HA Chairman, Paul Gross, Joins NINDS Advisory Council

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By Rick Smith, HA Acting CEO

paul h grossI am pleased to announce that Paul Gross, Chairman of Hydrocephalus Association’s (HA) Board of Directors, has been selected to join the 18 member National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council -the major advisory panel to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).  Paul joins three other new members and brings to the Council his entrepreneurial perspective, successful business experience, and a deep, passionate commitment to finding answers for people living with hydrocephalus.

NINDS, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the nation’s primary supporter of basic, translational and clinical research on the brain and nervous system.  Its 18-member Council, composed of physicians, scientists and representatives of the public meets three times a year to review applications from scientists seeking government grants to support biomedical research on disorders of the brain and nervous system. Members also advise the Institute on research program planning and priorities.

“In just a few years, Mr. Gross has done a remarkable job of engaging engineers, scientists and clinicians in plans to develop research that will lead to better treatment for people with hydrocephalus,” said Story Landis, Ph.D., Director of the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).  “I am delighted that he will be a member of the NINDS Advisory Council and look forward to his participation.”

We are delighted as well and offer our sincere congratulations to Paul on this very exciting and important appointment.

1 Comments for : HA Chairman, Paul Gross, Joins NINDS Advisory Council
    • Hilary
    • October 29, 2011


    Congratulations on your appointment to the NINDS Advisory Panel. Please bear in mind that it is not only important to focus on childhood hydrocephalus, but to study causes, prevention, and treatment of adult onset hydrocephalus, including Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. I suffer from NPH, and was forced to retire on disability because of it. Instead of contributing to the economy, I am a drain on it. And there are many others who are in a similar situation to mine.

    Also, differential diagnosis for people with NPH is crucial. The disorder often is confused by doctors as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Syndrome, and leaves people either untreated or treated too late to be helped very much by shunting. Please lobby for funding to increase the awareness of family physicians and neurologists of NPH symptoms so that brain damage due to long term increased pressure is minimized and potentially reversible. Thank you.

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