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Second ICNA Congress (November 26–30, 1979, Sydney, Australia)

  • Event: Second ICNA Congress
  • Dates: November 26–30, 1979
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

Key Figures

  • Congress President: Dr. Robert Ouvrier (Australia)
  • Chairman of the Scientific Program Committee: Dr. Peter Procopis (Australia)

Preceding Event

  • Event: Second International Symposium on Learning Disabilities
  • Location: Tokyo
  • President: Dr. Yukio Fukuyama

Douglas Reye Memorial Lecture

  • Speaker: Dr. David B. Clark (Lexington, KY, USA)
  • Topic: 'Douglas Reye and the neuropathology of childhood: their place in the neurosciences'

Keynote Speakers and Topics

  • Dr. A.C. Pollard (Adelaide)
    • Topic: 'Enzymological diagnosis and phenotypic variability of the storage disorders affecting the central nervous system'
  • Dr. Carleton Gajdusek (NIH, future Nobel laureate)
    • Topic: 'Neurovirology foci of high incidence in the Western Pacific'
  • Dr. Werner Isler (Zurich)
    • Topic: 'Cerebrovascular disease in childhood'

Symposia Topics

  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Epilepsy
  • Pediatric neuro-ophthalmology
  • Neurotransmitters

Our Australian colleagues Dr. B. Wise and others edited the proceedings in a second volume of Topics in Child Neurology. Dinner receptions at the homes of local hosts were again featured, with a resultant crisis when the number of chairs at the home of Dr. Ouvrier was inadequate for his contingent of guests who are more likely to remember the size and succulence of Australian prawns. Delegates may also remember that buses carrying them to a formal reception were too tall to enter the hallowed gates of the University.

Trips to the zoo to gaze at koalas and kangaroos (alias joeys), and to shops selling wooden sculptures from New Guinea did not discourage 400 delegates from attending the meetings.