Cerebral Palsy Research

CPRes

Increasing understanding of Cerebral Palsy through research and public engagement

Shaping the future of research into cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a chronic neurological condition that affects how individuals control their muscles and movements. It is usually caused by injury to the brain before, during or after birth.

Cerebral Palsy Research (CPRes) is a multidisciplinary community, university and clinical research group which brings together people with cerebral palsy, their family and carers, clinicians, healthcare professionals and researchers. We work in partnership to undertake research which:

  • increases understanding of the causes and consequences of cerebral palsy
  • leads to new, or the enhancement of existing, supportive therapies for people with the condition
  • is directly relevant, focused and addresses the needs of the cerebral palsy community
Our Team
Dr Nick Almond

Dr Nick Almond

Nick is a cognitive neuropsychologist who also has severe cerebral palsy. Nick’s doctoral research focused on cognitive decline, our decrease in our ability to think, understand, learn, and remember as we age. More recently, he has been involved in the development of new treatments and supportive therapies for people with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders, in particular, in the assessment of whether people are aware of their new-found abilities when using these new therapies. READ MORE

Dr Samit Chakrabarty

Dr Samit Chakrabarty

Samit is a neurophysiologist who investigates the pathways which control muscles and movements in health and disease. Samit’s research focuses on the circuits within the spinal cord and how this may be altered by signals from rest of the body (e.g. muscles, pain pathways or visual cues) or higher brain regions. READ MORE

CPRes community

CPRes community

The CPRes community are a group of people with cerebral palsy, their family and carers, doctors and other healthcare professionals. They provide an insight into life with cerebral palsy that researchers do not possess, expert guidance on the needs of people with cerebral palsy and the effectiveness, or otherwise, of new or existing supporting therapies and assistive devices.

Dr Dave Lewis

Dr Dave Lewis

Dave is a neuroscientist, bioethicist and science communicator; actively engaging the public with the biomedical sciences and its ethical implications. Dave has led large public engagement projects including “Engaging with Dementia” which engaged the public with University of Leeds research into Alzheimer’s disease, and “Pop-up Science” which runs interactive science stalls at community fetes, family fun days and agricultural shows. READ MORE

Professor Mark Mon-Williams

Professor Mark Mon-Williams

Mark is a cognitive psychologist interested in the control of movement, in particular, how we use visual information gained through seeing to guide how we move our hands. Mark’s recent research has focused on how children, with and without brain developmental challenges, move their hands. READ MORE

Dr Rory O’Connor

Dr Rory O’Connor

Rory is a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine interested in developing technologies that can be used in rehabilitation for individuals with movement disorders and how we can measure the effectiveness of these therapies. READ MORE

Professor Bert Steenbergen

Professor Bert Steenbergen

Bert is a Professor of Behavioural Sciences at the Radboud University (Netherlands). Bert is interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying movement disorders and how we can apply this knowledge to develop rehabiliation therapies. READ MORE