Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Beneficiary Profile

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is a ground-breaking, global centre of expertise for cerebral palsy services and support, research, technology and innovation, and advocacy. Their alliance of great minds work together to deliver a world of opportunity for people with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities, and their families.

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is caused by non-progressive damage to the developing brain, before, during or after birth. It is the most common physical disability in childhood, affecting the movement and speech of 17 million people globally. CP varies in severity and has a range of associated physical and cognitive impairments, including inability to walk or talk, pain, epilepsy, intellectual impairment, eyes and vision, bladder control problems and sleep disorders. Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) is a ground-breaking, global centre of expertise for CP research, advocacy, intervention and assistive technology innovation.

The Research Foundation (CPARF) was established in 2005 to support and fund the prevention, treatment and cure for CP. The Foundation’s research priorities are informed by people with CP and include early diagnosis and intervention, epidemiology, regenerative medicine and technology. This ground-breaking research has seen the rate of CP drop in Australia by 30%.

HM1 has supported a range of projects at CPARF, including harnessing advancing technologies and innovation to accelerate the search for new and improved treatments and interventions for CP.

The Foundation’s technology research priorities are focused on cognition, communication and mobility solutions to improve inclusion for people with CP.

Current HM1 funded research is testing a prototype device investigating the possibility to block nerve signals that trigger muscle spasticity, leading to improved motor function in children with CP. A second area of support is testing the feasibility and acceptability of a spinal neuromodulation device used during rehabilitation sessions in children to improve muscle tightness and ability to have improved muscle control.

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