Bertarelli Foundation Research Grants

Initial Phase (2012-2014)

A call for proposals was issued in April, 2011, inviting investigators from the EPFL and HMS to submit joint research projects in the general area of translational neuroscience and neuroengineering. Six collaborative projects were selected by a scientific advisory group composed of Harvard, EPFL and independent international experts, which are funded through a Bertarelli Foundation Grant for a duration of 3 years, starting January 1, 2012.

Funded Projects

HMS investigator(s) EPFL investigator(s) Project Title
1 Zheng-Yi Chen, PhD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Jeffrey A. Hubbell, PhD
Institute of Bioengineering
Biomolecular Therapeutic Delivery into the Inner Ear for Hair Cell Regeneration and Re-innervation
2 Jeffrey R. Holt, PhD
Children’s Hospital Boston
Patrick Aebischer, PhD
Brain Mind Institute
Gene Therapy in Mouse Models of Human Deafness
3 Zhigang He, PhD, BM
Children’s Hospital Boston

Clifford J. Woolf, MB, BCh, PhD
Children’s Hospital Boston

Stéphanie P. Lacour, PhD
Institute of Microengineering & Center for Neuroprosthetics

Grégoire Courtine, PhD
Brain Mind Institute & Center for Neuroprosthetics

Functional Neural Repair of Sensory and Motor Systems Using Complementary Training, Pharmacological, Genetic and Neurostimulation Strategies
4 Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Demetri Psaltis, PhD
Institute of Microengineering
Optical Imaging of the Inner Ear for Cellular Diagnosis and Therapy: Cochlear Implants and Beyond
5 Lisa V. Goodrich, PhD
Department of Neurobiology
Matthias Lutolf, PhD
Institute of Bioengineering
Establishing a Two-Step Protocol for Hair Cell and Auditory Neuron Regeneration
6 Daniel J. Lee, MD, FACS
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

M. Christian Brown, PhD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Stéphanie P. Lacour, PhD
Institute of Microengineering & Center for Neuroprosthetics

Philippe Renaud, PhD
Institute of Microengineering

Nicolas Grandjean, PhD
Institute of Condensed Matter Physics

New Generation Auditory Brainstem Implant with Flexible Opto-Electronic Arrays for Neurostimulation