John C. Andersen

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Recent Research Projects

Genetic Insights to the Causes of Cerebral Palsy

2017/18-2020/21 • $600,524 • PI,CO
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common cause of physical handicap in children. CP describes a group of diseases that affect the brain in early life. We are now starting to understand that our genetic code plays an important role in causing CP. Genetic testing is not done routinely for all...

Early intensive leg exercise to improve walking in children with spastic diplegia from encephalopathy of prematurity

2018/19-2020/21 • $403,713 • PI,CO
Children born prematurely are at risk of brain injury that can result in cerebral palsy, most often affecting the both legs. Current treatment is largely passive, including leg braces, repeated injection of a paralyzing agent (botulinum toxin) in muscles that are abnormally active, and surgery...

Evaluation of the effectiveness of robotic gait training and gait-focused physical therapy programs for children and youth with cerebral palsy: A mixed methods RCT

2014/15-2019/20 • $873,105 • PI,CO
Robotic assisted gait training is seen as a promising intervention for improving the walking abilities of children with cerebral palsy, but research to support effectiveness compared to best practice physical therapy is lacking. This study consists of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) and a...

PROMPT Identification of Cerebral Palsy: Primary-care Referral Of Motor-impaired children: Physician Tools

2014/15-2017/18 • $330,574 • PI,CO,Other
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability of childhood, affecting approximately 50-60 thousand Canadians. Pediatric professional societies and Canadian policies strongly endorse early identification of children with developmental disabilities, so that rehabilitation...

Intensive motor training after perinatal stroke to enhance walking

2012/13-2015/16 • $373,461 • PI,CO
Perinatal (around birth) stroke is devastating, because it permanantly affects a child for life. Almost all such children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP), the most common cause of physical disability in children, of which approximately 70% have walking problems. Symptomatic treatment...

The Challenge Module for evaluating advanced motor skills of children with cerebral palsy: From measurement to child-centred goal setting.

2011/12-2014/15 • $339,435 • PI,CO
Meaningful activity participation is an overarching goal of pediatric physical therapy for children with cerebral palsy (CP)and has implications for their mental and physical health, fitness, self-concept and the development of essential skills. For the most functional children with CP, i.e.,...