We are excited to announce that we have received a commitment from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the leading federal funder of brain science at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support our upcoming research conference entitled “Opportunities in Hydrocephalus Research: Pathways to Better Outcomes” in Seattle on July 9-11, 2012. Dr. Sam Browd submitted an R13 grant request in December 2011 requesting grant support for the conference. NINDS program directors Dr. Katrina Gwinn and Dr. Jill Morris were involved early in the planning to help shape the agenda. Dr. Morris, who now chairs the Trans-NIH working group on hydrocephalus, will be in attendance and moderate the agenda for the “Treatment of Hydrocephalus” track.
The initial NIH sponsored hydrocephalus workshops in September 2005 and 2009 were catalysts to increased NIH funding for hydrocephalus research. In the years that followed the 2005 workshop, NIH funding for hydrocephalus research nearly quadrupled. We are excited to be partnered with Sam Browd, MD of Seattle Children’s and James P. “Pat” McAllister, II, PhD of the University of Utah in the planning of this unique research conference. Paul Gross, chairman of the Hydrocephalus Association Board of Directors and newly-appointed member of the Advisory Council of the NINDS, will present an update on NIH funding at this conference. The diversity of neuroscientists, clinician researchers, and bio-engineers participating in this conference makes it a unique opportunity to shape the future of hydrocephalus research.
The complete details for the conference, including agenda and registration, can be found at http://hydroresearchconf.org.