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  • EURO-BRAIN '97

    EURO-BRAIN '97
    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
    We invite researhers, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists,
    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
    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.

    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
    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
    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:
    or by contacting either of the following e-mail addresses:

    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
    Phone: +45 96 35 88 28
    Fax: +45 98 15 40 08