May 1, 2009 — Dr. James Blackman, professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Children's Hospital, has won a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to conduct four months of research at the University of Queensland.
Through his Fulbright, Blackman will extend his current research examining the genetic factors that influence the severity of cerebral palsy into a study of cerebral palsy in Victoria and Queensland.
The Victorian Cerebral Palsy Project is an ongoing prospective study of children with cerebral palsy in Queensland and Victoria, funded by Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council. This study follows children from 18 months old to 5 years old.
Blackman is one of 17 American Fulbright Scholars who will travel to Australia this year.