“The Hydrocephalus Association is pleased to announce its Mentored Young Investigator research awardees for 2010.”
Jay Riva-Cambrin, M.D., a pediatric neurosurgeon of the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Medical Center will lead a multi-center study across the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN) study linking MRI to established and novel measures of neuropsychological outcomes in children with hydrocephalus.
Sonia Podvin, Ph.D. of the University of California, San Diego will explore the role of a newly discovered hormone called augurin in the development of hydrocephalus. Dr. Podvin’s award is sponsored by the Kate Finlayson Memorial Research Grant.
HA will fund seven Mentored Young Investigators in 2011. The two new awardees join five other mentored young investigators in research institutions across the country awarded grants in 2009. Mentored Young Investigator awards are for two years of support of $55,000 per year. These awards further the Hydrocephalus Association mission of eliminating the challenges of hydrocephalus by stimulating innovative research and by increasing the pool of physicians and scientists working in hydrocephalus.
The Hydrocephalus Association has now funded grants totaling $830,000 since it initiated its commitment to fund research in 2009. The Association’s new research grants program represents a significant increase in the amount of hydrocephalus research funding. In addition, HA recently received a grant for $400,000 that will be used to initiate groundbreaking new awards for mid-career investigators in translational research next year.
We are in the final stages of creating a longer term strategic plan for the Research Initiative that we will use as the basis for an ongoing fundraising campaign and to drive the research agenda for hydrocephalus. These mentored young investigator grants represent a pillar of our plan to catalyze the hydrocephalus research ecosystem.