Published on 15 February 2014
Around 1,800 babies are diagnosed with cerebral palsy every year in the UK. 1 They will experience lifelong difficulties with movement and coordination. The severity of these difficulties varies greatly from one child to another, and parents are often keen to know exactly how their own baby’s life will be affected – whether they’ll be able to walk and live independently during adulthood, for example. Unfortunately, making predictions like this is difficult at present, leaving many with uncertainty. Dr Chris Clark, of University College London’s Institute of Child Health, is investigating whether new brain scans might one day provide answers.