AFFICHEM partner of the European project TARGEAR

Innovative integrated strategies for the healing
of age-related hearing loss

Worldwide, 278 million people are estimated to have moderate to profound hearing loss. Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbyacusis, affects approximately half of the population over 60 years old, making it the second most common cause of disability in older people. There is no restorative treatment for deafness but functional replacement by means of prosthesis. Therefore, prevention and treatment of hearing loss is an unmet medical need.

The TARGEAR project is an Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) – Marie Curie Action constituted by experienced research groups in complementary fields ranging from the molecular to the clinical aspects of age-related hearing loss. The general objective is to develop a collaborative strategy between public research institutes and private companies, based in transfer of knowledge, to design and implement preclinical studies for presbyacusis. A second general objective is to contribute to the formation of early-stage researchers in the experimental design, transfer and translation of knowledge in the field of hearing loss.

It is essential for Europe future aged population to have well-trained people available to understand hearing loss from a general perspective. According to this, the foreseen secondments and training activities will involve a total of 15 experienced and early-stage researchers.

In the end, TARGEAR project will develop a stronger biomedical research in hearing loss for a better future for the deaf people.

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