This new NIH funded grant is a very important step in taking the relatively new findings from early detection of cerebral palsy to early intervention. Great work has been done by our friend and advisor Dr. Iona Novak, to strengthen the case for early detection of cerebral palsy and these best practices of early detection are in the early stages of being established at sites around the world.
But what interventions matter, if a brain injury with a high correlation to cerebral palsy is detected? For one type of cerebral palsy, this study may provide the evidence base for an important answer. Dr. Adam Kirton, a pediatric neurologist from Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada says “Congenital hemiplegia is the most common form of cerebral palsy in children born at term, and stroke is the number one cause” in article entitled “Cerebral palsy secondary to perinatal ischemic stroke” published in Clinical Perinatology in June 2006. Dr. Ramey and Dr. Lo, the Co-Principal Investigators on this trial called I-AQUIRE, have received significant funding to arrive at the answer to what intervening with therapy can do for these young stroke victims.