Each year about 10,000 babies born in the United States will develop cerebral palsy (cp). CP can cause a variety of impairments, including difficulty walking, speaking, and performing motor skills. About 764,000 children and adults in the U.S. manifest one or more of the impairments of cerebral palsy. Some adults and children with CP may also have cognitive impairments.
Cerebral palsy is caused by brain injury or malformation that occurs before birth or during the first two years of life. Although there are a variety of therapies that can modestly improve function in people with CP, there is no cure for CP.
Scientists at the Burke Neurological Institute are conducting basic science research and clinical trials to understand the principles that govern repair of the injured nervous system in people with CP. This innovative research will facilitate the development of advancing effective therapies for people living with cerebral palsy.