Team Hydro remains proud that every penny we raise through our swims goes directly to research! (And we mean every penny–as we ensure our costs are underwritten through other means).
As the 2016 swim season begins, and we gear up to find sponsors for our swims, we’d like to mention some of the important research Team Hydro dollars are already working to benefit!
When reviewing projects for sponsorship, Team Hydro seeks out research looking to find cure-based, or non-surgical treatments for hydrocephalus. We are proud to be working with some of the most cutting-edge labs in the world, both here in the United States, and one as far away as Australia!
Right now, thanks to Team Hydro swimmers, on-land supporters, and donors:
Researchers at Washington University in St Louis, are looking at how specific drugs reduce the neuroinflamation that occurs following a brain hemorrhage, in hopes of preventing hydrocephalus from developing in patients like Kate (whose illness inspired team hydro), and sweet 5 year old Lilly, from the Dorset Dolphin Team!
Scientists at University of Illinois at Chicago, who have already made important discoveries leading to better understanding of fluid exchange in the brain, are seeking to develop a (non-surgical) molecular shunt for curing hydrocephalus.
At Indiana University/Purdue U, Indiana, a team of researchers are on the way to developing what could very well be the first drug treatment for hydrocephalus.
Finally, research being done at an amazing center in Queensland, Australia is providing crucial insights into the molecular formulation of hydrocephalus– they created a new technique which studies how changes in specific neural cells cause hydrocephalus to develop as the brain develops. This important work is paving the way for even more new strategies and treatments designed to ameliorate this difficult condition once and for all!
Team Hydro is grateful to each and every one of our swimmers, donors, and researchers–
Thanks to YOU, we are certain that one day, a CURE will be found!!