News at Medicine - October 2009 - Hearing loss research group wins community advocacy award

Hearing loss research group wins community advocacy award
October 6, 2009
A research group based in the Faculty of Medicine that studies hearing loss was awarded a community advocacy award and plaque Sept. 15. The Newfoundland and Labrador Hereditary Deafness and Hard of Hearing Study group is the 2009 recipient of the Community Recognition Award for Advocacy, given by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL).

“This award recognized the study group’s efforts over the past few years to promote the association and as an advocate and partner in research efforts and newsletter that help to provide a better understanding of the causes of hearing loss which may lead to a cure at some future date,” wrote Leon A. Mills, executive director of CHHA-NL, in a letter Sept. 16 to Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, principal investigator of the study.

Dr. Young said the project was funded most recently by the Atlantic Medical Genetics and Genomics Initiative (AMGGI) and previously by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

“It’s a good news story for both Memorial University and Genome Atlantic,” said Dr. Young.

From left: David McComisky, graduate student; Carole Negrijn, research assistant, Leon Mills, CHHA-NL; Kathy Hodgkinson, clinical researcher; and Nelly Abdelfatah, graduate student.