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.
Accelerating hearing research
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 proposals, 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.
You can submit an open request to support your hearing research.
AN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SCIENTIFIC BOARD
To carry out these different tasks, the Fondation Pour l'Audition relies on an international scientific committee that meets several times a year.
The committee reviews strategic scientific orientations, identifies research projects of excellence in otology and audiology received in the framework of our annual calls for projects and provides counsel regarding scientific projects developped by the Fondation Pour l'Audition team.
Each year, it proposes to the Board of Directors research projects and laureates to fund. It is chaired by Professor Karen Avraham (Israel) and is composed of :
- Doctor Bastian Epp (Denmark),
- Doctor Frank R. Lin (USA),
- Professor Lawrence R. Lustig (United States),
- Professor Brigitte Malgrange (Belgium),
- Professor David R. Moore (USA),
- Professor Cécile Parietti-Winkler (France),
- Dr. Jonathan Peelle (USA),
- Dr. Gabrielle H. Saunders (United Kingdom),
- Professor Thierry van den Abbeele (France).
PARTICIPATing IN RESEARCH ON USHER SYNDROME
In addition, the “For Research” program participates to 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).