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HIHG Researcher Featured On NIH Director's Blog

Joseph Foster, research associate at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, was featured on NIH Director’s, Dr. Francis Collins, blog: LabTV: Curious About Genetics of Deafness.

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Researchers Identify Gene that Causes Deafness and Myopia

Miller School researchers co-led an international study to identify a new genetic syndrome characterized by deafness, the most common human sensory disorder, and myopia (nearsightedness), the most common human eye disorder. Published online April 1 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the study, “SLITRK6 Mutations Cause Myopia and Deafness in Humans and Mice,” demonstrates that the SLITRK6 protein plays a critical role in the development of normal hearing as well as vision in humans and mice, and its disruption leads to a novel syndrome characterized by severe myopia and deafness.

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Human Genetics Faculty Awarded $3.1 Million NIH Grant To Study Hearing Loss

Mustafa Tekin, M.D., associate professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics and member of the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, has been awarded a $3.1 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify genes that cause deafness and are associated with inner ear anomalies

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Researchers Identify Gene Linked to Progressive Hearing Loss from Noise and Aging

An international team of researchers led by the Miller School’s Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., has identified the first gene to be associated with both noise-reduced and age-related hearing loss. The gene, P2X2, appears to be crucial to the preservation of life-long normal hearing and for protection against noise.

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Researchers Identify New Gene Associated with Moderate Hearing Loss

Miller School researchers collaborated with an international team to identify a new gene associated with the most common form of inherited childhood deafness. Published November 1 in the American Journal of Human Genetics, the study led by Mustafa Tekin, M.D., associate professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Department of Human Genetics and the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, found that mutations in the OTOGL gene are a cause of moderate autosomal recessive non-syndromic hearing loss.

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