Upcoming SBS/AHT Conferences



Over the past eighteen years The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome has hosted and collaborated on the largest conferences on shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma (SBS/AHT) in the world. These national and international conferences bring together the top world experts to present, and brings together individuals from all fields that work with and are affected by injuries inflicted on infants and young children through shaking.


The Fourteenth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma held on September 21, 22, and 23, 2014 was the second conference hosted by the NCSBS this year. This conference in Denver, Colorado featured the in-depth Advanced Scientific Presentations and many more sessions from the top experts around the world.


The International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma was the first conference ever held in Paris, France. With the help of the European Planning Committee, the conference was held on May 4, 5, 6, 2014. A European conference allowed attendees from 22 countries to attend and hear newly published research from around the world.


The Twelfth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma was held in Cambridge/Boston, Massachusetts on September 29, 30 and October 1, 2012. This three day conference featured a four hour presentation on confessions and the roles the play in the medical and legal fields. 107 additional presentations help made the first conference in New England a tremendous success.


The Eleventh International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma was held in Buckhead/Atlanta Georgia. This conference was the host to over 85 presentations with keynote presentations from the most experienced Forensic Pediatric Neuropathologist Dr. Lucy Rorke-Adams. Professor Ross Cheit, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University, shared his experiences on the strange politics of child abuse.


The Tenth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome was held on October 5, 6, 7, 2008 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada was the largest conference held in the last ten years with over 750 people in attendance. This full three day conference featured over 80 presentations and covered legal, medical, prevention, and family and caregiver of victims of SBS concerns. Our opening Keynote Speaker was Sir Roy Meadow. Sir Meadow gave a heartfelt and captivating presentation on Preserving Reason in the Debate About Inflicted Injuries.


The Ninth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome was held on June 19, 2006. The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome hosted a day-long symposium in Kyoto, Japan. This symposium was held to discuss Infant Crying as a Trigger for Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Tragic Deviation in Infant Development.


The Eighth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome, held in on Park City, Utah on September 13-16, 2006 was the 10th year of producing the world’s most in depth conferences on shaken baby syndrome. Dr. Desmond Runyan opened the general conference with A World View of Cultural Practices Related to Shaken Baby Syndrome. Dr. Runyan’s research has found remarkable trends in shaken baby syndrome throughout the developing world. He reviewed the data from surveys of parents in more than 15 countries and discussed the implications of these data for the well-being of children.


The Seventh International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome, held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on September 12-15, 2004 This conference brought Canada and the United States together for the first time in a combined effort to prevent shaken baby syndrome and educate professionals and parents around the world. Hospital Sainte Justine, Quebec, Canada, and The Children’s and Women’s Health Center of British Columbia, Canada partnered with the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome to bring a dynamic and powerful group of presenters together for this conference. Over 560 attendees participated from 13 nations.


The Sixth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome held in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 20-21, 2003 The European Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome was a wonderful and successful experience. There were over 400 participants from 22 nations representing multiple countries, including, England, Scotland, America, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Finland, France, Norway, Switzerland, Canada and more. Forty-Eight educational workshops were offered by experts from around the world designed to offer the latest education and information to anyone dealing with a shaken baby case.


The Fifth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome held in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 12-15, 2002 The Fourth National Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome was held at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 12-15, 2002. 549 people, including delegates from six foreign countries gathered for this conference in 2002. The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome hosted this event, with the help from sponsors such as The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Center on the Prosecution of Child Abuse, Prevent Child Abuse America, Intermountain Health Care, Primary Children's Medical Center, Utah Department of Health, and the National Exchange Club.


The Fourth International Australian Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome held in Sydney, Australia on September 3-4, 2001 The National Australian Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome was devoted to helping Australia establish their own programs to help the professionals, families and victims involved in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of shaken baby syndrome. This was the first international conference conducted by the National Center. The conference brought two continents together for the first time in the prevention of shaken baby syndrome.


The Third International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome held in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 24-27, 2000 The conference was attended by 672 people. This year the first legal institute was conducted during this conference. This full day analysis of a hypothetical shaken baby syndrome case featured expert prosecutors and medical experts from the United States.


The Second International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome held in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 13-15, 1998 Evaluations from the first national conference showed a continued need for another conference on SBS. It brought 866 professionals from various disciplines, family members and parents together to gain current information and training on shaken baby syndrome. Participants came from 49 states and six countries. They heard from 124 presenters representing 36 states and Canada who provided training and insight on the most relevant and current issues of SBS.


The First International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome was held in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 10-12, 1996 The First National Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome drew over 750 attendees from a variety of disciplines, including medical, legal, investigative, prevention and parents. This conference included 89 of the leading experts on shaken baby syndrome. Many agencies, both local and national, supported this landmark event including: National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, Independent Order of Foresters, Intermountain Health Care, national Network on Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention, Child Abuse Prevention Center, Utah.


The intent of the conference was to bring together leading experts on SBS, interested professionals and family members or children who have been shaken, in order to share information about the medical, legal and prevention challenges associated with SBS.