INSNET

Number 6

Spring 1999

INTERNATIONAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY LIAISON COMMITTEE NEWSLETTER

THE 22nd INTERNATIONAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY MID-YEAR CONFERENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA

A SUPPORT PERSON MODEL HELPING BRAIN INJURED PEOPLE BACK TO WORK IN DENMARK

By Hendre Viljoen

Email: hviljoen@iafrica.com

The next mid-year conference of the INS will be held in Durban, South Africa from 23 to 26 June 1999, and will be hosted jointly by INS and the South African Clinical Neuropsychology Association (SACNA).

This is the first time that a country in Africa has had the honor of hosting this prestigious conference, and only the second time (after the 1982 conference in Mexico) that the conference has been held in a developing country.

This meeting will have a uniquely African flavor, and preparations for the meeting participation are being structured so as to ensure maximum impact throughout Africa. Delegates have been invited from north Africa, central and western Africa, as well as the southern African nations.

Against the background of the burgeoning spirit of an African Renaissance, the primary focus of the scientific program will be on the role of neuropsychology in developing countries.

In the context of the conference theme of "Neuropsychology: Toward the Millennium," scientific sessions will focus on a number of contextually relevant topics including the growing problem of HIV/AIDS, and issues of cross-cultural assessment.

The conference will provide an international forum for exchange of information, and will be relevant to all brain-behavior scientists and practitioners involved in the assessment, treatment and management of brain trauma. The line-up of presenters includes prominent experts on issues pertaining to brain-behavior research, practice and conceptual approaches. The list of areas is wide- ranging, and includes traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, intervention and rehabilitation, neurotoxic industrial solvents, sports injuries, aging and dementia, learning disabilities, functional imaging, forensic neuropsychology, pediatric neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry. Participants include eminent international scientists Drs Erin Bigler, Gerald Goldstein, Marcel Kinsboume, George Hynd, Carl Dodrill, Barbara Uzzell, Barbara Wilson, Jennie Ponsford, Vicki Anderson, the Geffens, Michael Saling, Bob Heaton and Marcel Ponton.

A social program will also be arranged for delegates and accompanying persons during the conference. Durban, the venue of the conference, offers a wide range of interesting and exciting diversions. The busiest commercial port in Africa, Durban is also a favorite tourist destination with its year-round subtropical outdoor climate and two-mile long surf beach fronted by luxury hotels.

The third largest city in South Africa, Durban is a shopping mecca where tourists can buy anything from designer clothing to exotic curries with names like "Mother- in-law's tongue".

Durban and surrounds offer excellent fishing, scuba diving and safe swimming beaches bordered by lush green subtropical vegetation. Most resorts are on the beachfront, as are many of the restaurants. All the bathing areas have shark nets and lifeguards and many also have protected tidal pools. There are many nature reserves and bird sanctuaries in this area, as well as a wealth of craft markets. For the more adventurous, the surrounding Kwa- Zulu Natal province offers a wealth of eco-tourism destinations, with a wide variety of wildlife including the famous Big Five of Africa.

A SUPPORT PERSON MODEL HELPING BRAIN INJURED PEOPLE BACK T WORK IN DENMARK

By Lars Siert

Center for Rehabilitation of Brain Injury, University of Copenhagen 88, Njalsgade

DK - 2300 Copenhagen S

Email: LARS@CENTER.CFH.KU.DK

On 1 October of 1994, a four year trial project was subsidized by the Danish Ministry of Social Affairs for one million Danish Kroner (130.000 US.Dollars) annually, and launched by Frederiksborg County Social Services Department.

The purpose of the project is to test a Support Person Model that is designed to improve the brain injured person's return to the labor market, subsequent to medical and neuropsychological treatment.

The project is a partnership between the Social Services Departrnent, The Labor Office of Frederiksborg County and Center for Rehabilitation of Brain Injury, University of Copenhagen.

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