Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
News from the DeVault Otologic Research Laboratory
Two second-year medical students have joined the DeVault Otologic Research Laboratory this summer to receive research training under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health. An institutional training grant (project director: David Pisoni, PhD) supports the program, with mentorship provided by laboratory faculty and postdoctoral fellows. The two students are Gunnar Tysklind (BS, biology, Indiana University), who is working with Tonya Bergeson-Dana, and Carly Guest-Williams (BS, Psychology, Purdue University–Indianapolis), who is working with Jessica Beer. Other students in the research training program this summer include Cristiano Piron (BA, biology, Indiana University), who is working with Eri Hashino, and three students at Indiana University Bloomington: Krista Bergman, Thomas Lam, and Sushma Tatineni.
Derek Houston, PhD (associate professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery) and Tonya Bergeson-Dana, PhD (assistant professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery) were interviewed on a recent installment of Sound Medicine, a weekly radio broadcast produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio that features medical experts on a wide range of current issues in medicine. A press release for the interview can be found here, and the program can be heard here.
Carissa Shafto has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award (NRSA) predoctoral fellowship (F31DC010281) for a dissertation project entitled “Deaf infants’ cognitive skills and their post-cochlear implant language outcomes."
Papers published or in press
Harris MS, Hay-McCutcheon M. (2010). An analysis of hearing aid fittings in adults using cochlear implants and contralateral hearing aids. Laryngoscope 120, 2484-2488.
Harris MS, Pisoni DB, Kronenberger WG, Caffrey HM, Gao S, Miyamoto RT. (in press). Developmental trajectories of forward and backward digit spans in deaf children with cochlear implants. Cochlear Implants International, Supplement 2011.
Three members of the DeVault Otologic Research Laboratory have received Mentored Doctoral Student Awards, sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), to attend and present research at the 13th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children (CI2011) in July 2011:
Jessica Beer, PhD, “Outcomes after cochlear implantation in children with additional disabilities,” with Michael Harris, Bill Kronenberger, Rachael Frush Holt, and David Pisoni.
Maria Kondaurova, PhD, “Age-related changes in prosodic features of maternal speech to deaf infants with cochlear implants,” with Tonya Bergeson.
Carissa Shafto, MS, “Visual attention and encoding ability in deaf infants before and after cochlear implantation,” with Derek Houston, Tonya Bergeson, and Richard Miyamoto.
Carissa Shafto has also received a student travel award to present the following papers at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) in March in Montréal, Quebec:
Shafto CL, Conway CM, Field SL, Houston DM. (2011, March). Visual sequence learning in infancy: a domain-general predictor of vocabulary.
Shafto CL, Houston DM, Bergeson TR, Miyamoto RT. (2011, March). Visual attention and encoding ability in deaf infants before and after cochlear implantation.
Other recent conference presentations by members of the DeVault Otologic Research Laboratory:
Harris MS, Gilbert J, Yancey A, Egbelakin A, Renbarger J, Pisoni DB. (2011, January). Long-term audiologic outcomes following cisplatin therapy for pediatric cancer. Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting, January 27-29, 2011, Scottsdale, Arizona.