PROFESSOR IONA NOVAK
Professor Iona Novak is the Head of Research of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, located at the Brain Mind Centre, in the University of Sydney Australia.
Iona is a Fulbright Scholar and winner of the University of Sydney Award for Professional Achievement.
She co-founded the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute for the purpose of: prevention, cure and best management of cerebral palsy.
Driven by an internal belief that healthcare truly has the potential to change lives, Iona has pursued projects and roles with the greatest possible impact on children and families today and tomorrow’s world. For example, leadership of the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register.
Iona is passionate about evidence based practice; knowledge translation, neuroplasticity; stem cells and neuroregenerative clinical trials.
Iona leads a collaborative research team that is currently conducting the world’s largest ever, cerebral palsy early intervention trial, exploring whether harnessing neuroplasticity can reduce the severity of disability.