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National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

20th Anniversary Symposium

October 23, 2008
Natcher Conference Center
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland


Music by Yew Choong Cheong, Pianist


James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Director, NIDCD


Opening Remarks
Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D.
Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health


Videotaped Remarks
U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)


As Time Goes By: A Population Perspective on Hearing in Aging
Karen J. Cruickshanks, Ph.D.
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Population Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

9:20 a.m.

In An Instant
Lee Woodruff
Wife of ABC news anchor/reporter Bob Woodruff, who was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The Woodruffs have a daughter who is hearing-impaired.

Hearing and Balance Research

9:50 a.m.

Biophysics, Genes, and Structure: An Integrated Understanding of the Inner Ear
David P. Corey, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology
Harvard Medical School

10:20 a.m.

Childhood Development after Cochlear Implantation
John K. Niparko, M.D.
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

10:50 a.m.

Health Break in room E1 and E2 (across from auditorium)
Visit the Professional Organization Resource Tables
Light refreshments

11:10 a.m.

Music Lost and Found
Music by Richard Reed, Rock-and-Roll/R&B musician and
cochlear implant wearer

Smell and Taste Research

11:40 a.m.

Internal Representations of the Olfactory World
Richard Axel, M.D.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Columbia University

12:05 p.m.

The Chemical Senses and Human Health: Food and the Environment
Gary K. Beauchamp, Ph.D.
Monell Chemical Senses Center

12:35 – 1:35 p.m.

Lunch – Natcher Conference Center
Lunch on your own or option to buy a lunch voucher during registration

Voice, Speech and Language Research

1:35 p.m.

Language Across the Life Span: Improving Lives in the 21st Century
Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D.
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Boston University School of Medicine

2:05 p.m.

Progress and Prospects in Research on Speech Perception
Robert E. Remez, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Columbia University

2:35 p.m.

Closing Remarks
James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Director, NIDCD

2:40 – 4:00 p.m.

NIDCD Intramural Scientific Posters/Meet the speakers
Light refreshments
Music by Yew Choong Cheong, Pianist

Updated September 5, 2008


For more information, contact
Lonnie Lisle
Public Affairs Specialist

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Celebrating 20 years of research: 1988 to 2008