Auditory System Study Section [AUD]

The Auditory System (AUD) Study Section reviews applications on the structure and function of the auditory and peripheral vestibular systems in human and animal models. Approaches include molecular, cellular, physiological, genetic, pharmacological, computational, behavioral, bioengineering, and neuroimaging methods. Research reviewed in this study section generally emphasizes mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal function in the auditory and vestibular systems, and/or ways to improve diagnosis and treatment of auditory and vestibular diseases.

Rosters

Topics

  • Anatomy and physiology of the auditory and vestibular sensory organs.
  • Auditory function, and changes across lifespan, at the levels of neural circuits, cellular systems, and synaptic physiology.
  • Molecular and genetic mechanisms, and gene discovery, for auditory and vestibular function, development, maturation, and aging.
  • Development of clinical tools for diagnosis of auditory dysfunction, including ear diseases, hearing loss, central auditory processing disorders, tinnitus, and hyperacusis.
  • Hair cell regeneration, gene therapy, drug discovery and delivery.
  • Development of hearing aids and other auditory prostheses, including middle ear implants, cochlear implants, brainstem implants, and tinnitus suppression devices.
  • Behavioral and psychological therapy for auditory dysfunction, such as auditory training and behavioral therapy for tinnitus.
  • Auditory perception and speech recognition; neural correlates of auditory function and speech perception.
  • Computational modeling of synaptic plasticity, neural circuitry, and interactions among brain structures for auditory processing.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Applications with a focus on neural mechanisms of integrative systems and higher order processes such as attention, cognition, learning and memory may be reviewed by Mechanisms of Sensory, Perceptual, and Cognitive Processes (SPC) , or in some cases Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (LAM) or Sensorimotor Integration (SMI) .

Studies of the auditory system that emphasize topics including ion channels and transporters, glial physiology, cell biology, neural development and regeneration may be reviewed in the MDCN IRG in study sections such as Neurotransporters, Receptors, Channels and Calcium Signaling (NTRC), Cellular Molecular Biology of Glia (CMBG), Synapses, Cytoskeleton and Trafficking Study Section (SYN), and Neurogenesis and Cell Fate (NCF).

Applications focused on gene discovery and genetic variation in hearing loss may be reviewed in AUD, if centered on auditory system function, or possibly Molecular Neurogenetics (MNG) or Genetics of Health and Disease Study Section (GHD) if centered on development and/or use of molecular genetic and genomic approaches.

Language and Communication Study Section (LCOM) generally reviews studies that focus on speech perception and language processing, rather than auditory function and sound perception.

Gene and Drug Delivery Systems (GDD) reviews drug discovery and drug delivery applications for hearing loss when the emphasis is more methodological, and potentially generalizable, whereas AUD reviews them when the emphasis is more specific to auditory system function.

Applications involving auditory cues, but focused on cognition and perception in human subjects, may be reviewed in Cognition and Perception Study Section (CP).