UCP Professional Learning Series 2022

Our Next Presentation

The next Professional Learning Series webinar is September 29, 2022, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Eastern, and will feature Dr. Michael Kruer. His presentation is titled: “New discoveries in the evolving world of genetics: diagnosis and treatment of cerebral palsy.” Dr. Kruer co-chairs the UCP Research Initiative.

CME certification will be provided.

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The Professional Learning Series is hosted by United Cerebral Palsy in collaboration with the UCP Research Committee, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare (UCP of Minnesota) and UCP of Central Arizona. The 90-minute sessions are aimed at professionals who work with children and adults with cerebral palsy, but also open to the public.

Michael Kruer, MD is a pediatric movement disorders specialist neurologist and human geneticist. He serves as an Associate Professor of Child Health, Genetics, Neurology and Cellular & Molecular Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.  He also serves as director of the Pediatric Movement Disorders Program at the Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Michael’s lab is dedicated to understanding how genetic mutations lead to both common (cerebral palsy) and rare movement disorders in children and how genetics can serve as a springboard to improvements in both diagnosis and intervention. Michael’s clinical focus is on the care of children with cerebral palsy and related disorders, and he is a major proponent of trans-disciplinary collaboration in CP care. He received the Laura Dozer award from United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona in 2019 for promoting a life without limits for individuals with disabilities. His research has been supported by numerous public and private foundations, philanthropy, industry collaborations, and federal grants, and has appeared in a number of highly respected publications. The Kruer lab is currently collaborating with the Cerebral Palsy Research Network on an NIH-funded study of CP genomics whose goal is to better understand causes of cerebral palsy in order to bring personalized treatments to people with CP. Michael is a co-chair for the UCP Research Committee.

Previous presentations in this series

  • “Management​ of​ Difficult Clinical Presentations of Hypertonia​ in ​Children with Disabilities​.” Presented by Dr. Mark Gormley, Jr., M.D., a pediatric rehabilitation medicine physician at Gillette. He treats children and adolescents who have cerebral palsy, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular disorders, and other conditions, with a special interest in spasticity management. (Biography)Watch a recording of the webinar.
  • “Constraint Therapy for Children with Hemiplegic CP: What you need to know – from the Brain to the Clinic!” Presented by Dr. Darcy Fehlings, head of the Division of Developmental Pediatrics and a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, at the University of Toronto. (Biography)  Watch a recording of the webinar.

  • “Cerebral Palsy: Early Evaluation and Intervention,” presented by Dr. Angela Sinner. Angela Sinner, DO has worked as a Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Physician at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare for nearly a decade. She is the co-director of Gillette’s inpatient rehabilitation unit and Sinner specializes in treating cerebral palsy, muscle spasticity and tone management, as well as traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. Watch a recording of the presentation.
  • “The evolving impact of genetic findings on the diagnosis and treatment of cerebral palsy” was presented by Dr. Michael Kruer, a pediatric movement disorders neurologist, developmental pediatrician and molecular geneticist. If you missed it, here’s the link to the video recording of Dr. Kruer’s presentation.
  • “The Critical Role of Gait Analysis in the Care of Individuals with Cerebral Palsy” was presented by Dr. Tom Novacheck, an orthopedic surgeon and Associate Medical Director at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare specializing in cerebral palsy and other complex orthopedic conditions with an emphasis on hip reconstruction. About Dr. NovacheckWatch a recording of the presentation,


Please direct questions about this series to Valerie Pieraccini at vpieraccini@ucpofcentralaz.org, 602-682-1820; or Tara Swedberg at TaraSwedberg@gillettechildrens.com, 651-265-7361.