by Paul Gross, Chairman of the HA Board of Directors
I am excited to announce that Hydrocephalus Association (HA) has partnered with the Rudi Schulte Research Institute (RSRI) to release a major new Request for Applications (RFA) in conjunction with our upcoming research conference in Seattle on July 9-11. Rudi Schulte was one of the two founders of a shunt manufacturing company called PS Medical, later acquired by Medtronic. The Rudi Schulte Research Institute (RSRI) was created and endowed by the late Mr. Schulte to advance hydrocephalus research.
HA representatives met with the RSRI board of directors of in June 2011 to discuss HA’s Research Initiative. At that time, the RSRI board expressed strong interest in working with our organization to find promising hydrocephalus researchers. Since that time, RSRI has signed on as a sponsor of our upcoming research conference. With this latest announcement, HA will work with the RSRI to create and distribute an RFA based on the most promising research discussed at the conference. HA will then conduct the peer review with our Scientific and Medical Review Committee of the applications. After this peer ranking is accomplished, RSRI will expend between $50,000 and $250,000 a year for multiple years to work with the leading applicant on advancing his/her research concept. The RFA is planned to be released in the Fall of 2012.
HA views this partnership as a significant endorsement of our research planning and granting efforts. We look forward to the upcoming research conference, and to the selection of the most promising area for RSRI’s investment. To see details about the research conference, go to http://hydroresearchconf.org. To read our announcement about our partnership with RSRI, see the press release.