Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability in children. One in 300 individuals suffer from it.

It’s caused by an injury to the brain, usually as a result of a stroke before, during or shortly after birth. The result is weakness or partial paralysis, potentially compounded by challenges to thinking and communicating, as well as seizures and uncontrollable behaviour.

The impacts on individuals and their families can be devastating. And life-time costs to the health care system can be as high as $1.5 million per person.

The Ontario Brain Institute challenged neuroscientists across the province to come up with a new approach to addressing cerebral palsy, in the context of an Integrated Discovery program. “Integrated Discovery” is a unique template, developed by the OBI, that brings together researchers, clinicians, industry and patient advocates to maximize fresh insights and speed translation of those insights into better care.

THE CEREBRAL PALSY INTEGRATED DISCOVERY NETWORK:  CP-NET 

The Cerebral Palsy Network Program is a research-based innovative initiative designed to improve the care of cerebral palsy from prevention to treatment. The program’s mandate is to ensure that discoveries are transformed into new diagnostics, treatments and improved clinical practice.   The emphasis is on translational science and involves a province-wide collaboration between Ontario’s world-class cerebral palsy researchers and clinicians, patient advocacy groups and the industrial sector.  This collaborative initiative is improving the understanding of cerebral palsy and rehabilitative outcomes, bridging the translational gap and accelerating the development of new treatments for children with cerebral palsy.