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Watch the Research CP Dystonia Edition Educational Series

The Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) released its educational series for Research CP Dystonia Edition on YouTube for public viewing. Research CP Dystonia Edition, a collaboration with CP NOW, is an initiative to set a patient-centered research agenda for dystonia in cerebral palsy (CP). The initiative led off with a three-part webinar series that stands alone as an educational resource. Those webinars have been recorded and posted to CPRN’s YouTube channel.

The webinar series includes the following topics and presenters:

Topic Presenter
Definitions of Dystonia in CP Dr. Bhooma Aravamuthan, Pediatric Neurologist from St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University
A “Care Pathway” for Dystonia in CP Dr. Darcy Fehlings, Developmental Pediatrician from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and University of Toronto
Research and Gaps in Dystonia in CP Dr. Michael Kruer, Pediatric Neurologist from Phoenix Children’s Hospital and University of Arizona

Each webinar is approximately 40 minutes in length and provides invaluable information about the current state of diagnosis and treatment for dystonia in CP. The webinar series is designed for both members of the community with CP and clinicians that treat people with dystonia in CP.

The Research CP Dystonia Edition initiative is an open community effort to define a patient-centered research agenda. If you are interested in joining the initiative, go to the Research CP Dystonia Edition page on CPRN to get additional details or to sign up for the program. The open enrollment period will close on November 30, 2019.

Learn about Research on Dystonia in CP

The Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) and its partner CP NOW will be hosting its third webinar – Current Research and Gaps — in its Research CP Dystonia Edition initiative.  Dr. Michael Kruer, a pediatric neurologist and movement disorders specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, will describe the landscape of research and the importance of filling gaps in our knowledge to improve treatments and outcomes.  The webinar will take place at 8 pm ET on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.  The webinar will be recorded as well.  Please register to receive instructions for attending the webinar or watching the recording.

Research CP Dystonia Edition is an initiative to set a patient-centered research agenda for dystonia in cerebral palsy (CP).  It is targeted at members of the community that have lived with dystonia in CP and clinicians and therapists that treat dystonia in CP.   At the conclusion of the webinar series, participants will be invited to help set the priorities for research in dystonia in CP.

Sign Up: A Care Pathway for Dystonia in CP

The Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) and CP NOW invite you to join us on tonight, Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 8:00 pm ET for a webinar with Dr. Darcy Fehlings to learn about the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine’s (AACPDM) ‘Care Pathway’ for dystonia in cerebral palsy (CP).

The dystonia care pathway summarizes existing tools for the diagnosis of dystonia in CP and the latest evidence about the care and treatment for this condition. Dr. Fehlings led the team who developed this information. Dr. Fehlings also co-developed a clinical tool to identify dystonia which is called the Hypertonia Assessment Tool (HAT). Dr. Fehlings’ research has demonstrated that dystonia is far more common in CP than previously thought. 

This webinar is the second in the three-part series for Research CP Dystonia Edition. It will run for approximately 45 minutes and be followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers. Our target audience is community members experiencing dystonia in CP and clinicians and therapists that treat dystonia. Participants who listen to all three webinars will be invited to participate in developing a formal research agenda for dystonia in CP.

Community members and providers interested in participating should read the details of Research CP Dystonia Edition. Or just sign up for the webinar!