosenbaum 

Canada 

Peter 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. 

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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 is a member of the IAACD Global Professional Education Committee. 

Adam Scheinberg

Australia

A/Prof Adam Scheinberg is a paediatric rehabilitation specialist. He is the State-wide Medical Director for the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service. Dr Scheinberg is an active clinician, manager and researcher at MCRI. Over the past 20 years his focus has been on treatments for childhood onset disability, service development and knowledge translation. He is past president of the AusACPDM and a Board member of Very Special Kids. 

Dr Arnab Seal 

United Kingdom 

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.  

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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 European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD)​.

Dr.G. Shashikala M.D.

India

Dr Shashikala was the first to start developmental medicine as a separate specialty at Nagpur in 1987. She is a parent professional with a 38 year old son with GMFCS II spastic bilateral cerebral palsy; an electrical engineer with an MBA, He is happily married with a 2 year old son and working as deputy head of Society Generale.

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Dr Shashikala has expertise in follow up of high risk adults with developmental disability. She is a research leader in the evolving Indian Eclectic Developmental Therapy module, for Developing Identification of Developmental Differences for Early Action (IDDEA module).

She introduced a community awareness programme including National CP day in the month of October for IACP in 2010.

Dr Shashikala is a parent member for PDA act, National trust & RPWD act review and on editorial boards of IJCP and CDU. She was recipient of Role Model Mother from the Karnataka Govt in 2016. She is on the Karnataka State committee for the Implementation of the RPWD act. She is a past president and current member of the Board of Directors of IACP.

Alicia Spittle 

Australia  

Associate Professor Alicia Spittle is a paediatric physiotherapist and international leader in early detection of motor impairments and early intervention for infants at high risk of developmental impairments.  

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She is Director of Paediatric Physiotherapy Research at the University of Melbourne and and National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellow.  

Alicia is a passionate researcher who leads the motor team within the Victorian Infant Brain Studies (VIBeS) group at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, along with holding a clinical appointment at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. She is the first Australian tutor of the General Movements Assessment and is leading a collaboration with an international team of experts to use innovative technology to improve access to early detection of cerebral palsy.

Kirsty Stewart 

Australia 

Kirsty Stewart is a senior occupational therapist in Kids Rehab at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Australia and holds a clinical lecturer position in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney. 

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Kirsty has over 30 years of clinical and research experience in cerebral palsy, with particular interest in movement disorders and neuromodulation interventions. Other areas of interest include upper limb interventions, spinal surveillance for children with cerebral palsy and knowledge translation.  

Kirsty currently co-chairs the Australian Dyskinesia Interest Group and is a principal investigator for the Australian Paediatric Intrathecal Baclofen Research group and the New South Wales Neuromodulation project. 

Kirsty completed a two-year knowledge transfer fellowship in dyskinetic cerebral palsy through the Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy between 2017 and 2018. The main outcome of this fellowship was a Clinician Toolkit on the identification and measurement of dyskinesia in children with CP.  

Kirsty has been a member of the AusACPDM since 2008. In 2016 she became a member of the Scientific Education committee and has chaired this committee since 2018. She has been involved in the conference committee and scientific committees of the AusACPDM since 2014. She became a board member of the AusACPDM in 2018 and was elected President elect in 2019.  

Kirsty is also a member of the IAACD Conference and Steering committees.   

Andrea Sturm, PT, MAS, M.Ed. 

Austria 

Andrea is a physiotherapist with clinical, education and research roles.  As a clinician Andrea is interested in, paediatrics, neurology, and orthopaedics.  

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She is also involved in education and an international online ethics course for Physioplus+.

Andrea also works as a researcher in the field of ethics and physiotherapy.   

Professor Nana Nino Tatishvili

Georgia 

Nana Nino Tatishvili is Professor of Neurology and Head of Neuroscience at Central  Children’s Hospital, Tbilisi, Georgia. She is Chair of Neurology at David Tvildiani  Medical University and a member of the Task Force “Access to AED” of ILAE. 

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Her clinical research interests include epilepsy, cerebral palsy, stroke and neurodevelopmental disorders. 

From 2008 to 2017 Professor Tatishvili was Chair of the scientific committee and organizer of the “Regional Caucasian Summer School on Clinical Epileptology”, in partnership with the Committee of European Affairs of the International League Against Epilepsy. 

She author of residence program in pediatric neurology and competencies in pediatric neurology in Georgia. 

Professor Tatishvili received the European Epilepsy Education Award in 2016. She was President of the EACD 2018 annual meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia 

Professor Tatishvili is author of 52 publications and one monograph. 

Sofia Tatishvili PHD 

Georgia 

Sofia Tatishvili is a Child Neurologist. She is Head of the Neurorehabilitation department of the Neurodevelopment Center (NDC) in Tbilisi Georgia. 

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Sofia is also Service Director of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) at NDC.

Rachel Teplicky 

Canada 

Rachel is an occupational therapist and the Business and Engagement Officer at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research.  

Rachel contributed to the development and design of the IACCD website.  

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At CanChild, Rachel oversees the CanChild Shop and the Measurement and Analysis Service.  

She has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science, and is a member of CanChild’s F-Words and Participation research teams.  

A Yee Than 

United Kingdom 

A Yee is Consultant Community Paediatrician and Lead for Neurodisability working at the Edwin Lobo Child Development Centre, Luton, part of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS. A Yee has been in this post since 2010. She is the educational and clinical supervisor for trainees and an appraiser.  

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A Yee is an examiner for the RCPCH and DCH examinations.  

A Yee has a passion for education, training and research in physical neurodisability.She is really enthusiastic to develop protocols and guidelines and to follow the NICE guidelines for children with physical disabilities. She has undertaken audits for oral drug usage, classification and clinical information and clinical practice against NICE guidelines for children with cerebral palsy.  

A Yee has made recommendations and developed templates for clinical assessment for children with motor disabilities/cerebral palsy. 

A Yee holds speciality clinics with orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists and also ajoint clinic with neurologist.  

A Yee developed a local spasticity network that has regular meeting to ensure the recommendations from the NICE guidelines are met and to provide high quality coordinated care for children with cerebral palsy and motor disabilities.

Lena Westbom

Sweden

Lena Westbom, MD, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Lund University 

Lena is a Consultant, specialising in Paediatric neurology and rehabilitation at the Children´s Hospital, Skane University Hospital, SE-22185 Lund, Sweden.

Her areas of interest are child development, family therapy, clinical epidemiology and statistical analysis.

Laura Yeo 

Singapore 

Laura gained her professional physiotherapy qualifications in the UK and is an alumni of Teachers College Columbia University (MA in Motor Learning).

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She has a keen interest in care provision through translation of sound research into clinical practice for individuals with neurological dysfunction resulting from cerebral palsy, chromosomal deficiencies or neurodegenerative conditions. A specific emphasis is placed on maximising functional ability and minimising secondary sequalae through surveillance, intervention and appropriate postural support as part of a multi-disciplinary team.   

Laura is a strong advocate for the education and empowerment of parents through established international standards of care, to enable them to be proactive in the provision of healthcare for their child in a sound and timely manner.