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ASSBI Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment
Working together to improve the lives of people with brain impairment
5th INS/ASSBI Pacific Rim Conference 2015 Sydney NSW
INVITATION Dear Colleagues, It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the 5th Pacific Rim Conference of the International Neuropsychology Society (INS) and the 38th Annual Brain Impairment Conference of the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) being held in Sydney, Australia, July 1-4, 2015. The theme of this meeting will be‚ “Implementing knowledge to improve outcomes”. The conference will cover the spectrum of experimental and clinical studies, relating to assessment and rehabilitation across the lifespan. Importantly, it will also address ways in which scientific knowledge can be implemented in treatment and prevention programmes. We encourage neuropsychologists but also clinical psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, cognitive or computational neuroscientists, neurologists, psychiatrists and rehabilitation physicians to contribute. The conference will take place at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, located within walking distance of many magnificent Sydney icons such as the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. We hope that the opportunity to visit Australia and in particular Sydney will make the 5th Pacific Rim Conference in 2015 an unforgettable experience for all delegates and their families. Keynote speakers will include: Prof Leeanne Carey - Occupational Therapist and ARC Future Fellow in the Stroke Division, Florey Neurosciences Institute, Melbourne, Australia, will present on Stroke Rehabilitation – Translating Neuroscience into NeuroRehabilitation. Prof Terrie Inder - Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Professor at Harvard Medical School, Boston, will speak on early brain damage and its impact on subsequent brain development. Prof John Hodges - ARC Future Fellow and Senior Principle Research Fellow, Neuroscience Research Australia and Professor of Cognitive Neurology at the University of New South Wales, will present latest research on frontotemporal dementia. A/Prof Tamara Ownsworth - Associate Professor, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia, and 2015 ASSBI President will give the ASSBI Presidential Address on the retraining of error self regulation. A/Prof Angelle Sander - Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine and Director of TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Brain Injury Research Center, Houston, Texas, will present results of a randomised trial of treatment for memory disturbance and a workshop on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for individuals with TBI. Prof Mark Sherer - Senior Scientist and Director of Research at TIRR Memorial Hermann, and Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Texas, will present a New Classification System for persons with TBI in the Post-Acute Period of Recovery. Dr Ann Watts - Clinical and Neuropsychologist, Entabeni Hospital, Durban, South Africa, and 2015 INS President will present the INS Presidential Address on challenges and opportunities for neuropsychology internationally. There will be Pre-Conference half-day workshops presented by Profs Leeanne Carey, Terrie Inder, Angelle Sander and Mark Sherer. In addition, Dr Raul Gonzalez and Prof Jan Copland will present a workshop on Cannabis use: Cognitive and brain effects and treatment. A number of breakfast sessions will be presented. There will also be symposia on errorless learning, brain development, social cognition in dementia and evidence – based practice, to name a few. We look forward to welcoming you to Australia. Professor Jennie Ponsford Conference Convenor and Program Chair