Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Center | Research & Innovation

Boston Children's is known for pioneering some of the most effective surgeries, diagnostic procedures and other essential techniques for treating diseases, including CP. A significant part of our success comes from our commitment to research, innovation and clinical trials. Our investigators are currently researching many different aspects of CP, including:

  • Boston Children's and the Motional Analysis Lab at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital are investigating an innovative in-shoe device that can help monitor toe-walking, which can increase a child's risk of falling.
  • Boston Children's researchers are validating the PEDI-CAT for children and adolescents with CP. The PEDI-CAT is an outcome tool, which uses artificial intelligence to measure the impact and improvement of function on daily performance before and after surgical and non-surgical interventions.
  • The Clinical Program Neuromuscular Excellence and Teamwork (CPNEXT) study tracks the function, pain and quality of life outcomes for children and teenagers with CP to better understand how interventions impact outcomes over time.
  • Experts in the F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center and Translational Neuroscience Center are investigating the role of genetic abnormalities, brain injury, recurrent seizures, mitochondrial disorders and other factors in CP.

To find clinical trials at Boston Children's Hospital, visit clinicaltrials.gov and search for "Boston Children's Hospital" and your child's condition.