OHRC Education and Training

Ed Everts Medical Student Fellowship in Otolaryngology and Auditory/Vestibular Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University 

The Department of Otolaryngology at OHSU is offering a 3-month summer research internship open to medical students starting summer of 2016, with a stipend of ~$5000. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will work with a faculty member to conduct a research project with the aim of a published article, a (inter)national conference presentation, or both. Research projects currently in progress accepting student research interns include: 

Cochlear blood flow and mechanisms of sound-induced oxidative damage to the cochlea 

Studies on the regulation of inner ear blood flow and the influence of sound as an agent that can induce ischemia and metabolic overload in the cochlea. Studies on the pathways of oxidative damage to the sensory cells and blood vessels in the cochlea. For more information, contact Alfred Nuttall PhD

Cochlear implants and hearing aids 

Psychophysical studies of plasticity, learning, and optimization of cochlear implants and hearing aids. Animal studies of residual hearing preservation with cochlear implantation. For more information, contact Lina Reiss, PhD

Influence of audition on balance 

Vision, proprioception, and vestibular inputs are considered to be the three critical contributors to maintaining balance. By comparison, spatial auditory inputs have been relatively ignored. A current study, performed in collaboration with pediatric otolaryngologist Carol MacArthur, examines how conductive hearing loss in children with otitis media affects their balance. For more information, contact Tim Hullar, MD 

Otoacoustic emissions 

 Electrophysiological examination of cochlear mechanics and otoacoustic emissions. For more information, contact Tianying Ren, MD 

 Pathophysiology of cochlear microcirculation 

Studies on the control of cochlear blood flow and regulation of the blood–labyrinth barrier, the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie noise-induced hearing loss, and cochlear vascular remodeling after damage. For more information, contact Xiaorui Shi, MD, PhD 

Quality of life and outcomes in Otolaryngology 

Prospective evaluation of quality of life measures and outcomes of treatment, particularly relating to chronic rhinosinusitis. For more information, contact Timothy Smith, MD, MPH a

How to apply: Interested students should identify a mentor and with whom they should submit a single PDF document containing: (i) the title of your research, your name and the PI's name who has agreed to mentor you, and a brief research plan (2-3 paragraphs), along with (ii) a resume including MCAT and/or Step One and Two scores, and (iii) a short statement about the importance of a research internship to your career goals in Otolaryngology via email to Lina Reiss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery by March 31st, 2016

Applicants will be informed by May 1st, 2016 regarding their applications.

NEUS 639: Topics in the Auditory System !NEW CLASS!

Winter Quarter (Jan 5-Mar 17)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3pm
RJH 5501
2 credits

The course will provide a broad overview of the auditory system from peripheral to central function, and from basic science to clinical applications. The focus will be on emerging (clinically relevant and fundable) topics in the auditory system and associated disorders.

Each week will focus on a specific topic and be led by 1-2 faculty experts. Lectures will alternate with student-led journal paper discussions. At the end of the term, each student will be paired with a faculty member and assigned a topic for a critical essay. See class flyer and course syllabus.

For more information, please contact the course directors,  and or the course administrator,.

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