The Hydrocephalus Association (HA) is pleased to announce that the association is offering funding for an additional research grant in its 2013 grant cycle. This grant will help advance the priorities established in HA’s 2012 research conference, Opportunities in Hydrocephalus Research: Pathways to Better Outcomes. After an extensive review process by our distinguished Scientific and Medical Review Committee, HA has selected Timothy Vogel, M.D., from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, for his proposal, “Role of neural progenitor cells in the development of neonatal hydrocephalus.”
Dr. Vogel is a pediatric neurosurgeon and an Assistant Professor of pediatric neurosurgery and developmental biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He holds a B.A. in chemistry from Princeton University and a M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Totaling $400,000 over 3 years, this HA grant to Dr. Vogel is in addition to the $600,000 in grant funding being offered this year through the Association’s partnership with the Rudi Schulte Research Institute (RSRI). The recipient of the latter grant will be announced in the near future.
Dr. Vogel’s study will focus on the cilia, hair-like structures on the surface of neuron progenitor cells (NPCs) in the brain. He will be exploring whether or not abnormal signaling through the cilia contributes to the development of neonatal hydrocephalus. Recent studies have shown that mutations of genes that disrupt cilia in the ventricles lead to the development of hydrocephalus. The close proximity of NPCs to the brain’s ventricles suggests that these cells may play a role in maintaining the size of the ventricles. Dr. Vogel’s research may put us one step closer to understanding the role cilia play in the functions of the brain, and the role NPCs play in hydrocephalus.
In awarding this research grant to Dr. Vogel, the Hydrocephalus Association has now funded a total of $2,400,000 in research grants since it initiated its commitment to support and fund research in 2009. The Association’s research plan focuses on three priorities:
- Expanding the field of hydrocephalus research with a variety of research awards, such as Mentored Young Investigator and Established Investigator Awards, as well as the sponsorship of scientific conferences;
- Supporting clinical research aimed at reducing shunt failure and improving outcomes; and
- Making investments in basic science investigations designed to improve our understanding of the root causes of hydrocephalus.
This award to Dr. Vogel continues HA’s investment in research focused on basic science. We are proud to continue to support innovative and significant research in the field of hydrocephalus. Much congratulations to Dr. Vogel on this award!