Biology of the Inner Ear: Experimental and Analytical Approaches

Course Information

Course Date: August 6 – August 28, 2019 Apply Here

Deadline: April 24, 2019

2019 Course Schedule

Course Website

Directors: Ruth Anne Eatock, University of Chicago; Andy Groves, Baylor College of Medicine; and Philip Joris, KU Leuven

Course Description

The Biology of the Inner Ear course (BIE) teaches advanced research approaches to the development, function, and pathology of the inner ear and downstream auditory and vestibular pathways in the central nervous system.  BIE began in 2007 and is held every 2 years. 

Applicants – are welcomed at the graduate, postdoctoral or resident level or beyond, and with backgrounds in biological, chemical, physical, computational, or medical sciences. BIE is open to US-based or international applicants and seeks a diverse group of students.

Course content – BIE provides extraordinary opportunities for student-faculty interactions.  In 3 weeks, more than 40 expert faculty introduce the class of 15-20 students to:

challenges driving different sub-fields – e.g., What genes control development of the beautifully ordered inner ear?  What molecules mediate transduction of sound, head motion or water displacement into electro-chemical signals?  How do we perceive sound pitch and localize sounds?  How does attention influence hearing?  What does information theory reveal about how the vestibular system helps us move through the environment?  How do we fix or replace broken inner ears?

technical approaches – genetic, molecular, anatomical, neurophysiological, behavioral and psychophysical

model systems – such as the fruit fly auditory system, zebrafish lateral line, and rodent hearing and vestibular pathways from inner ear to cortex 

Course organization – a comprehensive system of lectures, tutorials, research seminars, demonstrations, laboratory exercises conducted side-by-side with faculty, independent laboratory time, and informal discussions.  Protocols and notes are shared electronically.  Sundays are free time.  At course’s end, participants have the opportunity to share highlights from individual or team experiences as informal presentations. 

Questions? Contact course directors Ruth Anne Eatock, Andy Groves or Philip Joris.

Financial Information: Tuition, room and board are provided. Funds to defray costs of travel may be available on request.

2019 Course Faculty

Ashmore, Jonathan, University College London
Bremen, Peter, Erasmus University Medical Center
Carey, John, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Corey, David, Harvard Medical School
Corwin, Jeff, University of Virginia
Cullen, Kathy, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Cunningham, Lisa, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Dabdoub, Alain, Sunnybrook Research Institute, University of Toronto
Delgutte, Bertrand, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Eberl, Dan, University of Iowa
el Amraoui, Aziz, Institut Pasteur
Fuchs, Paul, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Géléoc, Gwenaelle, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital
Glowatzki, Elisabeth, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Goldsworthy, Ray, University of Southern California
Goodrich, Lisa, Harvard Medical School
Heller, Stefan, Stanford University
Hertzano, Ronna, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Holt, J. Christopher (Chris), University of Rochester Medical School
Holt, Jeff, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital
Indzhykulian, Artur, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Kindt, Katie, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Lauer, Amanda, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Lu, Xiaowei, University of Virginia
Lysakowski, Anna, University of Illinois at Chicago
Manis, Paul, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
McDermott, Josh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pena, Jose, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Piotrowski, Tatiana, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Polley, Dan, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Richards, Virginia, University of California Irvine
Roberts, Michael, Kresge Hearing Research Institute, University of Michigan
Rowsell, Jennifer, Saint Mary’s College
Rutherford, Mark, Washington University School of Medicine
Sadeghi, Soroush, University at Buffalo
Scheibinger, Mirko, Stanford University School of Medicine
Shinn-Cunningham, Barb, Carnegie Mellon
Smith, Richard, University of Iowa
Stone, Jenny, University of Washington
Trapani, Joe, Amherst College
van der Heijden, Marcel, Erasmus University Medical Center
Walters, Bradley, University of Mississippi
Warchol, Mark, Washington University School of Medicine
Wu, Doris, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders