The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital will conduct in-depth research into the root causes of idiopathic scoliosis thanks to three grants totaling $7.5 million, D CEO Healthcare reported.
Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common type of scoliosis which appears around ages 10 to 15.
The first grant was awarded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study the biological causes of the condition and develop future treatments.
The second was awarded by NIH and will look into the genetic errors that could be causing the spinal deformity. The third grant was also awarded by NIH and will fund a meeting where experts from around the world will meet to share their research.
The program will be led by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Director of Molecular Genetics and Basic Research Dr. Carol Wise, who will work with investigators at the Washington University in St. Louis and the University of California, San Francisco.
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