Mass. Eye and Ear Announces Curing Kids Fund Grant Recipients
- Bertrand Delgutte, Ph.D. (Mass. Eye and Ear Eaton-Peabody Lab/MIT Research Lab of Electronics) -- “Restoring Binaural Hearing with Cochlear Implants in Early-Onset Deafness,” which will study ways that perceptual training can help the brain to locate sounds in subjects with early-onset deafness. Results will eventually lead to new sound processors and rehabilitation strategies for people with bilateral cochlear implants.
- Eric Pierce, M.D., Ph.D. (Mass. Eye and Ear Ocular Genomics Institute/Berman-Gund Laboratory) --“Disease Gene Discovery for Leber Congenital Amaurosis,” which seeks to identify new disease genes responsible for Leber Congenital Amaurosis as a step toward developing gene therapies for the disorder, which is an important cause of blindness in children.
- Fuxin Shi, Ph.D. (Mass. Eye and Ear Eaton-Peabody Lab) -- “Exploiting the Wnt Signaling Pathway for Curing Deafness in Children,” which will test the feasibility of curing deafness in children via regeneration of functioning hair cells.
- Dong Feng Chen, M.D., Ph.D. (Schepens Eye Research Institute) -- “Epigenetic Regulation of Congenital Retinal Dystrophy,” which will study gene regulation to reverse vision loss caused by inherited retinal diseases that are the most common cause of childhood blindness.
- Bruce R. Ksander, Ph.D. (Schepens Eye Research Institute) -- “A New Treatment to Prevent the Development of Drug Resistant Cancer Stem Cells in Retinoblastoma,” which will investigate treatment of possible drug-resistant and tumor-initiating cancer stem cells in retinoblastoma, a common eye cancer in children.