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Ida Institute offers grants for research

Five of the world’s leading audiology researchers have been appointed by the Ida Institute to its newly created Research Committee, set up to review and select grant proposals for research projects.   The projects will have to be designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the outcomes and implications of person-centered care for professionals and patients in hearing care.  Ida Institute will fund the first grants under the new research initiative in 2016.

“The Institute, which develops tools and resources to support continued professional development in person-centered care in audiology clinicial practice, has set aside up to US$30,000 for research projects during 2016, with a maximum grant of US$10,000.

Managing Director Lise Lotte Bundesen says:  “We are increasingly aware of the ongoing need for robust research to develop evidence related to both our initiatives and tools and person-centered care in hearing help seeking. In collaboration with our Research Committee, we aim to promote interest and research in this area and contribute to the development of a solid evidence base for person-centered care in audiology.”

Application for funding is available at  Research should address one of two topic areas: measuring outcomes of person-centered care or engaging communication partners in hearing rehabilitation. Projects must begin by September 1, 2016 and timeline for each project is one year.  Submission deadline for applications is 5PM Central European Time, March 31, 2016.

The members of the new Research Committee reflect the strength and global scope of the Ida Network.  They are: Committee Chair Louise Hickson, PhD, Professor of Audiology and Co-Director, Communication Disability Centre, The University of Queensland; Dr. Melanie Ferguson, Consultant Clinical Scientist (Audiology), Hon. Associate Professor and Research Lead, NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing; Sophia Kramer, PhD,  University Research Chair, Auditory Functioning and Participation, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Section Ear & Hearing EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research; Joseph Montano, EdD, Chief of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center; and Elisabet Thorén, PhD, Project Manager and Research Audiologist, Eriksholm Research Centre.

Following selection of the grant recipients, Professor Hickson, Dr. Ferguson, Professor Kramer and Dr. Montano will provide feedback and advice regarding the research proposals.

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Ida Institute offers grants for research