10 million people have hearing loss in France today.
Hearing aids and cochlear implants provide invaluable support but there is currently no cure and there is some way to go before we can fully understand these disorders and offer much-needed solutions.
With the “For Research” program, Fondation Pour l’Audition aims to accelerate breakthroughs in hearing health by encouraging research and scientific innovation:
- By supporting French research laboratories in the field of hearing health through calls for projects, scientific prizes and open requests
- By sponsoring the creation of the Hearing Institute in Paris, the first multidisciplinary hearing science research center, bringing together the world’s best scientific and medical teams to advance research and develop new solutions
To achieve these goals, Fondation Pour l’Audition draws on the expertise of an international scientific committee, which meets several times a year.
This committee reviews the foundation’s scientific strategies, identifies the best otology and audiology research projects received during the annual call for projects, and decides on the scientific projects to be managed by the Fondation Pour l’Audition team.
Every year, the committee submits recommendations to the board of directors on the research projects and young researchers to fund. The committee is chaired by Professor Karen Avraham (Israel) and is composed of:
- Prof. Adrien A. Eshraghi (United States)
- Dr. Jonathan Peelle (United States)
- Dr. Bastian Epp (Denmark)
- Prof. Sophia E. Kramer (Netherlands)
- Dr. Frank R. Lin (United States)
- Prof. Lawrence R. Lustig (United States)
- Prof. Brigitte Malgrange (Belgium)
- Prof. David R. Moore (United States)
- Prof. Christophe Vincent (France)
In addition, the “For Research” program is participating in the LIGHT4DEAF research project on Usher syndrome, a rare genetic disease combining hearing loss, impaired vision and sometimes balance problems. This unprecedented project is supported by the French Government’s Investissements d’Avenir program.
Coordinated by Prof. José-Alain Sahel, Director of Institut de la Vision and Fondation Voir & Entendre, this five-year project is mobilizing a multidisciplinary team of scientists, doctors and health professionals in a joint effort to limit this multisensory disability.
Responsible for the working group on communication, Fondation Pour l’Audition is developing communications for patients and their families, health professionals and consumers. Targeted information (on the disease, treatment, research, etc.) is available on an accessible, content-rich website (www.usherinfo.fr), as well as on social networks, through organized awareness-raising events and scientific dissemination (patient symposiums, public conferences and information/discussion groups).