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Reception a chance for students to thank scholarship donors

Does Aspirin cause the “phantom” ringing in the ears known as tinnitus?

Thanks to the scholarship support he has received, biology doctoral student Chirag Patel has been able to concentrate on his innovative clinical research into this question.

“Over the past two years I have received the Drs. Roger and Audrey Award for Clinical Research, allowing me to worry less about the constant financial pressures of making ends meet,” he said June 5, at a reception for donors to student scholarships.

Patel said he was happy for the opportunity to thank his benefactors personally. He presented the Thiberts with a bouquet of flowers and had a chance to express his appreciation face-to-face.

“I am grateful not just for myself, but for their support of other graduate students every year,” he said. “I am glad to thank the donors of my award specifically and the other donors for their generous support to both the funding of scholarships and for their continued commitment to the University of Windsor.”

The reception drew about 100 donors who heard from students and administrators on the difference their support makes for recipients.

Patel said his work investigates the effects of salicylate drugs, including Aspirin, on the central auditory system.

“The disorder of tinnitus affects about 14 per cent of the population and the numbers are increasing,” he said. “I am looking at whether certain neurotransmitter receptors are linked to the changes that occur in neural activity due to tinnitus-causing medications.”

It is intense work. Patel said he appreciates every bit of funding that helps him to stay in the lab: “I told the Thiberts personally that they have helped me. It was important to actually get to meet them.”

To make a tax-deductible contribution to student scholarship funds, visit www.uwindsor.ca/donations.

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