Department of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology Awarded $4 Million Grant from National Institute on Aging
The Department of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology has been awarded $4 million from the National Institute on Aging to study hearing loss as a potential contributor to neuropsychiatric disorders. Esther Oh, M.D., Ph.D. (pictured right), co-director, Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center, and Carrie Nieman, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of otolaryngology, are leads on this project. The term “neuropsychiatric disorder” is a blanket definition that encompasses a broad range of medical conditions that involve both neurology and psychiatry, such as seizures, anxiety, depression and migraine headaches. Neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) are major manifestations of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The proposed study brings together a multidisciplinary team of investigators to examine the role of hearing care in NPS by refining and evaluating efficacy of intervention, as well as to characterize the potential underlying mechanism(s) of action between hearing loss and NPS.