A breakthrough study published in the leading clinical neurology journal, Annals of Neurology which promises to dramatically alter the dogma of cerebral palsy (CP) being purely a problem of movement by suggesting that problems in movement in CP are the result of problems in sensation as well as motor brain function. This novel discovery was a collaboration of work from researchers at Burke Medical Research Institute, Center for Cerebral Palsy Research at Teacher’s College of Columbia University, and Blythedale Children’s Hospital.
Cognitive deficits are changes in brain’s ability to think. This includes dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, memory problems, as well as many kinds of communication challenges as a result of a stroke or traumatic brain injury.
Developing Novel Cures for Disabilities by Repairing the Nervous System
As we advance in improving patients’ quality of life from acute and chronic neurological conditions, a paradox of progress is that the prevalence of neurological disabilities continues to grow. Our institutional mission at the Burke Medical Research Institute is to innovate, develop and implement novel treatments to repair the brain and spinal cord and to cure neurological disabilities.
Our mission is one that not only propels bottom up approaches from molecular and cellular neuroscience toward the bedside, but also accelerates safe and ethical treatments that can be delivered to patients today. With more than 20 Cornell faculty and 100 employees working on a 50,000 square feet footprint, Burke Medical Research Institute's collective effort to repair the nervous system represents one of the largest in the world.