Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Symposium - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Published on October 22, 2013

Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Symposium highlights importance of advanced
technology to treat children

CHICAGO – From October 15–16, 2013, eminent experts in the field of pediatric neurorehabilitation gathered at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) to discuss the latest trends in treating children with neurological impairments.

Scientists, engineers and clinicians came together at the Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Symposium (PNRS) 2013 to discuss new technologies, the application of virtual environments and research in cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders in children. International speakers from Chile, Mexico, United States and Switzerland and more than 100 participants specialized in pediatric neurorehabilitation agreed on the important role of advanced technology in this field.

PNRS 2013, organized by RIC, the International Organization of Telethons (Oritel) and the Swiss medical technology company Hocoma, focused on advanced treatment modalities and offered a better understanding about key principles in motor learning and neural plasticity. Furthermore the participants had the opportunity to visit with leading companies and manufacturers in the neurorehabilitation industry, attend hands-on workshops, interest group meetings and tour the prestigious RIC facility which is one of the top providers of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world.

Everybody was in agreement that the clinical application of advanced technology is not yet fully understood and Veronica Rattin, Executive Director from Oritel, which unites the Telethons of 12 Latin American countries and a network of more than 150 rehabilitation centers, acknowledged the importance of sharing clinical best practice guidelines.

“Currently, we are experiencing a very exciting era in pediatric neurorehabilitation where technology and the combination of various treatment modalities offers exciting opportunities,“ said Dr. Deborah Gaebler-Spira, conference co-organizer and Director of the Cerebral Palsy and Early Intervention Program at RIC.

"We believe this conference provided important insights about the use of advanced technology to treat children with neurological impairments,“ summarized conference co-organizer Stefan Bircher, PhD, Executive Vice President of Hocoma.

Press Contact Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago:
Ms. Gloria Wooden, Email:, Phone: 312-238-6044

Press Contact Hocoma:
Ms. Sarah Lina Hamann, Email:, Phone: +41 43 444 23 65, Fax: +41 43 444 22 01

About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation’s top-ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world. Ranked #1 by both U.S. News and World Report and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, RIC holds an unparalleled market distinction.

With a record eight multi-year, multi-million dollar federal research designations awarded and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education’s National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the areas of spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, neurological rehabilitation, outcomes research, bionic medicine/rehabilitation engineering research, and pediatric orthopedics, RIC operates the largest rehabilitation research enterprise in the world.

RIC also operates its 182-bed, flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of more than 40 sites of care distributed throughout the Midwest, through which it delivers inpatient, day rehabilitation, and outpatient services.

Founded in 1954, RIC has been designated the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. RIC sets the standard of care in the post-acute market through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer. For more information, go to

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