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The Neuropathy Research Group at Kids Neuroscience Centre comprises clinician-researchers and scientists aiming to improve the lives of children with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and related neuropathies by developing and identifying validatinged scalesclinical outcome measures to measure the of disability caused by CMT, evaluating effective rehabilitative measures solutions including exercise and orthoses, identifying novel genetic causes of CMT, and investigating disease-modifying therapies through clinical trials.

CMT, otherwise referred to as an inherited peripheral neuropathy, is a common genetic disorder of the motor and sensory nerves. Symptoms first occur in childhood, and nerve degeneration results in weakness of the muscles of the hands and feet and loss of sensation.

While there is currently no curative therapy for CMT, a number of promising compounds have been identified and human trials are either underway or slated to begin.

At The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, children with CMT are evaluated in at the Peripheral Neuropathy Management Clinic (PNMC) which includes neurologists, allied health professionals, orthopaedic surgeons, rehabilitation paediatricians and research staff who are experts in CMT.

The PNMC has been identified as an international centre of excellence by the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association of USA.

Prof Joshua Burns

Prof Joshua Burns

Joshua is the Research Head for the Neuropathy Research group. He is also the Head of School and Dean of the Sydney School of Health Sciences FMH, USYD.
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Clinical A/Prof Manoj Menezes

Clinical A/Prof Manoj Menezes

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Manoj is the Medical Lead for the Neuropathy Research group. he is a paediatric neurologist with a clinical and research focus on neuromuscular disorders and inherited peripheral neuropathy in childhood.
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More team members

  • Dr Kayla Cornett - Exercise Physiologist
  • Dr Gabrielle Donlevy - Dietitian
  • Dr Marnee McKay - Physiotherapist
  • Dr Melissa Mandarakas - Physiotherapist 
  • Dr Tegan Cheng - Biomedical Engineer
  • Dr Leanne Dwan - Biomechanist
  • Dr Liz Wojciechowski - Biomedical Engineer
  • Dr Joyce Wang - Electrical Engineer
  • Anita Mudge - Physiotherapist
  • Jack Fennessy - MD student 
  • Elle Morris - PhD Student Physiotherapist
  • Dr Jyoti Raghunandan - MD Fellow

Affiliate Adj A/Prof Paula Bray - Occupational Therapist