Penn State Hershey Spina Bifida clinic receives national grant

January 11, 2012

The Penn State Hershey Spina Bifida clinic has been selected as one of only 17 clinics nationwide for inclusion in the National Spina Bifida Registry Demonstration Project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to track long-term outcomes for children and adults with spina bifida and to perform research into these disorders.

The three-year grant was awarded to Mark Dias, neurosurgery, and Stacey Stark, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and is coordinated through the Penn State Institute of the Neurosciences. Dias is serving his second term as the pediatric neurosurgical consultant to the Professional Advisory Council of the Spina Bifida Association of America. Physical therapist Lizabeth Kelly also serves on the Professional Advisory Council.

The Penn State Hershey Spina Bifida clinic evaluates and treats both children and adults with spina bifida and other congenital disorders of the spinal cord. Spina bifida is the most serious birth defect of the nervous system compatible with life, and children with spina bifida have a multitude of complex medical issues involving multiple surgical and medical specialties. T

he Penn State Hershey Spina Bifida clinic is multidisciplinary and involves pediatric specialists from neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as physical and occupational therapists and a social worker. The clinic is directed by Dias and Stark, and is coordinated by Cynthia Hulse.

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Last Updated January 12, 2012