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obj Maiden Conference
Ibadan 2017
Neurorehabilitation in Africa:
Adaptations and Innovations


The Blossom Centre (a WFNR affiliated Institute) in collaboration with the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and in partnership with the World Federation of Neurorehabilitation presents a maiden conference with the theme ‘NEUROREHABILITATION IN AFRICA: ADAPTATIONS AND INNOVATIONS’. This theme will cover exciting exchange of innovative and adaptive technologies in neurorehabilitation for improving the lives of patients and their successful integration across East, West and Central Africa. This conference promises to be an avenue to foster relationships, mentorships and networks required by all practising and upcoming neuro-professionals in the region.

Venue for the conference is the famous B.O Osuntokun Auditorium, University College Hospital, University of Ibadan, Nigeria on the 1st – 2nd of March 2017. Ibadan, surrounded by seven largest hills, is located in South-western Nigeria. It is the capital of Oyo State, and is reputed to be the largest indigenous city in Africa, south of the Sahara. Ibadan had been the centre of administration of the old Western Region, Nigeria since the days of the British colonial rule. It is situated 78 miles inland from Lagos, and is a prominent transit point between the coastal region and the areas to the north. Parts of the city's ancient protective walls still stand till today, and its population is estimated to be about 3,800,000 according to 2006 estimates. The principal inhabitants of the city are the Yorubas.

Professor Michael Barnes Professor Michael Barnes (MD, FRCP)Honorary Professor of Neurological Rehabilitation at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the founder and immediate past President of the World Federation of Neurological Rehabilitation.

Prof Dr Med Volker Homberg Prof Dr Med Volker Homberg is one of the founding members of the German Society of Neurorehabilitation. Since 2003 he is the Executive Director of the World Federation for Neuro-Rehabilitation (WFNR) and the European Federation of Neurorehabilitation Societies (EFNRS). He is currently the General secretary of World Federation of Neurology and Chief Physician of Neurology at the SRH Gesundheitszentrum Health Center Bad Wimpfen.

Dr Elie Okirie Dr Elie Okirie MBBS (Benin), MRCP (UK), MSc (Nottingham), FEPRM (Europe), FRCP (London)is Consultant Physician in Neurological and Specialist Rehabilitation at Neurosciences Department of University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust. He is the Medical Director at Christchurch-Hunters Moor Centre Birmingham; consultant to British Horseracing Authority’s concussion protocol, member of British Polio Fellowish Expert Panel. He is Clinical Personal Tutor to Warwick Medical School and is current Honorary Secretary of British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine.

In line with the objective of facilitating exchange of knowledge and scientific research between clinicians and others with an interest in neurological rehabilitation, abstracts are invited from interested participants on any topic within the context of the following sub-theme categories;

  • Stroke
  • Spinal disorders
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • CNS Infections
  • Movement disorders
  • Seizure disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy

  1. Prospective authors are expected to submit abstracts accordingly, indicating the sub-theme category of their abstracts to: [email protected] and copy to [email protected]
  2. Abstract should not be more than 300 words on 12 point, Times New Roman on A4 paper size with normal margins.
  3. Authors must include their phone number(s), functional email addresses and presentation format (poster, oral) below their names in the abstract.
  4. Please structure your abstract with a brief introduction, explanation of basic methods, results and conclusions/implications.
  5. Abstract Title – must be in upper case letters only and italicised.
  6. Abstract sub-titles – must be in a mix of upper and lower case letters.
  7. Tables should be presented in a legible format. Table should not exceed 10 rows. Graphs should be inserted as image files. A maximum of 2 tables are allowed per abstract.
  8. The submission closure deadline is 23:59hrs GMT+1, 23rd December 2016.
  9. You will be notified by the end of December 2016 if your abstract has been accepted or not.
  10. Details of day/time, poster preparation and presentation will be included at this time.
  11. Note that top rated abstract(s) in each category will be eligible for a travel grant.

The conference is open to all professionals involved and with interest in neurorehabilitation, which includes neurologists, physicians, physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, speech therapists, rehabilitation engineers, basic neuroscientists, researchers, community experts and students.

All participants for this conference are to indicate their interest to participate by completing the attached registration form. Upon completion, the registration form is to be sent to (in addition with a copy of abstract, if submitting an abstract) the email address below: [email protected] and copy to [email protected] Download the conference registration form here...

Come and join us in Ibadan, a city of many firsts; rich arts, and cultural life!

We welcome you to an exciting conference and wish you a great time in Ibadan, Nigeria.