You are Making a Difference by Funding Promising Research
Over the years, donors, riders, walkers, volunteers, and sponsors of Pedal-with-Pete have funded promising clinical research through our grants to research centers across the country and around the world, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and the Case Western University in cooperation with the Cleveland Clinic.
With dollars raised in 2016 we were able to make grants for these two worthy research projects:
Yale School of Medicine, Connecticut: Researchers will non-invasively study the brains of premature infants using advanced MRI techniques to determine the relationship between oxygen levels provided in the hospital and the impact on outcome with respect to cerebral palsy. Although low levels of oxygen related to prematurity are known to cause damage to the brain, further damage could also be caused by giving too much supplemental oxygen. This research can thus lead us on the path to prevention of some causes of cerebral palsy.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and Purdue University in Indiana: Researchers will examine the relationship between swallowing and speech mechanisms at several physiological levels. A better knowledge of typical and atypical development of swallow and speech could lead to improved treatments for these functions in cerebral palsy, which have the potential to be life-changing and life-saving.
All this research you fund helps kick off ground-breaking work that can lead to treatments and quality-of-life changes that allow children and adults with CP to better reach their full potential. Thank you so much for your support!