On World Science Day, 10 November 2023, we celebrate the incredible progress and inspiring innovations that have transformed the lives of individuals living with cerebral palsy. It’s a day to recognise the contributions of science, technology, and research that have created a world of opportunities for those with cerebral palsy and the unrelenting support of their families and communities.
Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition that affects muscle control and coordination, often caused by brain injury before, during, or shortly after birth. It can present significant challenges, but the world of science keeps delivering the messages of hope and opportunity for those living with CP.
The rate and severity of cerebral palsy is lowest in Australia than anywhere else in the world. Recognised as global leaders, Cerebral Palsy Alliance researchers collaborate with specialist doctors and researchers around the world to spread our impact further.
In September, our researchers flew the cerebral palsy research flag for Australia at the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 77th Conference in Chicago, USA – the longest-running and most prestigious gathering of cerebral palsy experts globally.
“Our successes; 40% drop in the rate of CP in Australia since 2006, reduction in severity, early diagnosis and childhood intervention, the Australian CP register, along with current project updates really reinforced our position as global leaders,” said Professor Nadia Badawi, Chair, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation.
World Science Day serves as a reminder of the incredible developments that have been made in research and medical interventions, assistive technology, and mobility aids, all of which contribute to giving individuals the ability to communicate, access education, and pursue their passions.
Advocacy groups, parents, and caregivers play a crucial role in raising awareness and ensure that scientific progress is accessible to all. On World Science Day we can join together to share stories and champion the need for continued research and innovation towards a more inclusive future.
For more information: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-science-day