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Dr. Jacob Kean Joins CPRN Leadership Team

Jacob Kean Ph.D.

Jacob Kean Ph.D.

The Cerebral Palsy Research Network welcomes Jacob Kean, Ph.D., to the CPRN leadership team and Executive Committee, as the Data Coordinating Center Principal Investigator. Dr. Kean replaces Dr. Susan Horn in this day to day role. Dr. Horn continues to be integrally involved in CPRN as a member of the leadership team and executive committee. Dr. Kean has taken over responsibilities for coordinating the data center effort to finalize the CPRN Registry Common Data Model, implement forms in REDCap, interface with the team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital implementing the Epic based forms, database implementation and function as the principal investigator representing the CPRN DCC in research projects.

Dr. Kean comes to the University of Utah with a deep background in the development and refinement of clinical outcomes measures and the implementation of evidence-based practices. He expertise is a welcome addition to the CPRN team and has been working with the leadership team since he joined the University of Utah in the Summer of 2015. You can read more about Dr. Kean’s background on our CPRN leadership page.

Cerebral Palsy Registry Milestone

The Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) reached a major milestone last week with its partner Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH). Members of the CPRN leadership and the CPRN Data Coordinating Center (DCC) reviewed latest version of its cerebral palsy registry Common Data Model (CDM) with the NCH leadership in informatics. NCH had given substantive feedback to CPRN on the model in early November. NCH determined that the feedback had been addressed and it was ready to begin its implementation of the CPRN data model. The group agreed to have a checkpoint in February, 2016.

Nationwide Children’s will be modifying its existing cerebral palsy registry, known as Learn From Every Patient, to include the CPRN cerebral palsy registry CDM. This effort will form the basis for CPRN’s electronic medical records (EMRs) based capture system for the Epic system. NCH has generously offered to share its form modules with other CPRN Epic sites. Adoption of the CPRN cerebral palsy registry is the first task of CPRN charter member sites. The use of EMRs for the collection of common data by clinicians makes the CPRN cerebral palsy registry a first of its kind for a multi-center registry. CPRN sites will use hospital EMRs to collect the majority of the registry data as part of routine care of patients with cerebral palsy which is unique. The Cerebral Palsy Research Network is very appreciative of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s leadership and contribution to this groundbreaking effort.

NCH also agreed to advance the collection of patient reported outcomes (PROs) as part of this effort. NCH plans not only to provide a solution for patient entered data through Epic’s patient facing portal, MyChart, but also to enable clinicians to gather the information directly from patients and caregivers.

CPRN Shares Cerebral Palsy Registry Data Model with the National Institutes of Health

The Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) shared its Common Data Model (CDM) that comprises its forthcoming cerebral palsy registry with the steering committee for National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) effort to standardize cerebral palsy clinical study data.

The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the leading funder of brain research, have been working together to define Common Data Elements (CDEs) for cerebral palsy. NINDS has supported the creation of CDEs for many brain conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and stroke in the interest of standardizing data collection and sharing to accelerate clinical research. CPRN leveraged existing NINDS CDEs where possible but completed its registry effort in advance of the NINDS CDE process for cerebral palsy.

The sharing of the CPRN CDM represents a tremendous opportunity to leverage the CPRN registry for future cerebral palsy studies. NINDS requires the use of CDEs for a given condition in studies that it funds.

“We want to make sure that all of the elements are considered for the final NINDS CDEs, “ said Dr. Eileen Fowler who co-leads the CDE effort on behalf of the AACPDM. “The steering committee felt that it would be helpful for the working groups to have a copy of the CPRN data elements.” CPRN founder Paul Gross said that its registry definition process included several members of the CDE working groups. CPRN had stated publicly that it planned to share its data model with the CDE effort as soon as it was complete and is happy that it is well received.