27 April 2023

World Congress Leaves a Legacy for Survivors of Brain Injury in Ireland

14th World Congress on Brain Injury draws 1,000 delegates from 34 countries to share latest advances in brain injury treatment and research

Some Highlights from the World Congress on Brain Injury

Over four days from March 29th – April 1st 2023, the world’s leading minds in the field of brain injury came together in Dublin, Ireland to share the latest findings on the assessment, treatment and future priorities in brain injury research and rehabilitation. The 14th World Congress on Brain Injury was presented by the International Brain Injury Association in partnership with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.  

Over 1,000 delegates from 34 countries gathered at this landmark event, which was hosted at the Convention Centre Dublin. Among them were more than 100 internationally recognised keynotes, panelists and speakers, united in their commitment to progressing the recovery and rehabilitation journey of those impacted by brain injury.  

Speaking on behalf of the IBIA Board, Chair of the 14th World Congress Dr David Arciniegas celebrated this hugely successful event:  “Every two years, the IBIA mounts this global gathering as a platform to share cutting edge research, promote collaboration, and shine a light on the causes and impacts of brain injury internationally. This 14th edition has been especially significant, marking the first World Congress to be hosted in-person since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. “


19,000 people in this country acquire a brain injury every year. Yet, despite these staggering numbers, there is no clear recovery or rehabilitation pathway for survivors in Ireland. Introducing the keynote presentation on the final day of the Congress, Ireland’s Minister of State for Disabilities, Anne Rabbitte TD, announced her commitment to secure funding in the next annual budget for the country’s first community-based, specialist paediatric neuro rehabilitation team. This is a significant development, representing a legacy from the Congress that will make a real difference for young people impacted by brain injury and their families.

— Congress Co-Chair and Chief Executive of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Barbara O’Connell


In Ireland, we recognise the vital importance of investing in brain health and brain injury treatment at all stages of the neuro rehabilitation pathway, from acute hospital to home. Timely, individualised rehabilitation has the potential to increase independence, maximise ability and enable survivors to participate as active citizens in our communities.

— Minister Anne Rabbitte, at the outset of the Congress

As the Congress came to a close, it was announced the next World Congress on Brain Injury will be held in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from March 19th – 22nd, 2025.  

A full list of presentations made at the Congress and speaker information is available here.

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