PORTLAND, OR—The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) has appointed Cara James to be its new executive director and lead its mission to find a cure for tinnitus.
Before joining ATA, James was founder and executive director of Bola Moyo, an international non-profit organization in Malawi dedicated to improving the health and lives of youth in Africa. She was also a delegate to the World Social Forum in 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya and participated in forums and workshops focused on formulating action plans and networks to impact positive global change.
She has served on the Board of Jubilee Oregon, a non-profit advocacy organization focused on decreasing poverty in the world.
Founded in 1971, the American Tinnitus Association is the nation’s foremost organization committed to curing tinnitus, a condition that affects an estimated 50 million people in the United States. It seeks to find a cure for tinnitus through the development of resources that advance tinnitus research. It has also contributed millions of dollars to medical research projects focused on curing tinnitus.
In addition, ATA provides information to the public that helps patients understand and manage the “ringing in their ears” and advocates for public policies that support its mission of curing tinnitus and addressing the needs of tinnitus patients.
Thomas J. Lobl, PhD, chair of ATA’s board of directors, noted, “Recent advances in tinnitus research, including cellular, molecular and imaging studies, have highlighted specific areas of the brain involved in tinnitus generation and perception. These breakthroughs have created optimism within the tinnitus community that increased funding for tinnitus research will now accelerate these new findings into viable treatments for tinnitus patients.”
Lobl added that “as a seasoned non-profit professional with a proven fundraising background,” Cara James will help ATA “fulfill its mission by enabling the research community to restore silence to the millions worldwide who suffer from this condition.”