Hydrocephalus occurs when cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is not reabsorbed or circulated properly in the brain. After her newborn son William developed hydrocephalus, Lori Poliski was dismayed to learn that treatment for the condition had progressed little since the 1950s. Shunts to drain excess CSF were introduced in the mid-1950s, but they often fail. William, 5, has already had four shunt replacement surgeries.
Not satisfied with the current state of treatment, Poliski co-founded the hydrocephalus Research Guild with her husband Paul Gross to support the search for better options and, ultimately, a cure. The guild supports the Center for Integrative Brain Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Jan “Nino” Ramirez, PhD, leads the research team. ...cont.
The Guild Association–wide effort known as Project Giggle collected thousands of infant toys and more than $6,000 for the purchase of additional toys in 2007. Project Giggle has returned, and we again ask for your help ...cont.
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