University of Exeter Medical School

Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit (PenCRU)

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The Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit (PenCRU) carries out a broad programme of research that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of disabled children and their families and this will relate to research that families with disabled children think is relevant and useful to their lives.

From research questions received from families or health professionals, PenCRU will look at producing What’s the Evidence? summaries from research that has been conducted elsewhere. Therefore these summaries are a combination of existing studies rather than new ones. To find out more about the Unit, please visit the PenCRU website.

To read more about the research, activities to involve families, journal publications, accessible plain language summaries of studies and conference presentations undertaken by the team, take a look at the annual report.

Download University of Exeter Annual Report 2014

You can download the latest report here:

Download University of Exeter annual report 2015

Family involvement

PenCRU runs a Family Faculty, which is families of disabled children who are interested in the research taking place at the unit. The purpose of the unit is to involve families of children with brain injury and neurological disorders as partners in setting the research agenda and to enable the active engagement of families in all aspects of the research process. To find out how you could get involved, please visit the get involved section of the PenCRU website.

In the video below, parents and researchers working at the unit provide an insight into the approach taken to childhood disability research by PenCRU.