Cherry Kilbride and Jennifer RyanTwo physiotherapists from the Royal Free Hospital are part of a team awarded £250,000 to fund a study into the benefits of resistance training for young people with cerebral palsy.

The award was granted by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust and the children’s charity, Action Medical Research, to Wendy Levin, specialised paediatric physiotherapist; Dr Cherry Kilbride, research and practice development lead; and Dr Jennifer Ryan, physiotherapy lecturer at Brunel University.

The study will divide 60 people aged between 12 and 19 into two groups. One set of participants will carry out specific exercises which include resistance training, while the other will act as a control group, continuing their normal care.

Wendy LevinDr Kilbride, who is also a senior lecturer at Brunel University, said: “We are both delighted and excited to be part of a successful collaboration between health and academic partners. “It is great to be part of a team that will allow us to study the mechanisms and effects of a clinical intervention in-depth, like resistance training.”

The project is looking to involve adolescents (12 to 19 years) with cerebral palsy from across London. If you are interested in taking part or would like to know more about this work, please email Dr Jennifer Ryan at Brunel University via

Images: Top - Dr Cherry Kilbride and Dr Jennifer Ryan. Bottom - Wendy Levin.


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