Oto Student Wins Research Award

Nai-Yuan Nicholas Chang, a student researcher in Dr. Tim Hullar’s lab, recently received 1st Place in the poster division at the Otology Jubilee, held June 7-10, 2014 in Halle/Saale, Germany. The title of his presentation was “Vestibular dys-synchrony: a novel explanation for imbalance.” Thirty poster presentations were entered, and Nicholas received a certificate, pictured below, and a monetary prize of 500 Euros. Other winners included T. Wolak, from Poland (2nd Place) and Stefan Volkenstein, from Germany (3rd Place).

The meeting celebrated the 150 year anniversary of the founding of Archiv fur Ohrenheilkunde, the world’s first journal dedicated to otology. It is still published in Halle today as the European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology. Tim Hullar, one of the conference organizers, spoke on “Environmental sound sources improve balance in adults.” Madelyn Stevens, also from the Hullar lab, presented her work titled, “Short-term risk of falling after cochlear implantation.” Alec Salt, PhD also attended the meeting and presented, “The influence of Prosper Meniere: A historical perspective.”