What is Cerebral Palsy ?


Cerebral palsy (CP), is a physical condition affecting muscle control and movement. It is usually caused by damage to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. Causes can be complex, and as a result doctors are often unable to give a specific reason for the condition. However, for 80% of those affected, the damage to the brain happened while the baby was growing in the womb.

Factors include genetic problems, malformations of the brain, and maternal infection such as rubella or toxoplasmosis. Cerebral palsy cannot currently be screened before birth.

There are three types of cerebral palsy: spastic, dyskinetic and ataxic. Many people will have a mixture of all three types.

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Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

Please join us   Rob White, Chief Executive Officer, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, invites you to hear the latest updates from world leaders in cerebral palsy research, with a focus on neuroplasticity. We will also be launching Australia’s first early diagnostic clinic – a breakthrough in specialised multidisciplinary care in high-risk babies.   Event details Tuesday […]

A randomized trial of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS ®) for teenagers with acquired brain injury or cerebral palsy.   For teenagers with acquired brain injuries (ABI) or cerebral palsy (CP), making and maintaining social networks can be a challenge. This study aims to determine if the PEERS® program […]

If your baby is less than 6 months old and has cerebral palsy or is at-risk of cerebral palsy, they could be eligible to participate in a new brain training intervention for infants called “GAME”.  We are trying to find out whether the intervention improves movement, neuroplasticity and intelligence. This early brain training intervention (“GAME” […]

We are calling for participants aged 3 – 3 ½ years or more who had parechovirus infection in the first 6 months of life resulting in a hospital admission. The long-term effects of early HPeV infection are poorly understood. New information from our research and others has identified that some infants have developmental issues and […]

Australia’s first clinical trial of stem cell infusion from cord blood as a possible treatment for cerebral palsy (CP) is commencing in Melbourne. The safety trial, led by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), will recruit patients nationally and take place at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Expected to take two years, the study is being […]