Cochlear implants in mice allow study of cellular responses

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Understanding the cellular and molecular responses that underlie cochlear implant-induced fibrosis (scar tissue) and neo-ossification (new bone formation) has been hampered by the lack of a suitable animal model for research. Cochlear implantation provides enhanced hearing for thousands of hearing-impaired Americans each year. And, with expanded criteria allowing health insurance to cover severe hearing loss […]

Otolaryngology shares impactful research

The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine stays at the cutting edge of medical practice by conducting research related to all its clinical specialties. A small sample of that research, published since the beginning of 2022, is shared below, along with a brief description of why the contribution is important to the […]

Join team Heads Up to raise money for cancer research

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Have fun, get your complimentary cool team jersey, and help raise money for world-class cancer research by joining our team Heads Up at this year’s Pedal the Cause Sept. 23 to 25. Children can help too! Register your kids ages 3-13 for the Kids Challenge, which takes place Sept. 17. Riders can choose to bike […]

Ogura Lectureship celebrates research achievements

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The 40th annual Ogura Lectureship and 35th annual Resident Research Day were held June 24 to a near-capacity crowd. Held virtually since 2019, the all-day event returned to the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) on the medical school campus of Washington University this year. The invited guest speaker was Amber Luong, MD, PhD, professor […]

New research scholars join department

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Four aspiring clinician scientists have joined the ranks of predoctoral research scholars in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery. T32 Predoctoral Training Program The T32 Predoctoral Training Program for medical students provides a mentored research experience (9 to 12 months) with opportunities to participate in research on many levels and learn from successful program […]

Washington University researchers one step closer to preventing noise-induced hearing loss

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More than 48 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss. As the average age of our population increases, so will that statistic. Excessive noise exposure is considered a leading cause of hearing loss, and no FDA-approved treatment is available to prevent noise-induced damage. Scientists working at Washington University School of Medicine may soon change […]

Spector Lectureship adds research symposium

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The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University celebrated the 5th annual Spector Lectureship in the Biology of Cancer on April 20. Invited guest speaker Neil Hayes, MD, presented a summary and new thoughts on the roles of cisplatin and HPV in head and neck cancer. The Spector Lectureship celebrates the career of Gershon Spector, MD, […]

Q&A with Director, Cochlear Implant Program Jill Firszt

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The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine boasts one of the busiest cochlear implant (CI) centers in the country. Last year the program implanted 246 patients, using the latest technology and guided by decades of advanced research efforts to optimize both surgical and implant programming procedures. Professor of Otolaryngology Jill Firszt, PhD, […]

Faculty and residents present at Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings

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Faculty and residents from the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine shared advancements in research and patient care at the recent Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) in Dallas, April 27-May 1. Of special note: Amit Walia, MD, received the Trainee Award from the American Neurotology Society for his work using electrocochleography to […]

Q&A with Ogura Lecturer Amber Luong

Amber U. Luong, MD, PhD, was three years old when she and her family fled Vietnam by boat. It was April 29, 1975, the day before the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army. The fact that she and her family were among the hundreds of thousands of boat people who […]