We’re very proud to fund women in science, and support amazing female researchers. This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating some of them. Read on to find out more about their incredible work.
Professor Hannie Kremer
Professor Hannie Kremer at the Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands, is developing a gene therapy to prevent hearing loss in people with an inherited form of deafness, which causes them to start to lose their hearing as young adults.
Professor Karen Steel
Professor Karen Steel at The Wolfson Centre, School of Neuroscience at King’s College London is investigating whether it’s possible to reverse hearing loss caused by mutations in a gene linked to hearing loss. This will provide crucial information to help develop gene therapies to restore hearing.
Dr Jing-Yi Jeng
Dr Jing-Yi Jeng is one of our Fellows at the Sheffield Hearing Group, Sheffield University. She’s studying the role of a gene linked to age-related hearing loss in the hair cells of the inner ear. We’re funding her Fellowship with the Dunhill Medical Trust.
Dr Magdalena Zak
Dr Magdalena Zak is one of our Fellows at the UCL Ear Institute. She’s trying to improve how we grow cochlear hair cells in the lab. If successful, this will make it easier to study hearing loss and develop new treatments. We’re funding her Fellowship with the Dunhill Medical Trust.
Sarah Hool is one of our PhD Students at the Sheffield Hearing Group, Sheffield University. She’s studying supporting cells in the inner ear, looking at their role in age-related hearing loss.
Professor Laura Hurley
Professor Laura Hurley at Indiana University, USA, is studying the impact of hearing loss and social isolation on the hearing brain, focussing on the brain signalling chemical serotonin. This could lead to treatments that target the hearing brain to treat hearing loss.
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