Category: Research Updates & News

Hearing Loss and Your Greater Health

Hearing Loss and Your Greater Health

Consistently ranked among the best programs in the country, the Department of Audiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine continues to work towards solving the puzzle of hearing loss. The number of people affected by hearing loss is staggering, with nearly 50 million people here in the United States and roughly 466 million worldwide experiencing some degree of hearing loss. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization expects this number to climb to nearly 900 million by the year 2050 due to an aging population. While hearing loss is routinely thought of as a problem affecting the elderly, there are

The Future of Glaucoma Treatment

National Institutes of Health Glaucoma Simulation

Researchers in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine continue to make strides in the treatment of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition that damages the optic nerve, the vital nerve that transfers visual information from the retina to the vision centers in the brain. This loss of optic nerve tissue, also known as “cupping,” is most commonly caused by an increased eye pressure when the clear fluid in the eye, called the aqueous humor, does not drain properly. A leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 60, glaucoma affects more than 3

Developing a Cure for Tinnitus

Developing A Cure for Tinnitus - Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD

The Eye & Ear Foundation collects support from donors like you to help propel research forward. Whether big or small, our donors’ gifts make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. One of our favorite stories that exemplifies the impact of continuous support in a given area of research is the story of how the Eye & Ear Foundation provided seed funding to Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD and the team at the University of Pittsburgh which includes Peter Wipf, PhD, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry. This funding helped to secure larger grants from the National Institutes

Attend the 2019 Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Symposium

UPMC Survivorship Team

On August 5th and 6th, the Department of Otolaryngology will host the second annual Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Symposium. This conference is open to healthcare providers and interested community members, and will welcome Keynote speakers from around the country speaking on issues related to the treatment of head and neck cancers, and living with symptoms and side effects after treatment. Featured presentations will focus on issues such as: Strategies for Maintaining Oral Health Multiple Symptom Management Rehabilitative Strategies Body Image after Cancer Managing Dysphagia (Swallowing) Self-Advocacy in Cancer Care This conference is the first of its kind, bringing together

The Center for Cortical Vision

The Optic Nerve

A central component of the new Pittsburgh Vision Institute will be a dedicated Center for Cortical Vision, aimed at restoring visual perception in patients who have experienced retinal degeneration. One of the leading causes of blindness in the Western World, retinal degeneration occurs in a variety of pathological conditions, including ocular trauma, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, tumors, and optic neuropathies. An expert team of clinicians and researchers at the University of Pittsburgh will continue to build upon existing collaborative efforts with the Brain Institute of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University as well as many international scientists, including those at the Institut

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