The Children’s Trust event, ‘Building the future of childhood brain injury: where do we go from here?’, promises to take a visionary look at paediatric acquired brain injury and explore what the future may hold.

Speakers at the conference, at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on 6 September, include Dr Charlie Fairhurst, consultant paediatric in neurodisability and head of children’s neurosciences at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Also speaking at the event is Professor Vicki Anderson, director of clinical sciences research at Murdoch Children’s Research Institution in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Anderson is internationally-renowned for her work in disorders that impact a child’s brain and neurological function, including both developmental and  acquired disorders. With 450+ peer-reviewed publications and US$35M in competitive grant funding, her recent work has focused on translating her early career findings into clinical practice to optimise child outcomes from brain injury.

Professor Vicki Anderson, Director of Clinical Sciences.

She is an author of the Test of Everyday Attention for Children and is currently working on low burden, e-health approaches to parent-focused psychosocial treatments as a means of maximising child outcomes and improving family function. Joining her will be Dr Stacy Suskauer, research scientist and co-director of the Center for Brain Injury Recovery, Kennedy Krieger Institute, USA.

She oversees clinical services at the Institute and provides direct care to children with acquired brain injury of all severities. Under her leadership, the Institute’s Rehabilitation Continuum of Care has expanded to include thriving programs for children with concussions and those with disorders of consciousness.

Dr Suzanna Watson, consultant clinical psychologist and lead for paediatric neuropsychology services, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, also joins the speaker line-up, alongside Helen Gill-Thwaites MBE, of the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability, and Dr Karen Elliott, a SMART Master at the Institute of Neuropalliative Rehabilitation.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to network with expert clinical professionals, including consultants, doctors, surgeons, nurses, therapists and medico-legal practitioners, to discuss challenges and  best practice.

Chief executive of The Children’s Trust, Dalton Leong, said: “Since its launch in 2017, The Children’s Trust’s National Brain Injury Conference goes from strength to strength and this year is no exception. The conferences have provided an invaluable insight into childhood brain injury and rehabilitation; and attract top professionals from across the world. This year, with such brilliant speakers and over 250 industry professionals expected to attend, our conference is set to be an inspiring event for those working with children and young people with brain injury.”

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