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CPRN Selects Study on Speech and Participation in Cerebral Palsy

Kristen Allison, PhD, CCC-SLP
Kristen Allison, PhD, CCC-SLP

The Cerebral Palsy Research Network (CPRN) has selected Dr. Kristen Allison’s study entitled “Speech and Language Predictors of Participation for Children with Cerebral Palsy (CP)” for funding for its Research CP Request for Applications.  Kristen Allison, PhD, CCC-SLP, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northeastern University, was one of five applicants accepted for consideration for the Research CP Award to be funded by CP NOW.  CPRN is excited to work with Dr. Allison on the integration of her study into CPRN’s community registry hosted on MyCP, CPRN’s web portal for community engagement in research. Parents of children with CP interested in participating in this study should register for MyCP for future notification of the opportunity to participate in Dr. Allison’s study.  The area of study directly addresses one of key findings from Research CP – the importance of participation for people with CP.

CPRN’s Scientific Review Subcommittee (SRS), a multi-disciplinary group of clinical researchers, reviewed and ranked the applications on scientific merit and fit with the Research CP priorities.   Dr. Allison’s study concept and design was the top-ranked application from this set of diverse and important applications.  This review was the first performed by our SRS and a milestone in the advancement of CPRN’s infrastructure to conduct high quality research.  The SRS includes representatives with extensive experience in conducting reviews for the National Institutes of Health and brought this expertise and rigor to CPRN’s review process.  The SRS provided detailed feedback to each applicant thereby helping them to improve his or her research designs and future applications. CPRN appreciates the commitment of the applicants to advance research for people with CP, and the volunteer efforts of the SRS in reviewing these applications. 

Congratulations to Dr. Allison on her excellent research proposal and thanks to all who contributed to these applications and review process.  And thank you to our partner CP NOW for its tireless commitment to supporting both CPRN, the community and the funding of innovative research.

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.