Neil Segil awarded NIH grant

Neil Segil has received a new research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Neil Segil will use his $2.82 million grant to explore why humans and other mammals cannot recover from hearing loss, while birds and reptiles can. To understand this uniquely mammalian limitation, Segil’s team will focus on the regulatory processes that prevent genes from driving the replacement of new sensory hearing cells.

“Our goal is to identify the molecular obstacles to sensory hearing cell regeneration in the inner ear, as well as to discover ways to overcome those obstacles to stimulate regeneration and restore hearing in deafened individuals,” said Segil, who is a Professor of Research in the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, and the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

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