Welcome to the Johns Hopkins Center for Hearing and Balance. The Center includes researchers, teachers, clinicians, and trainees in the Hopkins community. The goal of the Center is to perform research and train new investigators, for both basic and clinical applications. Research is centered on auditory (hearing) and vestibular (balance) function in normal subjects and in patients with hearing or balance disorders.

This week's seminar.

Structure and Function of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems

Summary: This two-semester course covers a broad range of topics in hearing and balance. Faculty from several departments with interests in hearing and balance research present lectures on their area of expertise. Students lead discussions on related research papers. Grades are based on participation in discussions, a written paper, an examination, and a mock research grant.

The class is taught every year during first semester. In odd-numbered years, the auditory and vestibular end-organs are discussed, including development, transduction, representation of stimuli, and the effects of hearing and balance disorders. In even-numbered years, the organization and function of the relevant parts of the central nervous system are discussed, with emphasis on the physiological properties underlying perception.

Organizing Faculty: Paul Fuchs

Prerequisites: Systems Biology II (BME, or equivalent), Introduction to Neuroscience

For further information, see the course website

Training Opportunities

Fellowships are available to support research training for qualified students interested in working in any of the Center for Hearing and Balance laboratories listed below.These positions are funded by training grants from the National Institute for Deafness and Other Communications Disorders (NIDCD). Candidates for NIDCD support must be U.S. citizens or green-card holders, but support for non-citizens is available occasionally from other funds.

Candidates for post-doctoral positions should have a PhD or MD (or equivalent) degree with relevant research experience and demonstrated interests in the research of the Center. Inquiries concerning postdoctoral positions should be directed to the P.I. of the laboratory of interest.

Pre-doctoral trainees will generally be PhD candidates in the Biomedical Engineering or Neurosciences graduate programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Contact the departments directly for information.

Research opportunities are available for qualified undergraduate students at Johns Hopkins by arrangement with Center faculty. Nationwide summer internships are sponsored by the Summer Internship Program of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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Research Areas

·         Representation and processing of complex acoustic stimuli
    Eric Young, Brad May, Xiaoqin Wang, Kechan Zhang, Murray Sachs


·         Vestibular physiology and disorders
    Lloyd Minor, David Zee, Mark Shelhamer, John Carey, Charley Della Santina, Michael C. Schubert


·         Hair cell biophysics and synaptic transmission in the cochlea
    Paul Fuchs, Aleksander Popel, Alex Spector, Elisabeth Glowatzki, David Yue, Dwight E. Bergles


·         Anatomy and physiology of the auditory system
    David K. Ryugo, Xiaoqin Wang


·         Hearing impairment and tinnitus
    Eric Young, David K. Ryugo, Brad May, Howard Francis, John Niparko


·         Oculomotor function and disorders
    David Zee, Lloyd Minor, Mark Shelhamer, Sarah Ying, David Solomon


·         Theoretical and computational neuroscience
    Eric Young, Kechan Zhang, Mark Shelhamer


·         Calcium channel and signaling
    David Yue


·         Auditory and vestibular development
    Michael R. Deans,  Angelika Doetzlhofer

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Core Facilities

Core facilities of the Center for Hearing and Balance provide shared research support in areas of Engineering/Computing, Histology, and Molecular Biology. Center faculty who wish to use these services should direct their inquiries to the following program directors:

·         Engineering/Computing
         Eric Young, Brad May

·         Histology
         David K. Ryugo

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Poster Printing Services

Instructions for the preparation of posters are posted here.

The Engineering/Computing Core of the Center for Hearing and Balance will print research presentation posters for a nominal fee. Poster submissions must be accompanied with a university budget. Contact Ron Atkinson for additional information on how to submit print jobs.

Normal printing charges for posters submitted at least five days in advance

Normal Printing




Priority printing charges for posters submitted at least one day in advance

Priority Printing


Priority Reprints


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