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Boys Town National Research Hospital receives grant to study children communication

Posted at 9:06 AM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 10:06:35-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Boys Town National Research Hospital has been awarded an $11 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Services (NIGMS), part of the National Institute of Health (NIH).

The five-year Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant is set to expand the range of existing, highly successful research programs at the Boys Town National Research Hospital and tackle more complex issues that directly address the problems encountered by children with hearing loss.

Core research programs covered by the grant will investigate issues related to:
- Speech understanding for young listeners with cochlear implants
- Diagnosis and outcomes for children with otitis media, an inflammatory cnondition of the inner ear.
- Strategies used by children to overcome working memory limitations.

Other projects that will receive funding cover multiple labs and include examining the impact of hearing loss in environments such as classrooms, and how visual and auditory learning work together in speech and language learning.