Research

Research

Breakthrough treatment raises hopes of fighting cerebral palsy in the womb - Melbourne doctors may have found a way to prevent unborn babies from developing cerebral palsy, in a breakthrough that could protect the brains of Australian children born with the condition each year. The Age, April 2012.

Stepping out for cerebral palsy - Babies at risk of cerebral palsy are benefiting from two revolutionary treatments – one of which not even doctors know how it works. body+soul, August 2011.

Testing power of cord blood - Australian children with cerebral palsy will be offered a pioneering treatment using their own umbilical-cord blood to provide some of the world's first evidence about its effectiveness at repairing damaged brain tissue. The Age, April 2011.

New research promising for cerebral palsy - A leading US researcher into Cerebral Palsy (CP) released exciting results in CP research that could have implications for repairing brain injury that leads to Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia. August 2006.

Combining therapies - Research shows physiotherapy; speech pathology; occupational therapy; social work; psychology; early education; and medicine help people with CP reach their goals and full potential. August 2005.

Is more physiotherapy better? - Physiotherapists are often asked by parents “Would more physiotherapy sessions improve my child’s abilities?” Research results indicate that short bursts of therapy, focusing on specific, measurable goals, produce better results than ongoing therapy with general aims. August 2005.

SDR Technique - SDR is an intensive neurosurgical technique that involves cutting the sensory nerve roots at the spinal cord level. It is suitable for select children with spasticity of the lower limbs. It is a reasonably new and still somewhat controversial technique. June 2006

Pregnancy for people with CP - There is currently no evidence to suggest that CP affects fertility. The risk of a woman with CP having a child with CP is not significantly different from that of any other person. July 2005

Bone density link to fractures - Scope’s Statewide Specialist Services team has examined the current research relating to bone density and the increased risk of fracture for people with a disability. January 2006

4D Scans of the womb - Professor Stuart Campbell of London’s Create Health Clinic is a pioneer in ultrasound diagnosis in medicine and has introduced many techniques including 3D scanning and establishing the world’s first 4D Ultrasound Clinic. February 2005

Strength training - Research has shown that fitness programs aimed specifically at improving muscle strength in young adolescents with CP can improve their ability to participate, as well as contribute to an increased sense of wellbeing, self-esteem and improved body image. November 2006

Cool Caps for Babies - A cap designed to cool the brains of babies born with oxygen deprivation during birth may prevent brain damage. October 2007

Electrode Thinking cap - People with cerebral palsy and other neurodegenerative conditions may be able to operate a computer or prosthetic device using the power of thought. March 2005

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy - Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) is being explored as a therapy option for improving upper limb function in children with cerebral palsy. September 2007

Imagine being able to reverse Spastic Diplegia - Professor Stephen Back has again released an exciting research breakthrough that could have implications for repairing brain injury that leads to Spastic Diplegia. December 2007