Professional Member 

 

Iona Novak
Head of Research
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute

Professor Iona Novak PhD MSc (Hons) BAppSc, is the Head of Research of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute based at the Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney.

Iona is a 2013 Fulbright Scholar and winner of the University of Sydney Award for Professional Achievement. In 2005 she co-founded the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute with the Chief Executive Officer for the purpose of: research development and dissemination, leading to prevention, cure and reduction of adverse effects for those living with cerebral palsy.

Driven by an internal belief that healthcare truly has the potential to change lives, Iona has pursued projects and roles with the greatest possible impact on children and families today and tomorrow’s world. For example, leadership of the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register.

Iona has a background in occupational therapy, with a particular interest in neuroplasticity. Her PhD was completed at the University of Western Sydney, in the area of home program intervention for children with cerebral palsy. In her current work, she has continued her research interest in evidence-based practice, knowledge translation, goal-directed training, botulinum toxin and population studies for cerebral palsy.

In the last 10 years she has given over 90 international and national keynotes and invited lectures and been award over $15mil in research grants funding.

Significant Achievements

  • Collaborated to help establish the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register, which is the largest whole country cerebral palsy register in the world
  • Establishment of the NSW Cerebral Palsy Register
  • Establishment of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance
  • Establishment and leadership of the Cerebral Palsy Prevention and Cure Summit, which aimed to get leading researchers to work collaboratively to accelerate the rate of research
  • Co-Chair of the 3rd International Cerebral Palsy Conference
  • Editor of Evidence to Practice in Physical and Occupational Therapy in Paediatrics Journal
  • Chair of the Awards Committee, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • Establishment and leadership of the 7 International Consensus Statements for the use of Botulinum Toxin in Children and Adults with Neurological Disability
  • Establishment of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute Grants Program, which provides grant funds for cerebral palsy prevention and cure research
  • Development of a co-funding partnership with the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

 

 

 

  

  

 

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