Hearing Restoration Project (HRP)

At a Glance
  • Status: Active Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2011
  • Initiating Organization: Hearing Health Foundation
  • Initiator Type: Nonprofit foundation
  • Disease focus:
    Hearing Loss
  • Location: North America


The Hearing Restoration Project (HRP) is the first international consortium whose purpose is to cure hearing loss and tinnitus through hearing restoration. The project is based on the discovery funded by Hearing Health Foundation in 1987 that birds spontaneously regenerate the hair cells necessary for hearing when those cells become damaged; humans cannot. But recent discoveries in stem cell research and gene mapping may make now the time to trigger hair cell regrowth in humans in the near future.


Its goal is to regenerate inner-ear hair cells in humans and permanently restore hearing the millions of Americans and people worldwide who have hearing loss. The project will be funded for 10 years and will use the resources of multiple organizations to take a focused and well-rounded approach to developing shared research.  

Consortium History

Formed in 2011

Structure & Governance

HHF established a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to provide oversight and guidance to the HRP Consortium.


Funding for the HRP comes exclusively from non-government sources, making them dependent on philanthropic gifts.

Data Sharing

HRP scientists work on research projects together, share their unpublished data and tools, and collaborate on the development and refinement of the HRP’s Strategic Research Plan 

Points of Contact

Andrea Boidman,
Executive Director
(212) 257-6141

Doug Olson, CFRE
Director of Development
(212) 257-6144

Sponsors & Partners

Baylor College of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

House Research Institute

Oregon Health & Science University

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stowers Institute for Medical Research

University of California, San Diego

University of Michigan

University of Washington

Washington University School of Medicine

Last Updated: 06/20/2017

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