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PhD Scholarships Available in Cerebral Palsy

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Research News
Published: 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 2:17pm
The Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy aims to attract and train doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to create the next generation of highly skilled clinical researchers in cerebral palsy. There are several PhD projects currently available on dyskinesia, pain and saliva control.

The CRE-CP is currently seeking expressions of interest for a number of PhD projects;

Management and assessment of dyskinesia in children with cerebral palsy

The CRE-CP Dyskinesia Advisory Committee includes a number of leading clinical researchers from around Australia, and Professor Darcy Fehlings from Canada. The aim of this committee is to develop consensus and clinical guidelines for best practice identification, assessment and management for children with cerebral palsy who have dyskinesia.

A number of PhD projects will implemented under the guidance of CRE-CP Dyskinesia Advisory Committee;

  • The effectiveness of oral medications in the management of dyskinesia in children with cerebral palsy
  • Pain and dyskinesia in children with cerebral palsy: occurrence, measurement, impact and treatments
  • Psychiatry of dyskinesia: surveillance, measurement and intervention

Successful applicants will have a medical, nursing or allied health background, and will have an interest in the management of movement disorders in children. Strong communication skills and an understanding of disability and health service delivery is essential. These projects can be based anywhere in Australia.

Management of poor saliva control in children and young people with cerebral palsy

One of the major aims of the CRE-CP is to improve the management of young people with saliva control problems (drooling). This will be achieved by undertaking research to improve the evidence for the strategies that are already in place and then working on translating the new evidence into practice.

Possible PhD projects include:

  • Evaluation of oromotor interventions
  • Evaluation of medications used to treat saliva control
  • Assessment of the long term outcomes of repeated injections of Botulinum toxin into the salivary glands
  • Development of an easily accessible device to measure swallowing rates in collaboration with a biomedical engineer

Successful applicants will have a medical, nursing or allied health background, and will have an interest in the management of drooling in children. Strong communication skills and an understanding of disability and health service delivery is essential. This project can be based anywhere in Australia.

Read more about the PhD Projects within the CRE-CP