Preventing hearing loss in blind children with Norrie disease

hearing loss in children with norrie disease

Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz and her team at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health want to develop a therapy to slow or prevent hearing loss in these children, which would vastly improve their ability to perceive and function in the world around them.

The technique – known as gene therapy – involves replacing a defective gene that causes Norrie disease with a healthy copy, correcting the genetic mistake that causes the condition and allowing the child’s inner ear to develop normally.

What is Norrie disease?

Professor Bitner-Glindzicz was approached by a parent group to find answers to this particular area of Norrie disease and the benefits could be life-changing.

Project overview
Gene therapy to prevent hearing loss in blind children with Norrie disease (PhD)
Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz,
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Grant: £89,767

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