Episode 4. Let's Talk CP. Cracking the Cerebral Palsy Genetic Code Part 1 with Dr. Michael Kruer, Physician Scientist at Phoenix Children's Hospital

Photo of Michale Kruer in his lab with the Let's Talk CP logo and the podcast title in green

Can there be a genetic cause of Cerebral Palsy in some  cases?  Let's Talk CP host, Cynthia Frisina talks with Dr. Michael Kruer about this topic and his ground-breaking research in Part 1 of a two-part discussion about the possible genetic causes of CP.  When Michael Kruer was in medical school, he knew he wanted to work with children.  With advancements in gene therapy opening up incredible opportunities in neuroscience, he realized he could be a part of something much bigger than himself  and give children affected by movement disorders like cerebral palsy hope that didn’t seem possible just a few years ago.

Today, working with a consortium of physicians and researchers from around the world, Dr. Kruer is using cutting-edge technology to discover the genes that can lead to some causes of cerebral palsy. His work has the potential to remove some of the mystery that comes with a cerebral palsy diagnosis, by giving families greater insights and helping doctors improve outcomes.


“We are doing things that have never been done before and it’s so exciting. We really feel like we can do something great.” 

Dr. Michael Kruer, Phoenix Children's Hospital