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Va research institute to study cerebral palsy

Friday - 8/16/2013, 11:51am  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is creating a research clinic to study new ways to treat cerebral palsy.

Organizers say that children from around the world who suffer from the disorder will be treated at the Roanoke-based institute.

Cerebral palsy involves the loss or impairment of motor function or posture. It is caused by injury or abnormal development in the brain that happens before, during or immediately after birth.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/16swicv ) that the program is being funded by a $4.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Additional financial support is coming from Virginia Tech, Carilion Clinic and private donors.

The program will follow the progress of 135 children. It will include study sites at the University of Virginia and Ohio State University.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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