On behalf of the Australian neurotrauma research community, it is my pleasure to invite you to Melbourne, Australia, for the 14th International Neurotrauma Symposium. Melbourne is accredited as an international “safe city” by the World Health Organisation and has been voted the world’s most livable city by the Economist for the last seven years in a row. The state-of-the-art conference centre is in the heart of the city with a superb range of accommodation and dining options all within easy walking distance.
An outstanding scientific program is currently being developed and will include the latest “hot topics” in the field of neurotrauma, covering both clinical and basic aspects of brain and spinal cord injury, with ample opportunity to present in both breakout oral sessions as well as daily interactive poster sessions. Themes will cover chronic neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration including CTE and AD, new technologies for CNS regeneration, fact versus fiction in sports-related concussion, microRNAs as biomarkers and therapeutic targets, advances in neuroimaging, and latest updates on clinical interventions in TBI and SCI.
A limited number of travel bursaries to assist early career researchers to attend the meeting and present their research will also be offered.
Early April 2020 is an ideal time to visit Melbourne given the perfect weather and the abundance of activities occurring either immediately before or after the Symposium, including the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
For those who have never visited Australia before, there is a unique fauna, the world heritage listed Daintree rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Uluru in the heart of the Australian outback and of course some of the world’s finest wine country.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Australia and showing you some of Australia’s famous hospitality when you visit Melbourne for Neurotrauma 2020.
Robert Vink, Symposium Chair