Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation
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Our Achievements

Important advances in cerebral palsy research can be achieved with the support of people like you.

Achievement Outcomes

Established the world’s first Chair of Cerebral Palsy

  • Transformed opinions of health professionals regarding cerebral palsy – no longer thought of as incurable or untreatable
  • Cerebral palsy research now regarded as an area of exciting potential and worthy of investment
  • Secured the best researchers in Australia and around the world to look for causes of cerebral palsy that
    can be prevented, and one day find a cure.

Invested more than $12.5 million to 90 projects in Australia, Asia, Europe, USA and Africa

  • More researchers than ever before are choosing to focus their career’s work on cerebral palsy
  • More researchers = quicker results
  • Cerebral palsy is no longer an area ignored by researchers

Supported and advocated for research on using magnesium sulphate as a preventive treatment for extremely pre-term babies

  • The incidence of cerebral palsy in babies born less than 30 weeks of gestational age can be reduced by 30%
    when magnesium sulphate is administered to a mother just prior to birth.
  • This means magnesium sulphate can help prevent between 35 and 50 premature infants each year in Australia from developing cerebral palsy.
  • Magnesium sulphate is now being used as an intervention in clinical practice.

Supported research into the use of therapeutic hypothermia for babies born full term, who are very sick and are admitted to intensive care shortly after birth

  • Evidence suggests this treatment may stop the development of cerebral palsy in
    1 out of 8-9 of these babies.

Achieved global agreement on where we need to look for answers

Researchers can now focus their efforts on 5 priority areas with the potential for the most impact for CP:

  1. Active Surveillance & Specialised Assessments
  2. CP Registers & Networks
  3. Intervention & Best Practice
  4. Prevention & Cure
  5. Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP)

Hosted 3 international cerebral palsy summits

  • Researchers can now identify knowledge gaps and define strategies and processes to fast-track breakthroughs in cerebral palsy research.

Created IMPACT for CP (International Multidisciplinary Prevention and Cure Team)

  • We now have an international network of scientists, researchers, clinicians, families, people with CP,
    philanthropists, industry, policymakers and funders supporting and promoting high quality
    cerebral palsy research.

Completed original research that identifies birth defects to be a much more significant cause of cerebral palsy than originally thought

  • New areas for preventive research are now underway.
    Dr Sarah McIntyre is now working on linking data from CP registers with birth defects registers to identify causal pathways to CP

Successfully lobbied the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

  • Funding for promising umbilical cord blood stem cells and cerebral palsy research projects

Global promotion of The General Movements Assessment Tool – a new early identification technique

  • Health professionals can now identify cerebral palsy in babies as young as 3 months rather than
    waiting up to 19 months for treatment.

Established the first Australian CP Register

  • Produced 2 reports (2009 and 2013) summarising current prevalence and incidence of cerebral palsy across Australia

Our Head of Research Professor Iona Novak was awarded a 2013 Fulbright Scholarship

  • The establishment of Xcellerate an American-Australian Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Consortium utilising American
    stem cell researchers and Australian cerebral palsy registers.

Prof Nadia Badawi AM and Prof. Iona Novak were among the team of investigators awarded five years of funding through the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy

  • The Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy (CRE-CP) is a five-year NHMRC funded project based the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Victoria, Australia).
  • This significant funding will enable the team to complete a program of research that aims to improve the physical, mental, social and emotional health and wellbeing of children with cerebral palsy and their families in Australia.
  • The main focus of the CRE-CP will be children. However, the CRE-CP will also lay the groundwork for adult-focussed research.

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