Dr. Duncan is the lead member of the group. He brings experience with bench research on hearing disorders and regenerative therapies. He has an active grant from the National Institutes of Health titled "Determining the Molecular Landscape of Hair Cell Differentiation."
From Molecules to Society
The 2021 Interdisciplinary Team Excellence Enhancement Grant recognizes a group of researchers from across many disciplines and colleges to address the growing need for research to better understand the challenges facing hearing and vision loss within the aging population, and to develop effective, patient-centered treatments to better meet their needs.
Fact: for individuals over 75 in the United States, 50% have disabling hearing loss and 15% have severe vision loss.
Hearing and vision loss have major societal impacts beyond the loss of the sensation including depression, isolation, and loneliness, particularly among women. Currently available treatment and therapies have limitations that do not fully meet the needs of the affected individuals as they navigate through their communities. Historically, research flowed from bench to bedside with treatments being developed by basic researchers without understanding the needs and impacts on their patient populations.
The new research paradigm involves a circular system of information flowing from bench to bedside and back again to tailor research in order to meet the complete needs of patient communities. This teams includes representatives from multiple levels of research and understanding of experiences from the target population. Proposed interdisciplinary interactions will better inform researchers how their work can impact the work of other fields. In this way, researchers can ask more pertinent questions that won’t only be of interest to their own niche, but the hearing and vision loss interdisciplinary field as a whole. The grant is intended to foster new communications and provide initial funding to gather preliminary data and external funding that will yield results in future studies and influence the basic research on these disorders.
Meet the team working to solve what Dr. Montgomery calls a wicked problem:
Read more about the Interdisciplinary Team Excellence Enhancement Grant, which is funded by the Office of Research and Innovation, the Office of the President Meader Endowment, and the Office of the Provost.