How a Research Question Became a Research Program (Exploring Motor Development in Children with Cerebral Palsy)

Published: Wednesday 10th September 2014

Faculty of Health Sciences 'Research Conversation' workshops serve as a platform for the exchange of research interests and projects among the Faculty and wider University staff, postgraduate and higher degree research students. 

This month's Faculty of Health Sciences Research Conversation will feature special guest speaker Professor Peter Rosenbaum from McMaster University, Canada, presenting on the topic:

How a Research Question Became a Research Program: Exploring Motor Development in Children with Cerebral Palsy (tales of a 30-year journey of discovery).

Date: Thursday 25 September 2014
Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Venue: All ACU Campuses via Videoconference North Sydney

Peter Rosenbaum, MD, FRCP(C), Professor of Paediatrics at McMaster University, has held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair since 2001. In 1989 he co-founded CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster. In 2014, Peter joined the Australian Catholic University as a part time Professorial Fellow in the School of Allied Health.

Professor Rosenbaum has held more than 80 peer-reviewed research grants and is a contributing author to 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has also been a guest lecturer in over 20 countries. He has co-authored ‘Cerebral Palsy: From Diagnosis to Adult Life’ (2012), and co-edited ‘Life Quality Outcomes of Children and Young Adults with Neurological and Developmental Conditions’ (2013) with Dr Gabriel Ronen. In 2014 he and colleagues are working on a book on ethical dilemmas in developmental medicine.

Professor Rosenbaum has been a supervisor or committee member with over 50 master’s and doctoral level students, at the Universities of Oxford, Utrecht, Witwatersrand, and Toronto in addition to McMaster. Since 2012 he has been a consultant to UNICEF’s Expert Consultation on the Collection of Data on Children with Disabilities.

Professor Rosenbaum’s accomplishments have been recognised nationally and internationally. He has received the Ross Award from the Canadian Pediatric Society (2000); an Honorary Doctor of Science, Université Laval (2005); was the first Canadian President of AACPDM (1996-8); received the Academy’s Mentorship Award (2007) and its Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

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The ACU Videoconference room venues are:
Melbourne campus – Rm 5.30;
North Sydney campus – Tenison Woods House Lvl 16;
Brisbane campus – Ac.22;
Strathfield campus – Rm E2.45;
Canberra campus – Rm 110;
Ballarat campus – Rm 503

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