Symposium on Childhood Brain Injury - Problems and Solutions

Presenter: Professor Ann Glang
  • Date: Friday, 22 February 2019 to Friday, 22 February 2019
  • Time: 04:00PM to 06:00PM
  • Location: Undercroft 101, University of Canterbury
  • Ticket: Free $0

Childhood TBI is associated with increased risk of school failure and negative outcomes over the life span.

• This symposium will bring together research on difficulties associated with reintegration into the school seeing and community from a number of different countries (New Zealand, USA, Northern Ireland).

• Presenters will provide an overview of practical tools and strategies for identifying and supporting children and young people following brain injury.


Presenters: Professor Ann Glang, Dr Mark Linden and Dr Audrey McKinlay.


Professor Ann Glang is Director of the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training at the University of Oregon, USA, where her team have developed evidence-based strategies for children with brain injury, including professional development programmes, and the development and evaluation of web-based interventions. In addition to publishing refereed journal articles, editing two books and co-authored five manuals for educators serving children with brain injury, Professor Glang has also led the development of a range of health education programs. These include Brain 101, a concussion education and management program for high schools. She has developed and evaluated training tools on brain injury for teachers, and led development and evaluation of the In the Classroom training program.


Dr Mark Linden’s research involves the exploration of social inclusion in childhood survivors of brain injury, including the cognitive, social and environmental challenges that these children and their families deal with on a daily basis. Dr Linden is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, where he is a member of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation. His research also explores the use of technology as a tool for rehabilitation. Dr Linden has published extensively, including publication of a Cochrane systematic review on the use of novel technologies to rehabilitate children and adolescents with acquired brain injuries. Dr Linden recently chaired the Third International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury, in Belfast.


Dr Audrey McKinlay research expertise is in traumatic brain injury, with a particular focus on early childhood injuries, and the long term and adult outcomes of childhood mild TBI. Her research has made extensive use of birth cohort data from the Christchurch Heath and Development Study. As a registered Clinical and Neuro Psychologist in private practice, Dr McKinlay works with children and young people who have experienced TBI, and their families, and also holds the position of adjunct professor at the University of Canterbury. She is also investigating the support needs of educators working with children who have experienced a TBI. Dr. McKinlay is a founding board member for the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society

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