Pisa, Italy

From Early Detection to Early Surveillance and Intervention in Children at Risk of Cerebral Palsy

when 11 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 250

This Summer School is organized by the University of Pisa as a part of a project funded by the European Commission “Born Together” with the support of the IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris and of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD).
The 5-day course is a practical and immersive experience, covering the models, the procedures and instruments that are recommended internationally to plan and conduct clinical and research activities for Early Detection, surveillance and intervention in children at risk for Cerebral Palsy (CP).
It will be based on international guidelines, effective models of knowledge translation, and guided by good clinical and human ethics practice.
The course faculty will be constituted of international experts in the field of childhood disability research and clinical care.

The 5-day course will be divided in:

- Morning: theoretical teaching organized in lectures covering theoretical frameworks and models
- Afternoon: practical training in which participants will be directly involved to practise the design and the planning of care pathways and the elaboration of joint research and clinical activities
- Meet the expert sessions (morning and/or evening): personal experience sharing by international calibre professionals in the field of childhood disability

Course leader

Prof. Andrea Guzzetta

Target group

- Young clinicians and researchers (aged less than 35 years, not turned at the beginning of the school) working in the disciplines related to rehabilitation of childhood disabilities with interest in performing research in this field
- Medical Doctors (specialists or residents in child neurology, child psychiatry rehabilitation medicine or paediatrics) or
- Master degrees in allied disciplines dealing with childhood disabilities (such as physical, occupational, speech therapy, psychology, special education and other disciplines) PhD or at least two publications in international peer-reviewed journals or one as the first author
- Living and working in a European country
- Position -even if not permanent- in an academic or clinical institution involved in research/clinical activity, supported by letter of presentation of the responsible of the institution
- Fluency in written and spoken English (equivalence of B2 or higher)

For the SELECTION: a maximum of 32 participants will be selected based on Curriculum Vitae (CV) and the above criteria.
The CV should address the above-mentioned criteria.
A motivation letter and a letter of support by the supervisor to follow this course should be presented.

Preference will be for the maximum of 3 participants per each country and to include at least 8 participants out of the 32 from lower economic income countries of Europe (based on the GNI: nominal per capita less than $20.000).


For candidates who will obtain identical scores for the CV and the above criteria, preference will be given according to the date of application.
The selection of participants based on the above criteria will be made by the 'EACD Summer School 2019 ad hoc comittee' (EACD is the scientific and economic co-promoter of the Summer School). The committee includes also two members of the University of Pisa. After a first selection based on provided data, a selection interview will be decisive.

Course aim

The aims of the Summer School are

i. to raise awareness of the participants about the practical pathways for the implementation of Early diagnosis and Intervention guidelines of CP as feasible, sustainable and culturally modified for different environments
ii. to elevate the participants’ knowledge of the surveillance and early intervention methods and models iii) to promote international collaboration for the advancement of early care and parallel research efforts with children at risk of CP and their families.

At the end of the course the participants:

- Will be familiar with the recommended methods of early detection (ED), early surveillance (ES), and early intervention (EI) of CP
- Will have the tools to develop and promote a care pathway for early ED of CP
- Will be aware of the specific challenges related to conducting clinical care and research with children at high risk of CP and their families, and be equipped to anticipate and overcome them
- Will be able to integrate the newly acquired knowledge to advance their practice clinical and research career
- Will be familiar with the international ED, ES and EI methods, differences and similarities in different socio-economic contexts
- Will be able to build on their knowledge to foster regional and international partnerships

Fee info

EUR 250: Tuition fees


Available. Please write to the coordinator for further details

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