Support Dr. Rauschecker's Tinnitus Research — a Man Who Really Means to Make a Difference

Discussion in 'Awareness & Fundraising' started by dfl, Oct 7, 2018.

    1. dfl

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      Support Dr. Rauschecker's Tinnitus Research

      https://www.givecampus.com/jr9gny

      People with tinnitus hear a ringing even when there is no sound. The prevailing theory blames a malfunctioning auditory system. However, it seems that abnormalities in the brain's limbic regions, which determine the emotional impact of sensations are important and how they are experienced, may also be involved.

      Tinnitus: Ringing in the Brain | Josef...


      Josef Rauschecker, PhD, DSc, and his colleagues at Georgetown University used functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brains of 22 volunteers, half of whom had tinnitus, while they listened to various sounds. Patients with tinnitus showed heightened activity in the nucleus accumbens — a key limbic region — when presented with sounds that matched the frequency of the 'ringing' in their ears. They also had anatomical differences in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, another limbic area.

      The research suggests that an abnormal limbic system elevates the perceived importance of the tinnitus sound or fails to suppress it, and that interactions between the auditory and limbic systems may be at the root of this disorder, but we need your help to take this research to the next phase!

      Our current goal is to raise $50,000 to support Dr. Rauschecker's pilot research on tinnitus!

      *** 100% of funds raised will go directly to Dr. Rauschecker's research ***

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    2. reggie green
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      WOW I have an appointment for Georgetown Tinnitus Clinic this month.

      No ENT has given me any hope. Maybe Georgetown Tinnitus Clinic will.
       
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    3. 1000

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      Hope something can be done for you.

      Get us more information about Dr Rauschecker's research.
       
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    4. 1000

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      Thanks for this post @dfl. I think it should also be spread out into Facebook groups.
       
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    5. TuxedoCat
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      Hello @dfl,

      Thank you for the post.

      Is it possible for you to obtain and post a synopsis of the next phase of Dr. Rauschecker's research?

      Thanks, TC
       
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    6. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      This is more of what I like to see!

      Not to be cynical, but does anyone know more about GiveCampus? Are they legit?
       
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    7. Deamon22

      Deamon22 Member Benefactor Ambassador

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      I'd be happy to help.
       
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    8. Jack Straw
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      Jack Straw Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
      Is there an online way to donate?
       
    9. annV
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    10. Markku
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      Markku Founder Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

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      More About Dr. Josef Rauschecker's Fundraiser

      As per @Ed209's question, I reached out to Fiona Zhu to inquire about GiveCampus.

      I also asked for further information about the research project.

      Big thanks to Fiona for an incredibly quick and thorough reply.

      For more details, Fiona is going to create a one-pager about the research project, to be launched soon.


      Hello Markku,

      I hope all is well. Thank you to the Tinnitus Hub for including Dr. Rauschecker's GiveCampus page. Yes, the page is legit and it is one of Georgetown University's pages. GiveCampus is a platform for universities to launch crowd-sourcing campaigns. Dr. Rauschecker's is a faculty of the University and my job is to help him receive philanthropic gifts to conduct his research. Feel free to direct any questions to me.

      Dr. Rauschecker's goal is $50,000 for a pilot project to work with larger animals with age-related tinnitus and analyze vmPFC with in-vivo and postmortem methods. In animals diagnosed with tinnitus, he will determine the presence of volume changes in the vmPFC (as well as functional changes in auditory and striatal regions found in human tinnitus patients). He hopes to connect preliminary data to support his hypothesis. Subsequent histological and histochemical analysis of the vmPFC region in brain sections of the same animals will define changes in cell type, cellular morphology and in transmitter systems. In other words, these future studies will define the anatomical correlate of “volume changes” identified by means of MRI-based voxel-based morphometry, which will serve as a major progress in the translation of human imaging data into the realm of pathophysiology.

      All the funds we raised will go directly to his research fund we set up with our financial team. The project will last for one year once we have achieved the goal. Dr. Rauschecker will use the fund to purchase research supplies, payments to use the animals, and a small stipends to a post-doc fellow who will assist him on the research.

      One thing I want to clarify as well, GiveCampus doesn't take any fees from any of the contributions, GiveCampus sends a weekly report and check to the University. We will receive a list of donors and their information for them to receive tax-deductible credits from the University.


      Many thanks,
      Fiona​
       
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    11. TuxedoCat
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      G'town is my alma mater. I donated and received this (automated) thank-you which says the money will be used to collect preliminary data on his hypothesis. I've emailed Fiona Zhu and asked for further information. -TC

      THANK YOU for your gift of $100.00 to support Dr. Rauschecker's research at Georgetown University Medical Center. We truly appreciate your support. Your generosity will allow Dr. Rauschecker to collect preliminary data on his hypothesis. We will keep you updated on his progress. On behalf of Dr. Josef Rauschecker and his lab members, thank you again!

      With many thanks,

      Fiona Zhu​
       
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    12. Deamon22

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      I hope a lot of people will donate here...
       
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    13. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      I just donated again and it went through smoothly this time. There are many ways people can be hands-on with this campaign. You can sign up to become an advocate and be recognised for your work by sharing it on your social media or elsewhere.

      You can also create a plea video to show the world what this condition is doing to you. I’ll post a screenshot below:

      givecampus-plea.png

      I think it would help quite significantly if people who were suffering made a short clip. With the amount of members we have here, I’m sure we could get a few clips uploaded.

      We should all be rallying behind campaigns like these that seek to help our community.

      Let’s show our support!
       
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    14. Greg Sacramento

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      Only six have donated so far - heatmap
      I donated as P. Greg --- California
      Dr Rauschchecker is a favorite of many of us. He has done valuable proven research.

      This is not a cross-sectional study or a randomized controlled study. It's a cohort study.
      Endowment or private funds can be limited for cohort studies where there's not a financial return.

      This is a chance for those who discuss awareness and research to take part if you are able.
       
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    15. Jack Straw
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      Jack Straw Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      Just donated as well. Why haven't more people donated? Does this disease not torture people enough?
       
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    16. GregCA
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    17. Deamon22

      Deamon22 Member Benefactor Ambassador

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      I think the fundraiser just started, since I was the second or third donor.
       
    18. Jack Straw
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    19. Markku
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      Fiona Zhu sent over this one-pager about Dr. Josef Rauschecker, his research and their fundraiser.

      See PDF attachment (also below in image form).

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    20. Jack Straw
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      Jack Straw Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      I think it would be beneficial to have him interviewed for the site if possible. I know this isn't something easy to set up, but there are a lot of people here who would back him. This way people can directly see who they are donating to.

      Does his research seems to be in line with the stimulation devices? He even talks about DBS (similar to MuteButton or Susan Shore) in his presentation, but in regards to depression.

      Was he suggesting that DBS can be used to produce more serotonin or dopamine thus reducing tinnitus? Or use it to correct improper brain function?
       
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    21. PDodge
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      I'll make one.
       
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    22. Samantha R

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      Great post and this is wonderful to hear this research.

      It's great to see some positive efforts like this, I like Dr. Rauschecker.

      I hope he can meet his goal.
      I have donated.
       
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    23. Ed209

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      Nicely done, @Samantha R (y)

      You make a meaningful difference to the world of tinnitus.
       
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    24. Samantha R

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      @Ed209
      Right back at you!
       
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    25. Greg Sacramento

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      @Samantha R Very nice - you are wonderful. Right back to anyone who has donated to this study.

      I will try in an effort to post about this study on financial boards where money managers post.

      I did awareness years ago by doing this and had response from several asset money managers. Sometimes it is needed to go where the money is.
       
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    26. JohnAdams
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      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      It would be easier for me to donate here if this weren't a Jesuit college. They have tons of cash and probably gold as well.
       
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    27. Deamon22

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      Bump this thread, if someone wants to donate :)
       
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    28. Jack Straw
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      Jack Straw Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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      Incredibly depressing seeing that there are only nine donors...
       
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    29. annV
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      Georgetown University had an endowment of $1.6B in 2017. They don't need our measly $50K. Why is Josef Rauschecker even asking for donations? Can you or someone explain? @JohnAdams?
       
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    30. Deamon22

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      Very depressing, I think just 5 people donated from this forum until now.
       
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