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Session
Keynote IV:: "Early neurodevelopment in a pandemic: lessons learned and open questions"
Time:
Tuesday, 22/Nov/2022:
1:30pm - 2:30pm


by Prof. Christopher Newman

Location: Auditorium Roux


Session Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic led to extraordinary circumstances with months of lockdowns, of challenged opportunities for social interaction and of alterations in family functioning and early childcare. With widespread concerns regarding the developmental trajectories, and ultimately outcomes, of children coined by certain media as “bunker babies” this presentation will appraise the available evidence on the neurodevelopment of infants and toddlers who experienced the 2020 lockdowns, as well as of those who were infected with SARS-CoV-2 or whose mothers were infected during pregnancy.  With only 2-years hindsight, we will also explore whether the 1918 flu pandemic demonstrated any evidence of long-term adverse outcomes associated with neurodevelopmental issues and how “neuro-resilient” we may be as individuals and as a species when faced with worldwide plagues.

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Christopher Newman is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and researcher in the field of pediatric rehabilitation, wearable movement analysis, motor therapies and quality of life issues in children with motor disabilities. He leads the research programme "Rehabilitation of cerebral motor disorders in children" at Lausanne University Hospital. His research is based on multi-centre collaborations at the Swiss and European levels and ultimately aims to develop and validate innovative approaches to motor rehabilitation in children with cerebral palsy to improve their functioning and participation. Using engineering sciences, he has contributed to the development of innovative tools for the reliable measurement and analysis of movement disorders in children, in particular with the EPFL’s Laboratory for Motion Analysis and Measurement and it’s spin-off Gait Up of which he is a co-founder. His research has been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, as well as by several other public and private institutions, and he has received several awards, including the Leenaards award for translational medicine in 2015. Christopher Newman is past President of the SFERHE (Société Francophone d’Etudes et de Recherche pour le Handicap de L’Enfant, www.sferhe.org) and current chair of the scientific committee of the EACD (European Academy of Childhood Disabilities, www.eacd.org). 


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Early neurodevelopment in a pandemic: lessons learned and open questions

Karina Iskrzycki

Swiss Society for Early Childhood Research (SSECR), Switzerland

The Covid-19 pandemic led to extraordinary circumstances with months of lockdowns, of challenged opportunities for social interaction and of alterations in family functioning and early childcare. With widespread concerns regarding the developmental trajectories, and ultimately outcomes, of children coined by certain media as “bunker babies” this presentation will appraise the available evidence on the neurodevelopment of infants and toddlers who experienced the 2020 lockdowns, as well as of those who were infected with SARS-CoV-2 or whose mothers were infected during pregnancy. With only 2-years hindsight, we will also explore whether the 1918 flu pandemic demonstrated any evidence of long-term adverse outcomes associated with neurodevelopmental issues and how “neuro-resilient” we may be as individuals and as a species when faced with worldwide plagues.



 
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