Virginia Merrill Bloedel Chair in Basic Hearing Research
This Virginia Merrill Bloedel Chair in Basic Hearing Research was established in 1989 to promote basic hearing research at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing and Research Center.
Mr. Prentice Bloedel’s wife, Virginia Merrill Bloedel, suffered from a progressive and ultimately profound hearing loss. Inspired by Dr. Edwin Rubel’s breakthrough work on inner-ear hair-cell regeneration at the University of Washington, the Bloedels wanted to help others with similar difficulties by providing the best environment for rapid advancement in hearing research. The Bloedels funded a generous endowment that helps support the ongoing operations of the Center, including this chair.
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