Researcher biography

Professor Roslyn Boyd is Scientific Director of the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre (QCPRRC) an internationally recognised research group at the University of Queensland in the School of Medicine. The centre includes a multidisciplinary team of 38 researchers and in addition provides clinical research leadership to 60 clinicians from multiple disciplines in the state-wide Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service based at the Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital.  After primary training and experience in Australia and London as a physiotherapist she completed her PhD in neuroscience at La Trobe University, the Brain Research Institute and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne for which she was awarded the Premier's Commendation by the Victorian Government.  Prof. Boyd arrived at the University of Queensland in 2007 as a recipient of a Smart State Fellowship and more recently has led an EBrain program grant funded by the Qld Government Department of innovation. Her research team focuses on research on the early natural history of motor and brain development for preschool aged children with CP, the efficacy of novel rehabilitation for children with Hemiplegia and very early detection and early intervention for infants at high risk of CP (all funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia).  This research program is underpinned by advanced brain imaging including functional imaging of the motor and sensory motor cortex, Diffusion Imaging and Functional Connectivity to assess the impact of training on neuroplasticity (NHMRC, ARC). Prof. Boyd has been awarded the prestigious international Gayle Arnold Award on 3 occasions at the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Prof Boyd has published over 170 manuscripts in peer-reviewed international journals and has achieved over $29M in research funding.  

Featured projects Duration
SMART: Strengthening Mental Abilities Through Relational Training
Peer delivered early detection and intervention for infants at high risk of cerebral palsy/neurodevelopmental disability in Indigenous Australia: Learning through Everyday Activities with Parents Study (LEAP-CP)
Advancing Cerebral Palsy in Queensland
Queensland Government
PREDICT CP (Comprehensive Surveillance to Predict Outcomes for Children with CP)
National Health and Medical Research Council
Early PACT: Early Parenting Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Neuroprotective role of sulphate among preterm babies (SuPreme)
National Health and Medical Research Council
Neurodevelopment of the preterm infant: The Preterm Brain Outcomes Study (PREBO)
National Health and Medical Research Council
HABIT-ILE: Randomised controlled trial of Hand Arm Bimanual Intensive Training Including Lower Extremity Training for children with bimanual cerebral palsy
National Health and Medical Research Council
Queensland Early Detection and Intervention Network – for children at risk of Cerebral Palsy (QEDIN-CP)
Queensland Government
Randomised controlled trial of the impact of the first intramuscular Botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) on muscle structure and function in children with CP
Randomised trial of EArly Rehabilitation in Congenital Hemiplegia (REACH)
ENACT (ENvironmental enrichment for infants; parenting with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy): A randomised controlled trial of an innovative intervention for infants at risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder
The University of Queensland