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The ILDYS Foundation is both a regional and national reference centre for paediatric rehabilitation that specialises in treating children with motor disabilities and acquired brain injury. It combines the commitment and skills of over 1,300 professionals from health, social and medical-social sectors in Brittany (France). More than 10,000 patients and users receive care, rehabilitation and social and professional re-insertion training every year; the “Ty Yann” centre welcomes 100 children and families each week. The aim of the Foundation is to provide high quality rehabilitation for children with disabilities, as well to undertake research and provide education in the field of developmental rehabilitation, both nationally and internationally.

The work, which depends on local, national and international networks, is centred within 4 main locations in Brest (France): the ILDYS Foundation, Brest University Hospital, LaTIM (INSERM UMR 1101, Laboratory of Health Data Processing: a nationally labelled research unit), and the European University of Brittany. More specifically, the department of paediatric rehabilitation has built strong collaborations with Brest University Hospital, providing access to the specialist departments of neonatal and paediatric intensive care, paediatric neurology, paediatric orthopaedic surgery and paediatric oncology as well as the medical imaging unit (US, CT scanner, MRI and EOS system) for brain and musculoskeletal evaluations, neurophysiology unit (EMG and sleep and wake EEG), botulinum toxin injections, 3D motion analysis lab etc.  Collaboration with the LaTIM provides access to research engineers and medical scientific skills (information technologies, digital technologies, motion analysis, 3D imaging, virtual reality etc.) and to innovative and cutting-edge research focused on children with neuro-musculoskeletal impairments.

Team Members:

- Pr Sylvain Brochard, MD, PhD, pediatric PRM

- Dr Louise Mauroux, MD, pediatric PRM
- Dr Valentine Charton, MD, pediatric PRM
- Gwenael Gueret, MD student, PRM
- Sébastien Desvent, Manager,
- Laëtitia Gueganton, PhD, Administrative Coordinator








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The HSM joined the project as co-partner 2.

The program in Saint Maurice aims at establishing an intervention which

• Attain optimal physical, sensory, intellectual, psychological function and optimal social and school integration,

• According to the child’s and family’s project, needs, capacities and choices - and to local possibilities. 

Focused on activities of daily living and participation – Importance of school integration

• Necessary periodic revisions of program

Program in Saint Maurice • In- and out-patient rehabilitation facility – Multi-disciplinary rehabilitation – Specialised schooling (3 – 15y) • 30 beds – 30 outpatients – 45 to 60 patients present each day • Long-term follow-up on clinics – Until transition to adult services • Outreach program developed (1997) to deal with complex delayed psycho-social issues

Covering an area with 12 million inhabitants - Ile de France Region. 

Dr. Mathilde Chevignard is heading the HSM team in the project: Rehabilitation Department and Outreach team for Children with Acquired Brain Injury; Hôpitaux de Saint Maurice; Saint Maurice;

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