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Impact of Sensory Impairments on Movement in Children with Cerebral Palsy

September 13, 2018 to May 31, 2023
Funding Status: 
Active Project
Funding Agency: 
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Funding Institute: 
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
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Children with cerebral palsy (CP) exhibit impairments in movement. Previously, efforts to understand and ameliorate these movement deficits in children with CP have focused largely on the motor system. However, the Friel Lab has demonstrated that sensory impairments play a key role in movement, as accurate movement requires precise integration of sensory and motor information. In this newly funded project, the Friel Lab will examine sensorimotor integration in children with CP, using a combination of neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, kinematic, and functional measures. This work will build a foundation from which specific sensory-motor therapies can be designed.


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Lab Director
Clinical Laboratory for Early Brain Injury Recovery
Associate Professor
Principal Investigator


Conditions & Recovery

Cerebral Palsy icon
Worldwide, over 24 million children and adults are living with CP.
Motor Recovery Icon
Write and walk again.
Pain and Sensory Recovery Icon
Pain free, touch and smell like before.

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