“We do not accept the notion that damage to the brain is irreversible, or that treatment should only be for a select few,” said Michael Friedlander, who is part of a new research clinic devoted to studying new ways to treat cerebral palsy. Children and families affected by cerebral palsy have much reason to be excited: the National Institute of Health recently gave the clinic – called the Neuromotor Research Clinic – a $4.2 million grant.
Cerebral palsy involves the loss or impairment of motor function and posture. It is caused by injury in the brain that happens around the time of birth.
Dr. Friedlander is executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, where the Neuromotor Research Clinic is based. The clinic will treat children from all over the world who suffer from cerebral palsy. Researchers at the clinic have developed a form of high intensity therapy to help affected children use their impaired arms and legs. Children with hemiparesis – a weakness on one side of the body caused by an injury to the opposite side of the brain – will undergo a form of therapy in which their stronger arm and hand are placed in a cast to encourage development of the weaker limb. Therapy can last for 3 – 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, for up to a month. Treatment will include games and activities of the child’s choosing.
“We are bilateral human beings, and the ability to stand and walk depends on both sides working well,” said Sharon Ramey, who will co-direct the clinic, and whose research focuses on the development and testing of highly promising treatments for children with disabilities and at-risk conditions.
The program will follow 135 children between the ages of 2 and 8, and it will incorporate science developed at the center with therapy that will be delivered in the child’s home. In some cases, children and their parents are expected to live temporarily in the Roanoke Valley during treatment. The program includes study sites at the University of Virginia and Ohio State University.
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