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      Professor Hannie Kremer

      Hannie Kremer is an Action on Hearing Loss-funded scientist at Radboud University in The Netherlands. We're funding her to identify the genetic causes of age-related hearing loss.

      Biography

      Hannie Kremer is a professor at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology (which deals with conditions of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) and related structures of the head and neck) of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in The Netherlands.

      Her goal is to find the genetic defects that underlie different forms of hereditary hearing loss. Through Hannie's research the genetic causes of hearing loss have been identified in many families.

      Five minutes with Hannie Kremer

      What motivates you?

      I think that everyone who has a disorder, whether it's genetic or acquired, needs to know what the cause is. For many people with hearing loss, the cause is a genetic defect and, therefore, I think it's important to study the genetics of hearing loss. Knowing the cause of a disease can help to prevent it or provide 'handles' for therapy.

      What do you want your research to achieve?

      I hope that it will allow us to discover the genetic defects of hereditary early childhood hearing loss.

      The inner ear is a very complex and beautiful organ. By studying genes – and proteins that function in the inner ear – we will increase our insight into the function of the inner ear. Eventually, I hope this will lead to treatments.

      Find out more about Professor Hannie Kremer's research project.

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