The human brain was not designed to perform tasks like
reading newspapers, doing crossword puzzles, or using computers. Our brain was
initially designed to send instructions to our body so that it could move, run
and escape from a predatory animal, climb a tree, wander and search for sources
of food, and carry out all of the acts required to preserve existence.

We now know that physical activity dramatically
enhances brain plasticity and cognitive performance. Given the sharp rise in
sedentary behavior, adult obesity, and aging populations with declining
cognitive and physical abilities, the significance of this link is more crucial
than ever. Throughout one's lifespan, physical activity and exercise may help
to maintain and even improve brain and cognitive performance.

Exercise for just 30 minutes is linked to gains in
neuroplasticity, which have observable advantages for declarative memory and
motor-skill coordination. The amount of neurons, the strength of their connections, as well as the
regional connectivities in the brain, are all factors that affect
neuroplasticity. On this basis, we
can explain how physical activity and exercise improve mental and motor
function, academic performance, the success of rehabilitation, as well as
productivity, resilience, and general well-being.

The bulk of brain commands are responsible for controlling all types of movement,
from raising a foot or waving a hand to contracting the heart and moving the
intestines. The brain and the outer world converse with one another. Movement
and sensation are used in every connection between the environment and the
brain. Because of this, it is important to comprehend, regulate, and even
manipulate movement. Since improving brain function affects quality of life,
movement then becomes a vital tool for reaching optimal brain function and

The movement and thought processes that go into
creating, fostering, and enhancing neuronal connections are the main topics of
our conference.

The conference is a cross-disciplinary professional
gathering that brings together academic theorists, researchers, and
practitioners who treat their patients with body techniques. Participants have
the option of attending the conference or delivering a hands-on workshop, which
is frequently based on applied science and in-depth clinical experience. This
gives professionals in the field the chance to see how theory may be applied
realistically "on the treatment table."
Caregiving for children, whether neurotypical or not, and caregiving for the
elderly will be examined collectively in the context of movement techniques
that foster learning and enhance the standard of living and cognitive ability
across a range of demographics. While for some academics, this may be their
only opportunity to see how theory is used in practice, for many therapists,
this is perhaps the only opportunity that allows them to approach and expose
themselves to the highest levels of research and the profession.

The previous conferences we hosted in the preceding
eight years in Oxford, Harvard Medical School, the Sorbonne, Tel Aviv
University, and University College London join this one in Prague. This
conference on movement and cognition is being held at Charles University, a
prestigious institution with a long history that stretches back to its
foundation in 1348. The three conference days will be held at Charles
University on its campus (September 13, 14, and 15 of 2024), and anyone with an
interest in or connection to brain, movement, or cognition is welcome to

Please note: While it is not obligatory, those who
desire to present their work or research are invited to immediately submit
their abstracts.

CME credits are available.

You are welcome to join us, and should you have any
questions or proposals, please do not
hesitate to contact us.

See you in Prague in September

For the Scientific Committee


Prof. Gerry Leisman

Professor of Neuro- and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Haifa and Professor of Restorative Neurology University of the Medical Sciences of Havana

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Prof. Michael Thomas

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Birkbeck University of London. Director of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience

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Prof. Jo van Herwegen

Associate Professor in Psychology UCL Institute of Education and Director of the Child Development and Learning Difficulties lab

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