Cook Children's presents research at cerebral palsy meeting
Clinicians and researchers from Cook Children's Neurosciences team recently gathered with peers from all over the world in Chicago, Ill., for the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) 77th Annual Meeting.
Director of Neurosciences Research at Cook Children's, Christos Papadelis, Ph.D., served as chair of the academy's research committee, and organized a full-day course on "Initiating a research program focused on cerebral palsy or other child-onset developmental disabilities." The purpose of the course was to help researchers who are still in training or are in the very early stages of their career to: understand the ingredients of a successful research program, find ways to identify good mentors and research opportunities, study the different research funding mechanisms available, and learn the components of a competitive grant application. As part of this course, Dr. Papadelis gave a talk entitled 'How to prepare my first RO1 grant application: Strategies for success.'
Cook Children's Neurosciences team was also represented with two invited research talks and a poster presentation. More specifically, Warren Marks, M.D., presented 'The role of pathogenic alleles and their potential link to cerebral palsy and secondary health risks.' Sabrina Shandley, Ph.D., and project manager at Cook Children's Neurosciences Research Center, gave a talk on the 'Association of feeding with functional and structural brain abnormalities in infants with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.' Finally, Emily Brock, a research assistant at Cook Children's Neurosciences Research Center, presented a poster on 'Microstructural damages in the corticospinal tracts of children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy: A multimodal neuroimaging study.'