University of Adelaide

Catherine whose research is aimed at identifying possible causes for cerebral palsy, the most common major physical disability in childhood. She is investigating how genetics and the environment may interact during pregnancy to cause cerebral palsy in the hope to understand and to possibly prevent this debilitating disorder, for which there is no cure.

Cerebral Palsy affects about 1 in every 400 children born in Australia, around 600 births per year and the effect on the children and their families are huge. Catherine believes to be given the opportunity to try and prevent this disorder is a wonderful gift, and one she doesn’t take lightly.