The Department of Otolaryngology consistently ranks very high nationally in terms of NIH funding. In addition to a variety of individual investigator awards, we are the proud recipients of a T32 Training Grant to develop clinician scientists and a P30 Research Core Center grant, both from the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Research within the department embraces the full spectrum of research endeavors, including basic science, applied and clinical science, clinical trials and clinical outcomes research.
The Harold W. Siebens Hearing Research Center provides for focused research in two primary areas. The Fay & Carl Simons Center for the Biology of Hearing and Deafness is a group of investigators within the department that study the cellular and molecular mechanisms of auditory signal transduction, sensory cell death and regeneration and development. Ongoing and new studies within this group are adding to our understanding of the molecular and cellular processes of the development of neural connections, hearing loss and the potential for future treatments. In the Center for Childhood Deafness and Adult Aural Rehabilitation researchers are achieving a better understanding of how communication disorders can be measured, treated and overcome.
Additional areas of research focus within the department include the study of normal vestibular function and vestibular disorders, head and neck cancer and its treatment and improved treatment options for a variety of otolaryngologic diseases. Please use the links at the left to learn more about our research efforts and to see some of the advances made by department scientists and clinicians.