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2023 Symposium

The 2023 Bellucci Symposium marked a return to a hybrid presentation model. Held in the Mike and Josie Harper Center on the Creighton campus, the Symposium attracted a global audience of leading scholars.

We furthermore held a dedication ceremony, presided over by Creighton University leadership, to officially rename our Center to honor Dr. Richard Bellucci.

2023 Symposium Program (PDF)

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Bellucci Symposium participants

Introduction by Litao Tao, PhD (Creighton University) and moderated by Jun Xia, PhD (Creighton University)

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​​​​​​​Matthew Kelley, PhD

Matthew Kelley, PhD

  • The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • Identification of transcriptional regulators of cochlear development using single cell RNA sequencing
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Doris Wu, PhD

Doris Wu, PhD

  • The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • Sonic hedgehog signaling orchestrates both cochlear duct and spiral ganglion development
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Ronna Hertzano, MD, PhD

Ronna Hertzano, MD, PhD

  • The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • Illuminating Inner Ear Development Using Cell Type-Specific Omics

 

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Jennifer Stone, PhD

Jennifer Stone, PhD

  • University of Washington
  • The transcription factor Sox2 plays a key role in maintaining the phenotype of type II vestibular hair cells and in regulating vestibulo-motor behaviors in adult mice

We were proud to present the Bellucci Trainee Award to Nesrine Benkafadar, PhD, PharmD, from Stanford University and the Bellucci Pioneer Award in Hearing Research to Jaime García Añoveros, PhD, from Northwestern University.

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2023 Bellucci Awardees

Pictured from left to right, Peter Steyger, PhD, Creighton University, Nesrine Benkafadar, PhD, PharmD, Stanford University, Jaime García Añoveros, PhD, Northwestern University, Litao Tao, PhD, Creighton University.

Bellucci Trainee Award

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Nesrine Benkafadar, PhD, PharmD

Nesrine Benkafadar, PhD, PharmD

  • Stanford University
  • An essential signaling cascade for auditory hair cell regeneration
  • Introduced by Emma Longsworth, Creighton University

Bellucci Pioneer Award in Hearing Research

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Jaime García-Añoveros, PhD

Jaime García-Añoveros, PhD

  • Northwestern University
  • A Developmental Dichotomy: How the Cochlea Makes Inner vs Outer Hair Cells
  • Introduced by Shreshtha Dash, Creighton University

Moderated by Marisa Zallocchi, PhD (Creighton University)

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Daniel Goldman, PhD

Daniel Goldman, PhD

  • University of Michigan
  • Muller glial cell reprogramming and retina regeneration
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James Martin, MD, PhD

James Martin, MD, PhD

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Hippo-signaling in Heart Regeneration
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Alan Cheng, MD

Alan Cheng, MD

  • Stanford University
  • Regeneration of the damaged human vestibular system
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Karl Koehler, PhD

Karl Koehler, PhD

  • Harvard University
  • Inner ear organoids for modeling development and disease
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Joshua Orvis

Joshua Orvis

  • Bioinformatics Engineer,
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • gEAR Workshop: How to use the gEAR Portal to investigate -omics data

Dedication Ceremony for the Dr. Richard J. Bellucci Translational Hearing Center

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Mardell Wilson, EdD

Mardell Wilson, EdD, Provost, Creighton University Kevin O’Leary, President, Bellucci DePaoli Family Foundation

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Dr. Peter Steyger

Peter S. Steyger, PhD, Director, Dr. Richard J. Bellucci Translational Hearing Center, Creighton University

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