13 February 2021

The BORNTOGETTHERE Consortium has been awarded an EU Horizon Grant 2020 - 2025 Euro 3.5M including sites in Italy, Holland, Denmark, Georgia, Sri Lanka, and Remote/Indigenous Australia. Subsequently, Prof. Ros Boyd and Dr Kath Benfer have been awarded an additional A$0.5M from the NHMRC, serving as the Australian-arm of the program to conduct and implement the research in QLD and remote Australia.

The overarching aim of the Born-to-get-there program is to exploit current evidence on early detection, characterisation and intervention for infants at high risk of Cerebral Palsy (CP) by implementing the first International Clinical Practice Guideline in multiple sites in Europe (Italy, Denmark, Netherlands), in low and middle-income countries (Georgia, Sri Lanka) and hard to reach populations (Queensland and remote Australia). 

Specifically, we will improve maternal and infant health through the following three specific aims.

Aim 1: to improve health programs for the early detection (ED) of CP, in a context-specific way, thereby reducing age at diagnosis and age at referral to CP-specific early intervention programs.

Aim 2: to improve health programs for the early surveillance (ES) of associated impairments and functional limitations in infants with CP and mental health of their parents, in a context specific way, thereby fostering individualised early intervention delivery and prevention of secondary complications (e.g. hip dislocation) for infants, and provision of support for their parents.

Aim 3: to improve health programs of early intervention (EI) in infants with CP, in a context-specific way, thereby improving the outcomes of the infants (motor, cognitive and social-emotional development) and of their caregivers (mental health).

Members of the BORNTOGETTHERE consortium: