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On the road to the NR-SIG Conference

By Dr Sara da Silva Ramos, Senior Research Fellow at Brainkind

The NR-SIG-WFNR conference 2023

Followers of our Research Digest may know that we always watch the NR-SIG-WFNR (Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation) and attend its annual conference whenever possible.

This year’s 20th-anniversary edition happened in Glasgow, the base of one of our independent brain injury rehabilitation hospitals. We could not have missed it!

It was fantastic to catch up in person with past and present colleagues during this busy event and, who knows, maybe even have to meet future ones.

The programme, chaired by Dr Jessica Fish and Dr Anna Adlam, covered all aspects of rehabilitation, from new developments on interventions for children, young people, and families to further additions to the neurorehabilitation evidence base, including systematic reviews and various evaluations of novel interventions for sleep and fatigue, sexuality changes, self-awareness, and more.

Keeping its tradition of strong clinical and scientific foundations, in the opening talk, Professor Robin Tate reminded us of the importance of transparency and rigour in neurorehabilitation research, including some tips on how to achieve, while later on Day 1, Professor Barbara Wilson shared how throughout her career she had learned from patients.

We also had the opportunity to present our work. A follow-up evaluation of our rehab mantras initiative (Ramos, McIntosh-Brown, Masztalerz & Coetzer, 2023) and a single case experimental design investigating the effectiveness of an intensive communication therapy programme (McIntosh-Brown et a., 2023l) presented by Rachel Thomson, Senior Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at our Glasgow centre.

We are eager to attend again next year.

To learn more about the 20th NR-SIG-WFNR conference and future events, visit their page.

You can download he posters that we presented at the 20th NR-SIG-WFNR below:

McIntosh-Brown, Thomson et al. (2023). Intensive communication therapy following traumatic brain injury: report of a single case experimental design.

Ramos, McIntosh-Brown, Masztalerz & Coetzer (2023). Raising awareness and knowledge of the neurobehavioural approach to rehabilitation using “rehab mantras”: A follow-up evaluation

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