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A Brighter Future for Children with Cerebral Palsy | Auckland

The University of Auckland would like to invite you to meet three of their talented emerging scientists at this FREE public event, to learn about their latest research and how it can make a life-changing difference for children with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is the leading cause of childhood physical disability, affecting 17 million children worldwide and 12,000 in New Zealand. The condition is caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture. Early treatment can greatly improve quality of life, helping to correct movement and posture.

Dr Julie Choisne is leading a new project at the University of Auckland that aims to prevent bone deformation in children with cerebral palsy, and the hip, knee and ankle abnormalities that can result from the condition. She recently received a $250,000 Health Research Council Emerging Researcher grant to help her do so.

Dr Geoffrey Handsfield was awarded a $1 million Aotearoa Foundation Fellowship in 2017 – $250,000 per year over four years – to research and model muscle degradation in children with cerebral palsy.

Stephanie Khuu is studying for her PhD in Bioengineering, and her research aims to understand the process of skeletal muscle regeneration, and how this process is perturbed in the muscles of individuals with cerebral palsy.

We will also be joined by a special guest – Amy Hogan from the Cerebral Palsy Society of New Zealand, who is also one of the organisers of Steptember. Amy will share her experience living with cerebral palsy, as well as her research with the Society.

The seminar is FREE and open to the public. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.


Auckland Bioengineering Institute - University of Auckland


University of Auckland - Grafton Campus
85 Park Rd
Lecture Theatre 505-007
Auckland, UoA 1023

6:00pm Mon 16 September, 2019 - 7:30pm Mon 16 September, 2019