R. Reid Townsend, MD, PhD

2018 Discovery Science Award Recipient

TITLE:  Professor, Washington University

GOAL:  Determine how the brain responds to infections that cause postinfectious hydrocephalus

Overview:

Dr. R. Reid Townsend is the Director of the Proteomics Core Laboratory and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Townsend received his MD from Tulane University and his PhD from Johns Hopkins University.

This study, “Activated Gene Pathways in Postinfectious Hydrocephalus: Proteogenomics and the PIH Expressome,” will help us understand how the brain responds to an infection using a complex proteomics approach. Understanding how the brain responds to an infection will help identify the causal pathways leading to the development of PIH and new avenues for targeted drug treatment trials. This study will use CSF samples from infants in Sub-Saharan Africa.