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Researchers ID Role of Deafness Gene in Norrie Disease

The researchers found that the Norrie Disease Protein (NDP), which is lacking in patients with the rare disease, is essential for the maintenance and survival of hair cells in the cochlea, the cells responsible for hearing.

Research Study Finds Neurogenesis Can Help Improve Cognitive Function in Mouse Model of Alzheimer's

The investigation shows that the beneficial effects on cognition can be blocked by the hostile inflammatory environment present in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and that physical exercise can “clean up” the environment, allowing new nerve cells to survive, thrive, and improve cognition in the Alzheimer’s mice.

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2017 Callier Prize Awarded to Sharon Kujawa for Research on Hidden Hearing Loss

Sharon G. Kujawa, an auditory neuroscientist who studies how aging and noise exposure can impact hearing, has been selected to receive the biennial Callier Prize in Communication Disorders for her research into the connections between the hair cells and the nerve fibers (synapses) that are most vulnerable—what is now being referred to as “hidden hearing loss.”

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Partial Hearing and Balance Restored in Deaf Mice Using New Gene-delivery Therapy

Using a novel form of gene therapy, scientists from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital have managed to restore partial hearing and balance in mice born with a genetic condition that affects both. The new model reportedly overcomes a long-standing barrier to accessing hair cells which have been notoriously difficult to treat with previous gene-delivery techniques.

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