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The 2nd European Conference on evidence based aquatic therapy will be organized by the University of Leuven, Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, during 15 to 18 April 2015.

JOHAN LAMBECKThe historic Belgian town of Leuven will host Aqua -Leuven2015 that will be the follow-up event of the first European Conference on evidence based aquatic Therapy, ECEBAT which was held in Izmir, Turkey, a success with some 150 delegates from 30 countries.

This conference generated results in various areas of aquatic therapy such as: - the potential of Aquatic Therapy with I.C. patients - proposed contents of post-graduate education in Aquatic Therapy - the use of aquatic therapy in adult neurology, as well as many other subjects.

According to organizers, Aquatic Therapy is becoming increasingly popular in short as well as long term rehabilitation and fitness training. Nevertheless after thousands of years, the unique properties of water lead us to discover even more new ways to improve rehabilitation and training outcomes.

"Aqua-Leuven 2015 will be a great opportunity for professionals in the field of Aquatic Therapy, to hear about the latest research worldwide, while at the same time Meeting with experts and discussing With peers. At the same time, enjoy the great learning environment of the University of Leuven" , indicates the presentation program.

However, experts believe that the popularity is not enough. " Clinical practice must be justified through the application of research results in combination with professional expertise and considering patient preferences. These are the cornerstones of evidence based practice. Although practice has traditionally been founded on clinical expertise, aquatic therapy research has increased enormously over the past few years and in general supports the positive health effects of aquatic therapy in various patient groups".

The theme of Aqua-Leuven 2015 is "The added value of water", with the main focus on Pediatrics, Cardio Vascular problems, CVA / Neurological disorders and Musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. Nevertheless the research reports on other topics presented are also accepted after evaluation by the Scientific Committee.

The Organizing Committee is chaired by Daniel Daly and as Program Advisor, Johan Lambeck, both from the KU Leuven.

Aqua -Leven 2015 counts with prestigious International speakers : Paula Richley Geigle, PhD, PT: University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA; Benjamin Waller, MSc, PT: University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, Asa Cider, PhD, PT: Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden; Maria Fragalà-Pinkham, PT, DPT: Franciscan Hospital for Children, Boston, USA; Romain Forestier, MD: Centre de recherche et rhumatologique thermal d'Aix-Les-Bains, France; Bruce E. Becker, MD., MS. Washington State University, Spokane, USA and Daisuke Sato PhD: Niigata University of Health and Welfare, Institute for Human movement and Medical Sciences (Japan)

Aqua-Leuven 2015 will try to add a new stepping stone to the development of aquatic therapy, continuing a long European tradition of clinical practice, development of methods and networking in research. " We hope that we will be able to welcome many delegates to enjoy the scientific programme of our conference, supported by the historical spirit of Leuven". | More information about the Conference |

Situated in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for almost six centuries. Founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V, KU Leuven bears the dual honour of being the oldest extant Catholic university in the world and the oldest university in the Low Countries.

As a leading research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), the KU Leuven offers a wide variety of programs in English supported by high quality interdisciplinary research conducted by the university and its internationally recognized hospitals. In addition to the more than 80 international programs KU Leuven, the university offers 11 fields of study in English at campus spread over 11 different Belgian cities, including Brussels.

The Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, an integral part of the Biomedical Sciences Group, offers educational programmes at the academic level leading to Bachelors and/or Masters degrees. Our research is clustered in two departments, located at the University Sports centre.

Each year the Faculty welcomes an average of 1250 students for the bachelor and master programmes. 58 registered this year for a supplementary master's degree. The staff includes a team of 54 professors and many of them also work in the University Hospitals. On average 11 doctoral degrees are delivered each year. | More information: |

Castle of  Arenberg, KU LEUVEN
Castle of Arenberg, KU LEUVEN


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