Life Goes On was created to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals, that have overcome a traumatic incident or difficult situation in their lives.The 25th November will mark the third edition of the Life Goes On Award which takes place in Vienna in the course of a Gala dinner. Five remarkable people, who have done outstanding work to help other people and society, will be honoured on stage in seven different categories. Mrs. Shirley Keogh, a wonderful person, mother and wife with Spina Bifida from Ireland, is a candidate for the 2011 award. Despite her condition of Spina Bifida and her need for dialysis 3 times per week, Shirley is very active in associative work to support people with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus as well as poor families in need. IF will follow the event and keep you updated. For information about the event, visit www.lifegoeson.at

This innovative meeting serves as the preeminent forum for a unique gathering of international Spina Bifida researchers and healthcare professionals specializing in a range of medical disciplines The Spina Bifida Association announces its continuing efforts to improve the health of those living with Spina Bifida by organising the Second World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care that will take place at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 11 to 14 March 2012. Abstracts for both basic science and clinical research are being accepted. Abstract submissions for presentations and posters for the Congress are due by 15th November 2011. Three papers will be selected to receive Investigator Awards during the Congress. These papers must be original work which haven't previously being presented or published. Awards are open to all World Congress participants including nurses, graduate students, residents, or fellows. For more information and to submit an abstract or register visit www.worldcongressonsb.org.

The Conference will be held at the Novotel Hotel in Sydney Olympic Park (19th and 20th October 2012) where the 2000 Olympics were held.The NSW Spina Bifida Collaborative in Australia organises the first National Spina Bifida Conference in Australia since 2001. The conference will take place at the Novotel Hotel in Sydney Olympic Park on 19 and 20 October 2012 under the theme “Spina Bifida Masterclass”. The conference is mainly targeting health care professionals and service providers. Call for abstracts is now open. Interested applicants can submit abstracts for presentations and posters in clinical research and care, updates on services and clinical programs. All abstract submissions are due no later than 31st January 2012. Participation is open to health professionals and community service providers in any field related to Spina Bifida. You can check the announcement of the conference and the call for abstracts here.

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