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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

hat half of all shunts fail within the first two years of insertion, leaving the majority of children and their families facing a lifetime of multiple brain surgeries. This discovery will allow researchers to pursue pharmaceutical interventions to treat, and possibly prevent, this form of congenital hydrocephalus.

“This ground breaking research provides great hope that someday our children will have a bright future free from the fear of repeated, unplanned, emergency brain surgeries. I am so grateful to these researchers for this major discovery and thrilled for the hydrocephalus community,” stated Barrett O’Connor, Chair of the Hydrocephalus Association Board of Directors.

The study findings are available online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The press release from the Texas A&M Health Science Center is attached.

About the Hydrocephalus Association
The Hydrocephalus Association (HA) is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the challenges of hydrocephalus by stimulating research and supporting people who are affected by this condition. Incorporated in 1986, HA is now the nation’s largest and most widely respected organization dedicated solely to serving those affected by hydrocephalus. HA has been instrumental in creating a community of individuals, families and health care professionals addressing the complexities of hydrocephalus in all age groups. In 2009, HA launched its Research Initiative to enhance the understanding of this complex condition as well as to find better treatment options and, ultimately, a cure.

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