Meniere’s disease is an inner ear condition that causes repeated attacks of
It is estimated that Meniere’s disease effects approximately 615,000 individuals in the United States, with 45,000 newly diagnosed cases each year. Although it can develop at any age, it is more likely to affect individuals between 40 and 60 years of age.
Why people develop Meniere’s disease is unclear. Several theories include allergies, abnormal ear structure, viral infections, and genetics. There is not yet a cure, but most individuals with Meniere’s can find relief through diet, drugs, assistive devices, or surgery. While these treatments do exist, research surrounding the cause and innovative clinical treatments are necessary to improve the lives of those living with Meniere’s.
- Developed the first ethnic characterization of a large Meniere’s Disease cohort from a large metropolitan area using molecular genetic data.
- Found that circulating immune complexes (CIC) may be involved in pathogenesis of Meniere’s Disease, either as a direct cause of damage or as a by product of an underlaying autoimmune abnormality.
- Participated in several clinical drug trials for the treatment and improvement of Meniere’s Disease symptoms.
- Proposals submitted for the effects of novel uses of established medications for symptom improvement on patients with
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