University of Iowa scientists have discovered a new cause of neonatal hydrocephalus. The team discovered that cell-signaling defects disrupt immature brain cells involved in normal brain development. Treatment with lithium bypasses the defect in mice and reduces the hydrocephalus.
George Wehby, a researcher in the UI College of Public Health, discovered South American babies and toddlers living at high altitude were more likely to score poorly on early tests of brain development in a recently published study in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Scientists at the University of Iowa are studying brain development in adolescent children who have a genetic risk for developing alcohol use-related problems due to having a family history of alcoholism.