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Cerebral Palsy Research

Authored by Chris Schroeder

In past decades, research focusing on a cure for cerebral palsy dwindled as practitioners turned their efforts more towards treating the effects of the condition and optimizing patient mobility.

Recently, however, the advent of stem cell therapy has opened up new possibilities of regenerating the damaged brain tissue that causes CP. While early research is promising, scientists caution that larger scale testing and trials are needed.

In the meantime, new strides have been made in therapy to counteract the limitations of CP. Also, advances in recreational therapy and adaptive leisure devices have opened doors for patients to participate in countless sports and artistic endeavors.

The CP Help Center maintains a resource of organizations that continue to support cerebral palsy research, as well as how patients can join clinical trials.

 

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

Raises funds to provide multidisciplinary scientific education for doctors and researchers, offering lectures, scholarships and grants to further the knowledge and research of cerebral palsy.

 

Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation

The Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation has funded research and education worldwide since 1955 in the hopes of discovering the cause of cerebral palsy and eventually a cure.

 

The Christopher Reeve Foundation

Founded by the late actor, this foundation focuses on funding research and improving the quality of life for those suffering from spinal cord injuries and conditions that cause paralysis. A large portion of their work in recent years has been devoted to cerebral palsy education and research.

 

Patient Recruitment for Cerebral Palsy Clinical Trials:

  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • NIH Clinical Center
  • NINDS Clinical Trials
  • ClinicalTrials.gov - CP Trials in the U.S. and Worldwide