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Discovery of New Cause of Congenital Hydrocephalus Opens the Door to Collaborative Research Study, Hydrocephalus Association Commends Researchers
Date:4/30/2013

Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) April 30, 2013

Yesterday afternoon the Institute of Biosciences and Technology at Texas A&M University formally announced that researchers discovered a connection between a form of congenital hydrocephalus and a genetic defect. The study is led by Jiang Chang, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Center for Translational Cancer Research and a prominent researcher focusing on the abnormal development of heart tissue and how it leads to heart failure. After identifying the significant finding for hydrocephalus among his study subjects, Dr. Chang attended a local Hydrocephalus Association (HA) support group meeting to meet individuals affected by hydrocephalus and to share his findings with the Association.

“This is just the beginning,” stated Dr. Chang. “I am more than happy and curious to further this study. I would like to explore collaborations by bringing clinicians and basic scientists into the study. The participation of hydrocephalus patients in the study is extremely important as well, given the fact that there are so many unknown questions about human hydrocephalus and a limited patient population. There are many things we can do in the disease prevention, treatment and prognosis, if we work together.”

HA is excited not only for the potential breakthrough for its members but also because of the introduction of new scientists in the hydrocephalus research community. HA has already introduced Dr. Chang to other established hydrocephalus investigators as well as to contacts at NIH to help accelerate his research.

This is a particularly significant finding for those in the hydrocephalus community with a congenital form of the condition. It is estimated that 1 to 2 of every 1,000 babies are born with hydrocephalus. There is currently no cure for hydrocephalus and the only treatment requires brain surgery, typically the permanent implantation of a shunt. Studies have found t
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