The Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) is proud to announce funding for “Enhancing a Multidisciplinary Research Network for Research and Quality in Epilepsy and Cerebral Palsy” from the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF) in conjunction with Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH). Principal Investigator Adam Ostendorf, MD, pediatric neurologist at NCH, partnered with CPRN to submit this grant application. The award will provide $200,000 in funding to add an epilepsy study group to CPRN, define important data to collect and enable research and quality improvement initiatives for treating children with cerebral palsy (CP) and epilepsy.
This following introduction to the grant from our application provides a great summary of the importance of this effort.
Michele Shusterman, CPRN’s Community Engagement Director and author of CP Daily Living, wrote a letter of support for this grant application that gives a glimpse into the importance of this research for the community. Her daughter Maya, whom she writes about on her blog, is pictured in this post.
It is therefore imperative that every clinician treating people with CP is offering the best, most current treatments available and those that are best suited to balance the unique concerns of people with CP.
CPRN would like to thank our advisor Deborah Hirtz, MD, for introducing us to this grant opportunity and PERF for funding this study of epilepsy in the context of children with CP.