The Hydrocephalus Association is committed to funding high quality, high impact research that addresses the priorities set forth in our Research Initiative. Our Research Programs focus on 3 main areas: Career Development, Clinical Research, and Basic Research.
The MYI Award program began in 2009 with the dual purpose of funding promising research relevant to hydrocephalus while fostering the development of young researchers. The award helps insure that qualified young scientists enter the field of hydrocephalus research and receive research training and experience under the guidance of highly trained, well-respected researchers who have demonstrated success in their field. At the completion of the grant period, our goal is that these young scientists become high-caliber, productive, independent researchers with an enduring focus on research relevant to hydrocephalus. Ultimately, it is hoped that this support will help these young scientists to make successful applications for an NIH K or R award to continue their research in hydrocephalus, thereby enriching the hydrocephalus research landscape.
One way the Hydrocephalus Association promotes research and leadership in hydrocephalus is through our annual Resident’s Prize. This prize is awarded each year to the most promising hydrocephalus-related research paper presented by a neurosurgical resident at the Pediatric Section meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS). The prize is designed to encourage young doctors to focus their research efforts on advancing treatment and care of individuals with hydrocephalus.
The 2018 National Conference on Hydrocephalus brought renowned clinicians and scientists together with the hydrocephalus patient community. The Conference is an ideal place for young investigators to meet the families affected by hydrocephalus and hopefully strengthen their commitment to a career focused on hydrocephalus, however, few young investigators are able to attend. This award aims to encourage young investigators to attend.
The Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN) is a network of fourteen children’s hospitals that conduct clinical research on hydrocephalus to improve the lives of children suffering from hydrocephalus.
In 2015, HA launched the first ever Innovator Award for Investigators in Hydrocephalus
Therapeutics Research. The goal of this initiative is to provide seed funding for bold and innovative
research with the potential to transform the field of hydrocephalus through the understanding of
disease mechanisms and the development of novel therapies. Seven grants were awarded in 2015, three in 2016, and eight in 2017. HA plans to run another grant cycle in 2018!
Funding for the 2015-2017 Innovator Awards was made possible through the support of the Team Hydro and the dedicated efforts of Craig and Vicki Brown, hosts of the annual Vision Dinner.
HA has run two grant cycles (2011 and 2013) focused on the topic of CSF Production, Flow, and Regulation, Therapeutics and Diagnostics. The Research Focus Area Awards are designed to support high quality, innovative, and timely research projects by established investigators. The past two grant cycles focused on advancing the understanding and control of normal and abnormal regulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) production, flow, resorption, pressure, and pulsatility as they relate to the etiology, progression, and resolution of congenital or acquired forms of hydrocephalus in neonates, children, adults and/or the elderly.
The goal of this award is to increase our understanding of the fundamental mechanics of hydrocephalus.
In 2013, HA ran a grant cycle for the Rudi Schulte Research Institute (RSRI) to fund a new CSF grant. This award is similar to our Research Focus Area CSF grants aimed at supporting novel and innovative research to better understand hydrocephalus and to lead to better diagnosis, treatment and prevention.