Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan

We aim to generate evidence to advance understanding of the health and wellbeing of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities across the lifespan. We also strive to collaborate with national and international organisations to translate this evidence into improvements in services and supports for people with cerebral palsy.

This research programme area is led by Dr Jennifer Ryan.

We have:

  • Conducted internationally leading studies describing the risk of developing chronic physical and mental health conditions among adults with cerebral palsy
  • Synthesised current knowledge about the prevalence and risk of chronic conditions among adults with cerebral palsy
  • Reported the prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease among children and adults with cerebral palsy and their association with physical activity
  • Described unmet health needs among young adults with cerebral palsy in Ireland
  • Conducted the first study in the UK to look at risk of dying due to respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer among adults with cerebral palsy

We are currently examining the mental health and wellbeing of children with cerebral palsy on the island of Ireland (Relate-CP).

See examples of our ongoing and completed projects on our projects page

See our publications in this area on our journal articles page