Dr Rachael Richardson is a researcher at the Bionic Ear Institute. The Harold Mitchell Health Fellowship enabled her to attend a conference on Implantable Auditory Prostheses in the USA and visit researchers at the Bloedel Hearing Research Centre, with whom she had been collaborating.
Rachael says that “both the conference and the lab visit were very useful in disseminating my work, getting feedback from peers and gaining a greater first-hand understanding of what others in my field of research are doing. Our collaborative work was strengthened from the trip and the overall quality of our research was improved.”
“I am still working on similar research to what I presented at the conference– gene therapy following for preventing hearing loss and restoring hearing. Our work aims to use neurotrophin gene therapy after a partial hearing loss to prevent further progression of the hearing loss and even to restore hearing through hair cell regeneration.”