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SHBT Midwinter Research Forum 2018


Knafel Center – Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
January 27, 2017, 3 - 8:30 pm




3-5 pm:Poster Session by SHBT Students
5-6 pm:Hors d’œuvres
6-8:30 pm:Dinner
7 pm:Keynote Lecture by Prof. Albert Edge, Department of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School "Replacing Cells in the Auditory System: New Approaches to the Treatment of Hearing Loss"


See attached for details.



Research Study


Normal Hearing Volunteers Wanted for Research

The purpose of this research is to develop a valid and reliable diagnosis that will detect - in normal hearing subjects - if noise exposure has begun to change the way the auditory nerve responds to sound. Study sessions include filling out a questionnaire, behavioral and electrophysiological hearing assessments and performing tasks such as repeating words in noise to help us learn about hearing and perception. See attached for details.




2017-2018 Amelia Peabody Scholarship awarded to Kevin Sitek and Jessica Sagers


Kevin Sitek          Jessica Sagers


The 2017-2018 Amelia Peabody Scholarship has been awarded jointly to Kevin Sitek and Jessica Sagers, fourth- and third-year students in the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT) Program, respectively.


Kevin is doing his doctoral research with Dr. Satrajit Ghosh at MIT. He plays a key role in a collaborative multi-center study involving Dr. Elliott Kozin, Dr. Aaron Remenschneider and Dr. Daniel Lee at Massachusetts Eye and Ear (MEE), as well as physicians at Boston Children’s Hospital and imaging experts at the MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. A goal of this project is to create a high resolution atlas of human subcortical auditory structures and their interconnections using cutting edge MRI techniques. His project may lead to better diagnostic and treatments for patients with congenital forms of sensorineural hearing loss. Kevin is the author of two first-author publications in high-quality journals.


Jessica is doing her dissertation research with Dr. Konstantina Stankovic at MEE. She and Dr. Stankovic initiated a collaboration with Dr. Chirag Patel in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and used a novel computational tool to predict and validate the repurposing of an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of vestibular schwannomas using gene expression data. Jessica now plans to create the first patient-specific cellular models of neurofibromatosis type 2 using pluripotent stem cell lines taken from individual patients. She has authored papers accepted by Scientific Reports and the Journal of Visual Experiments.


The Amelia Peabody Scholarship was established in 2008 through a generous donation to support SHBT students working with MEE faculty. The selection was done by a committee consisting of Dr. Bradley Welling (MEE), Dr. Louis D. Braida (MIT), Dr, John Rosowski and Dr. Bertrand Delgutte (MEE).



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