The Response: CP-NET – The Childhood Cerebral Palsy Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network
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.