Oscar, a young boy with Spina Bifida presenting the IF award to Dr. Sven and Dr. Gunilla Mattsson in the opening ceremony at IF's 23rd Annual Conference in Stockholm The 2012 IF award has been awarded to Dr. Sven Mattsson and his wife Dr. Gunilla Glad Mattsson from Sweden for their commitment and dedication to the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus community. Dr. Sven Mattsson, MD, PhD is an associate professor and a neuro-pediatrician at the department of pediatrics at the University Hospital of Linköping.  He is an Honourable Member of the Executive Committee of Society for Research into Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in the UK. Dr. Gunilla Glad Mattsson, Med, Dr, PhD is an urotherapist and a senior lecturer at the department of pediatrics at the University Hospital of Linköping.

IF addresses a special thanks to the organising committee from RBU for their tremendous work and dedication IF’s 23rd International conference “Finding Our Way” that took place in Stockholm on 15 and 16 June was successfully closed by a gala dinner and music in the night of Saturday 16. This year’s conference was the largest gathering dedicated to Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus to date in Sweden. It was a great success and well-attended; Over 320 participants from 25 different countries covering most of Europe, as well as the USA, Canada, Russia, Argentina and Kenya gathered for two days to share the latest information related to Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. The conference was organised around lectures, creative and thematic workshops and networking activities. Subject matters and challenges related to Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus were covered from different perspective.

Finding Our Way indicates that not everybody fits in with mainstream solutions but that many of us have to find our personal roads in lifeIF and The National Association for Disabled Children and Youths in Sweden (RBU) welcome you to IF’s 23rd International Conference taking place in Stockholm on June 15–16, 2012. Since 1979, IF, in collaboration with its members, has the tradition to bring together stakeholders from different disciplines, backgrounds and countries to make the point on the advancements related to research, studies and care regarding Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. For those who can't attend, parts of IF's conference will be streamed live and can be viewed on www.ustream.tv/channel/ifsbh

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