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Member spotlight: The Hydrocephalus Association

By Amanda Garzon, Communications and Marketing Manager and Ashly Westrick, Research Manager at the Hydrocephalus Association.

HA logoThe Hydrocephalus Association (HA) is proud to be a member of Research!America. HA is a charitable organization dedicated to eliminating the challenges of hydrocephalus by stimulating research, as well as helping people who are affected by this condition through education, support, and advocacy initiatives.  HA views research as a critical part of our mission.

Hydrocephalus is a condition characterized by the abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within cavities of the brain. Nearly one million Americans – including children, seniors, and even veterans – are living with hydrocephalus today. There is no cure for hydrocephalus. The predominant treatment option for the disease is the implantation of a shunt through brain surgery – a device invented more than fifty years ago. The shunt has the highest failure rate of any implanted medical device, with half of all shunts failing within the first two years. A patient living with hydrocephalus is likely to undergo multiple brain surgeries in their lifetime. Continue reading →