Cochlear Implant Pioneers

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Cochlear Implant Pioneers

Thu, 09/12/2013

Blake Wilson, Graeme Clark, and Ingeborg Hochmair were awarded the Lasker Award this week for their contributions to the development of the cochlear implant. The Lasker Award is essentially the American Nobel prize, and  this is an incredible recognition of not only the importance of cochlear implant technology but also a much broader acknowledgment of the importance of hearing and communication by the entire scientific community. There will be several events over the next few months building on this recognition with interviews with the Lasker awardees, a dedicated one-hour show on PBS with Charlie Rose and Eric Kandel on hearing, and finally a two-day workshop sponsored by the Institute of Medicine on hearing loss in older adults in January.

Read the article in the New England Journal of Medicine: 
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1310111

Read about the Lasker Awards:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/health/lasker-awards-winners-2013.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards/currentwinners.htm