Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre

The Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre was established to improve health outcomes for children with cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury. Our excellence in research has been made possible thanks to our funders and our strong links to clinical services at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. The outcomes of our research provide an evidence-base for clinical services offered by the hospital through the Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service, the Queensland Children's Gait Laboratory and the Queensland Cerebral Palsy Health Service. 

The Centre was established in August 2007 as a joint initiative of the state-wide Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation service at Children’s Health Queensland and The University of Queensland's School of Medicine.

Strong links to clinical services

As a service within the Department of Paediatric Rehabilitation at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, our Centre is the first of its kind in Queensland to be directly linked to tertiary health services.

The outcomes of our research provide an evidence-base for clinical services offered by the hospital through the Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service, the Queensland Children's Gait Laboratory and the Queensland Cerebral Palsy Health Service.

Research Themes

  1. Neurorehabilitation including novel interventions to optimise neuroplasticity.
  2. Neuroscience: nature of the brain injury and the link to outcomes (motor, manual, communication, musculoskeletal and executive function).
  3. Early detection of CP, to predict outcomes and fast track families to early interventions.
  4. Novel therapies: including the potential of stem cells and neuroprotection strategies.
  5. Nutritional outcomes: Growth, nutrition, physical activity, physical fitness and muscle mechanics.
  6. Parenting interventions as a model of environmental enrichment.
  7. Translational research: the implementation of evidence based interventions into clinical practice.
  8. Education and training: training the next generation of clinical researchers (Medical and Allied Health).