Project gets cash boost

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A PIONEERING city-based research project to improve understanding of age-related hearing loss has received a funding boost of more than £25,000.

The study at The University of Sheffield has been given the money by the Masonic Samaritan Fund.

It will go towards research being led by Dr Walter Marcotti, from the department of biomedical science, which aims to better understand progressive hearing loss and could lay the foundations for developing gene therapy treatments in the future.

Dr Marcotti said: “Progressive hearing loss affects a large proportion of the human population, including newborn and young children.

“Our research has provided new and exciting results that further our understanding of auditory development, as well as possible molecular targets for the development of future therapies.”