The Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) investigator committee members arrived in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in preparation for the annual CPRN Investigator meeting. Thirty-five research investigators, including four clinicians from new “candidate” sites, will meet for two days on the University of Michigan campus to advance its funded studies and new concepts. This gathering allows the study groups within CPRN to have focused time to make rapid progress on their study development by finalizing data collection forms, streamlining enrollment, resolving outstanding research implementation questions, and conceiving of new study ideas for cerebral palsy research.
The CPRN investigator meeting kicked off Thursday with an update on the CPRN Clinical Registry and overall network progress. Study group leaders then provided insight into the status of their study and the important advances to make during the meeting. Most of the meeting is conducted in smaller breakout groups and world café style meeting sessions to advance the studies and new concepts. CPRN’s goal for the meeting is to ensure the success of its funded research and to accelerate new and existing research concepts toward grant opportunities.
“We are excited to host the 2nd annual CPRN Investigator meeting here at University of Michigan,” said Ed Hurvitz, MD, Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine and CPRN executive committee member. “We believe that the growth and success of CPRN is fundamental to improving outcomes for people with cerebral palsy.”