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Conference History

In 1994, The International Consensus Conference in Canada, composed of leading researchers in the field, agreed to use the term, “Developmental Coordination Disorder” in place of other terms such as “childhood clumsiness”, “motor learning disorder”, and “developmental dyspraxia”. Those researchers then decided to organise an International conference in 1995 in London,  followed by a conference later  that year in Leeds, England (DCD-II).

1997 : Cardiff, Wales (DCD-III)

1999: Groningen, The Netherlands (DCD-IV)

2002 : Banff, Canada (DCD-V)

2005 : Trieste, Italy (DCD-VI)

The researchers meeting at DCD-VI in Trieste formed the International Society for Research into DCD whose goals are to encourage collaboration, to promote the spread of information, to translate research knowledge :

2007 : Melbourne (DCD-VII)

This conference continued the tradition of multidisciplinary research, with issues ranging from diagnosis, assessment, mechanisms, comorbidity, and management. Early validaton work on the MABC2 featured, together with new screening approaches using checklists.  New ways of engaging parents and teachers in the process of diagnosis and treatment was also a strong theme.  Neurophysiological studies using EEG offered a counter-point to the cognitive and systems-oriented approaches :

2009 : Baltimore (DCD-VIII)

The researchers meeting in Baltimore shared their research on children with DCD under the general conference themes of:  mechanisms, assessment, and interventions :


2011 :
Lausanne (DCD-IX)

The meeting of the International Society for Research into DCD, will take place on 23 June at 17.15. Every researcher into DCD is invited to participate at this meeting. A listserv (DCD-RES) has also been created for those researchers studying DCD.

In addition to regular topics such as epidemiology, evaluation, etiology and treatment, the Scientific committee has decided that a specific focus of the DCD-IX Conference will be on neuroimaging using motor tasks, comorbidity, intervention and the influence of motor development on other skills such as social interaction, language and cognitive skills.

However, the aims of the conference should be interpreted quite broadly. Previous DCD conferences have been very receptive to new and innovative research, at all levels. We look forward to receiving your abstract submissions for DCD-9. The submission process will be open from 1 September 2010 until 30 October 2010.