Dr Elegast Monbaliu
Elegast has been senior paediatric physical therapist (PT) since 1999 at Dominiek Savio Institute, a rehabilitation centre for children with motor disabilities (Gits, Belgium), where he is currently Staff Member Medical Service. Additionally, in 2000, he started a private practice for paediatric rehabilitation, which to date is located in Ostend (Belgium). In 2013, Elegast completed his PhD and has accepted a teaching position at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences KU Leuven (Belgium).
Elegast’s doctoral research has made a contribution to the evaluation, characterization and understanding of dystonia and choreoathetosis in dyskinetic CP. He developed a new assessment scale for dystonia and choreoathetosis: the Dyskinesia Impairment Scale. The use of this scale has provided us with new clinical insights in dyskinetic CP and is promising for evaluation of the efficacy of continuing developing medical interventions and rehabilitation applications and is used in medical interventions studies. Elegast has received international recognition for his scientific work and received several awards e.g. was recently awarded with two Mac Keith Press awards: the EACD Poster Prize at the annual conference of the European Academy of Childhood Disability and the Promising Career Award at the 2013 conference of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Since 2015, Elegast is chairman of the Belgian Academy of Childhood Disability. To date, Elegast has given more than thirty twenty instructional courses in Belgium and international conferences.