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Ogura Lectureship highlights advances in ENT

Guest lecturer Tessa Hadlock, MD, describes recent advances in facial reanimation at the 2023 Ogura Lectureship.

The 41st annual Ogura Lectureship and 36th annual Resident Research Day were held June 23 to a capacity crowd at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the medical school campus of Washington University.

The invited guest speaker was Tessa Hadlock, MD, Fazzalari-Grousbeck Endowed Professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Facial Nerve Center at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Hadlock, who has specialized training in tissue engineering and microvascular head and neck reconstruction, shared her expertise in two presentations.

David Lee, MD, MSCI, presents his research on cisplatin-induced hearing loss.

In Facial Reanimation: past, present, and future, Hadlock described the history of efforts to reanimate facial expression, documented the complex procedures that are enhancing reanimation results, and showed a variety of useful analytical tools available to surgeons.

In her second talk, Responsible Innovation in Otolaryngology, Hadlock discussed the role of the academic environment in medical innovation and how that environment is becoming overly complicated due to issues such as corporatization and risk management.

Resident Research Day

A number of trainees including residents, medical students and postdoctoral scientists also shared highlights of their research in a variety of disciplines covering basic, clinical and outcomes research.

Winners of the annual Paparella Research Awards for basic and clinical science were announced by Vice-chair for Research Jay Piccirillo, MD, during the graduation dinner celebration that evening:

Jordan Varghese, MD, discusses the use of electrocochleography to detect electrode tip fold-over during cochlear implant surgery.

1st Place in Basic Science Research
David Lee, MD, MSCI
Cisplatin Drives Mitochondrial Dysregulation in Zebrafish Lateral-line Hair Cells

2nd Place in Basic Science Research
Tom Barrett, MD
Spatial Transcriptomic Analysis of HPV-related and HPV-unrelated Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma 

1st Place in Clinical Science Research
Jordan Varghese, MD
Identifying Slim Modiolar Electrode Tip Fold-over with Intracochlear Electrocochleography 

2nd Place in Clinical Science Research (co-recipient)
Andrew Peterson, MD, MSCI
Stellate Ganglion Block for the Treatment of COVID-19-Associated Olfactory Dysfunction

2nd Place in Clinical Science Research (co-recipient)
Theresa Tharakan, MD, MSCI
Taste in Oropharyngeal Tumors

Hadlock shared lunch with the Washington University ENT residents.