For Researchers

Genetic Investigation of Childhood Neurological Disorders

University of California, San Diego

The Gleeson Lab at UC San Diego is enrolling families in a neurogenetic study of Spina Bifida. With your help, we are hopeful that we can make great progress in understanding why some people are born with Spina Bifida. We are currently enrolling participants who meet all these criteria:

  1. Diagnosed with open Spina Bifida (myelomenigocele)
  2. Have a VP shunt OR underwent surgery within a few days of birth
  3. Participant and both biological parents are all willing and able to provide a saliva sample by mail (ok to have different addresses)
  4. Participant can be of any age

This study involves answering a few questions about your medical history, and providing saliva samples by mail. From the saliva samples, we will collect DNA and compare DNA sequences within your family. This study can be completed at no cost to you, and your information will be kept completely private.

Learn more about the study here –

If you are interested in participating, please use this secure online form to initiate enrollment:

A member of the Gleeson Lab will get in touch with you by phone or email. If you would like to get more information first, you can visit our webpage ( or contact us at or by phone at (858) 246-0547. We thank you for your interest in taking part in this important work!

Teenage Sexuality Study

Division of Pediatric Urology at Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University

If you are a teenager with Spina Bifida, you can help researchers at Riley Hospital for Children understand things about your sexuality and sexual health by taking part in an online study. The study is open to teens ages 14 to 17 only. All answers are confidential and will be kept private.

Bladder Rehabilitation Research Training Center

MedStar’s Bladder Rehabilitation Research Training Center (RRTC) are national leaders in the research field of bladder dysfunction and urinary symptoms following nervous system injury. Located at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., their team works collaboratively to investigate ways to produce positive patient outcomes.
SBA is supporting the RRTC’s work by encouraging our community to look into and take part in two of their studies.
If you are interested in or have questions about this study, contact Margot Giannetti at or 202-877-1071.

If you are interested in or have questions about this study, please contact Mandy Rounds, PhD at or 202-877-1591

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The Bladder Rehab Buzz newsletter is brought to you by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Washington, DC, in partnership with Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington , DC, and The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. The newsletter was launched in 2020, and is issued twice a year.

Bladder Rehab Buzz – December 2021