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Spring 2008

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Research on Balance Therapy Goes Virtual, Virtual Grocery Store Could be New Model for Therapy
With a grant from NIDCD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researchers have established a Medical Virtual Reality Center to study how people maintain balance and to identify potential therapies for balance problems. Their studies are advancing the understanding of balance, including components of good balance and factors that lead to poor balance.
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NIDCD to Commemorate 20th Anniversary with Day of Science and Celebration of Human Communication
NIDCD will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, with a symposium highlighting two decades of scientific research accomplishments supported by the NIDCD. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Natcher Conference Center on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
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NIDCD Grantee Elected to National Academy of Sciences Governing Council
Linda M. Bartoshuk, Ph.D., professor of community dentistry and behavioral science, University of Florida, recently was elected to the governing council of the National Academy of Sciences.
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NIDCD Scientist Receives AAA President’s Award
Carmen Brewer, Ph.D., chief of audiology in NIDCD’s Otolaryngology Branch, is the recipient of the American Academy of Audiology’s 2008 President’s Award.
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NIDCD Grantees Present Work at Association for Research in Otolaryngology Meeting
Several NIDCD-supported scientists delivered presentations at the Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology in Phoenix last February.
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Multicenter Clinical Trial Compares Effectiveness, Side Effects of Common Treatments for Sudden Deafness
NIDCD-funded scientists at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and 15 other sites around the United States, are conducting the largest effort to date to compare two popular treatments for a form of hearing loss that strikes suddenly and that is potentially curable if treated early.
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Special Cells Intercept Irritating Smells
Scientists do not understand why certain smells, like onion, ammonia, and paint thinner, are so irritating, but a new NIDCD-funded study has uncovered an unexpected role for specific cells in the front of the nasal cavity.
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Zebrafish as Screening Tool for Genes, Drugs that Protect Against Hearing Loss
A small striped fish is helping scientists understand what makes people susceptible to a common form of hearing loss.
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Brain Images Offer Picture of Creativity
NIDCD scientists recently enlisted the help of jazz musicians to reveal differences between brain activity during the creative act of improvising and the recitation of a melody from memory.
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NIDCD Announces Supplemental Awards Program to Launch Careers of Otolaryngologist-Investigators
NIDCD has announced a new supplemental grant program to support the training of otolaryngologists with limited research backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career trajectory including research on hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, or language.
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