We aim to approach, fund and help to develop research in a unique way that can improve the quality of life for children with neurodevelopmental conditions and their families.
This programme will take forward previous research completed by the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, led by Professor Chris Oliver at the University of Birmingham. In the next phase of this research programme, the Cerebra Network for Neurodevelopmental Disorders will be making an exciting transition by expanding to comprise a collaborative and dynamic network of researchers. The Cerebra Network for Neurodevelopmental Disorders will be led by four alumni of the Cerebra Centre; Dr Caroline Richards (University of Birmingham), Dr Jo Moss (University of Surrey), Dr Jane Waite (University of Aston) and Dr Hayley Crawford (University of Warwick). Network research hubs located at each university will focus on key themes that are central to improving the lives of individuals with severe and complex needs and their families including research into sleep, atypical autism and mental health, while continuing their work on self-injurious behaviour and pain in this population.
This research group’s main strategic objective is to identify brain injury biomarkers (indicators) in perinatal life (the first weeks of life) that would allow the team to define measures for early intervention. This would potentially benefit thousands of families across Europe every year.
We have forged a partnership with Cardiff University to improve services for families of children with debilitating brain disorders. The partnership aims to exploit Cardiff’s world-leading research in genetics, psychiatry and brain development in order to revolutionise Third Sector support for children with severe learning and developmental challenges.
This team’s aim is to improve the prediction of mothers at risk of early delivery and to prevent it from happening so that fewer babies need neonatal intensive care and do not suffer the complications of being born too early (especially brain injury, such as cerebral palsy).
Our innovative Legal Advice and Problem-Solving project (LEaP) and the Legal Rights Service that runs alongside it have come out of our collaboration with the University of Leeds School of Law. A new funding award has been granted to Professor Luke Clements who leads the programme.
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