Exploring the tiny world of auditory neuroscience

Mark Rutherford and student Heather Chung review TEM photos

Washington University undergraduate Heather Chung works with Mark Rutherford, PhD, to test synapse loss.  The Rutherford lab studies the smallest parts of the ear called synapses. Synapses are the sites of communication between two neurons or between a neuron and a sensory receptor cell. New biological imaging techniques have made these structures much easier to […]

Keiko Hirose, MD, begins term as president of ARO

Keiko Hirose, MD, professor of otolaryngology is the new president of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO). Dr. Hirose says, “it is truly an honor to be nominated and elected as president of ARO. The organization features some of the highest impact research in auditory neuroscience and provides a critical network of scientists and […]

Adult audiology: setting national standards for patient care

Audiology student examines ear of a patient

The standard of care is outstanding for most clinical specialties at Washington University/BJC, including audiology. At least that’s what the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) thinks. AAA chose Washington University’s adult audiology as a model for patient care for the development of two best practices guidelines. The first guideline outlined best practices for the selection, […]

Redesigning the path to becoming a doctor

Washington University School of Medicine redesigns the path to become a doctor, and voice specialist Dr. Bradley is there to help. Medical School is much more than learning the science, according to otolaryngologist Joseph P. Bradley, MD.  “It should be about fostering the individual’s identity of what makes someone a doctor from their first day […]

New clinic provides the benefits of more comprehensive care

In the November edition, our first edition, of Under the Scope, we shared the exciting news about our CAM 11th  floor clinic expansion plans.   It is now complete! Designed to provide our patients the benefits of more comprehensive care, this expansion brings together all of our  adult  clinical services – otology, head and neck cancer, […]

Q & A with Team Leader Dawn Breeden

Operations Team Leader Dawn Breeden in her garden

You have a rather unique title. What are the duties of a Team Leader – Operations?  Well, I primarily make sure the office runs smoothly. That means I do whatever is needed at the time. I worked the front and back desks at our West County ENT clinic for 17 years. Then, after filling in […]

Using zebrafish as a model for human hearing and deafness

Hair cells are the exquisitely sensitive and inexhaustible sensory receptors of the auditory and vestibular systems. They function by transducing mechanical stimuli, such as sound, into nerve impulses that transmit sensory information to the brain. Features of hair cells that make them incredibly effective detectors of sound also make them vulnerable to damage from noise […]

Cancer survivors’ group meeting offers hope and reassurance

cancer survivors group meeting

The Head & Neck Cancer Survivorship Clinic meets the third Wednesday of each month, 6:00-7:00PM, in a large conference room at the Center for Advanced Medicine. You might think these meetings would be rather somber given the nature of this disease. You would be wrong. The patients, which number 15-20 on any given evening, are […]

Washington University leads in treatment of head and neck cancer

Ryan Jackson headshot with shield

You’ve just been diagnosed with cancer of the throat, tongue or tonsil. The news is particularly devastating because these cancers affect what most makes us human – our facial appearance, speech, eating, and swallowing. Naturally you start searching for the best care available near you. That will be much easier to find in a metropolitan […]

What I did with my T32

The Washington University Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery is one of only eight otolaryngology training programs in the U.S. to offer the T32 grant for interdisciplinary research training in otolaryngology. Supported by the National Institutes of Health, the T32 grant provides select individuals with funding to pursue two years of dedicated research training in […]