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Thomas Sinkjaer
07-02-1997, 07:18 PM
EURO-BRAIN '97
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On 26th-28th November 1997 a pan-European conference on brain diseases will
take place in Aalborg, Denmark. This conference will bring together
world-wide acknowledged professionals with different backgrounds and
experience to discuss treatment, care and rehabilitation of people with
brain diseases. This truly interdisciplinary meeting on brain diseases will
highlight recent research and controversies from treatment to economic
costs.
We invite researhers, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists,
doctors,
speech therapists and social workers to participate. Likewise, leaders of
nursing homes and administrators of community services and hospital
services may profit from this multidiciplinary conference. Not least the
industry is invited to participate with contributions and exhibitions.
Novel devices for rehabilitation, special beds, lifts, wheelchairs and many
other technical facilities have greatly improved care, rehabilitation and
living conditions for those with a chronic brain disease.
We hope this conference will bring about a picture of the ideal
organisation of the complicated multidiciplinary team necessary to
optimally restore brain function and which is likewise necessary to secure
smooth transfer from institution to community and for securing continued
support of those living in the community with a severe brain disorder.
The conference will cover three themes within five diseases: stroke,
dementia, head trauma, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease giving
the participants a disease-specific and a more general up-to-date
presentation of the current research within:

INITIAL TREATMENT AND CARE
REHABILITATION
COMMUNITY AND ECONOMY

Initial Treatment and Care
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Initial treatment and care is - in particular for the diseases and injuries
which occur suddenly or unexpectedly - of tremendous importance for the
patient's future life and recovery. In the 90s, therapeutic nihilism
changed into optimism. An optimism which is based on a growing
understanding of the necessity of early treatment - the earlier the better.
For selected diseases presentations of recent clinical experiences and new
research programmes will give the participants an understanding of the new
tendencies in initial treatment and care programmes in Europe.

Rehabilitation
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For brain injured persons, many different rehabilitation programmes and
technical aids have been developed to improve the quality of life. Recent
research has shown that due to the plasticity of the undamaged part of an
injured brain, intense rehabilitation may improve the quality of life for
brain injured patients. A major and devastating impact of a brain injury is
the disability of communicating and using their limbs. Our increased
understanding of the central nervous system and new technical possibilities
have helped to develop new aids to enhance the limited communication or
mobility resources which are left in many patients. This theme will focus
on experiences in newly developed rehabilitation strategies in acute and
progressive brain diseases.

Community and Economy
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The resources which society sets aside to health care services are limited.
That means when we decide to treat one group of people we might deny other
patients the possibility of treatment. When such decisions are made it is
important that the community discusses the basis for such decisions. We
need to know which programmes are economical and which are not. Is a
rehabilitation programme better provided at a hospital or in a community
setting? Should we do more to prevent people developing illness rather than
treating people's illness? Decisions such as how to treat them, where to
treat them, when and who, involve many ethical and moral questions which
will be addressed by different acknowledged specialists.

Present Your Own Research
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To make the conference a forum for engaged professionals, we strongly
encourage the participants to present their own research within one or more
of the three themes of the conference by an oral or a poster presentation.
Posters will be displayed for the full meeting, and the presenter will be
asked to be at the poster at a given time. All participants will be
encouraged to see the posters. This should make the poster presentations an
ideal forum for intense and beneficial discussions between the participants
and the presenters.

Detailed programme, abstract form, abstract instructions and registration
form, etc. can be obtained at:
http://www.vision.auc.dk/SMI/eurobrain/
or by contacting either of the following e-mail addresses:
ts@miba.auc.dk
susanne@miba.auc.dk

I look very much forward to seeing you at this exciting interdisciplinary
European conference, in which more than 50 keynote and invited speakers
from France, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Italy, England, Portugal, Belgium,
Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic, USA and Denmark have been
invited. Thus with your help, the EURO-BRAIN '97 conference will not only
give an up-to-date status of the most important research within the above
mentioned themes and diseases, but also be a forum for outlining and
discussing the future prospects. You are cordially invited to participate,
and I do hope to see you in Aalborg, November 1997.

Thomas Sinkjfr
Conference Chairman - EURO-BRAIN '97
Research Council Professor, Ph.D.
Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction (SMI)
Aalborg University
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D-3
9220 Aalborg
Denmark
Phone: +45 96 35 88 28
Fax: +45 98 15 40 08