Scavenger cells help guide development and repair of the inner ear

For more than 30 years, Mark Warchol, PhD, been interested in the development and repair of sensory hair cells of the auditory and vestibular systems, crucial to hearing and balance. That search has led the Warchol lab to identify an unlikely contributor to these processes – scavenger cells known to clean up debris from cell […]

Revealing the intricacies of inner ear drug delivery

If you wake up one morning with sudden deafness, experience dizziness as a result of Meniere’s disease, or if you have cochlear implant surgery, your doctor may choose to treat your ear with a locally applied drug. One limitation of this new approach is that most of the drugs in use have been repurposed from […]