Breadth of ENT research a highlight of Ogura Lectureship

photo of Charles Limb, MD, delivering the 2024 Ogura Lecture

The 42nd annual Ogura Lectureship and 37th annual Resident Research Day were held June 21 to a capacity crowd at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the medical school campus of Washington University. This year’s invited guest speaker was noted neurotologist Charles Limb, MD, professor and chief, Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base […]

NRF2 pathway may mediate cancer resistance to radiation therapy

photo of Paul Zolkind at the microscope

Washington University head and neck surgeon Paul Zolkind, MD, and his collaborators are making great strides in their understanding of why some cancers respond well to radiation therapy and others do not. One of the most important characterizations of cancers in the past decade is the understanding that no two cancers will progress or respond […]

Spector Lecture highlights leadership in academic medicine

The Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University celebrated the 6th annual Spector Lectureship in the Biology of Cancer on April 24. Invited speaker Mark Varvares, MD, shared his thoughts on the importance of leadership in academic medicine. Varvares currently serves as the John W. Merriam/William W. Montgomery Professor and chair of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery […]

Research symposium highlights advances in head and neck cancer treatment

photo of audience listening to speaker Mark Varvares

A multidisciplinary group of researchers at Washington University shared cutting edge advancements in our understanding of head and neck cancer. The event marked the third research symposium, held as part of the annual Spector Lectureship in the Biology of Cancer. For program organizer and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology Alex Harbison, MD, the event highlighted what […]

Sharing our expertise: 2024 Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings

Faculty and trainees from the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine will share their expertise in patient care and advancements in research at the upcoming Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) in Chicago, May 15-19. The annual meeting brings together the membership of the nine COSM societies, otolaryngology residents and fellows in training, […]

Tissue banking: Bridging the gap between bench and bedside

photo of Puram lab team evaluating data

Researchers in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University School of Medicine are taking greater advantage of tissue banking to help answer questions about human disease and treatment options – even questions they haven’t thought of yet. The progress of biomedical research is often hindered by the availability of research specimens. Imagine how slow that […]

Hearing science on display at annual meeting

photo of scientists at their poster

Basic scientists from the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University assembled in Anaheim, Calif., for the annual Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO), Feb. 3-7. The meeting is the largest gathering of hearing and balance scientists in the world. Efforts to advance our understanding of hearing and the disorders that affect […]

Yakusheva lab moves to the new Neuroscience Research Building

Assistant Professor Tatyana Yakusheva, PhD, and her team finally settled in their new research lab and work area in the new Jeffrey T. Fort Neuroscience Research Building (NRB), one of the world’s largest neuroscience research buildings. This 11-story building houses hundreds of scientists across the neuroscience research spectrum. The Yakusheva Lab was the first to […]

Roland organizes work group on allergic fungal rhinosinusitis

Washington University rhinologist Lauren Roland, MD, MSCI, helped organize a two-day meeting of the work group on Allergic Fungal Rhinosinusitis (AFRS), hosted by the National Institutes of Health Clinic Center, Dec. 7-8. The meeting featured 26 speakers and was sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, and […]

Single approach shows promise for hearing loss and neurological disorders

A team of Washington University scientists is working on a “one-size-fits-all” approach to help prevent hearing loss and a variety of neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. Many sensory and neurological disorders are caused by the over-activation of neurons by the neurotransmitter glutamate. Compounds that can block the various classes of glutamate receptors are well known to […]