The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Oticon Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark, to support research efforts directly tied to improving the quality of patient care. The grant will fund the work of the AAO-HNSF’s Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE), a program that trains young otolaryngology research investigators and provides much-needed research funding. The Oticon Foundation’s multi-year funding will be used to establish a new CORE grant for research in otology, with the goal of generating vital new research about hearing loss and other hearing disorders.

“The mission of CORE aligns with the Oticon Foundation’s mission of supporting innovative research training and research that can benefit all people, especially those with hearing loss,” said Oticon President Peer Lauritsen. “The Oticon Foundation grant will support the AAO-HNSF in actively encouraging the next generation of investigators who will generate new understanding in otology and hearing loss.”

Jean Brereton, senior director of Research, Quality Improvement, and Health Policy at the AAO-HNS said “The Oticon Foundation’s generous funding will provide a research grant that will serve as a long-term investment in the success of tomorrow’s advances in medicine. Our organizations share a deep desire to advance health education and to improve the quality of patient care around the world.”

The AAO-HNSF and related subspecialty societies formed the CORE Program in 1985, recognizing a dramatic need to train young otolaryngologists for a career in research and to increase research development in the specialty. Since 1985, almost 400 CORE grants have been awarded by CORE sponsors, societies, and foundations, totaling almost 7 million dollars.

Founded in 1957, the Foundation sponsors social and educational programs, publications, conferences, cultural activities, and campaigns, for researchers, hearing care professionals, and the general public. The Foundation’s statutes mandate that income be used to support the needs of hearing-impaired individuals as well as organizations that serve people with hearing loss. Income is derived through the Foundation’s ownership of shares in the Oticon Co.

For information about Oticon Foundation grants, please contact Donald Schum, PhD/CCC-A,  via e-mail or call (800) 227-3921.

[Source: Oticon]