Research

Four Scientists Awarded HA Grants to Deepen Our Understanding about Hydrocephalus

January 27, 2020

There is a lot we do not know about how hydrocephalus develops and how to best treat the condition across our many communities. Our 2019 Innovator Award recipients are looking to change that.

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St. Louis Event Celebrates 10th Anniversary of HA’s Research Initiative

November 12, 2019

Families and researchers from across the country came together on Nov. 3 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of HA’s Research Initiative. The event, held in St. Louis, MO, highlighted the successes of our research investments and honored the trailblazers who started it all.

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New Clinical Trial Aims to Determine Effectiveness of Shunting for iNPH Patients

July 2, 2019

Patients diagnosed with idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (iNPH) are typically treated by having a shunt placed surgically. A new clinical trial will determine whether or not shunts are an effective form of treatment for iNPH patients.

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ETV-CPC for the treatment of infants with hydrocephalus: Predicting Success

July 2, 2019

The Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN) conducted a study to determine which babies under two years old with hydrocephalus have the best chance of success with an ETV-CPC procedure. In her blog, Dr. Jenna Koschnitzky, National Director of Research Programs, explains why the findings of this study are important when determining if a baby under two years old should receive a shunt or undergo the ETV-CPC procedure.

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You spoke! We wrote!

February 21, 2019

In October 2017, 82 individuals responded to a question we posed on social media about how hydrocephalus impacts their daily life. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center analyzed their responses in a new paper.

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Three Scientists Awarded HA Grants for Their Bold and Innovative Work

February 5, 2019

What if you could prevent or stop the development of hydrocephalus after a brain bleed or develop a shunt that doesn’t get clogged? That’s what the 2018 HA Innovator Award grantees are hoping to do through their research projects.

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Does the size of an Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV) hole increase over time?

February 4, 2019

This study is the first to evaluate the size of the ETV hole using MR imaging over a period of time. This research is important because it shows us how useful MR imaging can be to neurosurgeons who want to evaluate an ETV.

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HA-Funded Researchers Awarded $2.3 Million Grant from the Department of Defense

January 29, 2019

HA-funded researchers were awarded funding through the Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) to study acquired hydrocephalus, with a particular focus on hydrocephalus that develops after a brain injury.

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HA-Funded Researcher Awarded $1.8M NIH Grant

October 9, 2018

The Hydrocephalus Association (HA) is funding the best and brightest. Since 2009, HA has spent $7.8 million on our research programs. Our researchers have then gone on to secure over $19 million in additional funding to continue their innovative work.

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Announcing the 2018 Discovery Science Award Grantees!

September 18, 2018

The award allows these scientists to expand their research on posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus (PHH).

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Hydrocephalus research presented at the international Europhysiology Conference

September 17, 2018

Alexandra Hochstetler was one of our ten Young Investigator Travel Award winners at the 2018 HACONNECT. This past weekend, she presented her work at the Europhysiology Conference held in London, United Kingdom!

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Shunt versus ETV: Five year outcomes from the International Infant Hydrocephalus Study (IIHS)

September 6, 2018

The IIHS gathered data from more than 20 hospitals around the world, compared the effectiveness of shunts versus endoscopic third ventriculostomies (ETVs). This study started in 2005 and these are the five year outcomes.

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Risk Factors for Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) Shunt Failure in Children and Adults

August 27, 2018

What specific factors are associated with VP shunt failure within 30 days of its placement? Do secondary shunts fail more often than primary (or first) shunts?

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Is there a connection between apathy and gait improvement in patients with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)?

July 27, 2018

Idiopathic NPH (iNPH) is a disorder commonly seen in older adults. The three common symptoms seen in adults with iNPH include: gait disorder (difficulty walking), inability to control urination, and behavioral disturbances.

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Half a Million Dollars Secured for Hydrocephalus Research

June 15, 2018

In 2015, HA supported Dr. Michael Piper with a $50,000 Innovator Award to study how ependymal cells develop. We are happy to report that this preliminary work recently resulted in Dr. Piper winning a $500,000 grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

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New views on Postinfectious Hydrocephalus

June 1, 2018

A recent study published in Nature, Dr. Chay Kuo, out of Duke University, discovered a mechanism that may lead to the development of Postinfectious Hydrocephalus.

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Choice of Treatment could Alter Risk of Hydrocephalus After a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

April 5, 2018

Hydrocephalus research is conducted all over the world. A recent study sheds light on the risk of developing shunted hydrocephalus after a specific type of brain bleed.

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ETV-CPC for the treatment of infants with hydrocephalus

January 31, 2018

To determine if ETV-CPC provided a benefit compared to ETV alone or placement of a shunt, the HCRN decided to conduct a study which was recently published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.

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CSF Shunt Entry Site Trial

January 17, 2018

The CSF Shunt Entry Site Trial has reached the 75% mark in patient enrollment, that is 385 patients enrolled!

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Tools To Help Patients With Hydrocephalus Make Informed Decisions About Their Health Care.

January 10, 2018

Dr. Thomas Beez and Dr. Hans-Jakob Steiger from the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, Germany have developed a new health care quality metric for shunt surgeries.

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