November 15, 2010
Professor Laurel Carney Receives a 2010 R01 Grant
Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology & Anatomy Professor Laurel Carney has received funding for her 2010 R01 grant entitled:
Developing and Testing Models for the Auditory System with & without Hearing Loss. This study involves testing listeners with both normal hearing and hearing loss. The project focusses on the development of computational models that will assist in the testing of signal processing strategies for hearing aids.
She also received a renewal for five years of support from the NIH-NIDCD to study Auditory Processing of Complex Sounds; this renewal extends this research program to 20 consecutive years of NIH funding. Her research has resulted in better understanding of the physiological response to sound in the healthy auditory system, and may contribute to the improvement of hearing aids for those with hearing loss.
June 3, 2010
Anne Luebke, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Neurobiology & Anatomy and Biomedical Engineeering, and Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Clinical and Social Psychology, have been awarded a collaborative pilot grant to study whether physiological-based biomarkers of cochlear efferent strength will be impaired in the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) population.
The specific aim of the project is to determine efferent feedback strength in children and adolescents with ASD when compared with typical controls (age, gender, and IQ matched). The project will build on existing measures of MOC strength using two different otoacoustic emission-based tests with short and sustained binaural broadband suppression to obtain maximal efferent feedback strength in both ears of all participants.
March 5, 2010
New NIH Training Grant for Hearing, Balance, and Spatial Orientation Research
The University of Rochester has recently been awarded a Training Grant (T32) from the NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders entitled
Training in Hearing, Balance, and Spatial Orientation.This Training Grant involves the collaborative efforts of the Departments of Otolaryngology, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurobiology & Anatomy. The Grant will support PhD students, MD-PhD students, Post-doctoral fellows and Medical Residents in BME, Neuroscience, and Otolaryngology who are involved in research related to the auditory and vestibular systems. This Training Grant is an important resource for the University of Rochester's Center for Navigation and Communication Sciences, which provides technical and administrative support for 25 faculty members who are conducting research in this area. The 5-year grant will provide approximately $1.5 million dollars of support for several trainees each year. In association with the Training Grant, a new graduate-level course entitled
Hearing and Balance: Structure, Function and Diseasewill be offered starting in Fall 2010. This new Training Grant is an exciting advance for the strong and growing community of auditory and vestibular researchers at the University of Rochester.
February 27, 2010
Dr. Robert Doty Honored at 2010 NBA Winter Party
The 2010 Neurobiology & Anatomy Winter Party was a truly special event celebrating the 90th birthday of Professor Robert W. Doty, PhD. On hand to honor Dr. Doty were University President Joel Seligman, Dean of the University of Rochester Medical Center, Mark Taubman, MD, and Provost, Ralph Kuncl. The celebration included remarks and anecdotes by department chair, Dr. Gary Paige and President Seligman, as well as a rousing speech from the guest of honor. President Seligman was especially impressed by an autobiographical SFN publication (internal only) that Dr. Doty had written. The department of Neurobiology & Anatomy would like to thank Dr. Doty for his many contributions over the years and wish him a very happy 90th birthday!
February 1, 2010
Dr. Patricia M. White Joins NBA Faculty
It is a pleasure to welcome Patricia M. White, PhD to our faculty as Assistant Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy and Otolaryngology. Her work fits solidly within a key research initiative in Neurobiology and Anatomy that we refer to as sensory-motor neuromedicine. Pat carries an important new area to the University in sensory regeneration of the inner ear, or hair-cell regeneration. This promising area of translational research targets cultured stem/progenitor cells to restore hearing through implantation into damaged cochlea and/or vestibule, or alternatively, exploits existing supporting cells to reenter the cell cycle, effectively become progenitors once again, and ultimately restore sensory structure and function.
- Combining fMRI and behavioral measures to examine the process of human learning. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 109C, 193-206. (2014 Mar 01).
- Human visual and vestibular heading perception in the vertical planes. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 15, 87-102. (2014 Feb 01).
- Suboptimal use of neural information in a Mammalian auditory system. J Neurosci. 34, 1306-13. (2014 Jan 22).