The Hydrocephalus Association co-hosts the 2012 Research Conference

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Seattle, WAThis July, the Hydrocephalus Association is co-hosting a ground-breaking research conference designed to bring together pre-eminent researchers and scientists to advance research around hydrocephalus.

The purpose of this conference is to provide an update on the latest innovations and findings going on in hydrocephalus research, and to strategize about the next great breakthroughs. Scheduled for July 9 – 11 in Seattle, Washington, this conference boasts a speaker line-up of some of the world’s most renowned scientists and researchers who have been studying aspects of hydrocephalus, such as:

The Causes of Hydrocephalus

  • The latest work being done around genetics – how hydrocephalus can cause genetic changes, as well as possibilities for intervening and managing genetic defects;
  • Expanding our understanding of injury mechanisms (pathogenesis and neuro-modulation) – to better understand how to minimize the damage done by hydrocephalus, as well as find the cause.

The Enhancements in Diagnosis

  • What biomarkers are telling us;
  • What are the latest techniques in neuroimaging;
  • How close are we to pharmacological interventions?

The Treatment Advances

  • Where the biggest advances in bioengineering are likely to happen to prevent the need for shunt revisions;
  • How better surgical approaches apply to specific types of hydrocephalus.

The Outcome Improvements

  • Improvements in neuropsychology outcomes;
  • Neurological outcomes and quality of life.

Those invited to present at the conference include, Marc DelBigio, MD, PhD, FRCPC (Professor, Department of Pathology & Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neuropathology, University of Manitoba); Norman Relkin, PhD, MD (Director of the Cornell Memory Disorders Program & Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neuroscience, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College); Benjamin C. Warf, MD (Director, Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital Boston); Abhaya Kulkarni, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCSC (Dept. of Neurology, Hospital for Sick Children & Associate Professor, Neurosurgery, University of Toronto); Marion L. (“Jack”) Walker, M.D. (Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City); and Michael A. Williams, M.D. (Medical Director, LifeBridge Health Brain & Spine Institute, Baltimore).

The Hydrocephalus Association is partnering with the Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, the University of Washington, the University of Utah Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network, and the Hydrocephalus Research Guild in putting on this conference.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and registration information may be found here.

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