PhD defence J.L. (Joyce) Benner


Prof.dr. H.J. Stam


Dr. M.E. Roebroeck


Dr. S.R. Hilberink

Wednesday 8 Jan 2020, 13:30 - 15:00
PhD defence
Professor Andries Querido room
Education Center
Erasmus MC
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On Wednesday 8 January 2020, J.L. Benner will defend her PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘Consequences of Aging with Cerebral Palsy. Core outcomes of Health, Activities and Participation’.

This thesis focuses on the consequences of aging with cerebral palsy (CP) and on outcome measurement of functioning and health in this population. The first part (Chapters 2+5) aimed to describe the level and longterm course of functioning and health in adults with CP, for which the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) was used. This framework was also used to describe the most studied outcomes in adults with CP since 2000, in order to identify core outcomes for this population from the researchers’ perspective. The last part (Chapters 6+7) focused  on outcome measurement for a  specific set of outcomes, namely risk factors for cardiometabolic  disease; comorbid conditions for which people with CP have increased risk. Results of this thesis may  contribute to the development of systematic follow-up of adults with CP, in which core outcomes are monitored and treated, ultimately allowing us to design appropriate interventions and prevention strategies for people aging with CP.

The public defence will take place at the Prof. Andries Queridoroom, 3rd floor Education Center, Erasmus MC. The ceremony will begin exactly at 13.30 hrs. In light of the solemn nature of the ceremony, we recommend that you do not take children under the age of 6 to the first part of the ceremony.

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