05 September 2014
Top neuroscientists in Bristol for hydrocephalus conference
Around 300 top neuroscientists from around the world will be in
Bristol this weekend for the sixth meeting of the International
Society of Hydrocephalus and Cerebrospinal Fluid (ISHCSF)
The 2014 conference, to take place from Friday 5 to Monday 8
September at the University of Bristol's Wills Memorial Building,
is the largest meeting worldwide dedicated to research into
hydrocephalus and related disorders.
Hydrocephalus is a build-up of fluid on the brain. It occurs
when cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) - the clear, water-like fluid that
surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord - is unable to
drain from the brain. The excess fluid puts pressure on the
brain, which can damage it. Hydrocephalus can usually be
treated using a piece of equipment known as a shunt. A shunt
is a thin tube that is surgically implanted in the brain and drains
away the excess fluid.
The conference will cover the full range of CSF disorders
affecting both children and adults. On Friday [5 September],
100 delegates will attend a satellite educational symposium on
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) to raise awareness amongst
clinicians of the growing importance of NPH as a treatable cause of
cognitive impairment and falls in the elderly.
At this year's meeting, there will be a special session led by
Jon Clark from Baylor College of Medicine Center for Space Medicine
on visual impairment/intracranial pressure (VIIP), a condition
affecting astronauts undertaking prolonged space flights, such as a
planned Mars mission. VIIP is considered one of NASA's top
health concerns, as impairment of an astronaut's vision on a
long-duration exploration mission could compromise the astronaut's
health and put mission safety at risk.
Over the last 12 months members of the ISHCSF, in collaboration
with the Baylor Center for Space Medicine, have been working
towards a better understanding of VIIP and how it may impact on
plans for prolonged space flight missions, included a manned Mars
Jon Clark will discuss the possible health and safety challenges
associated with getting humans to Mars.
During the conference there will be sessions dedicated to
advanced neuro-imaging techniques in hydrocephalus and on CSF shunt
design and technology.
Richard Edwards, consultant neurosurgeon at Bristol Royal
Hospital for Children, senior clinical lecturer in the School of
Clinical Sciences and Congress President, said: "With an exciting
group of speakers from a wide range of disciplines, this year's
conference programme will enable an interdisciplinary exchange of
ideas to help speed the progress to improving the diagnosis and
treatment of hydrocephalus and CSF disorders."
The meeting will have sessions devoted to education in the field
of hydrocephalus including a satellite session for trainee doctors
with an interest in hydrocephalus and a satellite meeting of the
International Hydrocephalus Imaging Working Group (IHIWG), which
hold the autumn meeting of the group in conjunction with the
ISHCSF. There will also be an industry sponsored "Young
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