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  • PhD Scholarship and PhD Opportunities 2014

    A grant recently awarded by The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance has lead to PhD opporunities in the areas of Neuromuscular function across the lifespan in adults with cerebral palsy and a PhD Scholarship with the Queensland cerebral palsy & rehabilitation research centre. More about these opportunities.

  • Listen to our podcasts to catch up on current cerebral palsy research.

    A podcast of two research presentations addressing the topic Identifying Causes and Treatments for Infants with Brain Damage can now be listened to online.

  • Australian Cerebral Palsy Register Report 2013

    The Australian Cerebral Palsy Register Report 2013 featuring vital data provided by each of the state and territory cerebral palsy registers has now been published. The full report can be found here.

  • Applications for Project Grants

    The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance will open the next round of the Innovative Research Grants Program on 1 July 2013. For more information see our research grants page.

    Study of mice shows creatine may prevent effects of hypoxia induced brain injury

    Associate Professor David Walker and his team at Monash University are working on developing preventative treatments for hypoxia induced injury. The team have conducted studies using creatine on a small laboratory animal, the Spiny Mouse. They found that supplementing the maternal diet with creatine protected the brain of term fetuses from the effects of hypoxia-induced injury. Read our article about the study.

  • Researchers are excited about a promising new cerebral palsy study

    In the study, a group of approximately 30 children received a combined treatment course of EPO, rehab and donated umbilical cord blood. The full news article can be seen on

  • New guidelines for cerebral palsy prevention

    Nadia Badawi

    The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance is supporting the push for Australian hospitals to implement new guidelines recommending the administration of magnesium sulphate to help prevent cerebral palsy. More about the new guidelines.

  • Can EPO reduce newborn brain injury?

    Nadia Badawi

    Widely known as a blood doping agent illegally used by elite athletes, erythropoietin (EPO) is now being considered as a promising treatment for neonatal brain injury leading to cerebral palsy. Recently, Dr Yvonne Wu and her colleagues completed the first study of EPO given in conjunction with hypothermia to infants with HI brain injury. Read our article about EPO.

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Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Cerebral Palsy

The research Challenge

Meet Professor Nadia Badawi - one of Australia’s leading authorities on cerebral palsy research. Professor Badawi believes a breakthrough is possible.

She encourages researchers around the world to help us find ways to prevent and cure cerebral palsy. Read more...

The research Challenge

About Cerebral Palsy

Nearly 17 million people around the world have cerebral palsy. There are 33,000 Australians with cerebral palsy. Read more…

Access Economics reported that the cost to the Australian community in 2008 alone was $3.87 billion. The majority of these costs are borne by individuals with cerebral palsy and their families. Read the report...

The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance is building research capacity worldwide. See the map of research grants.

Quick facts

  • 1 in 400 babies is diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
  • The incidence of cerebral palsy has not declined despite advances in medical science.
  • More premature babies are surviving and they have a higher risk of cerebral palsy.
  • We do not understand many of the causes of cerebral palsy, or how to cure it.