Neuro-rehabilitation to optimize Neuroplasticity in children with Cerebral Palsy

Roslyn Boyd

Rosalyn Boyd

PhD, PT, Australia
Professor of Cerebral Palsy Research, Child Health Research Centre, The University of Queensland

Ros Boyd is a paediatric physiotherapist and neuroscientist with expertise as in conducting Clinical trials for interventions for infants children and youth with Cerebral Palsy. She leads a nationally funded (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence “The Australasian Cerebral Palsy Clinical Trials Network” and is Scientific Director of the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Research Centre at the University of Queensland. Prof Boyd’s clinical trials have tested the efficacy of novel interventions including Upper limb training, participation focused interventions, FES cycling, parenting interventions incorporating mindfulness and early intervention in low resource settings (>17 RCT’s), national implementation of early detection of cerebral palsy, and longitudinal comprehensive outcomes linked to brain structure and function. She has received >Aus $35M in funding with 275+ publications and with her coauthors was awarded the international Gayle Arnold Award on 3 occasions (2010, 2011 and 2014).

Prof. Boyd graduated as a physiotherapist (BAppSc 1981) from University of Sydney and completed a Postgrad in Biomechanics at the University of Strathclyde (1997), MSc in Physiotherapy at University of East London (2001) followed by PhD at LaTrobe University (2004). Ros has a vision where all infants at risk of adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes (including CP) would be accurately identified soon after the injury (prior to birth and or soon after birth) be fast-tracked to receive neuroprotective therapies and very early rehabilitation to optimize neuroplasticity and support parents with preventative care.

Keynote lecture presented at the 32th EACD Annual Meeting in Poznan, November 26, 2020