Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of physical disability for children in Aotearoa. An impairment in the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth leads to problems with movement and posture.
Dr Geoffrey Handsfield of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute musculoskeletal modelling group wants to understand what is happening in the muscles of children with cerebral palsy across time. To do this he is working with Mātai Medical Institute in Tairāwhiti on a longitudinal MRI study of children both with and without cerebral palsy.
He hopes to figure out how muscle development is impeded in those with cerebral palsy and perhaps find some clues for how to help.