VCU Professor and Va-LEND Faculty Member Selected to Collaborate on International Team on CP

August 4, 2016

This past June, Stacey Dusing, Ph.D, PT, PCS, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Va-LEND faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University was among three distinguished individuals from the United States invited to participate in a workshop to develop an International Early Intervention Research Collaborative. The workshop was held just prior to the 2016 International Conference in Stockholm on Cerebral Palsy (CP). "I presented some research on a clinical trial at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology in Sept 2015 and at that conference the workshop organizers approached me about attending the workshop in Stockholm Sweden," said Dusing. The purpose of the workshop was to co-design an international early intervention study with a shared data set that would allow collaborative research. This clinical research would enhance our understanding of early natural history of disability in infancy and allow for comparative effectiveness research on the efficacy of different early interventions, all while still respecting different cultural and health system differences. "The overarching aim of the workshop was to design projects to accelerate early intervention research, overcome sample size problems, overcome the complexities of RCTs (Randomized Controlled Trial) in infants and reduce research duplication".

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