2022 Lindenauer Lecture - Paul H. Gross
From Anxiety to Impact: Channeling Parental Energy into Accelerating Research
On Thursday, November 17th, 2022, the Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center hosted the 2022 Marilyn R. Lindenauer Distinguished Speaker Series with guest speaker Paul H. Gross, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cerebral Palsy Research Network. The CP Research Network is the largest and most comprehensive collaboration of hospitals and community members working together to improve health outcomes for people with CP. They host the largest community and clinical registries in the US to gather robust and comprehensive data for research. The CPRN focuses research and consumer educational content on the health and wellness outcomes that people with cerebral palsy value most. They include the entire community in the research process, the development of education materials and the implementation of current clinical care pathways.
Paul H. Gross is the founder of the Cerebral Palsy Research Network and runs day-to-day operations for the business, the research program and the relationship with the University of Utah. He is a driving force in accelerating clinical and translational research in neuroscience for cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus. He is the co-founder, President and CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Research Network – a thirty center effort in North American to conduct high quality clinical research for CP. He is the past chairman of the Hydrocephalus Association (HA), the co-founder of the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (hcrn.org), and co-founder of the Adult Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (ahcrn.org). In his role as vice chair of the HA Research Committee has played a leadership role in the creation of the HA Network for Discovery Science – a virtual laboratory to accelerate basic science advancement through the collaboration of neuroscientists in hydrocephalus. In 2015, he was awarded the "Making a Difference" award by the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. He recently completed his term as an advisor to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Prior to ramping up his focus on advancing medical research, he was CEO of a web startup, a Senior Vice President with the Microsoft Corporation and with Borland International.
In his personal life, he is married and the father of two children, one of whom has hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy. He is also an avid Ultimate Frisbee and squash player and mountain biker.