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OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER FOR THE CEREBRAL PALSY FOUNDATION DEC 2010

Breaking News Magnesium Sulphate link to prevention of cerebral palsy. Under the Microscope With Australia’s leading CP researchers Then and Now Supporting research can change lives Festive Fundraising Band Together 2010 Purchase a carol for a cause

Donation Hotline 1300 551 137 www.cpfoundation.com.au

it’s interesting to reflect on where our journey started. we have supported 34 research projects in Australia and overseas. this work will take us one step closer to our aim of prevention and cure of cerebral palsy. Pamela Horvath.FROM THE Chairman Welcome to the last edition of Breakthrough for 2010. we will be announcing the 2010 successful grant recipients shortly.com. Professor Badawi will lead the research agenda. She is currently carrying out a PhD focusing on mapping the complex patterns of events. We also welcomed back Professor Cioni from Pisa who came to Sydney to continue training Australian health professionals in the early identification of babies with cerebral palsy through his video surveillance techniques. when identified. but had no idea about the prevalence of the condition. known as causal pathways. less than $1 million was being spent by the government on research.au Rob White . I’m particularly interested in the research being done regarding viruses as a possible cause to cerebral palsy. I knew a little about cerebral palsy. and is an environmentally friendly way to get into the spirit of Christmas and at the same time help our cause. At that time. a process which hopefully can be accelerated by developing research careers and providing more funding into the field. and no-one was privately raising funds either. Research ‘Research has shown that around two thirds (60%) of babies born with cerebral palsy are actually born at term. my gut instinct tells me research in this area may help answer many questions we have about the causes of cerebral palsy. and has just returned from her first trip overseas in her new capacity as Chair. This year has seen many steps forward. and may actually cause a difficult labour rather than the other way around ( and many mothers don’t have a difficult labour at all). the majority of children with cerebral palsy are born at term. Researchers interested in the area were also few and far between. This is a first step in a long process and requires funders with long term vision. While the Cerebral Palsy Foundation’s research is looking at discovering the causes of cerebral palsy. One research career that is being supported by the Cerebral Palsy Foundation is that of Sarah McIntyre. Secondly. I would imagine families raising a child with cerebral palsy wouldn’t want to see any other family face the challenges they face. In fact problems usually start during pregnancy or even before. I also know Professor Badawi is excited about the new guideline regarding magnesium sulphate that has the potential to reduce the incidence of cerebral palsy in babies born before 30 weeks gestation. The number of projects we can support is directly related to the funds available. I was also shocked to learn that despite medical advances. a number of incremental breakthroughs can be achieved. it’s important to start the complex work of mapping all the various possible causal pathways before progress in preventing cerebral palsy can be achieved. which lead to the development of cerebral palsy for infants born at full term (around 40 weeks). CEO Star Scientific Foundation and Jen Wight. research has shown that a number of previously held beliefs about cerebral palsy are incorrect. This begs the question – why? With the support of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. phone 1300 551 137 or visit www. there were few research projects focused on the prevention and cure of cerebral palsy. Sarah is being supervised by two ‘giants of the field’. and each year the calibre of applications increases. As we head towards the final months of 2010. This begs the question – why?’ Sarah says. will prevent cerebral palsy. it is possible that this research could also lead to a cure. and research costs money. a Research Fellow at the Cerebral Palsy Institute. led the Christmas choir of children with cerebral palsy. Our Ambassadors. Research Fellow Sarah Mcintyre is conducting cutting edge research to understand risk factors and causal pathways to cerebral palsy. and a further substantial donation from the project’s major sponsor Star Scientific Foundation. GOVERNOR SPOTLIGHT through research. There has been significant progress made since the Foundation was established in 2005.CPFoundation. The first is that cerebral palsy is associated with problems during labour. To date. Since there isn’t one simple cause which. since 90% of all births are at term. Bill Bartlett Chairman. It is the hope of everyone involved in the Foundation that one day cerebral palsy will be cured. This has opened up exciting new possibilities for research.’ However. Early identification will ensure early intervention. Read more on page six. and how far we have progressed. I would like to welcome our newest Governor to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. This video eCard is an alternative to Christmas Cards. We are delighted that through initial support from The Corio Foundation. we’ve already notched up one with the recent discovery of a link between magnesium sulphate and the prevention of cerebral palsy. Prior to joining the Council of Governors. ‘Prematurity is the largest risk factor for cerebral palsy and has rightly received a lot of research and public attention. On the research front.CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. I would also like to thank our honorary Governors and the researchers we support for taking up the challenge and working so tirelessly to help make our vision a reality. We hope this wider community will support us in this quest. I would like to thank our generous supporters for having faith in us to make a difference. Professor Nadia Badawi has publicly stated that she believes one day there will be a prevention and a cure for cerebral palsy. Five years ago. Sarah’s PhD forms a significant part of the Creating a Road Map for Prevention of Cerebral Palsy Program. the statistics about the incidence of cerebral palsy have not improved. that cerebral palsy is caused by one single factor. One common assumption is that most people with cerebral palsy were born prematurely. My hope for the Foundation is that through funding research. Fundraising continues and a novel initiative for our corporate supporters is Band Together 2010. Our vision of a future without CP was brave and far-sighted. Sarah’s research is part of mapping this process for infants born at term. Professor Eve Blair from the Telethon Institute for Child Health and Professor Nadia Badawi from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy. Trusts and Foundations Manager for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation 2 3 . Mr James Warburton. Firstly. The complexity of cerebral palsy can make researching its causes a challenging process. The new Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy. Over the last decade. Jimmy Barnes and his daughter Elly-May who has cerebral palsy. Anne Keating I’ve been involved with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation since shortly after it launched in 2005. We now have more projects we wish to fund than funds available. This will be the largest study of cerebral palsy in term infants in the world due to the dedication of all those who work with the Western Australian Cerebral Palsy Register. With no medical rationale. and with this she hopes to help create a road map for prevention of cerebral palsy. and what a year it has been. Other assumptions are disproved by research. Cerebral Palsy Foundation SuPPORTiNG THE beST mIndS has shown that around two thirds (60%) of babies born with cerebral palsy are actually born at term. The Cerebral Palsy Foundation appealed to me because I realised a breakthrough would only come If you would like to support our researchers.

Director of the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies is promoting the implementation of magnesium sulphate therapy within hospitals throughout the country. so they can participate in future trials. Professor Crowther chaired a multidisciplinary panel. doctors had been using magnesium sulphate to reduce the risks to the mother of high blood pressure in pregnancy.RESEaRCH With the support of donors like you.’ The widespread implementation of these guidelines into clinical practice will help improve the health outcomes of pre-term babies. To make a donation visit www.000 babies are born prematurely. researchers are still trying to understand why it works.’ Professor Nadia Badawi Professor nadia badawi is supported by the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. we know that we can stop nearly 60 of them from developing cerebral palsy – that is a hugely positive result. Professor Nadia Badawi. ‘This is the first time we have scientific evidence that tells us that if magnesium sulphate is used throughout Australia.au or phone marisa Chilcott on (02) 9479 7286. A number of promising early interventions are on the horizon. they could stop one baby out of 63 born prematurely from developing cerebral palsy. One of the most exciting cerebral palsy (CP) research breakthroughs is the recent confirmation of a link between magnesium sulphate and the prevention of CP. babies born less than 1. ‘However. and approximately 30% of these children are born before 30 weeks gestation. better quality scientific evidence was required. What the researchers found when they did this was ground-breaking. This method has become an important supplement to traditional kinds of neurological examination.. there is a great opportunity to reduce the risk of cerebral palsy in babies born pre-term. we can prevent 30-90 infants born pre-term each year from developing cerebral palsy or dying. ‘Each year. 85% had received magnesium sulphate. doctors and policy makers as well as Sarah McIntyre from the Cerebral Palsy Institute that released the world’s first clinical practice guidelines recommending that women at risk of early pre-term birth use magnesium sulphate to increase the chances of their babies surviving free of cerebral palsy. However. France and the UK. 4 5 . magnesium is vital for normal cell function. Magnesium sulphate therapy involves giving magnesium sulphate to pregnant women via injection within 24 hours prior to birth. Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy says the impact of this finding on the future of cerebral palsy research is huge. around 3. Since these guidelines will be relevant to the work of health professionals who care for women at risk of pre-term birth and their babies and for policy makers in maternity care. ‘Approximately 42% of all cases of cerebral palsy are associated with pre-term birth.’ For many years. and it is going to be even more important to identify those most at risk. The course instructed 44 Australian health professionals in the Prechtl’s Method. This need led to five randomised controlled trials into the prevention of cerebral palsy (with a total of more than 6. Each trial had a slightly different focus. The best quality evidence from these trials comes from collectively pooling their results.’ says Professor Crowther. During their observations.’ says Professor Crowther. They discovered that if magnesium sulphate was used to protect the brain of the fetus prior to very pre-term birth. ‘Community support can make a huge difference to research outcomes – just look at childhood cancer whose survival rates have increased from less than 5% back in the 1960s to more than 70% today thanks to the financial support of the community.CPFoundation. we can prevent 30-90 infants born pre-term each year from dying or developing cerebral palsy. Doctors suspected the potential role of magnesium sulphate as a neonatal neuroprotection agent because they had already seen its effect in preventing brain haemorrhages in babies (a bleed in the brain). since babies who experience a brain bleed don’t always develop cerebral palsy. it was only in 1992. doctors noticed that of the group who did not develop cerebral palsy. Earlier this year. two in the USA. There is compelling evidence available that qualitative assessment of general movements is the best predictor for cerebral palsy. Professor Badawi says these figures are amazing. breAKTHrOuGH including consumers. Although these findings show a link between magnesium sulphate and a reduced risk of death and cerebral palsy. Since they knew that many cases of cerebral palsy were preceded by a bleed in the brain. and in some circumstances improves blood flow. doctors wanted to see if there was any merit to their theory. To do this. cerebral palsy researchers have discovered one way to prevent cerebral palsy from developing in babies born pre-term. researchers have found magnesium sulphate can prevent cerebral palsy in 1 in 63 cases. doctors began to investigate the theory that if they could protect the brains in pre-term infants by preventing a brain bleed/ injury from occurring. Every 15 hours an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy. Since this was just an observational study. so by using magnesium sulphate therapy. perhaps they could also decrease the risk of that child developing cerebral palsy. they compared the incidence of cerebral palsy between two groups of pre-term infants. However. For babies born prematurely before 30 weeks gestation. ‘The exact mechanism as to how magnesium sulphate works in protecting the developing brain is not certain. when American doctors first observed a possible connection between the use of magnesium sulphate and a reduced risk of cerebral palsy in children born before 30 weeks gestation. The course included studying the normal and abnormal general movements of a baby from birth to 20 weeks post term.000 participants) being conducted in different countries – Australia and New Zealand. and may protect against destructive molecules that harm cells. if magnesium sulphate is used throughout australia.com. Professor Badawi believes these findings are a great example of research possibilities when the community gets behind a cause. In the context of Australian statistics. SCREENiNG CLInICS In August the Cerebral Palsy Foundation welcomed the return of Professor Giovanni Cioni and Dr Andrea Guzzett to Sydney to run the General Movements course. We’re still unsure of the role these factors play in preventing cerebral palsy. midwives. These guidelines were based on overwhelming evidence accumulated over the past 14 years that magnesium sulphate is effective in protecting the fetus against dying or developing cerebral palsy.500g who had cerebral palsy against a control group of babies born at the same weight who did not develop cerebral palsy.’ .’ Professor Caroline Crowther..

The 1990s was a decade of great progress in cerebral palsy research. Rather than struggling with a shower chair. her level of participation in daily life would have been very different. CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. For people with cerebral palsy. Being able to participate in life situations is one of the things that will impact on a person’s quality of life. Most of this equipment which didn’t even exist 10 years ago is not only improving the quality of life of people with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Alliance reflects our many partnerships – with children and adults with cerebral palsy and their families.org. social and emotional). Elly-May who has cerebral palsy. children and adults with cerebral palsy will have greater opportunity to participate in daily activities. palsy including botox. Jayne can now bathe Jessika lying down in a shower bed. Jess can also join the family at the dinner table or play with her dog on the floor by using a height adjustable supportive chair. the Cerebral Palsy Foundation was established by The Spastic Centre to secure funds for research into the prevention and cure of cerebral palsy (CP).com. email bandtogether@tscnsw. Our new name will help us achieve a stronger profile.THen And nOw By supporting cerebral palsy researchers. their sense of wellbeing (physical. people with cerebral palsy lead more functional lives.au. donors. small business. From 8 February. The Cerebral Palsy Foundation will be known as the Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance. than a paper card or traditional Christmas hamper!’ ‘Band Together 2010’ is supported by the 7 Network which produced the Christmas carols and Nova FM where Ricki-Lee is a breakfast cohost.CPFoundation. This is the result of research into ways we can improve the quality of life for people with cerebral palsy. societal attitudes. Festive Fundraising Support cerebral palsy research by purchasing a Christmas carol as part of our new Band Together 2010 video eCard fundraising campaign.au RESEaRCH FOuNDaTiON new name for Cerebral Palsy Foundation In 2005. researchers. Mr Rob White says Band Together 2010 represents the spirit of Christmas. thanks to a range of specialised equipment and technology. 2011.‘ ‘Receiving this video eCard in your inbox in the lead up to Christmas is sure to be much more memorable and meaningful. Quality of life is a concept which considers how a person feels about their life. ‘The video eCard is a Christmas gift that will keep on giving. clarity and an unambiguous focus on cerebral palsy. attend school. Had Jessika been born 10 years earlier. We are grateful for the helping hand given by Jimmy. The Spastic Centre will be known as Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Jessika can communicate.org. companies can customise a choice of two video eCards with their logo and company name. which supports research into the cure and prevention of cerebral palsy. 6 7 . Jessika requires personal assistance for activities of daily living 24 hours a day. Simultaneously. a modified car which enables her to travel with her mum in her wheelchair and an electric height adjustable sleep positioning system which makes bedtime more comfortable.bandtogether. phone 1300 551 137 or visit www. Today. a sip and puff switch that allows her to use a computer. Companies can support the campaign by purchasing a Christmas video eCard to send to their clients. but also the lives of their carers. at work and for leisure. We Wish You A Merry Christmas and Jingle Bells. and will lead to greater support from the wider community over the coming years. Today. baclofen pumps and surgical procedures such as selective dorsal rhizotomy either emerged or were greatly improved. his daughter Elly-May and chart-topping soloist Ricki-Lee Coulter have lent their support by joining a group of children with cerebral palsy to perform unique versions of the classic Christmas carols. policy as well as the person’s physical limitations. Rock legend Jimmy Barnes. you can help people with severe cerebral palsy participate in daily activities more than ever before. This year.au or phone (02) 9479 7273. During this time. advances in general consumer electronics (computers etc) resulted in a plethora of assistive technology devices for use around the home. volunteers. Jimmy and Elly-May Barnes are both Ambassadors for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Ricki-Lee and all the children in the choir. large corporate supporters and government – to name a few. For Jessika who has the most severe form of cerebral palsy (level 5 on the GMFCS scale) the research developments of the past decade have been life changing. be cared for at home. For more information about supporting the work of cerebral palsy researchers. and in some cases experience less pain than people born with the condition only a decade before them. ‘Band Together 2010’ is a fundraising campaign to raise vital funds for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. go on holiday (including skiing) and has a posse of girlfriends. We are all working together with the single purpose of building futures for people with cerebral palsy. medical interventions for treating cerebral For more information visit www. customers and employees in lieu of traditional Christmas cards and gifts. Her list of equipment includes an aluminium lightweight rather than a heavy steel wheelchair. participation may be hampered by lack of access to community or technology. Thanks to the support from donors JessiKa aNd her frieNd aBBey like you. In 1998 when Jessika was born there was only a limited range of equipment for a child of her level of disability.

from assessment to treatment to safely monitoring. and Professor MacLennan’s research interest lies in the apparent links between faulty genes and factors Professor Alastair macLennan was a recipient of a Cerebral Palsy Foundation 2009 AVAnT Innovative research Grant of $145. blood or liver conditions. but not everyone becomes unwell from Genes and Cerebral Palsy Genes play an important role in human development. found most commonly in our diet from red meat. our researchers are able to play a big part on the world stage in shaping the future of cerebral palsy treatments.900 over two years. dr mary Tolcos was a recipient of a Cerebral Palsy Foundation 2009 AVAnT Innovative research Grant of $284. 8 9 . The team hopes to make connections between the health of children with cerebral palsy and their genes. Severe Newborn Jaundice and Cerebral Palsy Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin caused by raised levels of bilirubin in the blood. Dr Tolcos’ research hopes to find a treatment for brain damage caused by inflammation during pregnancy. The study hopes to find out if there is an opportunity to prevent some children from developing cerebral palsy. of Sydney. the infection. which is very important in efforts to prevent cerebral palsy. Associate Professor David Walker Department of Physiology. specialists and therapists now have an internationally agreed upon and uniform approach to treating patients with BOTOX®. Professor Walker will now repeat his research on sheep because their brains are even more like humans than are the brains of mice. In a small proportion of babies. a naturally occurring hormone for its ability to reduce brain damage in babies caused by inflammation during pregnancy. ‘This is the first time that best practice for use of BOTOX®. Sydney. Clinical Associate Professor nick evans was a recipient of a Cerebral Palsy Foundation 2009 AVAnT Innovative research Grant of $33. Such severe jaundice can result from a range of conditions such as premature birth. In almost all cases of juandice. Clinical Associate Professor Nick Evans and Dr Angela McGillivray from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney are conducting the first nationwide survey of paediatricians through the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) to ascertain if there’s a link between severe jaundice and cerebral palsy. Many of these conditions are treatable and so any resulting in cerebral palsy may be preventable. Dr Novak said. how to effectively monitor patients following their treatment.882 over 2 yrs. Professor MacLennan and his colleagues research involved conducting genetic analyses of samples of saliva and comparing them against comprehensive medical records. Dr Angela McGillivray Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Preventing brain damage to prevent cerebral palsy Recent research suggests that a poor oxygen supply at times during pregnancy can lead to particular problems with the blood vessels in the baby’s developing brain. has ever been described in medical literature’. Dr Iona Novak. it will be a step along the way towards preventing some forms of brain damage in children. Some children who develop cerebral palsy have had severe jaundice at birth or soon after. have co-ordinated the world’s first guidelines on the use of botulinum toxin (BOTOX®) in treating cerebral palsy. University of Adelaide and Head of the South Australian Cerebral Palsy Research Group in the child’s environment such as poor foetal growth and infections in the womb.000 behind the work of some our country’s leading cerebral palsy researchers as part of their $2 million pledge over four years.000 over three years. who receive their funding from the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.under the microscope One of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation’s major supporters. and causes of severe jaundice in Australian-born babies. Sydney & Clinical Associate Professor. Professor Alastair MacLennan Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. BOTOX® is one of the safest and most effective treatments for cerebral palsy. infections. showing that giving pregnant mice a dietary supplement called creatine can help prevent some of the damage to blood vessels in the brain caused by low oxygen. david walker was a recipient of a Cerebral Palsy Foundation 2009 AVAnT Innovative research Grant of $137. If his research is successful. Some pregnant women develop infections in the lining of the uterus. Such inflammation before birth probably contributes to some children developing cerebral palsy after birth. said the guidelines would change the way BOTOX® was used to treat patients with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions around the world. Head of Research at the Cerebral Palsy Institute. Research has shown that inflammation caused by these infections is harmful to developing babies. Uni.040 over two years. Researchers from the Cerebral Palsy Institute. Taking two years to develop. and how often conditions such as cerebral palsy develop. Clinical Associate Professor Nick Evans Head of the Department of Newborn Care. Monash University. ‘Doctors. or EPO. Assoc. Melbourne. DR IONA NOVAK BOTOX® newS Thanks to your support. Professor Evans research aims to determine the prevalence of. Preventing brain damage to prevent cerebral palsy Dr Mary Tolcos and colleagues from the University of Melbourne and Monash University are using animal models to study erythropoietin. and importantly. it is benign. University of Melbourne. Creatine is an amino acid. Associate Professor David Walker has conducted research with mice. bilirubin levels in the blood become dangerously high and can damage the brain and cause cerebral palsy. avant has put more than $600. Dr Mary Tolcos Medical researcher. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. the Botulinum Toxin Consensus Statement is the first-ever comprehensive guide for medical practitioners and therapists around the world on how and when to use BOTOX®.

made payable to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation is enclosed OR debit my Mastercard visa AMEX You can share our vision of a future without cerebral palsy by leaving a bequest to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. For more information about our Bequest program.’ The Research Briefing also included Professor Robert J. I was invited by the Cerebral Palsy Foundation to attend the 3rd International Cerebral Palsy Conference. early intervention and new procedures that will change the lives of families affected by CP.BEQuEST PrOGrAm RESEaRCH brIeFInG every 15 hours. Australian researchers. when the Cerebral Palsy Foundation was launched. it prompted her to amend her will and leave a bequest for research purposes into the cause. It has developed treatments that target those pathways. Cardholder’s Name ___________________________________________________________ Expiry Date __________________________________________________________________ Signed ______________________________________________________________________ Your details: Title _______ First Name _____________________________________________________ Last Name ___________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________ Postcode _______________________ Phone ______________________________________ Mobile _____________________________________ Email _______________________________________ Date of birth ________________________________ I would like to help in other ways: I’m interested in making a gift in my Will My company is interested in the Cerebral Palsy Foundation Workplace Giving program I’m interested in fundraising for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation ‘we now realise that most children with cerebral palsy actually sustained their brain injury during pregnancy rather than during labour.com. The Cerebral Palsy Foundation invited eminent researchers Professor Euan Wallace from the Ritchie Centre at Melbourne’s Monash Medical Centre. Leaving a gift to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation in your will. during childbirth.au Progress in the field of cerebral palsy research was recently showcased at the Cerebral Palsy Foundation’s bi-annual Research Briefing. and ultimately. Your decision could lead to vaccines.10th Anniversary bulls & bears Trophy Charity Golf day. led by Professor Euan Wallace. contact marissa on (02) 9907 0000 Please detach and return this coupon to The Cerebral Palsy Foundation PO box 184 brookvale nSw 2100 Natasha Garrity. and when such damage is likely to occur. PaLisaNo Method of payment: My cheque. I find it satisfying to know that my bequest will help continue their work. Cerebral Palsy foundation Ambassador 10 11 .. long before the baby is born. Palisano from the USA.. ‘For too long. In 2005. To book a place. Professor Palisano’s research activities at CanChild have included the development of a system to classify gross motor function in children with cerebral palsy. cure of cerebral palsy. Lakes Golf Club.’ His team is investigating the basic pathways by which the fragile developing brain is likely to be damaged. an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy I would like to make a difference to the lives of children and adults with cerebral palsy by making a gift of: $25 As a: Monthly gift $50 $100 One-off gift My choice $ ____________________________ CP Facts 1 IN 3 CANNOT WALk 1 IN 4 CANNOT TALk 1 IN 2 ARE IN PAIN 1 IN 4 hAvE EPILEPSY 1 IN 10 ARE BLIND 1 IN 25 ARE DEAf 9 IN 10 hAvE fEEDING DIffICuLTIES 1 IN 2 hAvE AN INTELLECTuAL DISABILITY 1 IN 3 hAvE hIP DISPLACEMENT 1 IN 5 hAvE A SLEEP DISORDER Professors: eUaN waLLaCe aNd roBerT J. attention has focused on sudden and abrupt shortages of oxygen. It was impressive to see the incredible dedication and commitment of researchers from across the world’. ‘It was impressive to see the incredible dedication and commitment of researchers . as can occur (rarely) diary note – 17 march 2011 . ‘In 2009. and Professor Robert J. to discuss their work and its impact on the lives of people with cerebral palsy. ‘We are hopeful that our experimental work will lead to clinically useful treatments that will prevent brain injury happening in high risk pregnancies. ‘We now realise that most children with cerebral palsy actually sustained their brain injury during pregnancy rather than during labour. and is studying the effects of the treatments on brain structure and newborn function. please phone (02) 9479 7215 or email bequests@CPFoundation. Professor Wallace said. are investigating the many causes of foetal brain injury in the hope of developing clinically useful treatments to reduce the incidence of CP. such as foetal growth problems and infections during pregnancy. Palisano from the USA who discussed his work to identify innovative approaches to providing physical and occupational therapy to optimise the social participation of children with CP.’ Sheila Fielding has an 12 year old grandson with cerebral palsy. as the key cause of brain injury leading to cerebral palsy’. regardless of the size will ensure cerebral palsy research can continue. ‘We have purposefully concentrated our research on pathways that are likely to be the major cause of injury leading to cerebral palsy in babies.

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