2017 Spina Bifida World Congress

Research is central to the mission of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at COA/UAB. We are privileged to have a busy practice and as such see the entire broad spectrum of problems that pediatric neurosurgeons are called upon to treat. This naturally prompts a strong desire to be able to do more to help children suffering from the many diseases we treat. Observing, studying, learning and sharing our observations with colleagues are an important priority for every member of our division. As a result we frequently publish in peer reviewed journals and present our studies and observations at meetings of our colleagues. Studies involve both clinical trials and (collaboratively) more basic investigation. Active areas of current study at present include:

Brain Tumors
Working collaboratively we enroll large numbers of patients in clinical trials coordinated by the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG) or the Children’s Oncology Group.

Chiari Malformations
We belong to the Park-Reeves Initiative which is prospectively collecting information on patients with Chiari malformations. Our group has more than 200 publications related to clinical observations about the Chiari malformations.

Recent studies have addressed the optimum technique to localize regions of brain that cause seizures and the properties that the brain exhibits in these regions that lead to the initiation of seizures.

Head Injuries
Externally reviewed and funded collaborative studies are underway that address prevention, diagnosis and treatment of concussions.

COA/UAB is a charter member of the Hydrocephalus Research Network which conducts clinical trials about the most effective means to treat hydrocephalus.

Spina Bifida
We have a large Spina Bifida program and are involved in CDC funded programs to prospectively collect a registry of patients affected by SB. We have had both graded and invited presentations at both World Congresses of Spina Bifida sponsored by the Spina Bifida Association of America.

American Epilepsy Society Meeting