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August 13, 2007

For Immediate Release - Deafness Resarch Foundation 2007-8 Grant Recipients Announced

From: Deafness Research Foundation - Aug 13, 2007

Deafness Research Foundation NEWS

August 3, 2007

Andrea Kardonsky

Deafness Research Foundation (DRF) awards 23 grants of $20,000 to outstanding scientists in the field of hearing research

DRF is proud to be able support 23 highly-qualified research scientists as they do ground-breaking research in the following areas:
· Fundamental Auditory Research - development, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, anatomy, and animal models;
· Hearing and Balance Restoration - infants, children and adults
o cochlear implants / surgical therapy for otosclerosis / hair cell regeneration/ hearing aids, medical therapy;
· Hearing Loss - aging, noise-induced , otosclerosis, viral infection (sudden deafness), ototoxicity, temporal bone pathology, otitis media, cholesteatoma, and tumors;
· Vestibular and Balance Disorders (dizziness and vertigo, Meniere's disease);
· Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and Hyperacusis (decreased tolerance of sound).

DRF is committed to funding hearing and balance research at the level of a government grant. Throughout our 49-year history, the Deafness Research Foundation has awarded over $23 million through nearly 2,100 research grants to researchers who are dedicated to exploring new avenues of hearing science. This seed money has led to dramatic innovations that promise to increase options for those living with hearing loss, as well as protect those at risk. These innovations include the diagnosis and treatment of otitis media (middle ear infections), the cochlear implant, implantable hearing aids, breakthroughs in molecular biology and hair cell regeneration.

For this year’s grant selection, DRF’s Council of Scientific Trustees reviewed grant applications from renowned scientists at top research institutions around the US. The research projects of 23 talented PhD’s and/or MD’s were selected. Each will receive a grant of $20,000. A complete list of the 2007-2008 grants recipients is attached:

DRF 2007-8 Grant Recipients.pdf

Andrea Kardonsky
Chief Operating Officer
Deafness Research Foundation
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