To view currently funded research projects related to Dandy-Walker and other associated hindbrain malformation by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world’s leading supporter of biomedical research on the brain and nervous system, click here.
Drs. William Dobyns and Kathleen Millen at the Center for Integrative Brain Research at Seattle Children’s Hospital are studying clinical data and DNA samples from patients with Dandy-Walker Malformation (DW) and their families. Research done by Dr. Dobyns and Dr. Millen has identified 4 DW genes and they already have leads on three other genes which reside on chromosomes 8, 9p and 13. This has increased our understanding of the causes of DW, improved diagnosis, and may lead to new therapeutic options.
Families, clinicians and researchers interested in participating in our research or assistance with patient recruitment are encouraged to contact us.
Research at the Center for Integrative Brain Research at Seattle Children’s Hospital begins with enrollment by obtaining informed consent, collecting and reviewing clinical reports, brain MRI images and photographs. Summaries of assessments, as well as clarification of the diagnosis in some cases, will be made available to families and physicians on request.
Once the Center for Integrative Brain Research has reviewed medical records, they will initiate genetic analysis. Families interested in this study are encouraged to send samples from one or more different tissues such as saliva, blood, or skin. Saliva or blood samples from the biological parents may be requested as well. Details will be provided upon enrollment. There are no travel requirements or additional costs associated with participation in the research which may or may not benefit your child.
Contact information for enrollment or questions about our research program with the Center for Integrative Brain Research is below.
Research Contact Information:
Clinical Research Associate
Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Center for Integrative Brain Research
1900 Ninth Avenue, M/S C9S-10
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone (206) 884-1277
Fax (206) 884-1210