We are holding a launch event in central London to provide more information on a new joint funding initiative between BBSRC and Action on Hearing Loss.
Hearing loss is a major public health issue, affecting over 10 million people in the UK. It is a growing problem in an ageing population, as much of this hearing loss is age-related - it is predicted that by 2031, over 14.5 million people will be affected, placing a huge burden on society and the economy. Hearing loss has a severe impact on people's quality of life and leads to isolation from friends and family. It is also associated with dementia, depression and decreased physical wellbeing and can hinder both education and employment.
Current medical interventions are largely limited to hearing aids and cochlear implants. Whilst these devices benefit many they are far from perfect as they do not reproduce the clarity and richness of natural hearing and can perform poorly when there is a high level of background noise. There is an urgent need for new interventions to prevent hearing loss and restore natural hearing.
It is critical, therefore, that we understand the mechanisms underlying the development of the auditory system and how it ages, knowledge that can be used to develop treatments to reverse or prevent hearing loss.
About the joint call
Therefore BBSRC and Action on Hearing Loss will be running a joint call for research proposals that will:
- Increase our understanding of the lifecourse of the auditory system
- Investigate prevention and treatments of age-related hearing loss
Applicants will apply to either BBSRC's responsive mode or the Action on Hearing Loss grant schemes.
More information on how to apply for funding will be posted on the BBSRC website shortly.
At the workshop, the joint scheme will be explained and there will be a series of panel discussions, led by experts in the field, to explore and identify relevant research questions. There will also be opportunities to meet and share ideas with other researchers. We hope the workshop will help potential applicants develop relevant and high quality proposals. It is strongly recommended that researchers who wish to apply to the funding call attend the workshop.
The draft agenda is available in the downloads section.
How to register
Please note that this event is free to attend. Places are limited and confirmation of registration will be sent by email. To attend, please complete the registration form (see downloads) and return the registration form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 4 December 2013.