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The Ritchie Centre will be hosting a Free Public Forum: Cerebral palsy – a brighter future

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Cerebral Palsy - A Brighter Future

The Ritchie Centre at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research

When: Thursday 24th October 2019 from 6.00-8.00 pm

Where: Melbourne Town Hall, Level 3 Supper Room, 90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne

What is is about?

The Ritchie Centre Public Forum will focus on cerebral palsy – a physical disability that affects movement and posture, caused by damage to the developing brain before, during or soon after birth. CP affects 37,000 Australians.

Researchers in The Ritchie Centre are unravelling the causes of CP, finding new ways to prevent it, and working with families to help children with CP maximise their potential. As we learn more about the causes of cerebral palsy we get closer to finding ways to prevent or cure it.

Topics will include:

  • The experience of parents of children with cerebral palsy
  • Progress towards prevention, early detection and treatment of cerebral palsy
  • Stem cell therapies for cerebral palsy
  • The story of Max and how intensive therapy allowed him to substantially improve his physical capabilities
  • How collaboration between parent champions, clinicians, physical therapists and researchers can create a brighter future for people with cerebral palsy.

Light refreshments will be served between 6:00-6:30pm

Who should attend?

This free public forum will be useful for:

  • Families and people with cerebral palsy who are interested in what the future may hold
  • Physical therapists with an interest in this field
  • Researchers interested in perinatal brain injury and The Ritchie Centre’s research.

Facilitator

Dr Sally Cockburn aka ‘Dr Feelgood’GP & Host ‘Talking Health’ 3AW

Speakers

Dr Rob Galinsky studies the effects of inflammation before birth on fetal brain function and anti-inflammatory treatments that could help.

Dr Courtney McDonald is a biologist who studies stem cell therapies for cerebral palsy

Associate Professor Tim Moss’ research examines brain development and the damaging effects of inflammation before birth.

Josie Palancian is mother to a 14-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy.

Michael Shearman is the father of a son with cerebral palsy, and the founder and co-director of Max on a Mission. Michael and his wife Claire are advocating for intensive physical therapy for cerebral palsy to be included in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

This forum is being held as part of the 50 Year Anniversary Colloquium for The Ritchie Centre.

For further information please call Caroline Menara on (03) 8572 2877 or caroline.menara@hudson.org.au

The Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Paediatrics, School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University

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