Joe Watt

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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...

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...