Jessica McBride, Office of the Vice President for Research
Kourosh Parham, MD, Ph.D. has come up with a blood test that can detect hearing loss far sooner than existing tests. Early detection can potentially prevent further hearing loss, Parham told a group of medical practitioners, faculty and students from engineering, business, medicine and other UConn graduate programs at Healthcare Solutions Night, held recently at UConn Health.
Many people suffer from hearing loss, but hearing tests are limited and fail to capture the full range of hearing, he said. Researchers are working on medications to prevent further hearing damage – once it has been detected. But, at this point, he can’t give patients their test results until he has 90 blood samples to test at once. He was seeking someone to help him find a way to test blood samples individually.
As soon as he finished his presentation, people in the audience suggested ideas and offered to collaborate.