School of Medicine builds partnership with Cerebral Palsy Institute

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 2-3-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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The School of Medicine at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus has hosted the annual Cerebral Palsy (CP) Institute’s 3rd conference as part of a growing partnership between the two institutions.

The conference was an opportunity for CP researchers from all over the world to disseminate their research findings and to form new collaborations. It also provided a platform for professionals of varying backgrounds to bring together knowledge about prevention, cure and intervention for those living with cerebral palsy.

Held over two weeks between the University’s Darlinghurst Campus and the Sydney Convention Centre the conference dealt with many different research topics from numerous disciplines, such as; rehabilitation, psychology, neurology and physiotherapy.

Adjunct Professor for the School of Medicine and Head Researcher at the Institute, Dr Iona Novak, said the University and the Institute have recently formed this partnership in the hope of advancing CP research.

“The Cerebral Palsy Institute now has offices at the Darlinghurst Campus. Partly hosting the symposium there was a great way to progress the partnership and showcase our work to medical students entering the field,” said Dr Novak.

In another collaboration, medicine lecturer and second year coordinator, Professor George Mendz and two second year medical students are working with the Institute to examine causal pathways to the disease. Professor Mendz presented his scientific poster at the conference.

“We were delighted that Professor Mendz was able to join the community of cerebral palsy researchers. We hope that this project is the first of many aiming to find answers concerning the cure and prevention of cerebral palsy,” said Dr Novak.

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