Dr. Peterson will be using the resources of the Cerebral Palsy Surveillance Program in Sweden, known as CPUP. This national registry will allow him to examine the natural history of the common problems associated with this population which have been identified in his previous extensive research in the area, including increased risk of chronic disease, pain, mental health issues and similar problems. Even more importantly, he will seek to understand how the infrastructure of a national health care system changes care and outcomes for this population. Combined with Dr. Peterson’s recent CHRT fellowship on health care policy, he will plan to bring these learnings back to Michigan and continue to work on how we can make a differences for individuals with cerebral palsy in the United States.
Aside from being a tremendous and very well deserved honor for Dr. Peterson, it is an important recognition of the importance of the work that is being done related to adults with cerebral palsy around the world. Dr. Peterson has an extensive network of colleagues, including in the department in our Adults with Pediatric Onset Disability Group, throughout the University, and throughout the world, including his co-leadership of the International Cerebral Palsy Health Promotion Group. Related to his work in cerebral palsy, Dr. Peterson has published extensively on issues related to frailty in the general population as well. We are very proud of him for this outstanding award and wish him much success with this project as well as his many other important projects.
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