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The scientific committee of the 29th Annual Meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) invites you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations and for mini symposia or instructional courses. There is no limit to the number of abstracts an individual may submit. Please note that the organizing committee may limit the number of oral presentations for one individual. All abstracts must be submitted in English.
All presentations must be given in English. By submitting a proposal each presenter agrees to follow the General rules (8.).


1. Body structure / function:

1.1         The premature brain

1.2         From phenotype to genotype

1.3         Physical morbidity in adults with childhood disability

1.4         Gene therapy in neuromuscular disease

1.5         Muscle function


2. Activity & participation:

2.1         Early intervention

2.2         Clinical movement analysis

2.3         Innovations in mobility intervention

2.4         Motor learning

2.5         Physical activity and fitness

2.6         Participation and autonomy in physical and intellectual disability

2.7         Long-term treatment effects

2.8         Communication and assistive technology


3. Personal and environmental factors:

3.1         Behavioural problems

3.2         Family focused intervention

3.3         Networks and integrated care

3.4         Life course perspective

2. Presentation preference

Oral presentation sessions: a group of talks within a theme by individual participants. Eight presentations of 10 minutes each (including questions and answers) will be scheduled in concurrent sessions of 90 minutes.

Poster sessions: provide opportunity for presenting novel methods and findings and include discussion on-site. Posters will be sorted by theme. Each poster will be on display 1 full day of the conference and include a dedicated poster session.

Instructional courses: didactic sessions of 90 min in the morning with at least 2 instructors addressing a focused theme or method with appeal to a targeted audience. Examples are new assessments, investigations, techniques, treatments etc. The courses shall be interactive and practical.

Mini symposium: provides a state-of-the-art overview of research evidence and clinical application of a theme that is relevant and innovative. At least 3 presenters with a multidisciplinary background will present in a 90 min session that includes 15 minutes for discussion with the audience. We will prioritize mini symposia that have scheduled parents of children with disabilities or persons with childhood onset disabilities presenting their perspectives on the discussed theme.

3. Guidelines

Before you begin with the online abstract form please prepare the following information:

  • Only abstracts following the guidelines will be accepted.
  • The abstract body text is limited to a maximum of 250 words, excluding title and authors. Figures, tables are not allowed.
  • Abstract title (limited to a maximum of 200 characters). Do NOT use CAPITAL letters for the title.
  • Contact details of the main author. As a PhD student or Master student you can apply for a bursary.
  • Details of all co-authors: family name, initial(s), institute, city, country.
  • Preferred presentation type (when entering your abstract data online, you will be asked to indicate one of the below preferences):
    - Oral
    - Poster
    - Instructional course
    - Mini symposium

  • Structure abstract for oral and poster presentation
    Structure your abstract with the following headings:
    - Introduction
    - Patients and methods
    - Results
    - Conclusion
    - Please use exactly the lay-out of this format abstract.
  • Structure abstract for instructional course
    Structure your abstract with the following headings:
    - Objective
    - Learning objectives of the course
    - Target audience
    - Summary
    - Outline of the course
    - Please use exactly the lay-out of this format abstract.
  • Structure abstract for mini symposium
    Structure your abstract with the following headings:
    - Objectives
    - Summary
    - Outline of the symposium
    - Please use exactly the lay-out of this format abstract.

  • Please use Times New Roman 11 font and avoid using other fonts for special characters.
  • Please note the extended deadline of October 10, 2016. Abstracts arriving after this date will not be accepted.

Abstracts should be submitted via the online submission form provided below. Mandatory fields are marked with a red asterisk (*).

4. Review process and criteria

The Scientific Committee will review the abstracts. The committee will contact authors by December 19, 2016 at the latest with formal acceptance or rejection notices in order to allow presenters sufficient time to register for the conference and make travel arrangements. All notifications will be sent to the e-mail address provided during the abstract submission process. The number of submissions that can be accepted is limited. Instead of an oral presentation a poster may be advised.

5. Registration

All accepted presenters must register for the conference before the deadline of the early registration March 1, 2017. Presenters not registered by this date will not be included in the scientific program.

6. Dissemination of abstracts

250 Selected abstracts (oral and poster sessions) will be published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. Following the conference, the selected abstracts will be made publicly available on the DMCN website in pdf-format. All accepted abstracts will be published on the conference website and will be available through a digital app during the conference.

7. Cancellation policy

Please do not submit an abstract if you are not confident that you will be able to attend the conference and make the presentation. If your presentation has been accepted but extenuating circumstances prevent your attendance, we ask that you attempt to find another individual to make the presentation and notify us of this change as soon as possible at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If cancellation becomes absolutely unavoidable, please contact us immediately at the aforementioned email address so we can remove your presentation from the conference program.

8. General rules

Abstract submission indicates acceptance of and compliance with the rules outlined below:

  • Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the presenting author(s) to attend the conference and present the findings, i.e., that each one of the proposed participants has given his/her consent for the proposal and is committed to participate. If accepted, the presenting author(s) is required to pay all costs associated with the conference.

  • All authors have consented to be included as co-authors, have read and approved the abstract and its contents, and agree with the results stated, that all authors are acknowledged of and agree with the abstract submission rules, and permit the abstract, if accepted, to be published as submitted.

  • The submitting author of an abstract for oral or poster presentation is considered to be the presenting author.

  • The work described is original to the authors and was conducted in accordance with current ethical standards and regulations in biomedical and clinical research.

  • It is expected that all research involving human subjects or animals has been approved by the appropiate ethical review authorities.

  • Abstracts must be unbiased and conflicts of interest shall be disclosed. Papers that are written in a manner that promotes a company, service, or product will not be considered.