Crain’s Cleveland Business and The Business Journal in Youngstown each noted the large federal grant recently awarded to Northeast Ohio Medical University researcher Jianxin Bao, Ph.D., for his work in tinnitus. No cure is currently available for the disease, known for its persistent ringing or buzzing sensation in the ears.
Dr. Bao, the principal investigator on the project, received a Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders, one of the National Institutes of Health. The initial grant is for $972,613. A second round of funding totaling $1,207,345 may be awarded next year, pending satisfactory progress.
“This generous government support will allow us to continue working toward finding the first drug treatment for tinnitus, which is a major health issue for millions of people — including the military personnel who so bravely serve our country,” said Dr. Bao in a statement.