Congenital infection with cytomegalovirus is more common in children with cerebral palsy than previously thought, University of Sydney research shows. Cytomegalovirus is a common herpesvirus that can cross the placenta, infect the fetus and cause damage to the developing brain.Reported in the Journal of Pediatrics, the retrospective observational study of 323 children with cerebral palsy reveals that 9.6 per cent had cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA in blood taken from their newborn screening card.
Australia’s first clinical trial of stem cell infusion from cord blood as a possible treatment for cerebral palsy (CP) is commencing in Melbourne. The safety trial, led by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), will recruit patients nationally and take place at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Expected to take two years, the study is being funded by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation and Cell Care, Australia’s largest private cord blood bank. It is the first step in a promising process that eventually aims to find out whether cord blood infusion is both safe and efficacious for children with the condition.
Join Fulbright Scholar and winner of the University of Sydney Award for Professional Achievement, Professor Iona Novak on Wednesday 24 February, to hear the latest research information and exciting advances on stem cell interventions for neurological conditions, and ideas for supporting families considering stem cell tourism. Read more
A study by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute has found that improved interventions to reduce brain injury and improve lung function at birth can reduce the severity of cerebral palsy.
The article is one of 13 studies featured in a special Australian CP Register supplement for the prestigious Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology journal.
A number of PhD scholarships are on offer through the Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy (CRE-CP). These scholarships are external to our Grants program and are adminstered through the CRE-CP. http//www.cre-cp.org.au
From 1 July – 31 August 2016 researchers from across the world are invited to submit funding applications to our research Grants Program.
Congratulations go to our Head of Research Professor Iona Novak who has been awarded a Fulbright Alumni Initiative Grant (FAIG). This grant will allow Prof. Novak to further her work on stem cell research.
Sophie Monteath and Associate Professor Kathryn Nicholson Perry from the School of Psychological Sciences at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) are seeking participants for a research project looking at the mental health of children with cerebral palsy.