Funded Grants

Projects funded by the American Hearing Research Foundation during the following years:

To see a list of all universities and university-affiliated hospitals the American Hearing Research Foundation has funded, click here.

2013
“Video games as an alternative to traditional auditory training after hearing loss”
Noah Ledbetter, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis
$20,000
“Innovations in monitoring ototoxic changes using DPOAEs”
Sumit Dhar, PhD, Northwestern University; David Klodd, PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago
$20,000
“Pilot study of genetic newborn hearing screening” Christina Runge, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee $20,000
“Mechanism of cochlear fibrosis following cochlear electrode implantation trauma”
Esperanza Bas Infante, PhD, University of Miami, Florida
$20,000
CORE GRANT: to be selected May, 2013  $25,000
TOTAL FUNDING $105,000
2012
“Actin metabolism in hearing loss”
Benjamin Perrin, PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
$20,000
“Role of En1 in the specification and differentiation of superior olivary complex neurons”
Stephen Maricich, MD, PhD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
$20,000
“Contributions of auditory cortex and inferior colliculus to plasticity in frequency tuning”
Shaowen Bao, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
$20,000
“The striated organelle in inner ear hair cells: ultrastructural and proteomic studies”
Anna Lysakowski, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
$20,000
“Neural correlates of speech envelope and fine structure as evident by the frequency-following response (FFR)”
Jong Ho Won, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle
$20,000
 CORE Grant:  “Characterizing hair cell regeneration in the mouse utricle” Alan Cheng, MD, Stanford University, California  $25,000
TOTAL FUNDING $125,000
2011
“Proliferation and differentiation of hair-cell progenitors”
Kelvin Kwan, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Boston
$20,000
“Regeneration of the central process of spiral ganglion neurons using a cell-based replacement”
Zhengqing Hu, MD, PhD, Wayne State University, Detroit
$20,000
“Consequences of progressive hearing loss in the auditory brainstem”
Amanda Lauer, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
$20,000
“Identifying genes that specify the cochlear tonotopic gradient”
Michael Lovett, PhD, Wasington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
$20,000
“Novel optical techniques for investigating active hearing in the mammalian cochlea”
Jonathan Fisher, PhD, Rockefeller University, New York
$20,000
 CORE Grant: “Validity, discriminative ability and sensitivity to change of the HEAR-QL”
Tara Rachakonda, MD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
 $25,000
TOTAL FUNDING $125,000
2010
“Alterations in neural processing in the auditory cortex with early noise-induced hearing loss”
Sharba Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
$20,000
“Response of supporting cells to hair cell loss in the mammalian cochlea”
Angelika Doetzlhofer, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
$20,000
“Generation and characterization of a mouse model of DFNB26 deafness-causing gene”
Saima Riazuddin, Ph.D., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
$20,000
“Cell fate regulation in cochlear development and regeneration”
Douglas A. Cotanche, Ph.D., Boston University School of Medicine
$20,000
“Significance of tumor necrosis factor alpha in cisplatin ototoxicity in Vivo”
Nicole C. Schmitt, M.D., University of Washington, Seattle
$20,000
“Biological role of non-muscle myosin IIA in sensory hair cells”
Anand N. Mhatre, Ph.D., New York University School of Medicine
CORE GRANT: “Directing spiral ganglion neurite growth on micropatterened methacrylate polymers”
Joseph Capt. Clarke, MD, University of Iowa, Des Moines
$20,000$25,000
TOTAL FUNDING $145,000

 

2009
“The role of synucleins in the mammalian cochlea”
Lawrence Lustig, MD, University of California, San Francisco
$20,000
“Schwann cells in normal and noise damaged cochleas”
Donna Whitlon, PhD, Northwestern University, Chicago
$20,000
“Neural basis for sensory discrimination and perceptual learning in auditory cortex”
Matthew Banks, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
$20,000
“Speech-evoked auditory brainstem responses in normal-hearing and hearing-impaired adults with and without amplification”
Lisa Potts, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis
$20,000
“A novel stem cell replacement therapy for damaged spiral ganglion neurons”
Takako Kondo, PhD, Indiana University, IndianapolisCORE Grant: “In vitro and in vivo response to HDAC inhibitors by vestibular schwannomas”
Matthew Bush, M.D., of Ohio State University
$20,000$25,000
TOTAL FUNDING $125,000

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2008
“The Role of KCNQ4 Channels in Progressive Hearing Loss”
Liping Nie, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
$20,000
“Prevent and Treat Noise-Induced Hearing Loss by Drugs Blocking T-Type Calcium Channels”
Jianxin Bao, Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
$25,000
“Determination of Redox State in Hair Cell Mitochondria” Richard Hallworth, Ph.D., Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska $20,000
“The Effects of Selective Hair Cell Damage on Temporal Envelope Coding in the Auditory Nerve”
Michael G. Heinz, Ph.D., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
$20,000
“Characterization of a de novo Protein Expressed in Mammalian Cochlea”
Jing Zheng, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Illinois
$20,000
TOTAL FUNDING $105,000

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2007
“Role of Ubiquitin Ligase UBE3B in Regenerating Inner Ears in Response to Noise Trauma”
Tzy-Wen Gong, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
$20,000
“How to Build an Ear: Discovery of FGF-Regulated Hearing Loss Genes”
Suzanne Mansour, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
$20,000
“Reinnervation of Cochlear Hair Cells by SNG Peripheral Process in Vitro”
Qiong Wang, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City
$20,000
“Structure-Function Relationships in the AUditory Cortex of Good and Poor Readers”
Catherine Warrier, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
$20,000
“Molecular Interactions of Otoferlin Relevant to Deafness”
Neeliyath A. Ramakrishnan, Ph.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan
$20,000
CORE Grant: “Signal Detection with Cochlear Implants” Ted Meyer, M.D., Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston $25,000
Georgia Birtman Grants:
“Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potentials (VEMP)”
Timothy C. Hain, M.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
“Role of Intracellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms on the Regeneration of Spiral Ganglion Neuronal Morphology In Vitro”
Donna S. Whitlon, Ph.D., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
$75,000
$75,000
TOTAL FUNDING $275,000

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2006
“Adult Stem Cells Therapeutic Vectors In the Mamalian Cochlea”
Anand N. Mhatre, Ph.D., New York University School of Medicine, New York
$20,000
“Characterization of the Sensory Hair Cells and Supporting Cells of Zebrafish Mutants: Marginal Zone Deficient and Round Eye”
Jonathan Matsui, Ph.D., Children’s Hospital of Boston, Massachusetts
$20,000
“Investigating the Cochlear Function of Myosin-1a, a Newly Identified Deafness Gene”
Matthew J. Tyska, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
$20,000
“Transneuronal Analysis of the Auditory Reflex Pathways” Daniel J. Lee, M.D., University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester $20,000
“Vestibular Efferent Innervation: Anatomical and Neurochemical Studies”
Anna Lysakowski, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois
$19,986
“Human Genetics of Age-Related Hearing Loss”
Robert D. Frisina, PhD, University of Rochester Medical School, New York (RENEWAL)
$18,500
Georgia Birtman Grant: “Electrical Stimulation of Spiral Ganglion Cells”
Claus-Peter Richter, M.D., Ph.D., Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois
$30,209
CORE Grant: Role of JNK Signaling in the Death of Spiral Ganglion Neurons After Hair Cell Loss”
Steven H. Green, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City
$12,498
TOTAL FUNDING $161,193

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2005
“Assessing Audiovisual Sentence Recognition In Children with Sensory Aids”
Rachael Frush Holt, Ph.D. Indiana University, Indianapolis
$19,904
“CTL@ as the Target of Autoimmune Hearing Loss” Thomas E. Carey, M.D.,Kresge Hearing Research Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor $19,961
“Characterization if nAChRs In ES, Progenitor And Differentiated Hair Cells”
Barbara J. Morley, Ph.D,Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska
$20,000
“Efferent Modulation of Auditory Nerve Activity Via Calcitonin-Gene-Related-Peptide”
Colleen G. Le Prell, Ph.D., Kresge, Hearing Research Institute University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
$18,108
“Human Genetics of Age-Related Hearing Loss”
Robert D. Frisina, Ph.D. Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
$18,500
“Regulation of Auditory Hair Cell Potassium Channels by Auxiliary Beta Submits”
R. Keith Duncan, Ph.D. R. Keith Duncan, Ph.D. Kresge Hearing Research Institute University, University of Michigan
$20,000
“Prestin Transduction in the Mouse Cochlea”
John S. Oghalai, M.D.,Baylor College, Houston, Texas
$20,000 (renewal)
CORE Grant: “Role of JNK Signaling in the Death of Spiral Ganglion Neurons After Hair Cell Loss”
Steven H. Green, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City
$25,000
TOTAL FUNDING $149,138

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2004
“Ionic Mechanisms Underlying Neuronal Firing in Vestibular Calyx Afferents”
Katherine J. Rennie, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Denver
$17,500
“Prestin Transduction in the Mouse Cochlea”
John S. Oghalai, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
$17,500
“Reduction of Current Shunt in Cochlear Prosthesis Electrodes”
Claus-Peter Richter, M.D., Ph.D., Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois
$17,500
“Structure of Stereocilia Extracellular Links and Morpholoy of Hair Bundles”
Vladimir L. Tsurprun, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
$18,000
Derlacki Grant: “Repair of the Murine Cochlea After Acoustic Injury”
Keiko Hirose, M.D., The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio
$25,000
“Emotional Functioning of Children with Cochlear Implants”
Nathan A. Fox, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
$25,000
CORE Grant: Yael Raz, M.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania $25,000
Georgia Birtman Grant: “Signal Transduction Pathways and Gene Expression in Cholesteatoma”
Alastair Lynn-Macrae, M.D., Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois
TOTAL FUNDING $145,000

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2003
“Binding of Myosin-1c to Protoins Located at Stereociliary Tips, the Site of Hair-Cell Transduction”
Janet L. Cyr, Ph.D., M.D., West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown
$18,000
“Otocadherin Protein Interactions in Hair Cells”
Elizabeth Bryda, Ph.D., Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia
$18,000
“Reduction of Current Shunt in Cochlear-Prosthesis Electrodes”
Claus-Peter Richter, M.D., Ph.D., Northwestern University Medical School, Evanston, Illinois
$18,000
“Release of ATP from Deiters’ Cells”
Richard P. Bobbin, Ph.D., Kresge Hearing Research Laboratories, Louisiana State University, New Orleans
$18,000
“Stimulation and Evaluation of a Novel Rehabiliation Scheme for Cochlear Implants Patients”
Thomas M. Talavage, Ph.D., Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
$18,000
Eugene L. Derlacki, M.D. Grant: “Cellular Repair fo the Murine Cochlea After Acoustic Injury”
Keiko Hirose, M.D., Children’s Hospital, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio
$25,000
“Emotional Functioning of Children with Cochlear Implants”
Nathan A. Fox, Ph.D., Institute for Child Study, Dept. of Human Development, University of Maryland, College Park
$25,000
Wiley H. Harrison, M.D. Grant: “Unbiased Stereologic Estimates of Spiral Ganglion Cells and Auditory Nerve Fibers in Normative and Pathologic Human Temporal Bones”
Quinton Gopen, M.D., Dept. Head & Neck Surgery, U.C.L.A., California
$12,500
Georgia Birtman Grant: “Signal Transduction Pathways and Gene Expression in Cholesteatoma”
Alastair Lynn-Macrae, M.D., Northwestern Memorial Foundation University, Chicago, Illinois
$21,923
TOTAL FUNDING $174,423

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2002
“Characterization of Investigation of the Defects in the Mouse Mutant”
Amers Waltzer, a Model for Usher Syndrome 1F Kumar N. Alagraman, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University University Hospitals of Cleveland, Dept. Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Ohio
$20,000
“Development of Audiovisual Integration Skills in Deaf Infants Following Cochlear Implantation”
Karen Iler Kirk, Ph.D., Indianapolis, IN., Indiana University School of Medicine, DeVault Otologic Research Laboratory, Indianapolis
$19,979
“Effects of Noise on IHc Innervation in the Mouse” Howard W. Francis, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dept. Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Baltimore, Maryland $20,000
“Investigation of Resin Expression and Auditory Function in the Reeler Mouse”
Jing Zheng, Ph.D., Evanston, Northwestern University, Dept. Neurobiology & Physiology, Evanston, Illinois
$20,000
“Otolith Function on the Cardiovascular System”
Wu Zhou, Ph.D., University of Mississippi Medical Center, University of Mississippi, Dept. Otolaryngology/Surgery, Jackson
$20,000
“Serial Analysis of Gene Expression (SAGE) in Vestibular Schwannomas”
Stacey L. Schulze, M.D., Milwaukee, Medical College of Wisconsin Dept. Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
$16,403
“The Estimation of Auditory Sensitivity in Children Using Steady-State Evoked Potentials (SSEP)”
Jill B. Firszt, Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin Dept. Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
$20,000
TOTAL FUNDING $134,482

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2001
“Basiliar Membrane Mechanics in the Bird Cochlea”
Dr. Claus-Peter Richter, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
$14,415
“Characterization of Prion Protein (PrP) – Induced Hearing Loss and its Pathophysiology In Transgenic Mice” Anand Mhatre, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco $20,000
“Development of Prestin Protein Expression in Gerbil Cochlea”
Jing Zheng, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
$20,000
“Structural and Functional Effects of Age on the Cochlea of the C7BL/6J Mouse”
Howard W. Francis, M.D., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
$20,000
“The Development of Auditory Pathways Following Cochlear Implantation”
Anu Sharma, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe
$20,000
“Vestibular Contributions to Postural Stability During Voluntary Head Movements”
Jane Macpherson, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
$20,000
TOTAL FUNDING $114,435

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2000
“Anatomy of the Inner Hair Cell Stereocilla-tectorial Membrane Comples and its Micromechanics”
Dr. Claus-Peter Richter, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
$14,439
“ATP and Intense Sound”
Richard P. Bobbin, Ph.D., Louisiana State University Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans
$15,000
“Acoustic Response of Bestibular Afferents”
John Carey, M.D., Lloyd Minor, M.D., Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
$13,993
“Behavioral Assessment of Olivocochlear Function in Mice”
Cynthia A. Prozen, Ph.D., Northern Michigan University, Marquette
$20,000
“Lymphocyte Markers in Meniere’s Disease”
Richard J. Wiet, M.D., Evanston Northwestern Health Care System, Evanston, Illlinois
$14,500
“Positional Closing of the Mouse Deafness, Gene Spinner” David C. Kohrman, Ph.D., University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor $20,000
“Recovery of Speech Perception After Left
Hemispherectomy”
Dana Boatman, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
$19,945
“Structural and Functional Effects of Age on Cochlea of the C57BL/6J Mouse”
Howard W. Francis, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
$20,000
TOTAL FUNDING $137,877

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1999
“ATP and Intense Sound”
Richard P. Bobbin, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, New Orleans
$15,000
“Acoustic Responses of Vestibular Afferents: Implications for Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome”
John P. Carey, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
$14,998
“Anatomy of the Inner Ear Cell Stereociliatectorial Membrane Complex and its Micromechanics”
Claus-Peter Richter, M.D., Ph.D., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
$13,867
“A Reverse-Genetic Screen in the Zebrafish for Genes Necessary for Vertebrate Ear Development”
Richard Kollmar, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, New York, NY
$15,000
“Behavioral Assessment of Olivocochlear Function in Mice”
Cynthia A. Prozen, Ph.D., Northern Michigan University, Marquette
$15,000
“Stimulation Strategies for Users of Auditory Brainstem Implants”
Mario V. Svirsky, Ph.D., Indiana University, Indianapolis
$14,932
“Temporal Processing in the Auditory Cortex of Subjects with Ototoxicity-Induced Hearing Loss”
Xiaoqin Wang, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
$15,100
TOTAL FUNDING $103,897

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1998
“Anatomy of the Inner Hair Cell Sterocilla-tectorial Membrane Complex and its Michomechanics”
Dr. Claus-Peter Richter, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
$13,894
“Binaural Interaction at Cochlear and Brainstem Levels: Changes with Aging”
Linda J. Hood, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, New Orleans
$15,000
“Cellular Mechanism of Noise-induced Sensory-Cell Hearing Loss”
Jonathan H. Siegel, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
$14,074
“An Autologous Fibrin Tissue Adhesive With Greater Bonding Power”
Karl H. Siedentop, M.D., University of Illinois, Chicago
$5,283
“Genetic Characterization of a Mouse Model for Inherited Deafness”
Elizabeth Bryda, Ph.D., Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia
$15,000
“Localization and Pathogenesis of Auditory Dysfunction in the Jaundiced Gunn Rat”
Arisides Sismanis, M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
$15,000
“The Localization and Isolation of Non-Syndromic Hearing Loss Genes”
Suzanne M. Leal, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, New York, NY
$15,000
“The Role of Oxidative Stress and Neurotrophin Deprivation in a Mouse Model of Age-related Hearing Loss”
Hinrich Staecker, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston
$15,000
TOTAL FUNDING $108,251

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1997
“Acoustic Reflex Decay for Modulated Signals”
Joseph W. Hall, III, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
$16,600
“Cellular Mechanism of Noise-Induced Sensory-cell Hearing Loss”
Jonathan H. Siegel, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
$14,735
“Characterization of the Mammalian Inner Ear Water Channels: Physiological Function and Putative Implication in Inner Ear Disorders”
Anil K. Lalwani, M.D., University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco
$15,000
“Factors Affecting the Intelligibility of Speech for Hearing impaired People: Implications for Multi-Channel Compression in Hearing Aids”
Robert W. Peters, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
$15,238
“Neurophysiologic Encoding of Speech Signals in Noise” Cynthia D. King, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Evanston $15,000
“Ototoxicity in Patients on Renal Dialysis”
Timothy C. Hain, M.D., Northwestern University, Chicago
$15,000
“Role of Neurotrophins in Cochlear and Vestibular Ganglia Development”
Paulette Bernd, Ph.D., State University of New York, Brooklyn
$15,000
“Therapies to Prevent Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Experimental Pneumococcal Meningitis”
Jamie M. Rappaport, M.D., Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
$15,000
TOTAL FUNDING $121,573

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1996
“Acoustic Reflex Decay for Modulated Signals”
Joseph W. Hall, III, Ph.D., North Carolina University, Chapel Hill
$16,600
“Aging and Binaural Hearing”
Janet Koehnke, Ph.D., University of South Alabama, Mobile
$12,900
“Congenital Hearing Loss and Hair Cell Regeneration” Brenda M. Ryals, Ph.D., James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia $14,992
“Cytoskeletal Development During Hair Cell” Morphogenesis Peter S. Steyger, Ph.D., Legacy Good Smaritan Hospital & Medical Center, Portland, OR $15,000
“Efferent Suppression of Otoacoustic Emissions: Age Effects”
Linda J. Hood, Ph.D., Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans
$15,000
“Factors Affecting the Intelligibility of Speech for Hearing Impaired People: Implications for Multi-channel Compression in Hearing Aids”
Robert W. Peters, Ph.D., North Carolina University, Chapel Hill
$13,638
“Immunohistochemical Localization of Growth Factors in Otosclerosis”
Robert W. Jyung,M.D., Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston
$15,000
“Localization of Nitric Oxide Synthase in the Auditory Brainstem”
Michael D. McGinn, Ph.D., University of California at Davis
$15,000
“Neurotrophins and Regeneration of the Vestibuloauditory System”
Debra M. Don, M.D., University of California at Los Angeles
$14,500
“Regeneration of the Avian Tectorial Membrane”
Douglas A. Cotanche, Ph.D., Boston University School of Medicine, Massachusetts
$13,266
“Role of Neurotrophins in Cochlear and Vestibular Ganglia Development”
Paulette Bernd, Ph.D., Columbia University, Brooklyn, New York
$15,000
TOTAL FUNDING $160,896

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