RIT Gets $600,000 Grant to Benefit Deaf Community

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Source: Rochester Business Journal

Rochester Institute of Technology has received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop microsystem technologies for advanced intra-cochlear drug delivery.

The grant, announced Wednesday by Rep. Louis Slaughter D-NY, supports the work of RIT’s microsystems engineering program and will help provide new solutions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, Slaughter’s office said.

“As home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, we greatly appreciate that NIH sees real value in this project, which has the potential to help the more than 10 percent of the U.S. population that is deaf or hard-of-hearing,” said Ryne Raffaelle, vice president for research and associate provost at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

“This project is an excellent example of how a university like RIT can bring together research expertise in a variety of disciplines—microsystems engineering, multifunctional printing, mathematical modeling, and electronic packaging—to create an amazing technology that will enable inner ear drug delivery and help treat the causes of hearing loss,” Raffaelle said.

RIT has received previous grants from the National Institutes of Health for its work on developing implantable microsystems for intra-cochlear drug delivery.

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