Clinicians and researchers who direct their work toward improving care for individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) will gather in Chicago, Illinois next week for the meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM). The CP Research Network will have a significant presence and will demonstrate its growing impact on the field of CP care through two mini-symposia, one morning session, four free paper presentations and three scientific posters. Network leadership will also be hosting an informational session on the evening of September 11th where clinicians and researchers interested in joining or learning more about how to engage with the CP Research Network.
CP Research Network CEO Paul Gross with facilitate two discussions (mini-symposia) about how the resources from the collaborative network can advance discovery. The first will focus on understanding national and international varied approaches to surgical decision making for selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) which may be affecting outcomes. The panel which includes several CP Research Network investigators, Bhooma Aravamuthan, MD, DPhil, Jeffrey Leonard, MD, Tom Novacheck, MD, Joyce Oleszek, MD, and Brandon Rocque, MD, MS will share data collected at several large tertiary care centers and reflect on the variations in SDR practice across the centers.
The second symposia led by Paul Gross and including network investigator Michael Kruer, MD will highlight how leveraging rich data sets like the one being built through the CP Research Network can accelerate discovery as well as bring along a new generation of young investigators. They will discuss our community and clinical registries, the sources of data available to researchers, and the practical realities of comparing and linking the data to generate new knowledge. They will also touch on how these large data sets have opened opportunities for a new generation of young researchers who are now presenting papers and posters at the meeting including Elizabeth Boyer, PhD, Cristina Sarmiento, MD, Brandon Rocque, MD, Sruthi Thomas, MD, PhD, Shannon Strader, DO, MS, and Bhooma Aravamuthan, MD, DPhil. The morning seminar presentation entitled, Accessing the CP Research Network Registries for Community Research and Secondary Analyses will complement the symposia and will feature Kristie Bjornson, PT, PhD, Mary Gannotti, PT, PhD, Paul Gross and Brandon Rocque. At this seminar, researchers will learn how to apply to access data generated by the CP Research Network and the types and quantity of data available in both the clinical and community registries.
Free papers and posters that can only be accomplished through the power of multi-center studies are being presented including: SDR practice variation analysis by Brandon Rocque, MD, MS, Botulinum toxin practice variation in North America by Sruthi Thomas, MD, PhD, and Multi-center improvement in dystonia detection in people with CP by >Bhooma Aravamuthan, MD, DPhil. By by providing an infrastructure for these multi-centered, rich data analyses the CP Research Network will speed up research discovery and impact clinical care in the near future.
Our community registry is fosters unique research that includes the patient’s voice through self reported experience. It has also given several young researchers the opportunity to grow their careers including: Consequences of Falls by Elizabeth Boyer, PhD, Adult Cerebral Palsy Patient-Reported Outcomes from a Community Registry: Follow-Up Report on the Impact of Gross Motor Function and Age on Functional Decline by Cristina Sarmiento, MD, Adult Cerebral Palsy Patient-Reported Outcomes from a Community Registry: Follow-Up Report on the Chronic Pain Findings, Cristina Sarmiento, MD, and CP Sensory study by Bhooma Aravamuthan, MD, DPhil. The opportunity to gain the lived experience voice with many individuals with CP is a true value to investigators who do not otherwise have the vast connections of the CP Research Network.
The informational session is an open house style opportunity for individuals unfamiliar with the CP Research Network who want to ask questions about how the learning health network can be leveraged for research and improving quality care of people with CP. There will be opportunity to interact with CP Research Network leadership including Paul Gross, Founder and CEO, Michele Shusterman, Founder and Education Director, Kristie Bjornson, PT, PhD, Scientific Director,and Joyce Trost, PT PhD the new Registries Director. Several site investigators will be there as well including Sruthi Thomas, MD, PhD of Texas Children’s Hospital and Brandon Rocque, MD, MS from Children’s Alabama. You can learn more about what makes the CP Research Network unique, the benefits of membership, and about the full-service data coordinating center which includes statistical support for network related projects. You can ask about membership fees and how they support enhanced knowledge sharing, quality of care projects for benchmarking, collaborative research and professional development with your peers.
We look forward to connecting with you in Chicago!