Dr. Karen Pape Program in Neuroplasticity

On June 2, 2018 Dr. Karen Pape died after an 18-month battle with cancer. To the end, Karen sought out ways to advocate for improving the treatments available to children with early brain injuries. She tasked her family with finding an ambitious and meaningful project through which to continue her work. We are thrilled to announce the Dr. Karen Pape Program in Neuroplasticity at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.



In her lifetime, Dr. Karen Pape started a revolution in the care of children with early brain injury. For decades, through her clinical practice and advocacy efforts she advanced widespread recognition that there is real hope for children with early brain injury—that they are capable of health and quality of life outcomes that were long thought impossible.

Over a 10-year period, in Karen Pape’s name, the Hospital will build a world-leading program in neuroplasticity focused on transforming outcomes for infants and children affected by early brain injury. The Program will translate evidence-based research about neuroplasticity into leading-edge clinical care.

While it is devastating that she did not live to see this day, her work lives on in this newly established program. The paradigm is shifting. A flag has been planted at SickKids and the Hospital is dedicated to carrying on the work Karen championed.

We hope you will join us in supporting this vital program. By raising $5.975 million, together we can drive system-wide change, helping to make a new standard of care available to children everywhere.

To make a donation, please visit https://www.sickkidsfoundation.com/waystodonate/drkarenpape

Click here to download the Program brochure

Click here for additional information for US donors

The Estate of Karen Pape is maintaining this site to preserve Karen’s work, no new content will be added.
Her 2016 book, The Boy Who Could Run But Not Walk, is a good starting point for understanding
her approach to treating children with early brain and nerve injuries.

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