Announcing 2015 Capita Foundation Auditory Research (CFAR) grant award recipients
Amanda Lauer, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University, Dept. of Otolaryngology
Project Title: “Optimizing hearing with top-down brain control of the ear.”
The overall goal of my research is to understand how auditory input from the ear affects the brain, and how the brain in turn affects the ear through efferent feedback loops. I am particularly interested in understanding the hearing disorders that develop when input to and from the brain is altered. We propose to study top-down efferent effects on hearing to understand how the brain controls the ear using optogenetic, behavioral, and immunohistochemical techniques in rodent models. Understanding how these pathways work may open up new treatment avenues for hearing disorders and will help us understand how hearing is optimized by top-down brain control of cochlear activity.