Scientific sessions, PRBB CRG Conferences
Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases, King’s College London. London, UK
Karen Steel, from the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases, King’s College London, UK, studies the genetics of deafness, using the mouse as a model to identify the genes involved and to understand the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms involved. She uses a collection of lines of mice each with a single mutated gene leading to abnormal development of the ear and hearing impairment. In addition she analyses mice with progressive hearing loss to determine which genes may be involved. The long-term aim is to transfer this knowledge to applications, such as development of treatments, in humans. She has been invited by Xavier Estivill (CRG).