In 2005 Cerebral Palsy Alliance established a Research Foundation to fund Australian and international research to find a prevention and cure for cerebral palsy – a condition that affects more than 17 million people around the world.
The Foundation is also committed to improving the quality of life of people with cerebral palsy by funding research into improving early diagnosis tools (which can reduce the long term impact of the disability), treatments (interventions) and technology innovations.
With the support of our donors and the research community we are making significant progress towards achieving our goal through:
- funding research with the most potential for breakthroughs
- encouraging researchers to adopt cerebral palsy as their area of study
- collaborating with the best researchers from around the world, and sharing the information globally
- developing key partnerships with supporters.
Chair of Cerebral Palsy
In 2009, the Research Foundation appointed neonatologist Professor Nadia Badawi AM, one of Australia’s leading cerebral palsy experts to the position of the world’s first ‘Chair of Cerebral Palsy.’
This appointment was created to:
- propel cerebral palsy research onto the world stage
- develop an international network of researchers committed to the prevention and cure of cerebral palsy
- inspire researchers to join our quest
- target funds towards the most promising areas of research
- promote community education and shape public policy
Thanks to the dedication of researchers and donor support, we’ve been able to make significant steps towards finding the answers to cerebral palsy.
58% of the most effective cerebral palsy treatments have been discovered in the past 10 years thanks to our efforts as well as our international colleagues and partners.