Dr. Timothy Vogel Joins the Robert H. Pudenz Lectureship at Conference

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Dr. Timothy VogelWe are excited to announce that Timothy Vogel, MD, will join the Robert H. Pudenz Lectureship plenary session at the 13th National Conference on Hydrocephalus. The Robert H. Pudenz Lectureship was established in 1999 to highlight the current state of and advances in hydrocephalus research. The session begins with our Scientific Keynote address and is followed by a Scientific Research Panel. As a panelist, Dr. Vogel will update conference participants on his research study, “Role of neural progenitor cells in the development of neonatal hydrocephalus, for which he was awarded HA’s 2013 Research Grant, given in partnership with the Rudi Schulte Research Institute (RSRI). Dr. Vogel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Vogel’s research study focuses on the cilia, hair-like structures on the surface of neuron progenitor cells (NPCs) in the brain.  He is exploring whether or not abnormal signaling through the cilia contributes to the development of neonatal hydrocephalus. 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 a root cause of hydrocephalus by examining the role cilia play in the functions of the brain, and the role NPCs play in hydrocephalus.

Dr. Timothy Vogel, MD, joined the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in 2013 as an assistant professor of neurosurgery and developmental biology. Dr. Vogel is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Vogel completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2011. He then completed a minimally invasive fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital at Harvard University, followed by a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Vogel specializes in craniofacial surgery and the use of endoscopy in the minimally invasive treatment of children. He also utilizes endoscopy and his expertise with minimally invasive surgery to treat hydrocephalus.

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Vogel is a principal investigator in the Division of Developmental Biology focused on human and molecular genetics of hydrocephalus. Dr. Vogel has completed postdoctoral fellowships for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Iowa and at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Vogel is focused on cilia (hair like structures in the brain) and their contribution to hydrocephalus during development. He utilizes basic and translational applications to study cellular signaling in hydrocephalus with the goal of developing innovative treatment strategies for this disease.

The Robert H. Pudenz Lectureship was established to acknowledge Dr. Robert Pudenz’s (1911-1998) work in the area of hydrocephalus and his overall contribution to the advances made in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric neurological disease. The Robert H. Pudenz Lectureship is sponsored by the Rudi Schulte Research Institute, a not-for-profit private operating foundation established in 1974 by Rude Schulte, which conducts studies to elucidate and seek improved treatments for hydrocephalus and other neurological disorders. This is the fourth Robert H. Pudenz Lectureship held at our national conferences. The Robert H. Pudenz Lectureship is an all-age plenary session opening with our Scientific Keynote Speaker, this year Dr. Stephen A. Back, who will address his important work on the development of strategies to promote regeneration and repair of injury to the developing brain It is followed by a Scientific Research Panel moderated by Paul Gross, Secretary of the HA Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the HA Research Committee. This year the Lectureship will end with a tribute to the legacy of Dr. Salomon Hakim for his contributions in defining, diagnosing, and treating Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. The Hydrocephalus Association is grateful to RSRI for making the Robert H. Pudenz Lectureship possible, allowing our conference participants to engage with researchers on current studies.

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