The 2023 World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care is the preeminent forum for international Spina Bifida researchers and healthcare professionals specializing in a range of medical disciplines including:
Developmental Pediatrics, Dietary, Epidemiology, Genetics, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Neurosurgery, Nursing, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Physiatry, Psychology, Rehabilitative Therapy, Research Science, Social Work, and Urology

The call for abstracts is open! Scroll down to learn more.
Location
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 North Resort Dr. Tucson, AZ 85750
Date & Time
March 22, 2023, 12:00 PM - March 25, 2023 - 6:00 PM
Location
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 North Resort Dr. Tucson, AZ 85750
We’re excited to announce the return of the premier international forum for Spina Bifida research! The 2023 World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care will be held on March 22-25, 2023, at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona.
Purchase a room in the hotel block here >>
Schedule at a Glance
Times and content are subject to change. Check back for regular updates.
PRE-CONFERENCE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Introduction to CO-OP Method for People with SB
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Lifespan Transition to Care & Independence
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM | International Symposium
CONFERENCE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Registration Open
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM | International Symposium
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Opening Reception
THURSDAY, MARCH 23
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Registration Open
7:00 AM | Exhibit Hall Open
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM | Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM | Opening Remarks
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM | Plenary Session
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Plenary Session
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Morning Break
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Plenary Session
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Lunch
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Concurrent Sessions
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Break
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM | Concurrent Sessions
6:00 PM | Exhibit Hall Closes
FRIDAY, MARCH 24
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Registration Open
7:00 AM | Exhibit Hall Open
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM | Continental Breakfast
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM | Highlights from Previous Day
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Plenary Session
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Plenary Session
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Exhibit Hall Open
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM | Morning Break
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM | Plenary Session
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM | Lunch
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM | Concurrent Sessions
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM | Afternoon Break
3:45 PM - 6:00 PM | Concurrent Sessions
4:00 PM | Exhibit Hall Closes
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM | Networking Reception
SATURDAY, MARCH 25
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM | Continental Breakfast
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM | Highlights from Previous Day
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM | Plenary Session
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM | Plenary Session
10:05 AM - 10:50 AM | Lifetime Achievement Awards
10:55 AM - 11:15 AM | Hal Pote Lectureship Speaker
11:15 AM - 11:20 AM | Closing Remarks
Event Pricing
Early Bird pricing ends February 15, 2023
Family Member
Early Bird | $550
Regular | $600
Full Conference Pass
Adult with Spina Bifida
Early Bird | $550
Regular | $600
Full Conference Pass
Medical Professional
Early Bird | $650
Regular | $750
Full Conference Pass
CMEs will be available
Trainee
Early Bird | $485
Regular | $500
Full Conference Pass
Students, Fellows, Post Docs, Residents
Young Investigator
Early Bird | $585
Regular | $600
Full Conference Pass
Faculty members at or below the level of Assistant Professor or equivalent for no more than five years as of January 1, 2023
Accompanying Guest
Early Bird | $250
Regular | $300
Social Events Only
Invited Speaker
Early Bird | $350
Regular | $350
Full Conference Pass
One Day Only Fees
Early Bird | $350
Regular | $350
Single Day Pass
Pre-Conference

Introduction to CO-OP Method for people with SB
Regular | $150
 

Lifespan Transition to Care & Independence

Regular | $150
 

International Symposium

Regular | $150
  

 

Pre-Conference Pass

Regular | $400

Access to all pre-conference sessions
Submit an Abstract!
Deadline for Submission: Monday, September 5, 2022.
Abstract Length: 300 words
Limitations:
- There is no limit to the number of abstracts an author may submit. If selected, the presenter must be one of the co-authors listed.
- Papers may have been previously submitted to another specialty meeting; please indicate the meeting and meeting date. These papers will be considered for presentation but not
for the investigator prize.
- Submission of an abstract is open to anyone pursuing academic exposure of their work. You do not need to be affiliated with the Spina Bifida Association to submit an abstract.

Submit an abstract: https://sbaworldcongress2023.abstractcentral.com/

Ownership of Work/Newness of Data: Please note, by submitting your abstract to this meeting, you are agreeing to transfer ownership of copyright for the abstract and its content to the 2023 World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care to enable publication of the abstract.

Investigator Prize:
- Awards are open to all World Congress participants including graduate students, residents or fellows.
- Three awards for the best paper (clinical or basic science).
- The awards will be based on originality, structure, and presentation.
- The award will be given to the presenter of the paper.
- To be considered for the Investigator prize, the submitted abstract/manuscript must be original and not previously presented or published.
- All award candidates must send an electronic version of their completed paper in a format suitable for publication in a journal of their choice. Authors must indicate at the time of abstract submission their interest to be considered for the award.Notification: Notification of abstracts and the Investigator prize is November 21, 2022. An electronic version of completed selected paper is required by February 24, 2023.

Abstract format: Abstracts will be submitted on-line at: https://sbaworldcongress2023.abstractcentral.com/
- The abstract language is English.
- Title will be written in CAPITAL letters.
- The abstract text should not exceed 300 words (tables will be judged as 50 words).
- The abstract must consist of four paragraphs labeled BACKGROUND, METHODS, RESULTS, and CONCLUSIONS.
- Mark the content area that best describes your abstract, from the topics listed below. The final designated content area of abstract will be determined by the Program Committee.
- Indicate the preferred type of presentation: oral, poster or video presentation. NOTE: The final decision on format will be made by the Abstract Selection members of the Program Committee.

Content Areas:
- Adult Care/Ageing, Basic Science
- Transition-Adolescent-Young Adult
- General Pediatrics/Development/Primary Care/Internal Medicine
- Epidemiology and Genetics
- International Care
- Mental Health
- Neurosurgery
- Nutrition
- Orthopedics
- Rehabilitation Therapies, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy
- Prenatal Surgery
- Self-Management/Quality of Life
- Urology

Submit an abstract: https://sbaworldcongress2023.abstractcentral.com/
Sponsorship Opportunities
If you would like more information on partnering with SBA and sponsorship opportunities at the 2023 World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care, view the 2023 Prospectus here.

For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Myers, Manager of Corporate and Individual Giving
[email protected]
(847) 269-1186
Outreach Toolkit
For Attendees
Facebook Post:
I’m attending the 2023 World Congress on Spina Bifida Research & Care. Join me and register today to get early bird pricing! www.sbworldcongress.org

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Hi [name],

I just registered for the 2023 World Congress on Spina Bifida Research & Care, and I thought you might be interested in attending too.

The World Congress will be held March 22 – 25, 2023 in Tucson, AZ. It’s the only international conference dedicated solely to the research, practical challenges, and real-life solutions for those living with Spina Bifida, their families and care givers.

I’m looking forward to networking with those whose focus is the research and/or treatment of Spina Bifida.

To learn more about World Congress, visit sbworldcongress.org.

Thank you,
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For Sponsors
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Looking forward to seeing you there! Learn more at www.sbworldcongress.org.

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For Speakers
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I’m excited to be speaking at the 2023 World Congress on Spina Bifida Research & Care, the preeminent conference showcasing Spina Bifida research.
 
This is a great opportunity to engage with experts and thought leaders and develop collaborations for future research projects.

I hope to see you there! Register today for the early bird rate at www.sbworldcongress.org.

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Call for Abstracts
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The 2023 World Congress on Spina Bifida Research & Care highlights the latest findings and insights for the care and treatment of those with Spina Bifida.
 
The call for abstracts is open. Go to www.sbworldcongress.org to learn more about the event and how to submit an abstract. The submission deadline is September 5, 2022.

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