Early intervention is critical to treating neurodevelopmental disorders, like cerebral palsy. But just how early can we diagnose them?
In this episode, Jessica is joined by Professors Jane Valentine and Catherine Elliott, whose international Early Moves project is able to diagnose children with cerebral palsy as early as three months of age.
Together, they discuss examples of neurodevelopmental disorders, the progress made in early diagnosis and treatment, and the role that Early Moves is playing, as the largest trial in the world identifying early biomarkers for neurodevelopmental disorders.
Early Moves is a research study led by Curtin University and Perth Children’s Hospital in partnership with the ORIGINS project, in Western Australia. It receives funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Telethon 7 Trust, The Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Western Australia Child Research Fund, Mineral Resources Limited and Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
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Professor Jane Valentine is a Senior Consultant Paediatrician at Perth Children’s Hospital, Head of Research at Kids Rehab WA and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute.
She is part of the international team that published the international guidelines for the early detection of cerebral palsy and the International Clinical Practice Guideline Based on Systematic Reviews, for early intervention for children with or at risk of cerebal palsy.
Professor Catherine Elliott is the Director of Research at the Telethon Kids Institute and a researcher in Curtin University’s School of Allied Health.
Her research focuses on improving the outcomes for babies and children who have neurological impairment. The National Health and Medical Research Council is supporting her research to explore early indicators of cognitive impairment in babies younger than three months old.
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This episode came to fruition thanks to the combined efforts of:
Jessica Morrison, Host
Jarrad Long, Executive Producer
Annabelle Fouchard, Producer
Karen Green, Episode Researcher
Daniel Jauk, Episode Editor
Alexandra Eftos, Recordist and Assistant Producer
Amy Hosking, Social Media.
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