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EARssentials: Concepts and Techniques of Contemporary Hearing Research 2017

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An Introductory Course for Scientists and Those Interested in Science

Join us for EARssentials 2017, to be held July 17-21! The final schedule and faculty list will be posted soon, but registration is now open. Contact Elyssa Monzack, Ph.D., to apply for a slot in the course or to reserve a seat at the lectures.

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), provides 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 is also useful for other interested individuals who want to learn about concepts related to the auditory system.

Watch videocasts of the lectures and Q&A sessions from EARssentials 2016:

  • Day 1 (Monday, 7/18/16): Course introduction. Introduction to the auditory system. Auditory mechanics and the traveling wave. History of auditory research. 
  • Day 2 (Tuesday, 7/19/16): Introduction to the vestibular system. Development of the inner ear. Spiral ganglion. 
  • Day 3 (Wednesday, 7/20/16): The stereocilia bundle and mechanotransduction. Hair cells/hair cell death/age-related hearing loss/protection. 
  • Day 4 (Thursday, 7/21/16): Hair cell regeneration. The hair cell synapse. Efferent regulation of auditory function. 
  • Day 5 (Friday, 7/22/16): Lateral line. Genetics of hearing loss. Clinical treatments. Introduction to gene profiling and bioinformatics. 

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Event Location: 

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Last Updated Date: 
March 15, 2017