GCU hosts prestigious stroke rehabilitation conference

02 May 2017

GCU hosts prestigious stroke rehabilitation conference

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is hosting the prestigious European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation, bringing together rehabilitation researchers, practitioners and policy makers to share cutting-edge research and best practice.

The European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation is a major multidisciplinary rehabilitation research forum in Europe. Originally formed in 1983, it has members from all over Europe.

Being held in Glasgow from May 24 to 27, 2017, the 14th Congress of the European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation 2017 is supported by the Society for Research in Rehabilitation and the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine.

The theme is Working in Partnership Across Boundaries, which reflects the Forum’s endeavour to improve the lives of people with disabilities through the advancement of research and education in all biopsychosocial aspects of rehabilitation.  

Professor Peter Langhorne, Professor of Stroke Care from the University of Glasgow, will deliver the prestigious Philip Nichols lecture entitled ‘Evidence-based rehabilitation: are there any lessons from stroke research?’

GCU will host the conference within its new city centre conference and event facility, a showcase space in the University’s £32 million campus transformation.

GCU’s Frederike van Wijck, Professor in Neurological Rehabilitation, is Vice-President of the Council for the European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation.

Professor van Wijck, who has a background in physiotherapy and movement sciences, has research interests in enhancing functional recovery in people with long-term neurological conditions, especially stroke. Her current programme of research focuses on recovery of arm function and physical activity.

She said: “Hosting the EFRR at GCU is a wonderful opportunity for the rehabilitation research community across Europe and beyond to come together in our brand-new conference facility to share the latest scientific insights and discuss how, by working in partnership, we can improve rehabilitation research, practice and education for the benefit of service users and their families.”

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