The Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement conducts research studies that covers all areas of research within our complex specialty. Our research spreads from neurotology to speech and voice and experimenting with simulation practices. The department also has a laboratory research program as well that focuses on the physiology and molecular substrates of inner ear function and dysfunction. The goal of our research is to find the causes of our diagnoses and to improve the care that we deliver to our patients.
We are also partnered with the Holt/Geleoc Lab here in Boston Children's Hospital which focuses on the physiology and molecular substrates of inner ear function and dysfunction. We aim to understand how the sensory cells and neurons in the normal inner ear function. We want to identify the molecular components required for sensory function and identify why mutations in those molecules lead to dysfunction. Our long term goal is to use this information to help design of novel strategies aimed at restoring inner ear function. To learn more about the Holt/Geleloc Lab click here.