U-M scientists win $6.8 million in federal stimulus-fund grants for stem cell research
A portion of that money will be spent on CHARGE research:
Donna Martin, associate professor of human genetics and associate professor of pediatrics at the Medical School, was awarded $264,156 for a study that will use cultured mouse inner ear and neural stem cells to understand the mechanisms behind hearing and balance disorders in CHARGE syndrome patients. CHARGE syndrome affects one in 10,000 newborns worldwide. It is characterized by eye defects, blockage of the nasal passages, retarded growth and development, and ear anomalies that include deafness and vestibular disorders.