By Rick Smith, Acting CEO
We are extremely pleased to have Gavin Reed join the Hydrocephalus Association staff as our Research Associate. For the past two and a half years, Gavin has been a part of the pediatric neurosurgery research team at Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham. During that time, he helped evaluate treatments and patient outcomes relative to several different neurological diseases, chiefly epilepsy and hydrocephalus. For several months, Gavin worked to gather data and enforce surgical protocol for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN).
On his new position, Gavin notes “I am very excited to have the opportunity to be part of HA’s research team and to help improve treatments and work toward defeating hydrocephalus. I look forward to interacting with those in the hydrocephalus community, and I will strive to help promote and facilitate any research that may lead to better treatments, improved quality of life, or a cure for the individuals and families facing this condition.”
Gavin joins HA in the middle of a grant making process which will award funding to established researchers in the area of CSF Production, Flow and Regulation. We hope to fund projects that will advance our understanding of CSF dynamics and lead to effective treatments for hydrocephalus. We have many promising proposals, and are looking forward to making awards before the end of the year.