A Tale of Research and Clinical Collaboration: The SPORT Trial

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A Tale of Research & Clinical Collaboration: The SPORT Trial

(Stimulation for Perinatal Stroke Optimizing Recovery Trajectories)

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 multi-center 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.

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Alicia_Hilderley.jpgAlicia Hilderley PhD

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

MeganMetzler_HeadShot.JPGMegan Metzler OT
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 intensivemotor therapies in combination with novel technology after perinatal stroke and the role oftherapy for visual deficits arising from neurological injury.


IMG_2300.jpgAdam Kirton MD MSc FRCPC
Dr. Kirton is Professor of Pediatrics, Radiology, and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary andan attending Pediatric Neurologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on applyingtechnologies including non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroimaging to measure and modulate theresponse of the developing brain to early injury to generate new therapies. He is a clinician scientist andCIHR Foundation Grant Recipient. Dr. Kirton directs the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program, Alberta PerinatalStroke Project, ACH Pediatric Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Laboratory and University of CalgaryNoninvasive Neurostimulation Network (N3).

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