Research UPDATE: Researchers in Hydrocephalus Convene in Greece

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The International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders (ISHCSF) held its 5th annual meeting June 28th – July 2nd in Athens, Greece. The ISHCSF was established to advance the art and science of the field of clinical care and research in hydrocephalus and CSF disorders, and thereby promote the best possible care for patients with hydrocephalus and CSF disorders. The meeting brings together hydrocephalus researchers from around the world to discuss the current state of research for all types of hydrocephalus.

Researchers had the opportunity to submit scientific abstracts of their research and a variety were selected for presentation at the meeting, covering the latest advances in basic, clinical and translational sciences. Topics included normal pressure hydrocephalus, CSF dynamics, co-morbidities and outcomes, neuroimaging, surgical management (both shunts and ETV), pediatric hydrocephalus, and the basic brain science surrounding hydrocephalus.

Michael Williams, MD, a practicing neurologist and Medical Director of The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute in Baltimore as well as a member of HA’s Medical Advisory Board, serves as President of the organization and presented evidence for a rapid and sustained increase in the number of elderly people being afflicted with hydrocephalus. Mark Hamilton, MD, presented an update on the progress of the development of an adult hydrocephalus clinical network, which HA is helping to establish. Pat McAllister, PhD, presented his most recent findings on exploring strategies to repair the disruption of the cells forming the ventricular and the subventricular zones as a result of research which was funded by an HA Established Investigator grant. These are just a few of the many presentations given during the meeting and we hope to be able to present more information about the research in future blogs.

The ISHCSF conference and meetings like it encourage researchers to build relationships and foster collaboration to further progress in hydrocephalus research. By attending these scientific meetings, HA fosters our strong relationships with the preeminent hydrocephalus researchers and physicians in the field, at the same time educating them about the Association.

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