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2018 Lindenauer Lecture Presents Cerebral Palsy and Genetics: Learning What We Don’t Know

On June 1, the 2018 Marilyn R. Lindenauer Distinguished Speaker Series hosted a panel of experts that discussed “Cerebral Palsy and Genetics: Learning What We Don’t Know” at the prestigious Faculty Club in Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). Continue reading “2018 Lindenauer Lecture Presents Cerebral Palsy and Genetics: Learning What We Don’t Know”

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Lessons in Legislative Advocacy: Effective Strategies for the CP Community

When Dr. Annie Kaplan’s nephew passed away during routine oral surgery, she turned her grief into action. Through tireless advocacy, she helped pass Caleb’s Law in the California State Assembly, which is the first step in creating guidelines for dental anesthetic use on children. Recently, she shared her story and strategies for legislative advocacy in healthcare with physicians, faculty, and administrators from the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center and Columbia University Medical Center.
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Robot-driven Device Improves Crouch Gait in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia Engineering and a member of the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center Scientific Advisory Board Sunil Agrawal, PhD  has published a pilot study in Science Robotics. The study demonstrates a robot-driven device that improves posture and walking in children with crouch gait by enhancing their muscle strength and coordination.

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Obesity in Pregnancy Tied to Cerebral Palsy Risk in Kids

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Women who are overweight or obese during pregnancy may be increasing the chances that their baby could be born with cerebral palsy, a new study suggests.

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Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center Hosts Dr. Darcy Fehlings

The Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center hosted Dr. Darcy Fehlings for the 2016 Marilyn R. Lindenauer Lecture “Gaming/Interactive Computer Play and Cerebral Palsy – Let’s Play!” on June 22, 2016 at the Donald F. Tapley Faculty Club at CUMC. The Marilyn R. Lindenauer Distinguished Speaker Series highlights groundbreaking ideas and emerging technologies related to the care of patients with cerebral palsy.

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Self-Reporting Devices Help Patients with Nonverbal CP

When a nonverbal child is in pain, it’s usually the parent who acts as the interpreter. Does the child behave differently, or move in a different way? But being parents, they may be prone to bias. Healthcare professionals have therefore been seeking objective ways to assess pain and discomfort in nonverbal patients — such as intellectually developmentally disabled children with cerebral palsy — using self-reporting devices otherwise known as “augmentative and alternative communications” tools.

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Robotic Assistance Devices Help Pediatric CP Patients

Most people can reach for a cup of coffee that they are not looking at and successfully bring it to their mouths. But for people with cerebral palsy who have hemiplegia, that proprioceptive skill is missing. They may not reach the cup at all, or if they do grasp it with the involved arm, they may end up tipping the cup over. Moreover, the lack of control on the affected side often gets progressively worse as these patients learn to favor the dominant side. To improve that scenario in hemiplegic children with cerebral palsy, clinical investigators are teaming up with engineers to devise robotic assistance devices to “retrain their brains,” with the goal of enhancing function on the involved side of the body.

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