Cerebral Palsy Research - USA

Our Team

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

Anna Penn

Bronya Metherall

Head of Foundation

Bronya Metherall is the Head of Development for Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation. Bronya will lead the growth of a sustainable future for cerebral palsy research funding through partnership development and strategic planning. Bronya relocated to New York from Sydney, Australia where she was managing fundraising partnerships in private philanthropy for world-renowned disability organisation, Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Bronya is a lawyer by background and also holds a Major in Anthropology from Macquarie University, Australia. Bronya has worked across a number of sectors, with a deep passion for seeing high-impact returns on social and health issues for children and women. Bronya has held legal and policy roles with a range of successful organisations including the National Children and Youth Law Centre, the Australian Royal Commission Enquiry into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and more recently her role as Global Partnerships Manager at international development organisation, The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Bronya has held a lifelong interest in cerebral palsy.


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Dr. James A. Blackman

Medical Director

Professor James A. Blackman received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Ohio State University, completed pediatrics residency at the University of Michigan and Fellowship in Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics at Harvard University (Children’s Hospital, Boston). He attained a Master’s Degree in Public Health at San Diego State University. His research and practice have focused on causes, outcomes, and treatments of early brain injury. He is a past president of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and a former Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Queensland (Australia) Royal Children’s Hospital.

As Medical Director of Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation, Professor Blackman brings decades of clinical pediatrics experience as well as tremendous expertise in cerebral palsy. He is excited about unlocking the possibilities that are held in research for millions of children and families living with cerebral palsy.