Research opportunities

Cerebral Palsy is an exciting area of research, science, and clinical practice. Discoveries are being made all the time particularly when it comes to specific areas of living with CP, such as the difference between Level I and V.

The Cerebral Palsy Society regularly gets approached with research opportunities. This page is a place to learn about different studies and the summaries of their results.

  • If you are interested in learning more about the studies listed below, please contact the researcher directly.
  • If you would like information about CP research in general, please contact Cerebral Palsy Society Researcher and Writer Amy Hogan

  • Anyone interested in having their research featured on this page should contact Cerebral Palsy Society Researcher and Writer Amy Hogan You will be asked to submit an intro of no more than 200 words, a 2-3 minute video or a written document (maximum of 1 x A4 page) explaining your research, and a head and shoulders photo of yourself.

Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) as result of Cerebral Palsy

Kia ora! Talofa lava! Malo e lelei! Fakafeiloaki! Ni sa bula! Kia Orana!  

Researchers at the Rose Centre are seeking parents of Māori and Pasifika children with cerebral palsy. Your child will have experienced swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) as result of cerebral palsy.  

This study will involve you sharing your child’s experience with swallowing difficulties, your experience as a parent and the speech and language therapy your child has received for their swallowing.  

This would be a two hour long interview.  

Your involvement will help us to improve services for speech and language therapy in Aotearoa.  

If you would like to share your experience with us, please contact Jade Raemaki for further information via email or phone 03 369 2385.  

Watch this video for more information. 


Leg MRI to Understand Muscle Shape and Growth in Cerebral Palsy

Kia ora and Greetings!

Researchers at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Mātai Medical Research Institute (Tairāwhiti/Gisborne) are seeking parents of children with Cerebral Palsy (ages 6-14) to involve their child in an MRI study taking place in Tairāwhiti/Gisborne or Auckland.

This study will involve three leg scans in an MRI machine spread over two years. Researchers are trying to understand the shape and size of muscles in kids with and without Cerebral Palsy, and they are trying to track the way muscles grow over time.  

Each scan would take between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Participants will receive koha and their leg scans so they can look at their own muscle MRI.

MRI is safe and non-invasive. Participants should be able to walk with or without assistive devices, and should be willing to undergo MRI scans of their legs.

Your involvement will help us to understand what muscles look like in kids with Cerebral Palsy in shape and size and how they grow over time. This will help us develop physiotherapy techniques to treat Cerebral Palsy and promote muscle health in the future.

Please contact Dr Geoffrey Handsfield or PhD student Salim Bin Ghouth (pictured) for further information.

Watch this video for more information. 

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