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HCRN Fall Meeting in Park City

By John Kestle, Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

HCRN had their fall meeting in Park City, Utah, October 23-24. There was a lot of excitement around the recent PCORI grant and the new study, which is a randomized trial comparing shunt insertion at the front or the back of the head. This is the first randomized trial conducted in the Network and there were many details to go over, so that everyone is ready to start the study in the New Year.

The other main focus of the meeting was on ETV-CPC. An ongoing study and the possibility of doing a randomized trial were discussed. We also focused on data quality and getting our data entered in a timely fashion, as cleanly as possible. Our meetings always generate lots of new ideas, work and excitement.  The next meeting is scheduled in Toronto in April.

HCRN Chair John Kestle to move to Vancouver B.C.

By Paul Gross, Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

HCRN Chair, John Kestle, will be making a move to Vancouver to assume the role of Head of the Department of Surgery for the University of British Columbia. In Vancouver, he will remain the Chair of HCRN and will do clinical work in pediatric neurosurgery. In addition to his care for children with hydrocephalus, Dr Kestle will also treat some adult patients. Congratulations to Dr. Kestle for his new role!

The data will remain with the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) in Utah under the direction of Rich Holubkov PhD, Lead Statistician and DCC PI. The University of Utah will continue its active role in hydrocephalus research through the HCRN. John assumes his new role March 25, 2013. With the recent move of Dr Wellons to Vanderbilt and Dr Kestle’s planned move to Vancouver, these would be logical sites for future HCRN expansion.