A free forum in Melbourne this week will give members of the public the chance to hear directly from leading researchers on the progress of potential treatments.
Cerebral Palsy – Treatments for Tomorrow will feature three speeches on key developments in research, followed by a discussion panel moderated by leading obstetrician and Director of The Ritchie Centre at the Monash Institute of Medical Research (MIMR), Professor Euan Wallace.
“The forum will allow people to hear about the latest developments in treatments directly from the people doing the research. If you have a family member with CP, this is a rare and valuable opportunity,” Professor Wallace said.
“There will be some fairly complex research developments discussed, but the tone will be pitched to the layperson. We see Treatments for Tomorrow as a chance to inform the public about the progress we’re making in tackling this disease.”
Brief talks will be delivered by Professor Nadia Badawi, Maquarie Foundation Professor of Cerebral Palsy, and Drs Suzanne Miller and Graeme Polglase of The Ritchie Centre.
Professor Badawi will discuss the benefits of researchers and clinicians working closely together in developing treatments for CP. Dr Miller will address how to protect the newborn brain following a lack of oxygen prior to birth – a suspected cause of CP. Finally, the transition to birth and resuscitation of premature newborn babies, who are at increased risk of CP, will be the focus of Dr Polglase’s speech.
The discussion, where the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions, will feature three international experts, Professor Alan Trounson, formerly of MIMR and now President of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Distinguished Professor Charles Cox, Director of the Pediatric Trauma Program, Texas Medical Centre, and Associate Professor Paolo de Coppi of the Institute of Child Health, University College, London Medical School.
“All forum participants are highly knowledgeable and I encourage interested members of the public to come along and increase their understanding of what are the causes of CP and how we might be able to treat it,” Professor Wallace said.
Cerebral Palsy – Treatments for Tomorrow will be held from 6.30 – 8 pm, Thursday 1 December, 2011 at BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square.
To register interest, or submit a question for the expert panel, please visit ritchiecolloquium.org.