Cochlear Implant Innovators Receive Prestigious Recognition

Three eminent scientists were presented with the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award in New York City on September 20, 2013 “for the development of the modern cochlear implant—a device that bestows hearing to individuals with profound deafness.”

The Lasker Foundation conferred the honor upon Graeme M. Clark (Emeritus, University of Melbourne), Ingeborg Hochmair (MED-EL, Innsbruck) and Blake S. Wilson (Duke University) for “creating an apparatus that has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Their work has, for the first time, substantially restored a human sense with medical intervention.”

Representing NOHR, President Geraldine Fox has attended the annual Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation Awards Luncheon for approximately 27 years. Never before has the event been so personally meaningful. She said, “With the spotlight on hearing research and what has been accomplished to change the lives of the deaf and severely hearing impaired, “this year was my most exciting—a dream come true!”

Learn more here about the 2013 Lasker-Debakey Clinical Medical Research Awardees, including video interviews:

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