February 17, 2020

Dr. Mark Peterson Awarded Fulbright Scholarship to Sweden

Dr. Peterson will work with the Cerebral Palsy Surveillance Program in Sweden to research the longitudinal health and health care of people with cerebral palsy in that country.

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Mark Peterson, Ph.D., IDEAL RRTC project co-investigator

Congratulations to Mark Peterson, Ph.D., IDEAL RRTC project investigator and associate professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, for receiving a Fulbright Award to Sweden. Dr. Peterson will be traveling to Sweden later in the year for an extended period to expand his internationally known work on health and wellness outcomes in individuals with cerebral palsy as they age into adulthood. 

Dr. Peterson will be using the resources of the Cerebral Palsy Surveillance Program in Sweden, known as CPUP. This national registry will allow him to examine the natural history of the common problems associated with this population which have been identified in his previous extensive research in the area, including increased risk of chronic disease, pain, mental health issues and similar problems. Even more importantly, he will seek to understand how the infrastructure of a national health care system changes care and outcomes for this population. Combined with his work on the longitudinal aging trajectories of people with disabilities, research he co-leads with DEAL RRTC project investigator Elham Mahmoudi, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of family medicine, Dr. Peterson plans to bring these learnings back to Michigan and continue to work on how we can make a differences for individuals with cerebral palsy in the United States.

Read more on the IDEAL RRTC research aim: Aging trajectories of chronic disease, psychological morbidity, and mortality