Indian Federation of Neurorehabilitation (IFNR), the umbrella body of all experts involved in Neurorehabilitation in the country, held its 7th annual conference from 19th to 21st April 2019 at Mumbai Education Trust, Bandra West, Mumbai. This conference was held jointly with the Neurorehabilitation sub-group of the Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN).

The conference was attended by more than 300 delegates and had national and international faculty, of around 100, who conducted various workshops, lectures, debates and interactions. The conference saw representation and participation from almost all the professionals who are involved in patient care and neurorehabilitation like Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Physical Therapists, Speech and Swallow Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Clinical Psychologists, Music Therapists etc. Scientific sessions covered almost all aspects of neurological problems / disorders and disability from pediatric to adult to old age. Some salient features of this year’s conference were:

  • Around 90 Oral Presentations, Posters and E-Posters presented by students and researchers, of which 2 Best Oral Presentations, 2 Best Posters and Best E-Posters won Certificate and Cash Award
  • 10 Winners of the IFNR Young Fellowship Award which includes Certificate and Cash Award
  • International lectures through video link by experts from Hong Kong, Middle East and Europe
  • Patient forums and support groups, where patients with disability like Movement Disorders, Spine Injuries, Epilepsy etc shared their problems, success stories and decided to join forces to work for supporting each other and getting their rights

Overall the conference was well appreciated by all and members went back happy with the learning from the experts and expressed the need for IFNR to take the lead and organize more such events where experts involved in Neurorehabilitation gather under one roof to discuss, learn and then impart better quality of care to the patients.

I also take this opportunity to thank all participants, faculty, delegates and supporting organizations for their support and encouragement which made IFNRCON 2019 a Grand Success!

Dr. Nirmal Surya