Prentice Bloedel Research Day 2018

The Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center was opened in 1989 as a result of the generosity of the Bloedel family. Local philanthropist Prentice Bloedel chose to fund a scientific group at the University of Washington to specializing in hearing related disorders to honor his wife Virginia Merrill Bloedel, whose life was significantly impacted by hearing loss. At his request the Center bears her name; to honor his generous sponsorship we hold a special event in his name, most recently 3 May 2018.

The topic of this event was “Hearing loss and aging: relationship to dementia and cognitive dysfunction”. A number of studies have linked compromised sensory functions – including those of the vision, olfactory and hearing systems – to a decline in cognitive abilities. Evidence is gradually mounting that shows if these compromised sensory functions are left uncorrected, such decline could be accelerated. Two experts in this area, Dr. Frank Lin from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Dr. Karen Cruickshanks from the University of Wisconsin, came to Seattle for this event to join leading researchers in related areas here at the University of Washington - Drs. Thomas Grabowski, Kelly Tremblay and Gwenn Garden - in sharing information about their work. Following the lectures was a poster session, where information on recent research projects in hearing, balance and communication disorders were on display with the scientists on hand to discuss the material and answer questions.

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