Dr Vijay Palanivel
The Children’s Trust
Dr Vijay Palanivel has been working at The Children’s Trust for just over 4 years. Prior to joining The Children’s Trust, he has worked in tertiary neurodisability and neurology centres at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Cambridge University Hospital.
Vijay’s specialist areas of expertise are acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy, movement disorders including botulinum toxin injections and other complex neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, ADHD and learning disability.
He is also the founder and director of Jaysan Child Neurodevelopment Clinics, Chennai, India which offers neurodisability and neurorehabilitation care for children with complex disabilities from all over India and South Asia.
Vijay is currently a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Paediatric brain injury: outcomes and predictors of long-term prognosis
Acquired brain injury is the leading cause of death and neurologic disability in children after infancy. In the immature brain, there is a complex interaction between recovery and ongoing development making children more vulnerable than adults despite the advantage of early neuroplasticity. Relatively good motor outcomes may obscure cognitive and behavioural problems, worsening the child’s quality of life and long term educational attainment. Predicting long term outcomes is challenging due to the heterogeneity of injury and non-injury factors.
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