Cerebral Palsy (CP) Group

The cerebral palsy (CP) group researches the causes of cerebral palsy, diagnostics and the treatment of children with cerebral palsy. NTNU began full-time research on cerebral palsy in 2007, and this is now one of the cornerstones of the CEBRA group’s research.

Current research projects:

Causes of cerebral palsy

  • Do breech deliveries increase the risk of cerebral palsy?
  • What are the potential positive and negative effects for mother and child if all breech babies were delivered by planned caesarean section?
  • How do infections before, during and after birth affect the risk of cerebral palsy?

Diagnostics

  • How best to measure balance difficulties in children with cerebral palsy?
  • How best to measure hand function in children with cerebral palsy?
  • Can one at the infant stage predict which children with cerebral palsy will later develop eating disorders and speech impairment?

Treatment

  • Does treatment with botulinum toxin (Botox) make it easier for children with cerebral palsy to walk? (Read more about the WE-study at St. Olavs Hospital here).
  • Can the ability to concentrate and learn be improved in children with cerebral palsy?
  • Can interventions at the infancy stage affect the development of children with high risk for cerebral palsy?

An important foundation for our research is the Cerebral Palsy Register of Norway (CPRN) at the Vestfold Hospital Trust. The CPRN is a national medical quality register under the leadership of associate professor and senior consultant Guro L. Andersen.

The research group is interdisciplinary, and has close contact with the clinical environment at St. Olavs Hospital as well as other institutes and faculties at NTNU. We have collaboration with the Norwegian Cerebral Palsy Follow-Up Program (CPOP) at the Oslo University Hospital as well as with the Beitostølen Health Sports Center in the region of Valdres. In addition, we cooperate with several leading research groups in Europe and the USA.

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