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      Camille Tardieu

      Camille Tardieu is an Action on Hearing Loss-funded PhD student at the University College London (UCL) Ear Institute. She is working to Establish a fruit-fly (Drosophila) model of noise-induced hearing loss.

      Biography

      Camille obtained a Biology degree at the University of Avignon in France. Passionate about brain sciences, she went on to study for a BSc in Neuroscience at King’s College, London. As part of her degree, she undertook an extended laboratory project looking at neurodegeneration in the fruit fly (Drosophila).

      Having developed her neuroscientific skills, as well as a keen interest in biological research in Drosophila, Camille decided to stay in the fly world for her PhD. In 2015, she embarked on a PhD at UCL focusing on using fruit flies to study noise-induced hearing loss.

      You can find out more about Camille's work on her lab's webpage.

      5 minutes with Camille Tardieu...

      What would make the biggest impact in driving forward hearing research?

      Noise-induced and age-related hearing loss are mostly due to the loss of hair cell function. These cells are responsible for converting mechanical stimuli (sound waves) into electrical signals, which make sound 'readable' to the brain. Understanding which molecular processes are behind this conversion of sound into nerve signals – and the mechanisms of sound amplification – will, in my opinion, drive forward hearing research.

      What motivates you to try to improve the world of people who are deaf, or have hearing loss or tinnitus?

      I have always been surrounded by music. Hearing, to me, is the most important sense; it really does keep us connected. Unfortunately, as far back as I can remember, I can also remember my loved ones developing hearing loss and tinnitus: slowly detaching themselves from conversations and the joy of music – or fighting eternal parasite sounds.

      What does Action on Hearing Loss funding mean to you?

      Action on Hearing Loss funding means that I can pursue an absolutely fascinating project for three years in one of the world's leading universities. My PhD will eventually provide a tool for understanding noise-induced hearing loss and, potentially, help to reverse the damaging effects of loud noise.

      Your funding also means that your supporters are actively encouraging my project to go further. This translational perspective is very important to me as it links the very 'closed' Drosophila world to very human biomedical applications.

      Find out more about Camille's research project.

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