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CAPHC Presents! A Tale of Research & Clinical Collaboration: The SPORT Trial

This webinar is now over, but if you missed it, please feel free to watch the recording below.

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Integration of research and clinical care is highly valued but is often difficult to achieve within the realities of a busy children’s hospital. A model for how this can be achieved is provided by the SPORT trial, a CHILD-BRIGHT multicenter study of non-invasive brain stimulation paired with intensive therapy for children with perinatal stroke and cerebral palsy. With presenters including a clinical therapist, post-doctoral fellow, and clinician scientist, the rationale, methods and early outcomes of this trial will be presented as an example of how such integration might succeed within Canadian pediatric centers.

When: Wednesday, September 12
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm EST 

Alicia Hilderley PhD
Megan Metzler OT
Adam Kirton MD

Adam Kirton MD MSc FRCPC
Dr. Kirton is Professor of Pediatrics, Radiology, and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary and an attending Pediatric Neurologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on applying technologies including non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroimaging to measure and modulate the response of the developing brain to early injury to generate new therapies. He is a clinician scientist and CIHR Foundation Grant Recipient. Dr. Kirton directs the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program, Alberta Perinatal Stroke Project, ACH Pediatric Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Laboratory and University of Calgary Noninvasive Neurostimulation Network (N3).

Alicia Hilderley PhD
Alicia is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program at the University of Calgary and Alberta Children’s Hospital, working with Dr. Adam Kirton. Her research interests include design and evaluation of pediatric movement interventions, and use of neuroimaging to investigate neural function, structure, and plasticity. Alicia’s doctoral training in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto focused on motor learning and neuroplasticity in children with cerebral palsy. She is a Registered Kinesiologist (inactive status) and is actively involved in coaching community adapted sports.

Megan Metzler BScOT MSc
Megan Metzler is an occupational therapist research clinician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The role involves promoting integration of clinical best practices, treating children clinically, and supporting ongoing research trials. Her research interests include the efficacy of intensive motor therapies in combination with novel technology after perinatal stroke and the role of therapy for visual deficits arising from neurological injury.