Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary just got a big boost to expand its research into hearing loss: a $20 million gift, the largest in the hospital’s history, from an anonymous donor.
“It’s a truly wonderful gift that allows us to bring in bright, innovative new researchers and do great work,” said Dr. Bradley Welling, the hospital’s chief of otolaryngology.
The donation is the second-largest gift for hearing research in the United States, the hospital said, after a $25 million gift to the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in 2015.
At Mass. Eye and Ear, the money will go to the hospital’s Eaton-Peabody Laboratories. Researchers there were the first to use stem cells to restore the hearing of mammals, and to discover a previously unknown type of hearing impairment known as “hidden hearing loss.”
The money will also go to hiring new researchers as others begin to retire.
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