Our governance process has been designed to facilitate involvement from Consumers, Researchers and Donors. The process is guided by our expert Steering Group which is made up of world leaders in cerebral palsy research. Researchers interested in joining a research cluster in their area of interest/expertise are warmly encouraged to contact us.
IMPACT for CP Steering Group
Donna Ferriero, MD is Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ferriero is Director of the Neonatal Brain Disorder Laboratories and co-director of the Newborn Brain Research Institute at UCSF. Her laboratory has been critical in defining the role of oxidative stress during hypoxia-ischemia and the relationship of selectively vulnerable populations of neural cells during maturation-dependent injury.
Sarah is the Star Scientific Senior Research Fellow at Cerebral Palsy Alliance responsible for running the NSW/ACT CP Register. She is currently researching aetiological pathways to cerebral palsy for infants born at term, with the long term aim of identifying opportunities for prevention. Her other research interests include aetiology and prevention of neonatal encephalopathy, developing systems for accelerating research findings and the uptake of evidence based interventions.
Cathy Morgan is a Research Fellow at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute involved in coordinating the development of IMPACT for CP. Cathy is a physiotherapist by background and is undertaking doctoral research is in the area of early detection and motor learning interventions for infants at high risk of cerebral palsy and is the recipient of an NHMRC doctoral scholarship for this project.
Professor Iona Novak is Head of Research at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, University of Notre Dame Australia. She oversees the research activities of Institute and supports the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register. Iona is a Fulbright Scholar and her background is in occupational therapy with research interests in evidence-based practice; home programs; and neuroprotection.
Clinical Associate Professor Karen Walker is a Clinical Research Fellow in Grace Centre for Newborn Care at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a Senior Research Fellow with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute. She completed her PhD in 2011 researching outcomes of infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units with her thesis entitled “Neurodevelopmental outcome at one year of age of infants who have undergone early major cardiac or non-cardiac surgery”.