Joon Shim Ph.D., a recipient of HA’s Mentored Young Investigator (MYI) award in 2009, has published an article about his findings: VEGF, which is elevated in the CSF of patients with hydrocephalus causes ventriculomegaly and ependymal changes in rats in the journal Experimental Neurology. Dr. Shim’s study investigated the role that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) could play in the development of hydrocephalus. The data from the study supports the idea that VEGF was elevated in patients with hydrocephalus compared with controls. This indicates that VEGF may be a useful biomarker for hydrocephalus The clinical relevance of this work is that anti-angiogenic drugs may be useful in patients with hydrocephalus. The findings of Dr. Shim’s study can be found online here.
At HA, we strive to encourage the work of young researchers in the field of hydrocephalus. We are thrilled by the recent publication of one of our MYIs and we congratulate Dr. Shim on his accomplishment.