During the transition period when the organization according to the constitution is build up, a Steering Group will execute the tasks of the Executive Committee.
Christine Imms (BAppSc(OT), MSc(RS), PhD) is Professor of Occupational Therapy and Co-Director of the Centre for Disability and Development Research: Diversity across the Lifespan at the Australian Catholic University. Christine holds an Honorary Research Affiliation at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, as well as at CanCHILD Centre for Childhood Disability Research in Canada as an International Scientist.
Arnab Seal is a Consultant neurodevelopmental paediatrician based in Leeds, U.K. He works in the UK National Health Service and is a Course Organiser of the MSc Paediatrics Course of the University of Leeds. Arnab’s interests are in medical education and training, particularly in the developing world. He is the current Chair of the Global Professional Education Committee and is the Prospective Chair of the EACD.
Therese Millar is a Therapy Manager at Cerebral Palsy Cymru in Llanishen, Wales. Therese joined the team in November 2016. She qualified as a physiotherapist in South Africa, where she started her career in one of the largest hospitals in the world. This is where she began working with children with cerebral palsy.
Peter joined the faculty of McMaster University in July 1973 and has been a Professor of Pediatrics since 1984. He held an inaugural Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs (2001- 2014). In 1989, Peter co-founded the award-winning CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, a health system-linked research unit now recognized world-wide for its research and dissemination activities.
Dr. Damiano is the Clinical Center’s Chief of Functional and Applied Biomechanics Section. A physical therapist by training, she holds a Ph.D. in research methods/biomechanics from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science in physical therapy from Duke University, and an undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Catholic University. She is a past president of the Clinical Gait and Movement Analysis Society and the past president of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, the first physical therapist to serve in that role in the organization’s history. She is a member of the scientific advisory board of the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Education Foundation.
Giovanni Cioni, is Full Professor of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Pisa, Italy. He received MD at the University of Florence and Specializations in Child Neurology and Psychiatry and in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Pisa and training in child neurology and rehabilitation in many Centres in Europe. He is currently Scientific Director of IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris, National Biomedical Research Hospital for neurodevelopmental disorders, Director of the School of Specialization in Child Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Pisa. He is also Chair of the European Academy of Childhodd Disability (EACD), member of many others and in the board of several scientific journals.
Susan Sienko, Ph.D., is a member of the clinical research team at the Portland Shriners Hospital. She works in partnership with researchers, physicians and other care providers both within the Shriners Hospitals for Children system and externally to conduct research studies that help further advance our knowledge of how the treatments offered to our patients improve their function, activity and participation.
Kirsty Stewart is a senior occupational therapist in Kids Rehab at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead with extensive clinical and research experience in cerebral palsy, movement disorders and neuromodulation interventions. Kirsty completed a two-year knowledge transfer fellowship in dyskinetic cerebral palsy through the Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy, 2017 to 2018.
Dr. Mauricio R. Delgado-Ayala received his medical degree from the University of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. He received certification in neurology with special competence in child neurology and neurophysiology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Delgado-Ayala is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. In 2019, he became president of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. He is a co-founder member of the Mexican Academy for Cerebral palsy and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.