What is the UCP Research and Educational Foundation?
The UCP Research and Educational Foundation is the nation’s principal non-government agency sponsoring research directly relevant to the prevention of cerebral palsy and the improvement in the quality of life of persons with disabilities due to cerebral palsy and related developmental brain disorders. In its history of more than 50 years, the foundation has been instrumental in eliminating two of the major causes of cerebral palsy, German measles and mother-child blood type incompatibility. The foundation is now focusing its attention on other remaining major causes such as low birth weight, prematurity, and the effects of maternal infection on the developing brain. It is also exploring the development of improved methods for mobility and communication, the general well being of children and adults with developmental disorders of the brain, as well as the possibility of replacing lost cells in the brain. The foundation also serves as the medical and scientific information resource for UCP, its affiliates, the clinical professions, and the public.