Keynote and Invited speakers
Peter Rosenbaum
Peter Rosenbaum

Peter Rosenbaum

McMaster University & CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, Canada

Peter Rosenbaum, M.D., FRCP(C) joined the faculty of McMaster University in July 1973 and has been a Professor of Pediatrics since 1984. He held an inaugural Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (2001- 2014). In 1989, Peter co-founded the award-winning CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, a health system-linked research unit now recognized world-wide for its research and dissemination activities.

Peter has held > 80 peer-reviewed research grants and is a contributing author to > 370 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker in > 30 countries. He also has co-authored several books in the field. These include “Cerebral Palsy: From Diagnosis to Adult Life” (2012), and co-edited “Life Quality Outcomes of Children and Young Adults with Neurological and Developmental Conditions” (2013) with Dr. Gabriel Ronen. In 2016, he and colleagues published a book on ethical dilemmas in developmental medicine, and in January 2019 they published a book on the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.

Peter has worked with 80 graduate students at the Universities of Oxford, Utrecht, Witwatersrand, and Toronto in addition to McMaster. He has received may national and international accolades: the Ross Award from the Canadian Pediatric Society (2000); an Honorary Doctor of Science degree, Université Laval (2005); the AACPDM’s first Mentorship Award (2007) and its Lifetime Achievement Award (2014); the University of Haifa’s Carmel Award of Merit (2017) in recognition of his lifetime achievements in childhood disabilities research; and the Fondation Paralysie Cérébral/Fondation Motrice Prize at the 30th annual meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (May 2018).

Peter’s research and teaching currently explore family wellbeing (the focus of his Keynote talk); promoting the WHO’s ICF and CanChild’s ‘F-words’ adaptation of these ideas; creating ways to describe and classify functioning in children with impairments; and working with the International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability to promote 21st-century concepts around the world.