27th International Conference on Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus together with the Flemish Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (VSH), Ghent University, and the Ghent University Hospital (UZ Gent) have the pleasure to invite you to the 27th International Conference on Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, Turning Points. The conference will be held from Friday 28 October to Sunday 30 October 2016 in Ghent, Belgium. A welcome event will take place on Thursday evening, October 27 at the Provincial Administrative Centre, Woodrow Wilson square 2, 9000 Gent.
Theme of the conference
We will be looking back in history to the great ‘Turning Points’ which have secured, prolonged and improved life for human beings who live with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, and forwards to the ‘Turning Points’ we have yet to achieve.
We will celebrate and appreciate the past and present efforts of people across the globe in contributing to these Turning Points, and we aim to end the conference having established a stronger world collaboration of like-minded people who share a commitment to making these ‘Turning Points’ happen.
The ‘Turning Points’ conference will look back on developments in IF’s three key areas of activity – Prevention, Health and Care, and Community building. It will also look to the future to determine how we can redouble global efforts to reduce the overall occurrence of both spina bifida and hydrocephalus across all nations; to establish a basic right to care for all individuals born with these conditions, and to build a stronger, more vocal and effective global community of people united by the challenges of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
About the event
Since its inaugural meeting in 1979, one of IF's milestones is its International Conference on Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. The conference was held biennial until 1997, after which it became a yearly event. The purpose of the conference is offering everyone with an interest in Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus the opportunity to meet each other for the exchange of knowledge and sharing of experiences. IF knows that with worldwide collaboration and understanding, major breakthroughs can be achieved – in prevention, healthcare and in community; in government support and international co-operation.
Everyone who regards themselves as a part of the emerging "People United for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (PUSH) Global Alliance" is urged to attend and be part of the worldwide collaboration which can bring about significant Turning Points for people with SB/H and their families.
Researchers, medical practitioners and allied professions, policy makers, campaigners, representative organisations and individuals whose life story involves spina bifida/hydrocephalus are warmly welcomed. Representation from across the world is what we are aiming for – from countries where services are well developed and from those who have to develop further and those whose journey is only just beginning.