Ulrike Ryll - Measurement instruments for the early detection of unilateral cerebral palsy and evaluation of bimanual performance

Hello and congratulations to your PhD,
People at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health and others are interested to know a little more about your work.

Ulrike Ryll
Ulrike Ryll

What is your thesis about?

My thesis investigates methods to predict unilateral cerebral palsy in infants at risk due to an asymmetric brain injury and evaluates different assessment tools that capture hand function for children and adolescents with unilateral cerebral palsy for their measurement properties.

Which is the most important key result? 

The Hand Assessment for Infants (HAI) is a promising tool to identify infants at risk of developing unilateral cerebral palsy already from 3.5 months of age, in combination with neonatal magnetic resonance imaging as well as on its own. This standardized test which was developed by our research group, does so by capturing an infants’ level of hand function and differences in hand use which is a common early sign for this condition.

Is there something else you would like to add? Maybe something that surprised you during your PhD student journey?

It has been a journey full of insights and experiences worthwhile undertaking.

How can this new knowledge contribute to improve women’s and children’s health?

The HAI can contribute to detect infants at risk of developing unilateral cerebral palsy already during their first months of life. This enables us to inform and consult families in a much earlier stage and provide adequate follow-up and early intervention programs to their infants. Longitudinal follow-up of these children by a combination of assessments and questionnaires ensures that they receive the support they need as they develop from infancy into adulthood.

Thank you very much Ulrike and good luck in the future. 

 

Measurement instruments for the early detection of unilateral cerebral palsy and evaluation of bimanual performance