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Dennis R. Trune Ph.D., M.B.A.

  • (503) 494-2931

    Portland Campus

    • Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery School of Medicine
    • Adjunct Researcher with the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VAMC


Dennis R.Trune, Ph.D., M.B.A., is a Professor in the Oregon Hearing Research Center. He joined OHSU in 1983.


Current appointments:

  • Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Adjunct Researcher with the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VAMC

Previous appointments:

  • Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
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Areas of interest

  • Immune-mediated inner-ear disease and hearing loss
  • Intratympanic delivery of steroids for improved recovery of hearing loss
  • Development of novel treatments for hearing loss
  • Ion and water transport dysfunction in different forms of hearing loss
  • Control of inflammatory processes of the middle ear
  • Impact on middle-ear inflammation on the inner ear


  • B.A., University of Michigan, Flint Michigan United States 1972
  • M.S., Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Arizona United States 1974
  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University, New Orleans Louisiana United States 1979
  • M.B.A., Portland State University, Portland Oregon United States 1996
  • Fellowship:

    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1979-1983), Otological Research Laboratories, Department of Otolaryngology, Ohio State University, Columbus

Honors and awards

  • Beta Gamma Sigma, Business Honor Society (1996), M.B.A. Program Honor Student (3.80 GPA), Portland State University
  • Top Ten Teachers of Freshman Class (1987), Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Who's Who In American Colleges and Universities (1979); Doctorate Program Honor Student (3.91 GPA), The Louisiana State University Medical School


  • Trune, DR, Kempton, B, Hausman, F, Larrain, BE, MacArthur, CJ. Correlative mRNA and Protein Expression of Middle and Inner Ear Inflammatory Cytokines during Mouse Acute Otitis Media. Hear Res, 326:49-58, 2015

  • Lighthall JG, Kempton JB, Hausman F, MacArthur CJ, Trune DR. Control of middle ear inflammatory and ion homeostasis genes by transtympanic steroid treatment. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0119228. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0119228, 2015.

  • MacArthur CJ, Hausman F, Kempton B, Trune DR. Intra-tympanic steroid treatments may improve hearing via ion homeostasis alterations and not immune suppression. Otol Neurotol, 36:1089-1095, 2015.

  • MacArthur CJ, Wilmot B, Wang LY, Schuller M, Trune DR. Genetic susceptibility to chronic otitis media with effusion (COME): candidate gene SNPs. Laryngoscope, 124:1229-35, 2014.

  • MacArthur CJ, Hausman F, Kempton JB, Choi D, Trune DR. Otitis media impacts hundreds of mouse middle and inner ear genes. PLoS ONE 8(10): e75213. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0075213. 2013.

  • Trune DR, Canlon B. Corticosteroid therapy for hearing and balance disorders. Anat Rec, 295:1928-43, 2012.7. Trune DR, Nguyen-Huynh A. Vascular pathophysiology in hearing disorders. Sem Hear, 33:242-50, 2012.

  • MacArthur CJ, Hausman F, Kempton JB, Sautter N, Trune DR. Inner ear tissue remodeling and ion homeostasis gene alteration in murine chronic otitis media. Otol Neurotol, 34:338-46, 2013.

  • Morris, LM, DeGagne JM, Kempton, JB, Hausman, F, Trune, DR. Mouse middle ear ion homeostasis channels and intercellular junctions. PLoS One 7(6): e39004. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039004, 2012. Correction PLoS ONE. 2013;8(4). doi: 10.1371. Epub 2013 Apr 1.

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