University of Southern California

Crump Lab

USC Stem Cell

Gage Crump, Yang Chai and Rob Maxson receive $3.3 million NIDCR grant

With craniosynostosis—a birth defect estimated to occur in roughly one out of every 2,500 live births—the fibrous joints (or sutures) fuse together prematurely, leaving the cranium little room to expand to accommodate the growing brain. In a mild case, this may lead to a misshapen skull. In more severe cases, it can cause developmental delays, hearing loss, blindness and even death.

But maybe not for long, thanks to a $3.3 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), which could eventually lead to more effective treatments.

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