Cerebral Palsy

Every 20 hours, an Australian baby is born with a brain injury that underlies cerebral palsy. It is a permanent, life-long condition with no cure. Around 34,000 Australians have cerebral palsy.

View video | Dr Courtney McDonald and Dr Madeleine Smith explain more about consulting the cerebral palsy community over stem cell treatment.

What is cerebral palsy?

What are the causes of cerebral palsy?

What are the types of cerebral palsy?

What are the risk factors for cerebral palsy?

What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?


Our cerebral palsy research

Research into cerebral palsy prevention at Hudson Institute is multifaceted. By understanding the mechanisms involved in cerebral palsy our researchers are identifying where intervention and treatment can significantly improve wellbeing and physical outcomes for a child.

Cord blood stem cells to prevent cerebral palsy

Professor Suzanne Miller at Hudson InstiuteStem cell therapies. Babies who are born preterm are at the greatest risk of developing cerebral palsy.  Professor Suzie Miller and Dr Courtney McDonald are characterising the brain injury that is most often associated with preterm birth (white matter brain injury) and examining whether cord blood stem cells can protect white matter development within the preterm brain, and in turn prevent brain injury.

Team | Professor Suzanne Miller, Dr Courtney McDonald

Anti-inflammatory therapies for preventing brain injury

Novel treatments for neonatal seizure

Delivering neural stem cells to the developing brain

Preventing acute brain injury resultant from resuscitation of asphyxiated newborns

Reducing ventilation-induced brain injury

Cerebral Palsy collaborators

Support for people with cerebral palsy

Hudson Institute scientists cannot provide medical advice.
Find out more about cerebral palsy.

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