Special Issue "Early Diagnosis and Early Intervention for Children with Cerebral Palsy, First Three Years of Life"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2019
Dr. Andrea Guzzetta
Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, The University of Pisa;
Head of Infant Neurology and Stella Maris Infant Lab for Early-intervention (SMILE), IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris, Pisa, Italy
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Interests: advanced brain imaging; early brain damage; early diagnosis; neuroplastic mechanisms; early intervention paradigms; parent-infant intersubjectivity and environmental enrichment
Currently, early detection of CP (Cerebral Palsy) and related neurodevelopmental disorders is considered one of the major challenges in pediatric healthcare, holding the highest odds of producing ground-breaking changes in child healthcare in the near future. An important international effort review publication lead by Prof. Novak (JAMA, 2017) has provided the guideline on the topic and pointed out that the time of diagnosis and the beginning of intervention typically start months after the first clinical signs may be observed.
The still existing diagnostic lag presents a major burden in the amelioration of the long-term outcome. It has been demonstrated that the response to the intervention is more significant the earlier services are initiated, likely due to the greater level of brain plasticity during the first weeks of life. Parallel to the early detection efforts, the improved understanding of childhood development, neurodevelopmental disorders and neuralplasticity is leading to an increased value, availability, and utilization of early intervention services.
I invite you to participate in this Special Issue, which aims to collect the most recent evidence of assessments and interventions for young children at high risk of, or with a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. The manuscripts may include any format (data driven, systematic review, state-of-the-art review) that may contribute to the further understanding of the role of early detection and intervention of CP for later neurodevelopmental outcome. This includes, but is not limited to, manuscripts on neuroimaging, neurophysiology, or behavioral assessments techniques for the detection, prediction or classification of CP, its severity, comorbidities, and long term neurodevelopmental outcomes. Equally important will be the inclusion of reports or protocols about interventions that focus on the population within the first three years of life.
Dr. Andrea Guzzetta
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- Cerebral palsy
- Early brain damage
- Neuroimaging, neurophysiology
- Early diagnosis
- Early intervention
- Environmental enrichment
- Parent-infant intersubjectivity
- Neuroplastic mechanisms
- Cortical reorganization