Acid-sensitivity in auditory neurons
Dr Karina Needham
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The inner ear houses the delicate sensory hair cells and auditory neurons that transduce sound into an electrical signal, and relay this information to the brain. This structure is highly vulnerable to conditions such as ischaemia, excessive noise exposure, and inflammation that can lead to acidification. In this project we explore the ion channels that are sensitive to changes in pH and their role in hearing loss. We use a range of experimental models together with electrophysiological tests, immunohistochemistry and imaging techniques.
Professor Stephen O'Leary, Chair of Otolaryngology
Ms Kate Brody, Research Assistant
Dr Hayden Eastwood, Research Fellow
Dr Lachlan Rash, University of Queensland
Dr Daniel Jagger, UCL Ear Institute (UK)
Prof Peter Thorne & Dr Meagan Barclay, University of Auckland (NZ)
Action on Hearing Loss
Duclie Gam Trust
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