The Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation (NR-SIG) is one we have kept an eye on, over the years, and of which many of our colleagues are members.

We were pleased to mark our return to the international conference trail, after the pandemic-related hiatus, to take part in this year’s edition of the NR-SIG-WFNR Conference. There is nothing like attending a research meeting in person, to take full advantage of the networking opportunities, and the right environment to allow for ideas to flourish. It is also good to present our own work to a wider audience and make the most of their feedback.

The programme, chaired by Professor Caroline van Heugten from the University of Maastricht, did not disappoint. The quality of the talks was excellent, as ever, and the conference did not lose its multidisciplinary focus. A few themes caught our eye… The opening address by the President, Professor Robin Tate, on the importance of measuring treatment fidelity in both research and practice, to ultimately ensure we keep getting better at what we do. Amber Ayton’s award winning datablitz on the utility of the Cognitive Reserve Index questionnaire in chronic traumatic brain injury, Dr Kate Gould’s talk on cyberability training co-designed with and for people with acquired brain injury… And that was only the morning of day one! There were many other talks by researchers from across the world on new assessment tools and interventions, and a number of systematic reviews of the existing evidence base – all extremely useful to inform and improve practice.

Dr Sara da Silva Ramos presented our Rehab Mantras initiative and had the opportunity to discuss with other colleagues the potential value of this approach in different settings, and possible ways of evaluating its wider impact.

We will take it all in and stay on the look out for the 2023 edition.

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You can download the poster that Dr Sara da Silva Ramos presented here.