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Stepping forward to support hearing research

January 7, 2021 Hub staff report

A $15M gift will support the development of therapies to preserve and restore hearing

Philanthropist and Johns Hopkins Medicine trustee David M. Rubenstein has made a $15 million commitment to the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins to support the department’s research.

David M. Rubenstein, philanthropist and Johns Hopkins Medicine trustee, has made a $15 million commitment to the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

The gift, his second pledge of that size to the department, will establish the David M. Rubenstein Precision Medicine Center of Excellence and will deepen his support for basic science researchers focused on the development of therapeutic approaches to preserve and restore hearing. Three strategic project teams, working in collaboration with researchers across Johns Hopkins University, will explore inner ear hair cell repair, sensory neuron repair, and nanomedicine drugs and drug delivery.

“David’s initial gift has helped Johns Hopkins researchers make important discoveries in several crucial areas related to hearing and hearing loss,” said Paul B. Rothman, dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “But there is so much more to be done in this area, and once again, David has stepped forward. We are grateful for all that his generosity has made possible so far, and we are even more excited about what this new commitment will allow us to accomplish going forward. In the end, this work will help the millions of people who struggle every day with hearing problems.”

Rubenstein’s gift will also support core facilities for the three strategic project teams — an imaging core, a functional core, and a delivery core — as well as an annual conference and a speaker series.

“It is a privilege to support the talented and committed researchers and doctors of Johns Hopkins who are helping people suffering from hearing loss,” Rubenstein said. “I am impressed with the progress made in recent years and hope this new gift will accelerate and deepen those efforts.”

Learn more about how Rubenstein’s gift will support the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s research at The Hub.

Topics: Johns Hopkins Medicine, Fuel Discovery, Promote and Protect Health