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Retirement symposium for Richard Chadwick set for April 10

Richard Chadwick

On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) will hold a symposium, “Cell Mechanics and Mechanics of the Inner Ear,” on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The symposium will celebrate the career of Richard Chadwick, Ph.D., chief of the NIDCD Section on Auditory Mechanics, who will retire this spring. The seminar is open to the public.

  • What: Cell Mechanics and Mechanics of the Inner Ear, a symposium in celebration of the career of Richard Chadwick, Ph.D.
  • When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, from 9:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center, building 40, rooms 1201/1203, NIH campus, Bethesda, Maryland

For questions or reasonable accommodation requests, contact Elyssa Monzack, Ph.D., or Núria Gavara, Ph.D.



Time Presentation
9:15-9:30 a.m.

Welcome and introduction

Andrew Griffith, M.D., Ph.D., scientific director and acting deputy director, NIDCD, NIH

Núria Gavara, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering, Queen Mary University of London

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Session 1: Modeling hearing mechanics

Daphne Manoussakis, Ph.D., senior fellow, Section on Auditory Mechanics, NIDCD, NIH
The effect of the spiral geometry of the cochlea on hearing

Sonya T. Smith, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering, Howard University
Engineering hearing research

10:30-11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Session 2: Combining models and experiments in hearing mechanics

Elizabeth Olson, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering and auditory biophysics, Columbia University
Relating intracochlear measurements to models of cochlear operation

Alfred Nuttall, Ph.D., director, Oregon Hearing Research Center, Oregon Health and Science University
Is the basilar membrane still our friend?

William Brownell, Ph.D., Jake and Nina Kamin chair of otorhinolaryngology, Baylor College of Medicine
Membrane electromechanics

12:30-2:00 p.m.


2:00-3:00 p.m.

Session 3: Inner ear mechanics

Guy Richardson, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience, University of Sussex
Structure, function, and aging of the tectorial membrane, an extracellular matrix of the inner ear

Alexander Cartagena-Rivera, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Section on Auditory Mechanics, NIDCD, NIH
Determination of critical biophysical properties for deciphering the molecular-mechanical regulation in the hair bundle and epithelia

3:00-3:30 p.m


3:30-4:30 p.m

Session 4: Cellular mechanics

Núria Gavara, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering, Queen Mary University of London
The cytoskeleton, by the numbers

Clare Waterman, Ph.D., distinguished investigator and director of the Cell Biology and Physiology Center at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
Integrating actin dynamics and adhesion in cell migration

4:30 p.m.

Concluding remarks

Video message from Christine Petit, M.D., Ph.D., professor, College de France and Institut Pasteur and director, Institut de l’Audition

Richard Chadwick, Ph.D., chief, Section on Auditory Mechanics, NIDCD, NIH

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