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EARssentials: Concepts and Techniques of Contemporary Hearing Research 2015

An Introductory Course for Scientists and Those Interested in Science

July 6–10, 2015
Porter Neuroscience Research Center
35A Convent Drive, GF610
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

This free, week-long course, hosted and taught by scientists at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will provide students with an overall conceptual view of the auditory system as well as hands-on exposure to laboratory techniques unique to research on the inner ear.

The primary audience for this course is new intramural NIDCD trainees, including post-doctoral, graduate, post-baccalaureate, and summer students. Scientists from other institutions are welcome to attend as well. The course will also be useful for other interested individuals who want to learn about concepts related to the auditory system.

The class is divided into two segments:

  • A lecture session, usually in the mornings, in which scientists introduce and discuss a wide array of concepts related to the auditory system. Each talk will begin with an overview of essential topics. Lectures are open to all who register. Contact Elyssa Monzack for more information.
  • Afternoon hands-on laboratory experience. Lab sessions are currently full.

Please note this location update: All lectures will be held in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center, 35A/GF610 except for the Wednesday, July 8 lectures, which have moved to building 49, room 1A51/1A59.

Monday, July 6

Time Presentation
8:30-9:00 a.m.

Course Introduction
(30 min)

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Lecture: Introduction to the auditory system—Andrew Griffith
(60 min)

10:00-10:20 a.m.

Auditory system Q&A
(20 min)

10:20-10:35 a.m. Break
(15 min)
10:35-11:35 a.m.

Lecture: Auditory mechanics and the traveling wave—Kelly King
(60 min)

11:35-11:55 a.m.

Auditory mechanics Q&A
(20 min)

11:55 a.m.-
1:00 p.m.

Lunch break

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Lecture: History of auditory research—Matthew Kelley
(45 min)

1:45-6:00 p.m.

Laboratory session: Auditory Brainstem Response/Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions—Tracy Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Wilson


Tuesday, July 7

Time Presentation
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Lecture: Introduction to the vestibular system—Christopher Zalewski
(60 min)

9:30-9:50 a.m.

Vestibular system Q&A
(20 min)

9:50-10:00 a.m.

(10 min)

10:55 a.m.

Lecture: Development of the inner ear—Doris Wu
(55 min)

10:55-11:05 a.m.

(10 min)

11:05 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Lecture: Spiral ganglion—Thomas Coate (55 min)

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lunch break

1:00-4:30 p.m.

Laboratory session: Dissection of cochlea and utricle—Kelley/Cunningham Labs

4:30-6:00 p.m.

Lab tutorial: Inner ear paint fill demonstration—Doris Wu

Wednesday, July 8

Time Presentation
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Lecture: Hair cells/Hair cell death/age related hearing loss/protection—Lisa Cunningham
(60 min)

9:30-9:40 a.m.

(10 min)

9:40-10:40 a.m.

Lecture: Structure of the stereocilia bundle—
Bechara Kachar
(60 min)

10:40-10:50 a.m. Break
(10 min)
10:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Lecture: Hair cell transduction—
Gregory Frolenkov
(70 min)

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Lunch break

1:00-6:00 p.m.

Laboratory session: Confocal and live imaging microscopy—Betsy Driver


Thursday, July 9

Time Presentation
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Lecture: Hair cell regeneration—Michael Hoa
(60 minutes)

9:30-9:40 a.m.

(10 min)

10:40 a.m.

Lecture: The hair cell synapse—Paul Fuchs
(60 min)

10:50 a.m.

(10 min)

11:50 a.m.

Lecture: Efferent regulation of auditory function—Paul Fuchs
(60 min)

11:50 a.m.-
1:00 p.m.

Lunch break

1:00-6:00 p.m.

Laboratory session: Scanning Electron Microscopy
—Inna Belyantseva

Laboratory session: Transmission Electron Microscopy
—Ronald Petralia

Friday, July 10

Time Presentation
9:30 a.m.

Lecture: Lateral line—Katie Kindt
(60 min)

9:30-9:40 a.m. Break
(10 min)
9:40-10:40 a.m.

Lecture: genetics of hearing loss—Thomas Friedman
(60 min)

10:40-10:50 a.m.

(10 min)

10:50-11:50 a.m.

Lecture: Introduction to gene profiling and bioinformatics—Robert Morell
(60 min)

11:50 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Lunch break

1:00-6:00 p.m.

Laboratory session: Mouse genetics
—Matthew Kelley

Laboratory session: Zebrafish orientation—Katie Kindt


Inna Belyantseva, M.D., Ph.D.
Thomas Coate, Ph.D.
Lisa Cunningham, Ph.D.
Betsy Driver, Ph.D.
Tracy Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
Thomas Friedman, Ph.D.
Gregory Frolenkov, Ph.D.
Paul Fuchs, Ph.D.
Andrew Griffith, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael Hoa, M.D.

Bechara Kachar, M.D.
Matthew Kelley, Ph.D.
Katie Kindt, Ph.D.
Kelly King, Au.D., Ph.D.
Robert Morell, Ph.D.
Ronald Petralia, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Wilson, B.S.
Doris Wu, Ph.D.
Christopher Zalewski, Ph.D.

Contact information

Reservations are required for all lecture and laboratory sessions. To attend a lecture or inquire about space in a laboratory session, contact Elyssa Monzack.

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Porter Neuroscience Research Center, 35A/GF610.

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