A database will house and provide secure access to the data. Private and public partnerships will be established among scientists and physicians to share the data and study genetic factors, environmental exposures, and lifestyles and their impact on diseases and disorders. “Otolaryngologists partnering in the study will have access to this data and might be able to identify susceptibility genes or environmental factors that contribute to sensorineural and hereditary hearing loss,” Wong said.
This facet of the Cures Act is aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. Researchers intend to use new imaging tools to produce a revolutionary, dynamic picture of the brain that shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in real time. “Researchers will be able to see which areas of the brain are involved in normal or disease processes,” Wong said. “Being able to visualize the affected areas of the brain in an individual with tinnitus using functional magnetic resonance imaging or having the ability to image auditory processing disorders or hyperacusis in the brain in real time would have great benefits.”| ← Previous | | | Next → | Single Page