Hearing protection in surgery

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Future
Department
Surgery
Location
Surgery, Otolaryngology, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Stephen O’Leary Personal web page
Dr Hayden Eastwood Personal web page

Project Details

This project aims to reduce the risk of hearing loss during surgery or medical interventions, such as chemotherapy to treat cancer. Hearing loss during cochlear implantation is of particular interest, since the aim of implant surgery is now to combine both natural hearing and the cochlear implant. This is a translational research project that is defining clinically applicable ways of delivering protective drugs to the inner ear prior to medical and surgical interventions. We conduct basic research into the modes and timing of delivery of therapeutic drugs to the inner ear, and translate this work into clinical trials. This project would suit those with an interest in surgery, clinical medicine, neurophysiology or biomedical engineering.

This work is supported by the NHMRC, the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation and Cochlear.  There is scope for Research Higher degrees in physiology, pathology, clinical science, surgery and engineering.

We undertake biological studies to understand how hearing loss occurs during cochlear implantation, test both in the lab and patients methods for monitoring hearing during cochlear implant surgery, and undertake clinical trials and cohort studies.



Faculty Research Themes

Cancer, Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine, Neuroscience & Psychiatry



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science Graduate Research Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other Graduate Research requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

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Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department

Surgery

Research Node

Surgery, Otolaryngology, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital