The Hydrocephalus Association announced details today about its upcoming conference on hydrocephalus research in partnership with Seattle Children’s, University of Utah and HCRN. The conference is entitled “Opportunities in Hydrocephalus Research: Pathways to Better Outcomes.” Several HCRN investigators are directing talks on topics including biomarkers, bio-engineering advances, surgical treatments and neurological outcomes. This research conference is unique in the fact that the research is presented in a patient centric fashion working from basic injury mechanisms, to diagnoses, treatments and then outcomes. Dr. Sam Browd, Dr. Pat McAllister and Paul Gross have developed the agenda which also includes a track on bio-engineering as well as basic science and clinical research. HCRN PI’s presenting include Dr. David Limbrick presenting on biomarkers in post hemorrhagic hydrocephalus, Dr. Jay Riva-Cambrin on critical assessment of new techniques and Dr. Abhaya Kulkarni on neurological outcomes and quality of life. Dr. Jack Walker will moderate the group discussion on treatment of hydrocephalus and Dr. John Kestle will provide a critical summary of the clinical aspects of the symposium. To learn more about the conference go to the Hydrocephalus Association announcement.
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By Paul Gross, Friday, May 18th, 2012
By John Kestle, Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
The diagnosis of hydrocephalus and shunt malfunction can be difficult and often requires more information than can be provided by MRI, CT, or ultrasound. Our St Louis investigator, Dr David Limbrick has begun the search for biomarkers of hydrocephalus and shunt malfunction. He is testing CSF and blood from infants suffering from post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus in order to identify proteins that can be used for early diagnosis. In addition these proteins may provide real-time feedback on the effectiveness of treatment. Ultimately, we hope that these or similar biomarkers will provide a tool to complement current imaging methods and facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of hydrocephalus.