Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr Michael Kruer

Dr Michael Kruer

Michael Kruer MD is a pediatric movement disorders neurologist and genetics researcher at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, USA. Michael is director of the PCH Cerebral Palsy Program and principal investigator of the Neurogenetics Unit at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix. His research uses genomic discoveries to unlock the molecular basis of cerebral palsy and related disorders. He is a past recipient of a Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Shields Award from the Child Neurology Foundation.

Dr. Kruer is one of the founders of the Cerebral Palsy Genomics Consortium, an international collaborative effort to understand how genomic changes lead to cerebral palsy. Michael’s work spans clinical care, genomics, and molecular & cellular neurobiology.


Professor Iona Novak

Professor Iona Novak

Professor Iona Novak will be delivering the Dinah Reddihough Oration.

Professor Iona Novak is the Head of Research of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, School of Medicine, University of Sydney Australia. Iona is a Fulbright Scholar and winner of the University of Sydney Award for Professional Achievement. In 2005 she co-founded the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute with the Chief Executive Officer for the purpose of: prevention, cure and best management of cerebral palsy.

Driven by an internal belief that healthcare truly has the potential to change lives, Iona has pursued projects and roles with the greatest possible impact on children and families today and tomorrow’s world. For example, leadership of the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register. Iona has a background in occupational therapy, with a particular interest in neuroplasticity.

Her research interests are in evidence-based practice, knowledge translation, goal-directed training, and clinical trials for cerebral palsy including neuroprotective and neuroregenerative agents.


Dr Benjamin Shore

Dr Benjamin Shore

Dr Shore is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in studying the orthopaedic manifestations from Cerebral Palsy. He is the Co-Director of the Multidiscipline Cerebral Palsy Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Shore was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, where he was nominated as a Rhodes Scholar. He returned to London, Canada to complete his medical school and orthopaedic residency.

After completing his orthopaedic residency he completed a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship under Professor Graham at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. He then completed a second pediatric orthopaedic fellowship under James Kasser at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. During his first three years of clinical practice, he concurrently completed Harvard’s Masters of Public Health program with a special focus in clinical effectiveness.

Dr. Shore is an active researcher and has co-authored over 50 peer reviewed articles in the past five years. He has a special research interest in validating outcome instruments for children with cerebral palsy and has been successful obtaining regional and national grants studying the psychometric properties of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adaptive Test (PEDI-CAT).


Dr Darcy Fehlings

Dr Darcy Fehlings

Dr. Darcy Fehlings is Head of the Division of Developmental Paediatrics and is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, at the University of Toronto. She is the inaugural holder of the Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Developmental Paediatrics. Dr. Fehlings is a Senior Clinician Scientist in the Bloorview Research Institute. Her research focuses on the innovation and evaluation of interventions for children with cerebral palsy. She is the lead investigator of an Ontario Brain Institute integrated neuroscience network focused on children with cerebral palsy (CP-NET) and leads the CP Discovery Project in the Canadian Kids Brain Health Networks of Centres of Excellence. She is a past President of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.


Professor Xiaojie Li

Professor Xiaojie Li

Professor Li will be delivering the Presidential Guest Lecture.

Xiaojie Li is a professor, chief physician of pediatric rehabilitation, doctor’s tutor, the honorary president of Rehabilitation Medicine College of Jiamusi University, Rehabilitation Center for Child Cerebral Palsy, Heilongjiang and the director of the Institute of Pediatric Neurodiseases in Jiamusi University, China.

As the academic leader of pediatric rehabilitation in China, she has long engaged in clinical practice, scientific research and education. Her main specialties are the prevention and rehabilitation of pediatric brain injury and child development.

Concurrent Academic Posts:

  • Member, International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Vice President, Chinese Association of Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons(CARDP)
  • Standing Member, Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine(CARM)
  • Chairman, Rehabilitation Committee of Child Cerebral Palsy , CARDP
  • Chairman, Rehabilitation Committee of Children, CARM
  • Chairman, Rehabilitation Committee of Children, Rehabilitation Physicians Branch of Chinese Medical Association
  • Vice President of Association of Rehabilitation Medicine, Heilongjiang Province, China
  • Vice director of the Review Committee of Textbooks for Rehabilitation Therapy, the 13th Five-Year Plan of MoH
  • Peer Expert, National Natural Science Foundation of China

Academic Achievements: Presided over and participated in 40 of national research projects and obtained 20 awards. More than 150 academic papers of national core journals or international journals were published by the first author or correspondent author. The editor in chief of “13th Five-Year” Planning Textbooks of Health Planning Commission.

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