The 15th AANW meeting program has now been finalised and can be found here.
Professor Stephen Lomber from the National Centre for Audiology, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Professor Anthony Gummer from the Section of Physiological Acoustics and Communication, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Tübingen, Germany
Professor Lomber is the Canada Research Chair in Brain Plasticity and Development.
The work of Professor Lomber’s laboratory is guided by the question: “How does experience influence brain development and influence adaptive neuroplasticity? In order to answer this question, Professor Lomber’s group is presently pursuing three different avenues of investigation:
- Cortical Processing and Organization in the Hearing Subject
- Cortical Processing and Organization in the Congenitally Deaf
- Cortical Processing and Organization in the Deaf Following Cochlear Implant
In addition, the group is also researching the following:
- Integration of Ascending, Lateral, and Feedback Signals in the Formation of Sensory Maps
- Subcortical Afferent Pathway Mediation of Extrastriate Cortex Function
- Cortico-Tectal Interactions Mediating Visuomotor Control
Professor Gummer is the Founding Leader of the Section of Physiological Acoustics and Communication.
The mission in the Section of Physiological Acoustics and Communication is to understand the basis of sound processing by the healthy and pathological cochlea, as well as to develop new tools for differential diagnosis.
The research goals are achieved by:
- experimentally reducing the cochlea to its individual components, to study its basic mechanical, electrical and molecular properties
- re-synthesizing the cochlea piece-by-piece, to study the relationship between its components
- using the results from this basic research to develop new diagnostic strategies